State Trail Friends

June 14, 2022

Minnesota Valley State Trail Friends Group

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Minnesota Valley State Trail Friends Group Mission The Minnesota Valley State Trail Friends Group is currently the planning stages. They ...
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Land along the planned trail
March 31, 2022

Community Support for the Mill Towns State Trail

Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail has been a steadfast supporter and local advocate for the Mill Towns State Trail. From advocacy to financial contributions, the friends continue to work behind the scenes to move trail development forward throughout the trail corridor. The group's ...
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March 31, 2022

Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Overview

From Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association is garnering community support for trail development. Read the article in Redwood Gazette March 24, 2022 edition: "Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail" Read the full story
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new paved trail segment with fields on each side
March 15, 2022

Eight friends groups receive grants from P&TC in 2022

Parks & Trails Council continues its popular friends group grant program in 2022 by issuing grants ranging from $350-$3,450 to eight friends groups. As a stewardship partner to specific parks and trails, friends groups can play a significant role in supporting habitat restoration efforts, trail ...
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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
March 1, 2022

2021 Friends Group Habitat Restoration Grants Recap

In 2021, Parks & Trails Council partnered with nine friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state and regional parks and trails. See the recap below. 2021 by the Numbers $7,500 $4,360 9 82 8.5 921 Funds granted Local cash match Friends Group Partners ...
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group of volunteers stands next to buckthorn pile
February 10, 2022

2022 Legislative Monitoring: Community-driven trail projects

We support volunteer friends groups to advocate for trail projects in their communities. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update this table throughout the session. Casey Jones State ...
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man bicycling on fresh pavement
December 17, 2021

Through the Gateway – Fall/Winter 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's Letter DNR Update Native Plant Restoration Volunteers Award Click image to read newsletter Go to friends' main page
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November 1, 2021

Capital Investment Committee hears pitch for Casey Jones Trail Funding

From Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Friends of the Jackson County Trails has been working hard to develop an off-road trail for mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing. Read the article in Pipestone County Star October 29 edition: "Capital Investment Committee hears pitch ...
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new paved trail segment with fields on each side
July 9, 2021

Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association

Trail advocates who go the extra mileParks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to announce our 2021 Friends Group Partner Award goes to the GBCTA. This is the second year P&TC has recognized a friends group with this award, and the accompanying $500 grant, which the friends group can use to continue its great work on behalf of the trail.T
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Brass band playing in parking lot
July 6, 2021

Meet the Central Lakes Trail Association

Central Lakes Trail Association is the state trail's very own "cheerleading team." The Association is a group of community representatives from towns along the Central Lakes State Trail, and they promote the trail to bikers, locally as well as from across the region and country. ...
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June 18, 2021

Through the Gateway – Summer 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's Letter DNR Update Events: Earth Day & National Trails Day River Market Coop Sponsor Drinking Fountain Project Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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June 3, 2021

Securing the missing link to extend the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

For years, the northern segment of this trail came to an abrupt end at a dirt road in Hay Creek Township. Across the road lay an overgrown field marked with a private property sign.
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paved trail and horse trail
April 30, 2021

Itasca-Heartland trail design to begin in 2021

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee The Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee has been involved in securing funding for a trail connection from Itasca State Park to the Heartland State Trail. Find updates on funding, design, and construction in the article. Read the article in ...
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
April 5, 2021

P&TC issues 9 grants to friends groups for habitat restoration projects

Nine volunteer-led friends groups will implement habitat restoration projects at Minnesota parks and trails this year with funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include planting and protecting trees, removing invasive species, and collecting native plant seeds. The projects will ...
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shovels and trees that are ready to be planted
March 24, 2021

Volunteers support bluebirds on Gateway State Trail

Bluebirds along the Gateway State Trail enjoy a helping hand from volunteers with the Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association (GBCTA). Since 2014, the friends group has maintained 16 houses each year, installing them in spring, monitoring the nests throughout summer, and cleaning and storing the ...
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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass