May 20, 2022
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Minnesota bids farewell to lifelong environmental activist, Grant Merritt dies at 88

Grant Merritt served on Parks & Trails Council’s board of directors for 11 years, including as president from 2004-2006. His commitment to the organization remained steadfast as he continued to serve on P&TC committees through this year. Grant’s lifetime of hard work, innovation and results on behalf of the Great Outdoors earned him Parks & Trails Council’s prestigious Reuel Harmon Award in 2018.
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snowshoers walk on the trail in the prairie
May 5, 2022
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NorthStar Trail Travelers Events Update

NorthStar Trail Travelers started the year off with a winter snowshoe event on Saturday, February 12, at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park by Northfield. It was a very cold day but 13 diehard souls showed up and enjoyed seeing the falls frozen over. In May, ...
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April 28, 2022
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Digging in at three mountain bike trails

Research conducted last summer is shedding light on this situation through the use of detailed trail counts and visitor intercept surveys from three Minnesota destinations.
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April 15, 2022
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Updated Land Plan upholds our commitment to parks and trails

This year, we worked to uphold our commitment to this work by completing an update to our Land Acquisition Plan. This document lays out the principles that form the bedrock of this program, as well as the criteria we apply in evaluating potential projects.
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March 31, 2022
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Community Support for the Mill Towns State Trail

Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail has been a steadfast supporter and local advocate for the Mill Towns State Trail. From advocacy to financial contributions, the friends continue to work behind the scenes to move trail development forward throughout the trail corridor. The group's ...
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new paved trail segment with fields on each side
March 31, 2022
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Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Overview

From Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association is garnering community support for trail development. Read the article in Redwood Gazette March 24, 2022 edition: "Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail" Read the full story
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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
March 15, 2022
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Eight friends groups receive grants from P&TC in 2022

Parks & Trails Council continues its popular friends group grant program in 2022 by issuing grants ranging from $350-$3,450 to eight friends groups. As a stewardship partner to specific parks and trails, friends groups can play a significant role in supporting habitat restoration efforts, trail ...
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March 15, 2022
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Friends joined park manager interview process

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park It Never Hurts to Ask Like the average person, I guess, I’m not very good at asking for assistance in most endeavors. However, when the Park Manager’s position opened up at Lake Maria State Park, it occurred to ...
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March 11, 2022
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Ashley’s departure from P&TC

Dear friends group leaders, With bittersweet energy I am sharing that I will be leaving Parks & Trails Council. I have truly enjoyed cultivating lasting relationships with friends group leaders, DNR representatives, and colleagues alike, all in an effort to support Minnesota's great parks and ...
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group of volunteers stands next to buckthorn pile
March 1, 2022
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2021 Friends Group Habitat Restoration Grants Recap

In 2021, Parks & Trails Council partnered with nine friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state and regional parks and trails. See the recap below. 2021 by the Numbers $7,500 $4,360 9 82 8.5 921 Funds granted Local cash match Friends Group Partners ...
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Wooden sign mounted between stone pillars
February 24, 2022
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Meet the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park

Friends Group Since Established in 2002. Mission To provide support for reasonable improvement, maintenance, protection, and expansion of Lake Shetek State Park for the benefit of present and future generations. Recent Events: Fall Festival Continuing an annual tradition, the friends group helped host the park’s …

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Snowy landscape with old barn and tractor
February 17, 2022
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New era as farm turns to parkland for William O’Brien

Bit by bit, P&TC has been acquiring the remaining private lands within this park, including our latest acquisition of 60 acres from Myron Lindgren last December (see map).
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February 16, 2022
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Special Places Newsletter – Winter 2022

From the President | 2022 Legislative Priorities | Land Project for William O'Brien State Park | Earth Day event | Lake Shetek State Park and its friends
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February 15, 2022
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Parks & Trails Fun Quiz: February 2022

What happens with Minnesota's wildlife in winter? Test your knowledge of how animals survive in Minnesota parks and trails during winter.
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clouds
February 14, 2022
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Priorities for 2022 legislative session

Letter from Parks & Trails Council President. If we've learned anything during the pandemic it is how important parks and trails are to all of our lives. And while the explosion in their use has been especially pronounced over the past two years, the truth of the matter is that growth in visitation is well evidenced over the past decade.
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