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February 7, 2018
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State Trails: rehabilitation

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded
$12 millionAn unspecified portion of the $36 million appropriated to the DNR overall could be used on this project.

Funding Source

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General Obligation Bonds & Trust Fund Bonds

Final Bill » Law

Bonding Bill H.F.No. 4425

Session Law Chapter 214: Article 1: Capital Improvement Appropriations: Sec. 7 Natural Resources

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Session Law Chapter 214: Article 6: Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriation Bond, Sec. 4: Special Appropriations Trust Funds Bonds, Subd 5: Natural Resources

Final Language in Law

Subd. 2. Natural Resources Asset Preservation $26,581,000
For the renovation of state-owned facilities and recreational assets operated by the commissioner of natural resources to be spent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946, the commissioner may use this appropriation to replace buildings if, considering the embedded energy in the building, that is the most energy-efficient and carbon-reducing method of renovation.

Subd. 4. Acquisition and Betterment of Buildings $6,000,000
For acquisition, predesign, design, and construction to replace existing facilities that no longer meet the business needs of the department; for the predesign, design, and construction of a drill core facility in Hibbing; and for the design and construction of storage facilities.

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(1) Natural Resources Asset Preservation $3,419,000
For the renovation of state-owned facilities and recreational assets within units of the outdoor recreation system classified under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, operated by the commissioner of natural resources to be spent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946, the commissioner may use this appropriation to replace buildings if, considering the embedded energy in the building, that is the most energy-efficient and carbon-reducing method of renovation.

Proposed Project Overview

To rehabilitate Minnesota’s state trails and bridges

2018 Identified Need

$12 million

Project Impact

The Minnesota State Trail System consists of over 600 miles of paved biking and hiking trails across Minnesota, plus another 900+ miles of natural surface trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and equestrians. The system is aging, and includes 100+ bridges over 100 years old. Rehabilitation dollars are badly needed to bring the system back up to shape.

Project Support

Project identified by the MnDNR as a priority

Bill Status: Passed & Signed

  1. Bonding Bill (HF 4425) introduced that includes an appropriation of
    1. $3,419,000 for the renovation of state-owned facilities and recreational assets within units of the outdoor recreation system classified under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, operated by the commissioner of natural resources to be spent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946, the commissioner may use this appropriation to replace buildings if, considering the embedded energy in the building, that is the most energy-efficient and carbon-reducing method of renovation.
    2. $26,581,000 for the renovation of state-owned facilities and recreational assets operated by the commissioner of natural resources to be spent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 84.946, the commissioner may use this appropriation to replace buildings if, considering the embedded energy in the building, that is the most energy-efficient and carbon-reducing method of renovation.
    3. $6,000,000 for acquisition, predesign, design, and construction to replace existing facilities that no longer meet the business needs of the department; for the predesign, design, and construction of a drill core facility in Hibbing; and for the design and construction of storage facilities.
  2. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  3. Signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

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