Bill Tracker

During each session of the Minnesota Legislature we track key bills affecting parks and trails.
Updates on these key bills are posted here.

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Current Legislative Session

2019

The 2019 Legislative Session began on January 5 and must be completed by May 20. We will work to keep this bill tracker updated regularly with the bills that we are watching at the state capitol.

All 2019 bill statuses updated on April 11, 2019

Omnibus Bills - as individuals bills progress through process they are moved into omnibus bills

Bill in progress

HF 653 | SF 1568 – Omnibus Legacy Bill

Appropriates money from parks and trails fund created by the Legacy Amendment.

House of Representatives

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Read HF 653

(Note: the bill is currently not updated on the legislative website as this was the Regional Parks appropriation bill but has become the Omnibus Legacy Bill)

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Senate

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 836

(Note: the bill is currently not updated on the legislative website as this was the Regional Parks appropriation bill but has become the Omnibus Legacy Bill)

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Bill in progress

HF 2032 | SF 2201 – Environment and natural resources trust fund bill

Appropriates funds from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

House of Representatives

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Senate

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Bill in progress

HF 2209 | SF 2314 – Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance bill

Appropriates money from the state’s general fund.

House of Representatives

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Senate

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Bill in progress

HF 2529 – Omnibus Capital Investment Bill

Bonding bill–appropriates funds for capital improvement projects.

House of Representatives

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Senate

No bill yet

Policy Bills

We Oppose this Bill

HF 48 | SF 1568 – ATVs in State Park campgrounds

A pilot project to allow ATVs in Hayes Lake and Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park campgrounds via access routes to be determined by DNR Commissioner.

House of Representatives

HF 48: All-terrain vehicles in state campgrounds allowed.

Authors

Fabian, Lueck, Ecklund

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History

1/14/19 – House bill Introduced, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

1/17/19 – Author added – Lueck

1/24/19 – Author added – Ecklund

Senate

SF 1568: State campgrounds all-terrain vehicle use authorization.

Authors

Johnson, Lang

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History

2/21/19 – Bill introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

We Oppose this Bill

HF 251 | SF 497 – Lake Vermilion redesignation as SRA

Brief Description

Directs DNR Commissioner to re-designate an area south of Hwy 169 in Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park from a state park to a state recreation area to allow an ATV campground.

House of Representatives

HF 251: Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park management modified.

Authors

Ecklund, Lueck, Fabian, Sundin, Lislegard

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History

1/22/19 – Bill Introduced, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

2/18/19 – Committee report, to adopt as amended and re-refer to Ways and Means,  Referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

3/20/19 – Bill heard in committee: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
Actions: Bill laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Senate

SF 497: Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park redesignation as a state recreation area requirement

Authors

Bakk, Tomassoni

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History

1/28/19 – Bill introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 133 | SF 868 – Establishes the “no child left inside” grant program

Establishes a new grant program designed to assist in connecting children with outdoors programming.

House of Representatives

HF133 – No child left inside grant program established, and money appropriated.

Authors

Becker-Finn ; Lee ; Xiong, J. ; Hansen ; Claflin ; Olson ; Hassan ; Carlson, A. ; Kotyza-Witthuhn ; Edelson

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Read HF 133

History

1/17/19 – Introduction and first reading, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

1/31/19 – Committee report, to adopt as amended and re-refer to Ways and Means, then Referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

2/26/19 – [scheduled] Committee hearing (see schedule)

Senate

SF 868: No child left inside grant program establishment and appropriation

Authors

Hawj ; Ingebrigtsen ; Dziedzic

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 868

History

2/7/19 – Bill introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 1586 | SF 1991 – DNR Lands Bill

Modifies requirements for conveying certain state land; Adds land to the statutory boundaries of Glendalough State Park; Removes land from the statutory boundaries of St. Croix State Park.

House of Representatives

HF 1586: State land conveyance requirements modified, land added to and deleted from state parks, and sale of surplus state land authorized.

Authors

Becker-Finn, Hansen

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Read HF 1586 (amended)

History

2/21/19 – Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

03/11/19 – Committee report to adopt as amended and re-refer to Ways and Means and then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

03/19/19 – Heard in committee in Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division, amended and returned to the Committee on Ways and Means (read minutes)

Senate

SF 1991: State land conveyance requirements modification; state park land modifications; private and public sales of surplus state lands bordering public water in various counties

Authors

Ruud

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 1991 (1st amendment)

History

3/4/19 – Bill introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

3/21/19 – Committee report: To pass as amended and re-refer to Environment and Natural Resources Finance

We Support this Bill

SF 63 – Prohibit misuse of ENRTF

Prohibits use of money in ENRTF for payment of debt service on bonds (as was done in last year’s bonding bill).

