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May 30, 2018

Frontenac: land acquisition

Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

Expand the boundary and acquire 159 acres of restored blufflands that Parks & Trails Council purchased and is holding in trust for the park.

2018 Identified Need


Project Impact

At the border of Frontenac State Park, near it’s entrance, lays land that holds outstanding natural beauty and a view to behold. In 2017 the owner put the land up for sale, thus presenting a small window of opportunity to protect this land for future generations to enjoy as part of the park. Parks & Trails Council began discussions right away, knowing that if the landowner sold to a private entity that would likely put an end to any future use as parkland, perhaps forever. This land holds a bluff overlooking the Pleasant Valley Creek and Lakelet as well as restored prairie and oak savanna lands.

While the beauty and location of this land makes it a natural addition for the park, it is currently outside the statutory boundary of the park. As such Parks & Trails Council is dedicated to leading the effort to incorporate this land into the boundary and park ownership.

Project Support

Grassroots initiative in partnership with Frontenac State Park Association

Bill Status: Passed & Signed

  1. Bills (HF 3130 & SF 2776) drafted that adjust the boundary of Frontenac State Park to include an additional 159 acres of restored blufflands. Note: this does not provide funding to acquire the land, which will likely come in future years.
  2. Bills referred to committees.
  3. Bills included in omnibus land-provision bill (SF 3168) on
  4. Bill pass unanimously on Senate floor on 5/10/18 and House floor on 5/17/18
  5. Bill signed into law by Gov. Dayton on 5/20/18

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded
$900,000$0 - but the boundary was successfully adjusted

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