Minnesota's Legacy

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2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$501,438
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$613,201
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$736,809
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$640,271
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$711,218
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$732,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$393,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$412,250
Fund Source

“Acquiring Land and Creating Opportunities - 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 ‘create new and expanded park and trail opportunities to satisfy current customers as well as to reach out to new ones’.

Statewide
Fund Source

The Division of Parks and Trails (as directed by Chapter 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2, Subd. 3(c)) utilizes Conservation Corps of Minnesota services for restoration, maintenance, and other activities that supplement the ability to reach Legacy Fund goals. Budget associated with this program area capture an accounting of dollars that support CCM Summer Youth, Individual Placements, and special projects for park and trail renewal and development. Other dollars not accounted for in this program area are part of other PAT program areas and included as part of those budgets.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Fund Source

This program provides critical assistance to MN DNR Parks and Trails Division Regional and District offices to assist with renewal and rehabilitation efforts prioritized locally by field staff. Projects include the following types: State Park Building and Facilities Emergency Repair and Maintenance, Paved Trail Maintenance and Asset Preservation, and State Park and State Forest Trail Renewal. This project is a newly reorganized budget area that consolidates these three smaller project areas reported on in previous years.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,405,892
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,229,912
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,158
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,326,894
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,363,693
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,417,275
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$942,250
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$942,250
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,180,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$573,000
Fund Source

The Division of Parks and Trails is creating innovative programs to attract new audiences, particularly young families, to Minnesota state parks and trails. Skill-building programs, such as "I Can Camp!," provide a trial opportunity by eliminating the barriers of needing to have pre-existing knowledge or gear for the activity. Special events, such as National Get Outdoors Day, generate enthusiasm and a sense of urgency to visit. Gateway programs introduce visitors to a host of outdoor pursuits, including those offered by other divisions of the Minnesota DNR.

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$760,240
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$501,000
Fund Source

Increase access for individuals with disabilities to outdoor recreation facilities that are managed by the Division of Parks and Trails.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$420,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$225,803
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$180,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$223,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$280,000
Fund Source

This program will develop a centralized, integrated approach to managing existing data systems and incorporating new information needs into the integrated enterprise information system of data.

Statewide
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
Fund Source

This project will develop a statewide parks and trails map in print and in a web-based form. The print map will be generalized and the web-based map will be more descriptive.

The aim of this project is to create public awareness of recreational opportunities and, as a result, increased visitation to these areas.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$886,996
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,047,050
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,364
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$675,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$539,510
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$476,600
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$472,773
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$472,773
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700,000
Fund Source

This on-going program is for detecting, mapping and controlling invasive plant species and re-establishing native vegetation in their place on lands administered by the Division of Parks and Trails. Control of invasive plant species furthers progress to preserve and restore the quality of native plant communities on Parks and Trails lands as well as helps prevent the spread of invasives to new locations.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$399,148
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$333,128
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$508,851
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$214,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$650,915
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$729,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,829
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,829
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$546,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$654,000
Fund Source

This program is to restore acres of state parks and trails land to native plant communities. MS 86A.05 directs PAT to preserve, perpetuate and restore natural features in state parks that were present in the area of the park at the time of European settlement. Approximately 31 restoration projects have been completed, are in progress, or will be implemented in the spring of 2012, at over 20 state park units. These projects total 1,283 acres.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,399,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,347,000
Fund Source

Grants to local units of government for parks and trails of regional or statewide significance outside of the seven county metropolitan area.

Statewide
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

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

Statewide
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,000
Fund Source

Provide an increase in the maintenance and operation of a system of Forest Recreation Areas across the State. The additional funding will be spread to the highest use facilities to provide better customer service and experiences.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,695,102
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,151,874
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,762,912
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,313,796
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,798,525
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,369,007
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,273,100
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,190,000
Fund Source

There are 67 Minnesota State Parks and 7 Minnesota State Recreation areas that each have facilities to serve outdoor recreation users. Funds in this category are used for developing new facilities and include visitor centers, trail centers, roads, parking lots, bridges, campgrounds, and so on.

