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Person in pink jacket walking on paved trail
May 23, 2022
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New trail at Sibley made possible with P&TC land

A long-awaited 3-mile, paved, multi-use trail has been completed at Sibley State Park. This scenic trail meanders through the prairie for a uniquely peaceful experience. Plus, its current endpoint— a tunnel under Hwy. 71—foreshadows an exciting next phase.
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Man smiling
May 20, 2022
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Minnesota bids farewell to lifelong environmental activist, Grant Merritt dies at 88

Grant Merritt served on Parks & Trails Council’s board of directors for 11 years, including as president from 2004-2006. His commitment to the organization remained steadfast as he continued to serve on P&TC committees through this year. Grant’s lifetime of hard work, innovation and results on behalf of the Great Outdoors earned him Parks & Trails Council’s prestigious Reuel Harmon Award in 2018.
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April 28, 2022
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Digging in at three mountain bike trails

Research conducted last summer is shedding light on this situation through the use of detailed trail counts and visitor intercept surveys from three Minnesota destinations.
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April 15, 2022
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Updated Land Plan upholds our commitment to parks and trails

This year, we worked to uphold our commitment to this work by completing an update to our Land Acquisition Plan. This document lays out the principles that form the bedrock of this program, as well as the criteria we apply in evaluating potential projects.
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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
March 15, 2022
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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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March 11, 2022
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Ashley’s departure from P&TC

Dear friends group leaders, With bittersweet energy I am sharing that I will be leaving Parks & Trails Council. I have truly enjoyed cultivating lasting relationships with friends group leaders, DNR representatives, and colleagues alike, all in an effort to support Minnesota's great parks and ...
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Snowy landscape with old barn and tractor
February 17, 2022
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New era as farm turns to parkland for William O’Brien

Bit by bit, P&TC has been acquiring the remaining private lands within this park, including our latest acquisition of 60 acres from Myron Lindgren last December (see map).
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Image of newsletter cover
February 16, 2022
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Special Places Newsletter – Winter 2022

From the President | 2022 Legislative Priorities | Land Project for William O'Brien State Park | Earth Day event | Lake Shetek State Park and its friends
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February 15, 2022
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Parks & Trails Fun Quiz: February 2022

What happens with Minnesota's wildlife in winter? Test your knowledge of how animals survive in Minnesota parks and trails during winter.
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clouds
February 14, 2022
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Priorities for 2022 legislative session

Letter from Parks & Trails Council President. If we've learned anything during the pandemic it is how important parks and trails are to all of our lives. And while the explosion in their use has been especially pronounced over the past two years, the truth of the matter is that growth in visitation is well evidenced over the past decade.
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Five people waking in the woods
December 17, 2021
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Welcome along on a forest bath

Forest bathing: what an intriguing term. Have you heard about this idea? If you’re like me, you’ve seen the idea popping up here and there, but have never come across a satisfying explanation of what it is, exactly. So, when I saw an opportunity to participate in a 2-hour, guided forest-bathing session at a nearby park, I jumped at the chance to finally figure out this mystery.
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nature center with garden and bench
November 30, 2021
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Meet Friends of Sunfish Lake Park

A small, but mighty, group of volunteers banded together five years ago to stand as a symbol of stewardship for Lake Elmo's Sunfish Lake Park. One of their primary activities has been creating and operating the nature center in the park. In addition, they host ...
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volunteers discussing how to best approach the protective fencing
November 29, 2021
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DNR Update – Gratitude, new leadership, and 2022 goals

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR I hope everyone is staying well and enjoying the holiday season so far as we approach the end of the year. I can confidently say on behalf of the DNR and all of the staff you work with at ...
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October 8, 2021
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Grow the Land Fund Goal Reached!

When P&TC’s Land Fund was stretched to its max with recent land acquisitions, we reached out to our members to ask for help in funding this critical tool. And you all responded in force to ensure P&TC’s work of acquiring land for parks and trails …

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October 8, 2021
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Parks & Trails Fun Quiz: October

What's in a name? Test your knowledge of the origin, meaning and other fun facts about Minnesota parks and trails names.   October 2021 Fun Quiz 1 / 5 The Gitchi Gami State Trail derives its name from an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) word that means what? ...
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