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Advocacy News

Bicyclists riding at underpass
May 30, 2018
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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.

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MN Capitol dome
May 18, 2018
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Legislative Briefing for May 14-18

Last week we issued yet another call-to-action for our supporters to tell lawmakers that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) don’t belong in Minnesota State Parks. Your voices were heard! On Monday of this week, the conference committee tasked with reconciling the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (HF 4099 / SF 3656) decided against a controversial provision that would have allowed ATVs to use the campground and access routes at Hayes Lake State Park.

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May 18, 2018
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Op-Ed in Duluth News Tribune: Speak up on bill to open state parks to ATVs

On May 15 the Duluth News Tribune published an opinion written by Steve Thorne who is is a former deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and a past president of the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. We fully concur with Thorne’s …

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May 11, 2018
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Legislative Briefing for May 7-11

With just over a week left until adjournment, lawmakers are racing to complete a long list of legislative priorities, including a tax bill, a bonding bill, a supplemental budget, and numerous policy changes. A number of key pieces of legislation affecting parks and trails continue …

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Minnesota State Capitol
April 23, 2018
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Legislative Briefing

The 2018 legislative session continues to creep towards its conclusion. Last week marked the third and final committee deadline, and all the major policy and finance committees have now released, amended and passed their omnibus bills. Those bills now have only one or two more stops …

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Preston to Forestville State Trail scenery
April 17, 2018
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Preston-Forestville: trail extension

A trail extension connecting Preston to Carimona.

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Minnesota State Capitol
April 9, 2018
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Legislative Briefing for April 9

Following a weeklong break, legislators returned to the capitol today and got back to work on what’s turning out to be one of the busiest legislative sessions in recent memory. Legislators still have a flurry of issues to work through, ranging from bonding and taxes …

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March 27, 2018
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ATV bill has new number and moved to new committee

In an uncommon move, the bill that would allow all-terrain vehicles into two state parks, which we have strongly opposed, has been replaced with a new bill number. The language remains the same, but it is now bill HF4211. We continue to be opposed to …

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vibrant colored photo of downtown Faribault
March 21, 2018
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Faribault-Northern Links: trail connection

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

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March 21, 2018
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Action Alert: Stop bill that would open state parks to all-terrain vehicle (ATVs)

Stop this bill from redefining state parks A bill (HF3142 / SF3063) is making its way through the legislative process this session that would erode the definition of Minnesota State Parks. This bill allows all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to be ridden within two state parks–something that …

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Group shot of the 2018 Day on the Hill attendees
March 9, 2018
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Friends from around the state gather for Day on the Hill

On March 8, some 60 parks and trails supporters from across the state gathered for Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota's annual Day on the Hill event.
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Woman pointing to "No ATVs Permitted" sign along Taconite State Trail
March 7, 2018
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Testifying against new bill that opens state parks to ATVs

A bill (HF 3142) has been introduced this session at the State Capitol that would open up two state parks to motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). On Tuesday, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota testified against the bill during the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and …

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Bicyclist on the Cannon Valley trail
March 5, 2018
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Cannon Valley: trail improvements

For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure.

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clouds
February 22, 2018
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Heartland: trail spur

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

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People walking in tall grass among the oaks
February 22, 2018
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Frontenac: land acquisition

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

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