House of Representatives

None yet

Authors

History

Senate

SF 63: Environment and natural resources trust fund use for payment of debt service on bonds prohibition

Authors

Ruud , Abeler , Rest , Housley , Anderson, P.

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 63

History

1/10/19 – Introduced and Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

1/14/19 – Author added Rest

1/17/19 – Authors added Housley; Anderson, P.

We Support this Bill

SF 1278 – State Park Open House Days expansion

Increases the number of days for free admission to State Parks on Open House Days to include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve.

House of Representatives

HF 2260 – State Park Open House Days number expanded.

Authors

Fischer

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History

3/7/19 – Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

Senate

SF 1278 – State Park Open House Days expansion

Authors

Draheim , Lang , Franzen , Ingebrigtsen

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 1278

History

2/14/19 – Introduced and Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

3/13/19 – Committee report: To pass and re-referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance

3/26/19 – [scheduled] to be heard in Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Finance

We Oppose this Bill

HF 1672 | SF 1267 – Requires a bicycle fee on state trails

Establishes and requires a set fee for use of a bicycle on Minnesota State Trails.

House of Representatives

HF 1672 – Bicycle pass for state trails established, fee established, and money appropriated.

Authors

Grossell , Layman , Heintzeman , Daniels

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History

2/25/19 – Introduction and first reading, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy

Senate

SF 1267 – Bicycle pass for state trails establishment.

Authors

Utke , Ingebrigtsen , Eichorn , Lang

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 1267

History

2/14/19 – Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

Public Investment Bills

We Support this Bill

HF 311 | SF 579 – Gateway State Trail extension

Appropriates $500,000 for the predesign and design of the Gateway Trail from William O’Brien State Park to the City of Scandia.

House of Representatives

HF 311: Scandia; Gateway Trail from William O’Brien State Park to Scandia predesign and design funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors

Dettmer, Lillie

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History

1/24/19 – Introduced in House; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee

1/31/19 – Author added – Lillie

3/21/19 – [Scheduled] House Hearing in Capital Investment Division

Senate

SF 579: Gateway Trail from William O’Brien State Park to Scandia bond issue and appropriation

Authors

Housley

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History

1/28/19 – Introduced in Senate; referred to Capital Investment Committee

We Support this Bill

HF 653 | SF 836 – Greater MN regional parks and trails funding

Appropriates $8,640,00 in FY 2020 and $9,372,000 in FY 2021 for Parks and Trails Legacy grants recommended by the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission.

House of Representatives

HF 653: Greater Minnesota regional parks and trails funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Lillie, Heintzeman, Becker-Finn, BrandSchomacker, Poston, Schultz

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History

02/04/19 – Introduced and referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

03/05/19 – Division action, to adopt as amended and return to Ways and Means

03/07/19 – Referred by Chair to Legacy Finance Division

Senate

SF 836: Regional parks and trails appropriation

Authors

Ruud, Weber, Ingebrigtsen, Simonson

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Read SF 836 Text

History

02/04/19 – Introduced and Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

HF 874 | SF 818 – White Bear Lake trail funding

Appropriates $3,580,000 for multi-use trail segments around White Bear Lake.

House of Representatives

HF 653: Greater Minnesota regional parks and trails funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Wazlawik , Fischer , Lillie

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History

02/07/19 – Introduced and referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division

03/07/19 – Return to Ways and Means

03/08/19 – Referred by Chair to Capital Investment Division

03/26/19 – [scheduled] Hearing in Capital Investment Division (see schedule)

Senate

SF 818: White Bear Lake multiuse trail segments bond issue and appropriation.

Authors

Chamberlain , Wiger

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 818

History

02/04/19 – Introduced and Referred to referred to Capital Investment

We Support this Bill

HF 654 | SF 835 -Local recreation grants funding

Appropriates $1 million from the General Fund for matching grants for local parks and outdoor recreation areas; and $1 million for matching grants for local trail connections.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

HF 654: Local recreation grants funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Persell , Becker-Finn , Lillie , Brand , Poston , Fischer

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Bill History

2-4-10 –   Introduced and Referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

Senate

SF 835: Local recreation and trail connection grants appropriation

Authors

Ruud, Weber, Ingebrigtsen, Simonson, Dziedzic

Senate bill blurry

Read bill SF 835 text

Bill History

2-4-19: Introduced and Referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

2-11-19: Author added – Dziedzic

3-25-19: Bill to be heard in Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 868 | SF 999 – Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission funding

Appropriates $450,000 in FY2020 and $450,000 in FY2021 from the General Fund for Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission operations.

