Acquisition and Development Planning and Design

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$214,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$239,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
Activity Type: 
Planning, Research, Analysis/Interpretation, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
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)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$214,000
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
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)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$239,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The target is to complete a 10 year strategic plan for the Parks and Trails Division and a Management plan for La Salle State Recreation Area.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
A 10 year strategic plan for the Parks and Trails Division and a Management plan for La Salle State Recreation Area were completed.

Project Overview

Strategic planning efforts guide the expenditure of Legacy funds towards desired outcomes which are derived from public and stakeholder input, research, analysis and input from a variety of experts and leadership. Parks and Trails planners conduct these efforts. Staffing levels were adjusted to complete this legacy work.

Legacy funds have also substantially increased the numbers of projects completed each year. Design and project management levels of work have increased correspondingly. Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Parks and Trails staff conduct these efforts. Staffing levels and efforts were adjusted to complete this legacy work.

About the Issue

The 25 year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan identified four pillars of work on which to focus. The potential scope of work within each of these work areas far exceeds the funding and and staff time available. Development of a strategic framework and 10 year Parks and Trails Division Strategic Plan to guide work creates an initial set of high priority legacy outcomes.

Parks and Trails Legacy Funds have allowed significant progress towards multiple acquisition, development and renewal priorities and design needs. All of these efforts are done to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to inspire the current and next generation to explore the outdoors and to protect and restore natural resources.

Project Manager

Stan
Linnell
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5626