Minnesota State Parks and Trails Land Acquisition

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$533,063
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,111,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$838,045
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$737,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,600,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2010
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$533,063
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations. Leverage Legacy funds to provide enhancement and flexibility to acquire highest priority parcels located within State Park statutory designated boundary and State Trail legislatively authorized corridors.

DNR will seek to acquire approximately 77 new acres of priority state park and trail inholdings and connections during FY 2019 guided by the principles in the DNR Parks and Trails System Plan.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$500,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations. Leverage Legacy funds to provide enhancement and flexibility to acquire highest priority parcels located within State Park statutory designated boundary and State Trail legislatively authorized corridors.

DNR will seek to acquire approximately 26 new acres of priority state park inholdings during FY 2018 guided by the principles in the DNR Parks and Trails System Plan.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Acquisitions in FY18 using Legacy dollars included three parcels totaling 16.35 acres. Units with acquisitions included the Mill Towns State Trail Maplewood State Park (a 14.75 acre island) and Heartland State Trail.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$1,111,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations. Leverage Legacy funds to provide enhancement and flexibility to acquire highest priority parcels located within State Park statutory designated boundary and State Trail legislatively authorized corridors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Acquisitions in FY17 using Legacy dollars included one parcel on the Heartland State Trail totaling 0.78 acres.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$838,045
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Acquisitions in FY16 included 8 parcels (66 acres) that secured an alignment for a state park trail within Itasca State Park protected shoreline and river frontage in Crow Wing State Park three in-holdings within statutory boundary of Forestville-Mystery Cave Whitewater and Jay Cooke State Parks and Lake Bemidji shoreline along the Paul Bunyan State Trail for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate natural and cultural resources.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$700,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Acquisitions included 5 parcels (318 acres) along various snowmobile trails in northeastern Minnesota a 16 acre parcel in Jay Cooke State Park a 40 acre parcel in Temperance State Park two parcels (~5 acres) along the Mill Towns State Trail and an important parcel (~4 acres) along the Central Lakes State Trail.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$737,500
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Acquisition included a 6.6 acre parcel along the Mill Towns State Trail.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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
$1,500,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Parks and Trails Division was able to purchase a 7.4 acre parcel of land within Crow Wing State Park.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,600,000
Direct expenses
$3,600,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To acquire land with regional and statewide significance representative of the diverse landscapes in Minnesota as a means to protect and conserve those resources and to provide outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project achieved the acquisition of 98 acres in Hubbard County as part of the La Salle Lake State Recreation Area. Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage and LCCMR funds were used to purchase the remaining 1 102 acres that make up the LaSalle Lake Recreation Area. This recreation area currently features a 40 site campground a boat launch and rental cabins. Future Legacy funds will add a picnic/day use area a fishing pier walking paths and a canoe-in access.

Project Overview

Acquire land from willing sellers within the statutory boundaries of State Parks and within statutory designated State Trail corridors.

About the Issue

The State Parks and Trails acquisitions will provide significant and safe recreational trail connections between communities and other public recreational facilities; create contiguous wildlife corridors between diverse habitats; assist in the preservation and restoration of diverse, locally significant natural plant communities and cultural resources; help reduce impacts of potential future development; provide riparian buffers along wetlands, creeks and lakes; and expand the diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities to inspire the current and next generation to explore the outdoors.

Project Manager
First Name
Jennifer
Last Name
Christie
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5633
Email
jennifer.christie@state.mn.us