Local Initiative Grants – Regional Parks and Natural Areas

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
MN DNR and Wright County
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2008
End Date
June 2011
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2008, Chp. 367, Sec. 2, Subd. 03j
Appropriation Language

$1,000,000 is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for a grant to Wright County for land acquisition for a proposed regional park on the Bertram Chain of Lakes in Wright County. If the acquisition for a proposed regional park on the Bertram Chain of Lakes is not completed by June 30, 2010, then the appropriation is available for matching grants to other local governments for acquisition of regional parks and natural and scenic areas as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 85.019, subdivisions 2, paragraph (b), and 4a. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2011, at which time the project must be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is specified in the work program.

2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Overall Project Outcome and Results
The first phase of acquisition for the proposed regional park on the Bertram Chain of Lakes in Wright County was completed in December 2008 with the acquisition of 319 acres having a total purchase price of $3.6 million. This land will form the nucleus of a new regional park that, when acquisition is completed, will total approximately 1,200 acres. A map showing the area acquired is included in the final report. The lake shore acquired through this first phase, including shore land on one of the largest of the chain of lakes (Long Lake), totals 6,279 linear feet.

This is the first of a series of acquisitions for the Bertram Chain of Lakes project. Wright County and the City of Monticello have a MOU with the YMCA of Minneapolis, owner of the property, until 12-31-2013 to complete the entire purchase. Funding for this first phase includes the $1 million appropriated through this subdivision as well as $200,000 from a grant through the Metro Greenways program.

The goal is to complete acquisition of the entire 1,200 acres (approximately 200 acres of lakes and 1,000 acres of land), including four undeveloped lakes (consisting of 5.75 miles of shore land and 1.5 miles of streams) in Wright County (Monticello Township/Monticello City). The land will be used for the preservation and protection of shore land, open space, natural resources and access for public recreation and enjoyment.

Project Results and Dissemination
Several site tours of the proposed park property have been conducted by Wright County and the City of Monticello for legislators, state and local government staff and officials, and other interested individuals. Background information, photos and maps have been disseminated to explain the proposed project and illustrate the features of the landscape.

Project Details