Special Natural Resource Projects in State Parks

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$510,022
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$459,042
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$587,699
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$336,090
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$382,800
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2011
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$510,022
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$459,042
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In 2018 special projects included upgrading of essential burn equipment and training statewide assisting with funding for the bison handling facility and wetland enhancement projects at Minneopa critical natural and cultural resource surveys to aid in development and resource management decisions and seedling protection from deer at several sites such as: Itasca Lake Maria Lake Bemidji St. Croix and Zippel Bay.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$587,699
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In 2017 special projects included upgrading of critical burn equipment and training statewide restoration of visitor impacts (Cascade McCarthy Beach) seedling protection from deer at several sites: St. Croix Itasca Lake Bemidji etc. Work to protect the Federally endangered dwarf trout lily in Southern region oak wilt management and cultural resource management efforts.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$230,000
Direct expenses
$230,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In 2016 special projects included inventory and monitoring projects as well as projects to protect historic resources rare species and restore visitor impacts. Examples include projects to map native plant communities and inventory rare species at several parks in the southern and central part of the state. Habitat was restored for timber rattlesnakes and a critical bat hibernaculum was re-gated. A decade of archaeological data was entered into the division’s cultural resource database so sites can be protected and impacts from visitor use along shorelines and trails were repaired and restored.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$336,090
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The primary project for calendar year 2015 has been preparing the pasture area for the bison herd to be installed in Minneopa State Park in fall 2015. This work has entailed some natural resource restoration and enhancement.

Also in CY 15 a number of resource inventory efforts were completed. Projects included resource inventory projects for rare species and land cover mapping at several state parks.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
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
$382,800
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program seeks to create and enhance high quality natural resource habitat that are focused in special project areas. Special natural resource projects include things like inventory & monitoring rare species management addressing visitor impacts to resources cultural resource management & support costs. A prime example is the creation of suitable habitat for the reintroduction of bison at Minneopa State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Work on the bison pasture that started in FY14 will continue into FY15.

Project Overview

This program aims to meet emerging and unique project needs in the Minnesota State Parks and Trails system. The program has initiated activities around Buffalo herd management and has plans for other activities to be determined.

Project Manager
First Name
Edward
Last Name
Quinn
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul, MN
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5597
Email
edward.quinn@state.mn.us