House of Representatives

HF 868: Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Sundin, Persell, Becker-Finn, Lillie, Brand, Urdahl, Ecklund , Lueck

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Bill History

2/4/10 –   Introduced and referred to Ways and Means Committee and then Referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

2/14/19 – Author added Lueck

Senate

SF 999: Greater Minnesota regional parks and trails commission appropriation

Authors

Ruud ; Weber ; Simonson

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 999 bill text

Bill History

2/7/19:  Introduced and Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 952 | SF 574 – Root River State Trail funding

Appropriates $5,000,000 in bonding funds to build the trail from the city of Preston to Carimona.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

HF 952: Root River State Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors

Davids, Lillie

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Bill History

02/11/19 – Introduction and first reading, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division
3/07/19 – Author added Lillie
3/26/19 – [scheduled] Hearing in Capital Investment Division

Senate

SF 574: Root River state trail from Preston to Carimona bond issue and appropriation

Authors

Miller

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 574

Bill History

1/28/19 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

We Support this Bill

SF 572 – Blazing Star State Trail funding

Appropriates $800,000 in bonding funds to build a trail bridge of Albert Lea Lake.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

No bill yet

Authors

Bill History

Senate

SF 572: Blazing Star Trail bridge over Albert Lea Lake bond issue and appropriation

Authors

Sparks

Senate bill blurry

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Bill History

1/28/19 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

3/13/19 – Withdrawn and returned to author (view minutes)

We Support this Bill

HF 1626 | SF 176 – State Trails rehab and maintenance funding

Non-motorized state trail rehabilitation and maintenance appropriation

House of Representatives

HF 1626: Nonmotorized state trail rehabilitation and maintenance funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Wagenius

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Bill History

2/25/19 – Introduction and first reading, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

Senate

SF 176: Non-motorized state trail rehabilitation and maintenance appropriation

Authors

Dziedzic , Tomassoni , Ruud

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 176

Bill History

1/17/19 – Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 1655 | SF 372 – DNR staff inclusion for underrepresented communities funding

Appropriates $900,000 to enhance efforts to ensure that staff of the DNR includes members of communities traditionally underrepresented

House of Representatives

HF 1655: Department of Natural Resources enhanced efforts to ensure staff members of communities traditionally underrepresented funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors

Gomez , Becker-Finn , Wagenius , Lee

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Bill History

2/25/19 – Introduction and first reading, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

Senate

SF 372: Natural resources department staff inclusion of members of communities traditionally underrepresented appropriation

Authors

Hawj , Simonson , Isaacson , Champion

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 372

Bill History

1/22/19 – Introduced and Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

We Support this Bill

HF 2172 | SF 2160 – Northern Links Trail funding

Appropriates $750,000 to the city of Faribault for development of the Northern Links Trail connecting to the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

HF 2172 – Northern Links Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors

Daniels

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Bill History

03/07/19 – Introduced, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

03/26/19 – [scheduled] Hearing in Capital Investment Division (see schedule)

Senate

SF 2160 – Northern Links Trail bond issue and appropriation.

Authors

Jasinski

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 2160

Bill History

03/07/19 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

We Support this Bill

HF 2163 | SF 2526 – Metropolitan Regional Parks capital improvement funding

Appropriates $10 million to the Metropolitan Council for construction and acquisition projects for parks and trails per their policy plan.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

HF 2163 – Metropolitan Council regional park and open-space land acquisition and improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors
Lillie , Jurgens , Lee , Boe , Fischer , Davnie , Wazlawik , Bernardy , Noor , Howard , Tabke , Kunesh-Podein , Hornstein , Youakim , Halverson , Becker-Finn , Stephenson , Her , Mann , Pryor , Loeffler , Bahner , Morrison , Acomb , Moller , Edelson , Cantrell , Christensen , Freiberg , Xiong, T. , Hansen , Claflin , Sandell , Klevorn , Huot

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Bill History

03/07/19 – Introduced, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

03/12/19 – Returned by Chair to Ways and Means

03/15/19 – Referred by Chair to Capital Investment Division

03/21/19 – Heard in Capital Investment Division.

