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Glendalough State Park hosts annual walk April 21

By Glendalough Park Partners — The 22nd annual Walk for Glendalough will be Saturday, April 21, at Glendalough State Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the historic Glendalough lodge, which will be open for tours. There is no fee to enter the park on …

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Cleanup the Park at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria State Park — Volunteer Park Cleanup Day Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 2pm Please join other park volunteers as we help prepare the park for the summer season. Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and planting trees. Lunch …

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Totally turtles program at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria — Totally Turtles! On Saturday, April 14, naturalist Emily Roberts’s program covered all of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s native turtles. Kids learned what makes turtles so unique when a volunteer “transformed” into one! Kids even had the opportunity to hand-feed a …

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Monitor your favorite Minnesota lake or stream as a volunteer for MPCA

By Minnesota Pollution Control Agency– In June 2012, Duluth experienced the worst flooding in its history, causing major erosion and damage to area streams and rivers. A few months earlier, Gail Gilliland began monitoring Knowlton Creek in West Duluth as part of the Minnesota Pollution …

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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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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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Friends of Wild River State Park and area school students are a perfect match

CHISAGO — Friends of Wild River State Park has partnered with the Chisago Lake School District Life Work Center (LWC) to engage with students in the outdoors, in safe and enjoyable ways, during all seasons. At their annual meeting and pancake breakfast, the Friends Group …

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Loon Program at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria MONTICELLO – Lake Maria State Park will host an outdoor photography program at the park’s nature center on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 1p.m. Noted outdoor photographer John Pennoyer returns to Lake Maria to share tips on Common Loons and …

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Group shot of the 2018 Day on the Hill attendees

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. With presentations on our legislative agenda, tips on meeting with legislators and the media, and grant funding opportunities ...
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Our Testimony Opposing ATVs in State Parks

The following testimony was read by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s executive director on Tuesday, March 6 at the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.   Chair Fabian, and members of the committee, My name is Brett Feldman. I’m the executive director …

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Woman pointing to "No ATVs Permitted" sign along Taconite State Trail

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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2018 Grant Guide Released

No need to spend hours online trying to find these opportunities--we've compiled it all here in our 2018 Grant Guide.
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Harmony-Preston: trail development

Trail Extension Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border. 2018 Need $1.5 million Project Impact When complete, the Preston-Forestville State Trail will connect the existing Root River and Harmony-Preston State Trails to Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park. To date, one mile ...
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Goodhue Pioneer: trail development

Trail Development To continue the development of this trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing, Minn. 2018 Need $1,865,000 Project Impact When complete, the trail will connect Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazzeppa, Bellechester and Pine Island for a distance of 47 miles. Grassroots Initiative In partnership ...
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Bicyclist on the Cannon Valley trail

Cannon Valley: trail improvements

Trail Improvements For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure. 2018 Need $2.84 million Project Impact The Cannon Valley Trail is a premier 20-mile trail in Goodhue County connecting Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing. The trail offers a nature immersion experience close ...
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