prairie grass
March 5, 2019
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Metro Projects: capital improvements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$10 millionFully funding P&TC recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2163: Metropolitan Council regional park and open-space land acquisition and improvement funding ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
March 5, 2019
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State Parks: accessibility enhancements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$19.5 millionTBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed ...
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Accessible picnic table at Jay Cooke. Deborah Rose/MnDNR
March 5, 2019
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Preston-Forestville: trail extension

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent bill funding amountStatus$5 millionFully funding P&TC's recommendation. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 952: Root River State Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. ...
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Forested area at Forestville by Jessica Hayssen
March 5, 2019
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail plan

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$2 millionTBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Project ...
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March 5, 2019
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Mill Towns: trail development

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$500,000TBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed Project ...
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Boy biking trail through grasslands
March 5, 2019
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Heartland: trail spur

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$500,000TBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed Project ...
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
March 5, 2019
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Goodhue Pioneer: trail development

For acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing (an unfunded request from 2018).
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March 5, 2019
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Gitchi-Gami: trail development into Lutsen

Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.
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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
March 5, 2019
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Faribault-Northern Links: trail connection

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$750,000Fully funding P&TC's recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2172: Northern Links Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. SF 2160: ...
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vibrant colored photo of downtown Faribault
March 5, 2019
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Cannon Valley: trail improvements

For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure.
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Trail sign along Cannon Valley Trail
March 5, 2019
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Blazing Star: trail extension

Complete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State Park and to the city of Hayward.
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Blazing Star State Trail
March 5, 2019
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Chester Woods Trail Group Builds Relationships with Elected Officials

Over the years, the Chester Woods Trail Group has recognized the value of building and maintaining relationships with elected officials. Working with State Legislators When the group came together back in the mid-90s, they started connecting with their state representatives. One recommendation from their representatives ...
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Group picture with Rep. Nils Pierson.
March 4, 2019
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A History of the Chester Woods Trail Group

From Chester Woods Trail Group The City of Eyota started our trail project in 1993 by having it added to the list of approved State Trails, and other groundwork. The Chester Woods Trail Committee was started in December of 1995 by Eyota Mayor Wes Bussell ...
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Members from the Chester Woods Trail Group pose from a group picture with Senator Carla Nelson.
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