Senate

SF 2526 – Regional park and open-space land acquisition and improvements appropriation

Authors
Pappas , Pratt , Osmek , Senjem , Dziedzic

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 2526

Bill History

03/18/2019 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

 

We Support this Bill

HF 2410 | SF 2593 – Cannon Valley Trail funding

Appropriates $3 million for Cannon Valley Trail access and storm water infrastructure renovation and improvement.

See project details on our public investment page

House of Representatives

HF 2410 – Cannon Valley Trail access and storm water infrastructure renovation and improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors
Haley

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Bill History

03/13/19 – Introduced, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Capital Investment Division

03/26/19 – Scheduled hearing in Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

Senate

SF 2593 – Cannon Valley Trail access and storm water infrastructure renovation and improvement bond issue and appropriation

Authors
Goggin

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 2593

Bill History

03/20/2019 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

We Support this Bill

HF 2511 | SF 2581 – Mill Towns State Trail funding

Appropriates $2.5 million for acquisition and development of the trail in Northfield, Minn.

House of Representatives

HF 2511 – Northfield; Mill Towns State Trail connection development funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Authors
Lippert

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Bill History

03/14/19 – Introduced, referred to Ways and Means,

03/15/19 – Referred by Chair to Capital Investment Division

03/26/19 – Planned hearing in Capital Investment Division

Senate

SF 2581 – Northfield Mill Towns state trail local trail connections development bond issue and appropriation

Authors
Draheim,Little

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 2581

Bill History

03/20/2019 – Introduced and referred to Capital Investment

03/21/2019 – Author added: Sen. Little

We Partially Support this Bill - only the shaft funding

HF 1772 | SF 1770 – Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine funding

Appropriates $9.5 million for rehabilitating the mine shaft and developing an OHV campground in the park.

House of Representatives

HF 1772 – Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park development funding provided, and money appropriated.

Authors
Ecklund

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Bill History

02/27/19 – Introduced, referred to Ways and Means, then referred by Chair to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

03/20/19 – Bill heard in committee and laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill (read meeting minutes)

Senate

SF 1770 – Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine state park appropriation.

Authors

Bakk

Senate bill blurry

Read SF 1770

Bill History

02/27/2019 – Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance

03/20/2019 – Heard in committee and laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill (read meeting minutes)

Past Years' Bills Below

2018

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Turkeys cross the Munger Trail

Chester Woods: trail development

AMT FUNDED
Chester Woods: trail development

Build a trail connecting Rochester to Chester Woods Regional Park

Bicyclists riding at underpass

Gateway State Trail: Tunnel Crossing

AMT FUNDED
Gateway State Trail: Tunnel Crossing

Improve user safety by constructing a tunnel for the trail to cross under Hadley Ave, which is challenging to cross because the street exceeds 8,000 vehicles per day.

bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back

Gitchi-Gami: trail development into Tofte

AMT FUNDED
Gitchi-Gami: trail development into Tofte

Build a 1.2-mile trail extension into Tofte.

Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead

Glendalough: center & trailhead

AMT FUNDED
Glendalough: center & trailhead

Project Overview: A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park.

Goodhue Pioneer: land acquisition

AMT FUNDED
Goodhue Pioneer: land acquisition

Acquire approximately 60 acres located along the legislatively authorized Goodhue-Pioneer State Trail.

Harmony-Preston: trail development

AMT FUNDED
Harmony-Preston: trail development

Project Overview: Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border.

Campers settling in at new campground at Lake Vermilion

Lake Vermilion: park development

AMT FUNDED
Lake Vermilion: park development

For development including the Lake Lodge Visitor Center, the campground, renewable energy facilities, and reconstruction of the mine shaft.

Native yellow sunflowers in a field

Local Projects: grants

AMT FUNDED
Local Projects: grants

Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR:

Bikers on the Mesabi Trail

Mesabi: trail extension

AMT FUNDED
Mesabi: trail extension

Develop a 3.5-mile segment of the Mesabi Trail from County Road 88 into Ely, Minn.

clouds

Metro Projects: capitol improvements

AMT FUNDED
Metro Projects: capitol improvements

To improve and expand Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails

boy biycling along trail

Mill Towns: trail development

AMT FUNDED
Mill Towns: trail development

For acquisition and design of the Mill Towns State Trail between the cities of Faribault and Waterford.

Bison at Minneopa State Park September 2017 by Sheryl Hindermann

Minneopa: land acquisition

AMT FUNDED
Minneopa: land acquisition

To acquire 80 acres within Minneopa State Park along a key habitat corridor

Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

AMT FUNDED
Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.

