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April 9, 2019
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Spring Clean Up at Lake Maria on April 27

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Please join other park volunteers as we help prepare the park for the summer season. Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and clearing bucktorn near the trail center.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is needed for this ...
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Volunteers stand by the water with the trash they collected during the clean up
April 9, 2019
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Friends of Scandia 2019 Spring Speaker Series

From Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails announces its spring 2019 season of speakers. Events are open to the public. For more information contact Janie O'Connor (651) 481-3152 or friendsscandiaparks@gmail.com. Friends of Scandia members Building Resiliency to Climate Change ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
April 2, 2019
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Minnesota bids farewell to Conservation Pioneer

Martin Kellogg quietly helped create Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage State Park and numerous environmental organizations, dead at 88
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Appropriately named "Sunset Lake" in Glendalough State Park. By Lisa Malmstrom
April 1, 2019
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Walking for Glendalough—24 years and counting

The community around Glendalaugh State Park has a deep connection with and commitment to its state park. Each year, the Glendalough Park Partners hosts the "Walk for Glendalough," a day where visitors walk, bike, or hike the many trails within the park. Many walk participants ...
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Families walk through the forest on a paved trail
March 28, 2019
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2019 Day on the Hill Recap

We had a great day as supporters from all around the state gathered for our annual Day on the Hill event on March 27. Minnesota State Parks and Trails budget is a primary concern for this year's legislative session. Additionally, we continue to advocate that ...
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Group of 50+ people grouped around table with Park & Trails Council logo
March 15, 2019
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P&TC Issues Grants to Seven Friends Groups to Complete Habitat Restoration Projects

Seven volunteer-led friends groups will implement habitat restoration projects at state parks this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include planting trees, protecting young saplings, and diversifying tree canopy.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
February 28, 2019
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Monumental Public Lands Act Passed by Congress

The passage of the Natural Resources Management Act in Congress is a monumental success for the protection of our nation’s public lands, and specifically parks and trails in Minnesota. The Act passed the House on Feb. 26 in a landslide 363-62 vote, two weeks after …

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sunset over lake
February 28, 2019
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Update on DNR’s planning process for OHV campground in NW MN

The DNR expects to release its final location recommendation for building an off-highway vehicle campground (OHVs, see definition) in northwestern Minnesota in late March. This extends the original anticipated timeline from February. The DNR received nearly 1,400 comments during the public-input period of Nov. 26 …

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Hayes Lake on sunny fall day
February 25, 2019
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Trumpeter Swan Photography Program on March 23

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Lake Maria State Park will host an outdoor photography program at the park’s trail center on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 1p.m. Noted outdoor photographer John Pennoyer returns to Lake Maria to share information on Trumpeter Swans and ...
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Early morning along the St. Croix River at Wild River State Park's Sunrise Landing. Backlit trumpeter swan--another Minnesota wildlife success story. by Chuck Kartak
February 8, 2019
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We’ve put all Minnesota state trails on Google Streetview

How often have you wondered what a state trail actually looks like on the ground before you’ve visited? Well, you can put your imagination to rest, because Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota has partnered with Google Maps to allow anyone to “virtually” experience any …

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February 8, 2019
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Board Member Spotlight on Anne Flueckiger

Traveling the globe to lead groups of adventurous women on spectacular outdoor hikes, that’s all just part of the job for Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) board member Anne Flueckiger.

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Anne Flueckiger by wooden arrow signs pointing to "Igaliku" and "Itilleq"
February 8, 2019
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Acquiring a rare pebble beach for Tettegouche State Park

Stunning. That’s how most people think of Minnesota’s Lake Superior shoreline. Yet, amid all the scenery, only a meager number of public beaches exist allowing people to stroll up to the water’s edge; giving a chance to gently step into the frigid water—well at least ...
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Looking to the beach from the park boundary.
January 31, 2019
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2019 Grant Resources Guide is Available

Find funding for your Minnesota park or trail by perusing the 2019 Grant Resources Guide. Each year, Parks & Trails Council gathers information about grant programs that friends groups may be interested in applying for directly or in supporting a public land agency in their ...
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January 23, 2019
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2019 Winter Newsletter

Inside this issue: Our land project for Tettegouche Our 2019 legislative priorities State trails on Google Streetview Meet: Lake Vermilion Trail Work Group Meet: board member Anne Flueckiger

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Cover image of 2019 Winter newsletter
January 22, 2019
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Friends Groups Make an Impact through Grant Program

P&TC secured $50,000 of grant funding from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation in order to launch a multi-year initiative to engage friends groups in implementing habitat restoration projects in state parks. In 2018, five friends groups each received a $5,000 grant to spearhead a location-appropriate, ...
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a group poses with their newly picked prairie seeds