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March 31, 2020
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State Park campgrounds closed until May 1

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) announced that ALL campgrounds in state parks, recreation areas and forests will be closed until May 1, 2020. Parks & Trails Council fully supports this decision, which is important to protect our state's health, even as it may deliver a blow to Minnesota State Parks and Trails' budget.
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March 24, 2020
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DNR invites public comment on timber harvests at Father Hennepin State Park

Open house at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park has been postponed The Department of Natural Resources is amending the management plan for Father Hennepin State Park, located on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake. The amendment will allow timber harvest activities that are planned ...
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A stunning sunrise from the breathtaking vista of Frontenac State Park overlooking beautiful Lake Pepin
March 23, 2020
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We’re adjusting, but staying committed to protecting parks and trails

A letter from our executive director Our commitment to Minnesota's parks and trails has never been stronger Ten days ago the Parks & Trails Council office was bustling with the activity of a statewide nonprofit working on multiple fronts. Lisa was making arrangements for our ...
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February 27, 2020
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Status of 2020 Legislative Priority – Local and Regional Grants

One of our priorities during the 2020 Legislature supporting an appropriation of $4 million to fund the grant programs established under Minnesota Stat. 85.019. These grants have provided critical funds for acquiring, developing, and enhancing parks and trails within city or regional systems. FormatDateAmountDocMn DNRRequestJanuary ...
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February 27, 2020
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Status of 2020 Legislative Priority – Infrastructure

Fix critical infrastructure in state parks and trails One of our priorities during the 2020 Legislature is to address the backlog of maintenance for state parks and trails buildings and other assets, such as shower buildings, trail bridges, water systems, etc. The agency’s assessment shows ...
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February 26, 2020
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Steve Thorne

Adept advocate for parks and trails
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Father and daughter look over lake Superior with bikes
February 11, 2020
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Gitchi-Gami Trail Rider – Winter Newsletter

From Gitchi-Gami Trail Association   In This Issue Partnership to build a trail Trail Coordinator's report Executive Director's report Databike Trail Tales field trip Photo: Courtesy of Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Click to download Go to friends' main page
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singers entertain under the shade of the picnic shelter
January 31, 2020
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First ever newsletter for Lake Louise State Park Association

From Lake Louise State Park Association In This Issue Manager update Winter in the Park Open House recap Candlelight Walk recap 2020 event planning Photo by: Cindy Hamlin Click to download Go to friends' main page
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friends and youth celebrate having planted a tree
January 29, 2020
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Partnership restores patches of habitat at seven state parks

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council partnered with seven friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state parks. This work was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation. 2019 by the Numbers $25,364 7 237 11 493 Funds granted ...
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January 13, 2020
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Special Places Newsletter – Winter 2020

Inside this issue: Outdoors news briefs Land Protection: Tettegouche State Park, a new project Policy: 2020 Legislative Agenda Policy: Land and Water Conservation Fund Community: Upcoming events Community: Heartland-Itasca Spur Trail

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shovels and trees that are ready to be planted
January 6, 2020
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Behind the scenes: Planning a Centennial Celebration for Whitewater State Park

From Friends of Whitewater State Park The Centennial of a park is a BIG deal! It is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, the naturalists at Whitewater State Park, which was established in 1919, put together a plan to host a special event each month of ...
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Group gathered outside
December 11, 2019
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2019 Friends Group Workshops – In Review

Looking back at the friends group regional workshops In 2019, four regional workshops brought together friends group leaders from across Minnesota to network and discuss topics relevant to friends groups. Let's look back at those workshops to see what we've learned! 139Participants 38Friends Groups Represented ...
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Winter group picture at event
November 25, 2019
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Sharing your park or trail with your family this holiday season

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR Sharing your park is caring for your park (or trail!). While some of you may seek solace from the stresses of the holiday season by taking some alone time in nature, don’t forget to bring your friends, family, and ...
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November 21, 2019
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“Milkweed and Monarchs” and other news at Glendalough

From Glendalough Park Partners fall 2019 newsletter Hikers and bikers observed two resurgences along the Glendalough trails in the summer of 2019 – milkweed and monarch butterflies. The interdependence of these two prairie natives cannot be overstated. Click to read full newsletter The monarch butterfly ...
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kids sit in meditation with park ranger outside
November 21, 2019
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Engaging Younger and More Diverse Audiences

From Ashley Pethan, Friends Group Coordinator, P&TC A common question I hear from friends groups is: How do we get more young people involved? You're not alone. This question is being asked by organizations all over the country in the outdoor recreation and conservation sector. ...
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