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July 13, 2018
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Parks & Trails Council conveys 154-acre property to Sibley State Park

(NEW LONDON, MN)– A multi-year effort to add key land to Sibley State Park was finalized on June 20 as Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota sold the 154-acre property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 ...
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The rolling grasslands with pond at Sibley State Park
June 27, 2018
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Volunteers install 400 tree cages at Itasca State Park

Itasca is well-known for its old-growth trees. But growing the next generation has been a challenge as deer have been eating and destroying the young trees. In 2009, park staff planted a 65-acre region known as the Bear Paw Restoration.
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Four volunteers in woods with fencing
June 18, 2018
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Friends respond to emerald ash borer by planting maples at Maplewood State Park

In a project coordinated by the Friends of Maplewood State Park and DNR staff, 15 sugar maple trees have been planted in the park. The newly planted trees, which are between six to ten feet tall, are a proactive response to the threat posed by the invasive insect known as emerald ash borer (EAB)
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Tree Planting at Maplewood State Park
June 11, 2018
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BSA Scouts Join Friends of Wild River to Protect Young Oak Trees

On National Get Outdoors Day, youth with a troop of Boy Scouts of America put on their sunscreen and bug spray and “got outdoors” at Wild River State Park. They joined the Friends of Wild River and a DNR naturalist to tackle a conservation project …

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June 8, 2018
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$750,000 Trail Center Bonding Approved – Glendalough State Park

The Glendalough Citizens Advisory Board was recently informed that Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2018 bonding bill which includes $750,000 for pre-design, design and construction for a new trail and visitor facility in Glendalough State Park. The bonding will augment more than $200,000 of private …

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June 5, 2018
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Frontenac to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 9

From Frontenac State Park Association — Volunteers from Frontenac State Park Association are partnering with park staff to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9 from 1 – 3 pm. The park will offer guided nature walks, information about the park’s bluebird nesting …

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June 3, 2018
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Photos from the June 2 planting party

On June 2, volunteers from the Frontenac State Park Association along with park staff, planted several oak trees and native forbes in the park. The event was funded in part by a grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
May 30, 2018
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Glendalough: center & trailhead

Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Project Overview A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park. 2018 Identified Need $750,000 Project Impact In 2014 a new bike trail opened connecting Glendalough State Park to nearby ...
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Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead
May 29, 2018
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Planting Party Set for June 2nd

On Saturday, June 2, Frontenac State Park Association is hosting a volunteer planting party as part of an oak savanna restoration in the park. Anyone with a willingness to dig in the dirt and get a little sweaty is welcome to volunteer between 9am – …

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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
May 18, 2018
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Nerstrand Big Woods State Park being enhanced with two volunteer projects this summer

Volunteers from the Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty as they partner with park staff on two exciting projects this summer. The first project is a habitat restoration project on half an acre near the main …

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May 4, 2018
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Leaf Mountain Foot Race at Glacial Lakes State Park on 9/22/18

This first annual “Barkley” style marathon at Glacial Lakes State Park was inspired by the exciting and rigorous Barkley 100-mile Marathon in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. While that particular marathon has inspired books and Netflix documentaries, the Leaf Mountain Foot race will take …

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May 4, 2018
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P&TC awards $5,000 grants to Friends Groups for restoration projects in state parks

Five volunteer-led Friends Groups have each received a $5,000 grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to spearhead habitat restoration projects within state parks. Parks & Trails Council worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to identify potential projects and overlap them with …

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April 20, 2018
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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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April 20, 2018
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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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April 20, 2018
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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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