man bicycling on fresh pavement
February 10, 2022
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2022 Legislative Monitoring: Community-driven trail projects

We support volunteer friends groups to advocate for trail projects in their communities. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update this table throughout the session. Casey Jones State ...
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February 10, 2022
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2022 Legislative Monitoring: BIPOC Programs

We encourage legislative efforts to develop new programs that welcome more BIPOC communities into parks and trails. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update this table throughout the ...
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February 10, 2022
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2022 Legislative Monitoring: No OHVs in state parks

We oppose all efforts to introduce or expand the use of motorized, off-highway vehicles in state parks and alongside state trails. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update ...
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February 10, 2022
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Tracks & Trails – Winter 2022

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Walk for Glendalough Friends Group Impact Report Lights Out Migration Winter Animal Tracks Year 1 at Glendalough history Click image to read newsletter Go to friends' main page
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Minnesota State Capitol Dome
February 10, 2022
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2022 Legislative Monitoring: Capital Improvement Projects

We support funding the agencies' requests for capital improvement projects at state and regional parks and trails. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update this table throughout the ...
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February 7, 2022
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Friends of Scandia Newsletter 2022

From Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails In This Issue Gateway extension Plant Walks Lilleskogen Invasive Shrub Removal Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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February 7, 2022
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Lake Maria Messenger – Winter 2022

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Trumpeter swans Winter animal adaptations Trail conditions New member welcome Animal tracks Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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blooming flowers and walking paths in front of building
February 3, 2022
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Friends have embarked on ambitious $1,000,000 fundraising campaign

A new nature center is getting built at Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo, and the Friends of Oxbow is rallying support to enhance the nature center experience once it's constructed. Since the '80s, Friends of Oxbow has been supporting the park's educational, environmental, and recreational ...
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January 26, 2022
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Special Events

Details One way that friends groups engage community members is through special events. These events provide people with a connection to the park or trail, they may help raise funds for the group, and they promote the stewardship work the friends group provides. Hear from ...
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Person stands at intersection of chemically treated buckthorn and untreated buckthorn
January 19, 2022
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Friends’ long-term interventions to manage invasive buckthorn

From Friends of Chester Woods Much of Chester Woods is infiltrated with buckthorn and other woody invasive specis, especially in the undeveloped areas of our park. We have forested areas where buckthorn is almost the exclusive species on the forest floor. The Friends of Chester ...
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volunteer in a bright yellow vest
January 4, 2022
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Volunteering with the DNR – Survey

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a safe, healthy celebration of the winter holidays and got the opportunity to spend a bit extra time at our state parks and trails. As I write this, I’m planning ...
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Five people waking in the woods
December 17, 2021
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Welcome along on a forest bath

Forest bathing: what an intriguing term. Have you heard about this idea? If you’re like me, you’ve seen the idea popping up here and there, but have never come across a satisfying explanation of what it is, exactly. So, when I saw an opportunity to participate in a 2-hour, guided forest-bathing session at a nearby park, I jumped at the chance to finally figure out this mystery.
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December 17, 2021
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Through the Gateway – Fall/Winter 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's Letter DNR Update Native Plant Restoration Volunteers Award Click image to read newsletter Go to friends' main page
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Two volunteers stand next to tandem bicycle with twinkle lights on wheels
December 16, 2021
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2021 Recap – Friends of the Jackson County Trails

From Friends of the Jackson County Trails In This Issue Trail Projects Bicycle Friendly Community Status Activity Highlights Click image to read Go to friends' main page
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Attendees watch live music in visitor center
December 14, 2021
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700 people listen to music at Lake Bemidji summer concert series

From Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park At Lake Bemidji State Park this summer, park visitors had the opportunity to listen to live music 13 times in July, August, and September. Local musicians, like the Bemidji Bogtrotters and Not Your Average Family Band, took to ...
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