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Bison at Minneopa State Park September 2017 by Sheryl Hindermann
May 30, 2018

Minneopa: land acquisition

Courtesy of Randy Wood
Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

To acquire 80 acres within Minneopa State Park along a key habitat corridor for rare and endangered species including the American bald eagle, western foxsnake, shovel sturgeon, and small white lady slipper.

2018 Identified Need


Project Impact

This acquisition would protect cultural resources, provide for sustainable wildlife habitat and new hiking, bird watching and interpretive programs.

Project Support

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has recommended this project to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Bill Status: Passed & Signed

  1. Bonding Bill (HF 4425) introduced that includes an appropriation of $2,500,000 from the Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund to acquire about 163 acres of high-priority in holdings from willing sellers within the legislatively authorized boundaries of state parks and trails in order to protect Minnesota’s natural heritage, enhance outdoor recreational opportunities, and improve the efficiency of public land management. Priorities include but are not limited to Tettegouche, Sibley, and Minneopa State Parks and the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. A list of proposed acquisitions is required in the work plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
  2. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  3. Signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded
$250,000Fully funded (portion of $2.5 million combined with other projects)

Other Investment Projects on P&TC's 2018 Legislative Agenda