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Advocacy News

June 15, 2018
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Gateway State Trail: Tunnel Crossing

Project Overview: Improve user safety by constructing a tunnel for the trail to cross under Hadley Ave, which currently challenging to cross because the street exceeds 8,000 vehicles per day.
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Bicyclists riding at underpass
May 31, 2018
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Nineteen projects receive funding during 2018 legislative session

Overall, the 2018 legislative session was a fairly good one for parks and trails. On May 30, Gov. Dayton signed the bonding bill, which included funding for 19 of the 25 projects we were advocating for in our legislative agenda this year. Projects receiving full …

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May 31, 2018
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2018 Legislative Recap

The 2018 legislative session closed with a flurry of activity over its final weekend, and a host of bills were passed in the final hours of session that impact Minnesota’s parks and trails. Now that the legislature is adjourned until next year and all the …

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May 30, 2018
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Glendalough: center & trailhead

Project Overview: A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park.
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Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead
May 30, 2018
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

Project 1: Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail. Project 2: Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.
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May 30, 2018
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Harmony-Preston: trail development

Project Overview: Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border.
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May 30, 2018
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Chester Woods: trail development

Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview Building a trail connecting Rochester to Chester Woods County Park. 2018 Identified Need $2.5 million Project Impact The Chester Woods State Trail, part of the planned Whitewater Country Loop Trail, will connect Rochester to Chester Woods ...
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Turkeys cross the Munger Trail
May 30, 2018
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Minneopa: land acquisition

Courtesy of Randy Wood Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview To acquire 80 acres within Minneopa State Park along a key habitat corridor for rare and endangered species including the American bald eagle, western foxsnake, shovel sturgeon, and small white lady slipper. ...
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Bison at Minneopa State Park September 2017 by Sheryl Hindermann
May 30, 2018
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Metro Projects: capitol improvements

Charles Miller / P&TC Photo Contest Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview To improve and expand Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails 2018 Identified Need $15 million Project Impact The Metropolitan Regional Park System is owned and operated by 10 implementing agencies across ...
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May 30, 2018
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Heartland: trail spur

Heartland State Trail Jelieta Walinski, Ph.D/P&TC Photo Contest Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview For predesign and engineering of a 25-mile spur of the Heartland State Trail that will connect Itasca State Park to Park Rapids. 2018 Identified Need $500,000 Project Impact ...
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May 30, 2018
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Preston-Forestville: trail extension

MnDNR Master Plan Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview A trail extension connecting Preston to Carimona. 2018 Identified Need $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 ...
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Preston to Forestville State Trail scenery
May 30, 2018
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Mill Towns: trail development

Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview Develop one mile of new trail near Dundas and rehabilitating three miles of trail between Dundas and Northfield, Minn. 2018 Identified Need $1 million Project Impact The Mill Towns State Trail is a partially completed trail ...
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May 30, 2018
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State Parks: rehab

Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview Renew state park visitor facilities that have fallen into disrepair. 2018 Identified Need $20 million Project Impact Many visitor facilities across the state park system is dilapidated, and funding is needed for rehabilitation and renewal. Potential ...
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May 30, 2018
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Gitchi-Gami: trail development

Courtesy of Gitchi Gami Trail Association Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview Project 1:  Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments. Project 2:  Build a 1.2-mile trail extension into Tofte. 2018 Funding Needs ...
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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
May 30, 2018
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Local Projects: grants

Henry's Woods Park Wendy Schlueter / P&TC Photo Contest Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR: Local Trail Connection Grants Outdoor Recreation ...
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