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DNR offers a variety holiday gift ideas

Looking for a special holiday gift for someone who enjoys the outdoors? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online gift shop at can help.

The site offers a variety of gift ideas including a magazine, books, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and state park gift cards and permits.

Gift ideas include:

--State Parks Gift Card -- Until someone figures out how to wrap the great outdoors, there's the Minnesota State Parks gift card. Gift cards, available in variety of dollar amounts, can be used for camping, vehicle permits, equipment rentals and other items found at the Minnesota state park stores.

--Minnesota State Parks Permit -- Get four seasons of outdoor fun. A year-round permit provides unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase. $25.

--Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses - For hunters or anglers, a gift that truly does last a lifetime -- a lifetime hunting or fishing license. The price varies by age.

--Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine -- Give a gift subscription to hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, berry pickers. Anyone who loves the outdoors will enjoy the DNR's magazine. With each contribution of $25, people receive a holiday gift card to send to recipients. Six times over the coming year, a friend or relative will receive the magazine.

--Our Neck of the Woods -- This book contains classic writing from the region's great writers and conservationists, collected from the pages of DNR's Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine. $19.95.

--Connected to Our Roots -- Published by the DNR Division of Forestry, this book charts the history of Minnesota forestry through text and more than 200 historical photos, charts and illustrations. $10.95.

--Worlds within a World -- Winner of a 2000 Minnesota Book Award, this elegant, hardbound book is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Beautiful color photographs accompany a collection of reflective essays by renowned author Paul Gruchow. $24.95.

--Woodworking for Wildlife - This book contains 300 color photographs and information on deterring nest predators, placing and maintaining boxes, and setting up remote cameras in nest boxes. $19.95.

--Landscaping for Wildlife -- Packed with color photos and diagrams, this 150-page spiral-bound guide shows how to attract wildlife using inexpensive, easy-to-follow landscaping plans, designed to attract everything from butterflies to deer, cardinals to wood ducks. $10.95.

--Wild About Birds - This book contains information that can help increase the number of species at the bird feeder. It includes workshop basics for building 26 different feeders and tips on 44 types of food, plus detailed descriptions and photos of almost all the feeder-using species east of the Rocky Mountains. There are more than 425 color photos in this 288 page, spiral-bound book. $19.95.

--Traveler's Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota -- This easy-to-use, insightful guide points the way to 120 sites throughout Minnesota on where to see, enjoy and photograph a wide variety of wildlife in all four seasons. Find great viewing spots for everything from trumpeter swans to grouse, moose to frogs, blue herons to foxes, birds and more. The book is spiral-bound, with 220 color photos. $19.95.

--Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality -- Tired of mowing grass at the cabin? Learn how to landscape shoreline property to prevent shoreline erosion, restore wildlife habitat, wildflowers and clean water. This book shows ways to design property for increased enjoyment of lakeside or riverside getaways. This 176-page book is spiral-bound. $19.95.