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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
January 22, 2019
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Winter Events on the Gateway

Candlelight Trail Walk Friday, January 25, 5pm-9pm Trails lit by candles are beautiful and almost magical. Join us for this popular annual event starting from Wildwood Elementary, Mahtomedi (8698 75th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082). Event page Annual Gasthaus Cross-Country Ski Snowshoe Event Saturday, February 2, ...
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three skiers
December 3, 2018
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Let the DNR know that you oppose allowing ATVs in all state parks, including Hayes Lake State Park

On Nov. 26, 2018 the DNR announced a 30-day public comment period to provide feedback on their efforts to build an OHV campground near or within Hayes Lake State Park.

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Hayes Lake on sunny fall day
November 29, 2018
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Friends prepare to install nature playground in Lake Bemidji State Park

From Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park has embarked on a long-term to build a new nature playground in the park. They did much of the work in three weekends, with the help of members of the friends group, boy ...
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A young girl rakes the soil
November 20, 2018
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Meet the Lake Vermilion Trail Work Group

More the 30 years ago, the conversation started among residents and the Lake Vermilion Resort Association about the possibility of building a paved, recreational trail to connect people to the beautiful scenery in the Lake Vermilion area.
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Two men standing behind tabling booth
November 9, 2018
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Celebrate the Mill Towns Trail Groundbreaking

The next phase of construction on the Mill Towns Trail will begin soon. Come join trail supporters on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm to celebrate the groundbreaking. The event will be held at the White Sands Trailhead at 900 Lyndale Ave. N in Faribault.

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A kid peddles away on his bike
November 5, 2018
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#OptOutside with Friends of Lake Maria

Celebrate the day after a caloric Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with a healthy and free walk in the park. All Minnesota state parks will waive the $7 daily entrance fee on Friday, November 23, 2018.
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