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August 1, 2018
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State Park digital maps now track you on the trail

Getting away from it all and traveling down a remote trail in the woods has all the makings for a great adventure. Unless of course you get lost. If you or someone you know is at all uneasy about this possibility, you may be interested …

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Person holding a GeoPDF showing their location (blue dot) at Itasca headwaters
July 31, 2018
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#ResearchBike adventure underway

Collecting data on the condition of all the paved state trails in Minnesota Have you ever thought about biking all 600 miles of the paved state trails in Minnesota? Well, that’s what our intern, Karl, is doing this summer. And you can follow his journey, …

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Parks & Trails Council's Research Bike
July 30, 2018
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Keeping Our River Clean – Annual St. Croix River Cleanup

The Friends of Wild River State Park has an annual summer tradition of gathering to canoe down part of the river—from Sunrise Landing to Wild River State Park Landing—to clean up any trash found along the way.
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July 23, 2018
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Music Fills the Air at Maplewood State Park

Community members flocked to Maplewood State Park to attend two music concerts
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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
July 6, 2018
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2018 Summer Newsletter

Inside this issue: Empowering volunteers to help restore landscapes List of projects funded by 2018 legislature Friends of Father Hennepin state park and more

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July 5, 2018
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DNR and city seek public input on Gitchi-Gami trail development

The MnDNR will host an open house on July 12 to discuss and get feedback on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail's newest planned segment from Grand Marais-to-Cutface.
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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
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 25, 2018
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DNR upgrades outdoor recreation maps for mobile devices

From MnDNR – Navigating Minnesota’s woods and waters with a mobile device is now easier than ever with new digital maps available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Cartographers in the Parks and Trails Division have recently upgraded nearly all of the maps for Minnesota …

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Looking at GeoPDF Map on mobile device
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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Vermilion Ridge Campground Grand Opening

Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State ParkState Parks director Erika Rivers talks to crowd celebrating the campground openingSen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has supported the continued development of this parkDNR commissioner Tom Landwehr Campers settling in at new campgroundShelter in the ...
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Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State Park
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 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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