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We've added to Frontenac State Park

A stunning view, restored prairie, oak savanna and a creek are added as P&TC completes a major addition for the park.

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Phased Reopening

State parks are reopening in a phased approach. See the reopening plan on the DNR website.

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Winning photos selected

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fifth annual photo contest!

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Saving Land for Parks and Trails

Parks & Trails Council steps in when most needed, sometimes to create a new park or trail, other times to purchase a small yet invaluable parcel, without which the park or trail would have lost part of what makes it so special.

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Latest News

Rock strewn across lake at the headewaters
August 24, 2020

Shoreline restoration project planned for Mississippi Headwaters ...

The work will restore the original river channel width and stabilize the streambank at the headwaters site. The project is ...
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August 17, 2020

Special Places Newsletter – Summer 2020

Inside this issue: From the P2:E.D | P3:Board member reflection | P4-5:Frontenac State Park Project | P6:Legislative Session ...
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