Magney Circle

Our Magney Circle members demonstrate a strong commitment to Minnesota’s magnificent natural areas with annual support of $500 or more.

Join the Magney Circle and you’ll receive:

  • Invitations to attend special Magney Circle events, where you will explore parks and trails behind the scenes, learn from land managers, engage in interesting discussion about parks and trails.
  • Opportunities to get to know other Magney Circle members
  • Special recognition in Parks & Trails Council publications including our newsletter and annual report and at the Annual Dinner and other events.
  • All tax benefits allowed for contribution to a 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • The benefit of know you are making a difference for the special places you cherish, following the legacy of Judge Magney
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About Judge C.R. Magney

Judge CR Magney on the North Shore

The Magney Circle is named in honor of one of our founders, Judge Magney.

Born the son of humble parents, Magney grew to have a distinguished career as a judge with a passion for ensuring nature’s beauty be preserved for everyone.

His advocacy first took shape in 1917 when elected mayor of Duluth when he promptly acted to expand the city’s park system to 6,000 acres and double the size of Jay Cooke State Park.

Later, in his “spare time” he created the stunning array of parks along the North Shore. He did this through sheer determination and aided by his extensive knowledge of the law. He rolled up his sleeves and began securing options, preparing plans, and drawing up legislative bills which he then presented in face-to-face meetings with members of the Minnesota Legislature, trying to convince them of the importance of protecting this land for everyone.

Judge Magney understood that Minnesota’s most magnificent natural areas should be appreciated and accessible to all people, not just those who could afford to acquire them. As he put it, “Our state parks are every person’s country estate.”

Selected Writings on Judge C.R. Magney

A story of dedication
~ excerpt from “Our Citizens and State Parks” by Samuel H. Morgan

Reflections on Judge C.R. Magney
~ Speech by Hon. Oscar R. Knutson at dedication of the state park