Connecting People to the Outdoors -A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$452,466
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$433,189
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,005
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$493,555
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$266,707
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
N/A
Start Date
July 2011
Activity Type
Fund Administration
Planning
Analysis/Interpretation
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$452,466
Number of full time equivalents funded
24.4
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 19 Parks and Trails will provide Legacy-funded support to central office regional and field operations of three critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.
(see those programs for a summary of proposed outcomes).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$433,189
Number of full time equivalents funded
24.4
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 18 Parks and Trails will provide Legacy-funded support to central office regional and field operations of three critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.
(see those programs for a summary of proposed outcomes).

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 18 this program provided support to central office regional and field operations of three (3) critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.
(see those programs for a summary of accomplishments).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,005
Number of full time equivalents funded
24.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 17 Parks and Trails will provide Legacy-funded support to central office regional and field operations of three (3) critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 17 this program provided support to central office regional and field operations of three (3) critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.
(see those programs for a summary of accomplishments).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$493,555
Direct expenses
$217,000
Administration costs
$276,555
Number of full time equivalents funded
24.6
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 16 Parks and Trails will provide Legacy-funded support to central office regional and field operations of three (3) critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 16 this program provided support to central office regional and field operations of three (3) critical programs (and their component projects) that advance the Legacy mission of Connecting People to the Outdoors:
1. Education and Interpretive Services;
2. Outreach public affairs and web; and
3. Information Technology.
(see those programs for a summary of accomplishments).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$266,707
Number of full time equivalents funded
20.15
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,500
Number of full time equivalents funded
25.0
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
Direct expenses
$1,967,250
Administration costs
$182,750
Number of full time equivalents funded
30.0
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$2100000 the first year is for acquisition of land adjacent to LaSalle Lake in Hubbard County for a state recreation area.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
Direct expenses
$1,967,250
Administration costs
$182,750
Number of full time equivalents funded
30.0
Project Overview

“Connecting People to the Outdoors- A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘better develop Minnesota’s stewards of tomorrow through efforts to increase life-long participation in parks and trails.’
The purpose of this program is to call attention to the pillar, but also to centralize and streamline reporting on other related programs within the pillar. Thus, this program captures all the information about what are known as “direct and necessary” administrative costs of managing the three other programs that make up this pillar, as well as all information on the number of full time equivalent (or FTE) positions supported by the Legacy funds allocated to DNR Parks and Trails under this pillar.
Direct and necessary administrative costs include a wide range of activities, such as accounting and managerial expertise; a list of administrative activities has been compiled in Minnesota Management and Budget’s Guidance to Agencies on Legacy Fund Expenditure.
Other costs included in this program include direct, non-administrative costs of doing the work of Connecting People to the Outdoors that do not fall directly in one of the three related programs. This includes a range of professional staff or contractor services and materials needed to do the work.
FTEs reported here are consistent with the guidelines provided by the Legislative Coordinating Commission.

About the Issue

Resulting from the 25-year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan, the Minnesota Legislature instructed the DNR Division of Parks and Trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

In addition, the MN Legislature directed all recipients of Legacy funds to report all direct expenses, administration costs, and number of full time equivalents (FTE's) funded by Legacy dollars.

Project Manager
First Name
Rachel
Last Name
Hopper
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
Saint Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5578
Email
rachel.hopper@state.mn.us