Three men putting trash in dumpster

Sibley: land acquisition

AMT FUNDED
Sibley: land acquisition

Incorporate 16 acres of land within Sibley State Park that Parks & Trails Council purchased in 2017 and worked with Sibley State Park Improvement Association to restore.

Accessible picnic table at Jay Cooke. Deborah Rose/MnDNR

State Parks: accessibility enhancements

AMT FUNDED
State Parks: accessibility enhancements

Design and construction of improvements to bring the facilities within state parks and recreation areas to the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

State Parks: forest restoration

AMT FUNDED
State Parks: forest restoration

Restore 255 acres of forested native plant communities in several state parks.

State Parks: rehab

AMT FUNDED
State Parks: rehab

Renew state park visitor facilities that have fallen into disrepair.

biker on Sakatah trail in need of repair

State Trails: rehabilitation

AMT FUNDED
State Trails: rehabilitation

To repair state trails.

Hiker amidst tall trees on the Superior HIking Trail

Superior Hiking: trail enhancements

AMT FUNDED
Superior Hiking: trail enhancements

Planning for enhancement projects and creating a map-based inventory, and updating trail maintenance standards.

Paddleboat and fall foliage

Swedish Immigrant: trail extension

AMT FUNDED
Swedish Immigrant: trail extension

Connect trail to Interstate State Park by extending it with a 0.5-mile segment that includes a 180-foot bridge and trailhead

newly paved segment of Wagon Wheel Trail

Wagon Wheel: trail extension

AMT FUNDED
Wagon Wheel: trail extension

Extend trail to the river by building a trail bridge and safety improvements, connecting downtown La Crescent to the Mississippi River.

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Frontenac: boundary expansion

AMT FUNDED
Frontenac: boundary expansion

Expand the statutory boundary of Frontenac State Park to include the land Parks & Trails Council acquired for the park.

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ATVs in state parks

Last Action:

Allows the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Hayes Lake State Park Campground, and directs the commissioner of natural resources to provide ATV access routes to said campgrounds.

Blazing Star: trail extension

Last Action:

Complete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State Park and to the city of Hayward.

Cannon Valley: trail improvements

Last Action:

For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure.

Faribault-Northern Links: trail connection

Last Action:

Connect Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail with Faribault’s city trails that lead to the downtown area.

Frontenac: land acquisition

Last Action:

Acquire the 159 acres of restored blufflands that Parks & Trails Council purchased and is holding in trust for the park.

Gitchi Gami: trail development into Lutsen

Last Action:

Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.

Goodhue Pioneer: trail development (bonding)

Last Action:

For acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing.

Heartland: trail spur

Last Action:

Predesign and engineering of a 25-mile spur of the Heartland State Trail that will connect Itasca State Park to Park Rapids.

Local Grants

Last Action:

Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR:

Mississippi Blufflands: trail planning

Last Action:

Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail.

2017

There were a few disappointments in the 2017 session, but overall parks and trails fared better than had been feared a few weeks before the end of session. A big thank you to everyone who reached out to their legislators and gave parks and trails a voice.

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2017 session.

 

Bonding Bill

Passed:

Bonding Bill

The final piece of the 2017 budget agreement was a $988 million bonding bill (HF 5), which passed in the wee hours on the last day of session. The bonding bill funds building and infrastructure projects, including park and trail projects. Specifically, the bill includes: ...

Legacy Funds Appropriation Bill

Passed:

Legacy Funds Appropriation Bill

Legacy Funds The Legacy Bill (HF 707) appropriates revenues from the Legacy Amendment. The bill appropriates $88 million from the Parks and Trails Fund over the next two years, of which 40% is available for state parks and trails, 40% is available for regional parks ...

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Passed:

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund bill (SF 550) appropriates revenues from the Minnesota Lottery dedicated to protect, conserve…

Omnibus Budget Bill

Passed:

Omnibus Budget Bill

The Omnibus Environment Budget (SF 844) sets the two year budget for state park and trail operations. The good news is the budget should provide sufficient funding to avoid staffing and service cutbacks in state parks and trails, thanks to a key last-minute concession won by Gov. Dayton that ...

Trail Fee Requirement

Last Action:
Bill would make it a misdemeanor to hike or bike on state-sponsored trails without paying a fee. Bill Numbers: HF 929 House Authors: Gruenhagen Senate Authors: NA Update: House File introduced on 2/9/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Back to Bill Tracker

2016

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2016 session.