Statewide
Recipient
Legislative Coordinating Commission
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Fund Source

Minnesota's Legacy Website is a site that follows the progress of all projects and programs receiving constitutionally dedicated funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment as well as the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. This website enables citizens to view how Legacy and Trust Fund dollars are being utilized in their community.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,966
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,390
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$942,102
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$794,100
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,406,214
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,502,218
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Fund Source

New State Trail development to complete key missing trail segments or to fulfill funding gaps in trail development projects. Potetial development to include multi-use trail, trail parking areas, trail waysides, or trail bridges. New trail development includes all associated engineering, design and construction, and is to incorporate current Best Management Practices.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$746,301
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$646,133
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,023,887
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$625,101
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$742,255
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$760,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$545,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$545,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$775,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source

The Division of Parks and Trails is engaged in critical work to connect people to the outdoors. As part of the work in this project area, the new touch-screen kiosk project will increase awareness about outdoor recreation opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails among underrepresented groups by creating and installing accessible, touch-screen kiosks with information in multiple languages, in high-traffic, family-oriented locations.

Statewide
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,078,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,533,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,686,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,331,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,777,500
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,870,750
Fund Source

To provide grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance outside of the seven county metropolitan area. Funding for this grant program is from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by the voters in 2008.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$226,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$104,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
Fund Source

The 17 member Park and Trail Legacy Advisory Committee is appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, the Chair of the Metropolitan Council and the Chair of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The mission of the committee is to champion the 25 year "Parks and Trails Legacy Plan" by providing recommendations to enhance promotion, coordination, and accountability throughout implementation of the plan.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,445,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,293,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,033,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,618,000
Fund Source

To provide grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance outside of the seven county metropolitan area. Funding for this grant program is from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by the voters in 2008.

Statewide
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

This program is beginning with a pilot research project to determine visitor satisfaction with new programs being offered through the Legacy Amendment and if the target market is being reached.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$421,323
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$293,300
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$217,563
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$375,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,200
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$225,600
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$221,298
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$221,298
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

This program is to increase prescribed burning on Division of Parks and Trails (PAT) lands in order to meet shortfalls in achieving PAT restoration and management objectives.

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,240
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$501,000
Fund Source

This project works to reduce energy consumption and model renewable energy methods on state park, state recreation area, state forest and trail facilities. The DNR Parks and Trails Division is working to increase the use of energy conservation and renewable energy technologies.

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,525,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,600,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,811,800
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,412,000
Fund Source

This program focuses on the rehabilitation or replacement of existing state trail bridges, including structural engineering inspections of all trail bridges . Of the more than 300 existing bridges on State Trails, the majority are wood or masonry former railroad structures of which more than 1/3 exceed 100 years old. Starting in fiscal year 2014, future PAT reporting will not separate bridges from trails outcomes reporting, as they are part of the same system of recreational use.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,451,564
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,582,358
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,735,579
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,289,555
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,680,018
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,702,528
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$725,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,119,864
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,904,932
Fund Source

This program funds rehabilitation and renewal of buildings and other recreational facilities in Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas.

Statewide
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,125,540
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,140,164
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,057,941
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,162,750
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,032,534
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,958,472
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$935,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,600,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,016,900
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,944,490
Fund Source

Renewal of existing State Trail surfaces, parking areas, and trail wayside areas, improving accessibility, enhancing user safety and implementing current best management practices. MNDNR Parks and Trails Division has a identified approximately 85 miles of existing state trail in need of rehabilitation and upgrading. This program also focuses on the rehabilitation or replacement of existing state trail bridges, including structural engineering inspections of all trail bridges .

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$38,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$38,000
Fund Source

State law (M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6) directs restoration evaluations to be conducted on habitat restoration projects completed with funds from the Parks and Trails Fund (M.S. 85.53). The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for convening a Restoration Evaluation Panel containing at least five technical experts who will evaluate a sample of up to 10 habitat restoration projects annually. The Panel will evaluate the restorations relative to the law, current science, stated goals and standards in the restoration plans, and applicable guidelines.

Statewide
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

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.

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000
Fund Source

Group camps provide an opportunity for groups to camp together outside the traditional campground. Group camps are used by scout groups, church groups, social groups, and families. A need has been identified to add amenities to rustic group camps, such as electrical hookups, a picnic shelter, and in some instances, modern sanitation facilities.

Statewide
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$650,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$405,000
Fund Source

Provide trail rehabilitation and renewal on state park and forest trails, these are primarily non-motorized trails which due to funding priorities, have not had any significant maintenance for many years. This effort has provided a means to start addressing these trail needs and in doing so working on the most critical first. This has resulted in trail renewal work in 19 state forests and 15 state parks providing for more sustainable trails and better public safety and enjoyment.

Statewide