Minnesota State Parks and Trails Land Acquisition

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,237,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$3,600,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2012
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,237,500
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Parks and Trails Division set a goal to acquire high-priority state park and recreation area in-holdings in FY14.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
6 park in-holding acquisitions are in progress in Sibley, Lake Vermilion, Minneopa, Mille Lacs, and Interstate State Parks.
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: 
$1,500,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Parks and Trails Division set a goal to acquire 10 acres of in-holdings within state parks in FY13.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY13, the Parks and Trails Division was able to purchase a 7.4 acre parcel of land within Crow Wing State Park. Additional acquisitions are in progress.
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: 
$3,600,000
Direct expenses: 
$3,600,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Acquisition of the La Salle Lake property provides a lasting benefit to the Mississippi River watershed and the surrounding woodlands, wetlands, and waterways; to its species-rich floral and faunal communities; and its abundant recreational opportunities for Minnesota’s citizens and visitors. La Salle Lake’s entire shoreline and uplands, including frontage along the Mississippi River and nearly the complete length of La Salle Creek, are now publicly owned. The obvious park-like setting and existing facilities will be modified to accommodate future visitors of La Salle State Recreation Area. Current facilities include 50 electrical campsites; two, two-bedroom year around houses; indoor heated swimming pool, 18-person hot tub, showers, restrooms and kitchen housed in a year around 80’ x 125’ recreation facility; and a year around sanitation building.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
This project achieved the acquisition of 98 acres in Hubbard County as part of the La Salle Lake State Recreation Area. The 98 acres includes a 40 site campground rental cabins and a indoor pool building. The 98 acres is part of the 1200 acre State Recreation Area. Lassard Sames Outdoor Heritage funds and LCCMR funds were used to purchase the other 1,102 acres.

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

Jennifer
Christie
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
55155
651-259-5633