Minnesota State Parks and Trails Land Acquisition

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
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2015 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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: 
$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.
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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: 
$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.
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) 
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.
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) 
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

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