 

Supplemental Budget Bill

Passed:

Supplemental Budget Bill

This bill increases state park and trail funding in FY 2017 by $5.1 million. It includes $2.8 million general funds and $2.3 million from the State Parks Account. Reserves $1.2 million for state park acquisition. Bill Numbers: HF 2749 & SF 2356 (side-by-side comparison) Official Bill Title: Omnibus supplemental budget bills. House ...

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (LCCMR)

Passed:

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (LCCMR)

Appropriated funds from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for projects that benefit Minnesota’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. The following portion of the appropriated funds benefitted parks and trails: $1,200,000 for continued development of the Mesabi Regional Trail $679,000 for a ...

The following bills were drafted and introduced into the legislature, but for various reasons they were either not passed by the Minnesota Legislature or not signed into law by the Governor. They could attempt to be revived in subsequent years.

 

Bonding Bill

Last Action:
No bonding bill was passed during the 2016 session. Progress was made in crafting the bill but did not make it through final approval. The stalled bill (HF 622) would have been a mixed bag for parks and trails. On the positive side, the bill would ...

Trail Fee Requirement

Last Action:
This would have made it a misdemeanor to bike, skate, walk, or jog on a state-supported trail without first purchasing a pass. Bill Number(s): HF 2947 & SF 2312 House Author(s): Gruenhagen; Urdahl Senate Authors(s): Newman; Chamberlain Description: House Update: Introduced on 3/10/16 and referred to Mining & Outdoor Recreation Senate Update: Introduced on 3/8/16 and referred to Environment ...

2015

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2015 session.

 

New Trail Authorized: Mississippi Blufflands

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New Trail Authorized: Mississippi Blufflands

This bill authorizes the establishment of a new state trail originating at the Cannon Valley Trail in Red Wing, MN and extending southeasterly along the Mississippi River through Frontenac State Park and ending in Lake City, MN. Additionally, the bill appropriates $50,000 to develop a …

Legacy Funds Appropriated

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Legacy Funds Appropriated

This bill appropriates revenues from the Legacy Amendment that voters approved in 2008. The bill appropriates $89 million for parks and trails for FY 2016 -17. Of this amount, 40% is allocated to Minnesota State Parks and Trails, 40% is allocated to Metropolitan Regional Parks …

Budget Bill

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Budget Bill

This omnibus appropriations bill allocated $48.6 million in general funds for operations and maintenance of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. This is a 23% increase from FY 2014-15. Additionally, the omnibus bill includes many policy/technical provisions affecting Minnesota’s parks and trails. Full title: Omnibus agriculture, environment ...

Trail Extension for Harmony-Preston Valley

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Trail Extension for Harmony-Preston Valley

This bill authorizes the DNR to extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to the Iowa border, with a connection to Niagara Cave. Official Bill Title: Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston Counties; Blufflands Trail system modified Bill Number: HF 49 / SF 57 House Author: Davids Senate …

Lottery Proceeds Allocated

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Lottery Proceeds Allocated

This bill appropriated $46 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for projects across Minnesota. The following portion of this bill was appropriated to parks and trails projects: $1.5 million for land acquisition for State Parks and Trails $1 million for land acquisition …

The following bills were drafted and introduced into the legislature, but for various reasons they were either not passed by the Minnesota Legislature or not signed into law by the Governor. They could attempt to be revived in subsequent years.

 

Eminent Domain Prohibition

Last Action:

Two separate efforts were made to introduce bills that would have prohibited the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund to be spent to acquire property by eminent domain or to acquire property that has previously been acquired by eminent domain. Full title: Parks and trails fund usage …

Trail Fee Requirement

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Would have required all adults to purchase a pass to bike or roller blade on a state trail in Minnesota. The bill proposed the rates of the pass at $4 per day or $20 per year. Full Title: Bicycle and roller blade pass requirement established, …

Require Approval to Add Parkland

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This bill would have required that the DNR, prior to acquiring lands for a park or trail outside the seven-county metropolitan area, receive written approval of every city and organized township where the park or trail is located or through which it passes. Bill Title: Local …

Funding for Casey Jones State Trail

Last Action:

This bill would have appropriated $846,000 in bond proceeds for the continued development of the Casey Jones State Trail in southwestern Minnesota. Bill title: Casey Jones Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated Bill Number: HF 641 & SF 581 House Authors: Schomacker; Hamilton; Swedzinski Senate …