Restoration Evaluations (Parks and Trails)

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$38,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$38,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
Activity Type: 
Assessment/Evaluation
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6 & M.S. 85.53, Subd. 5
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$38,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.23
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Complete two restoration site evaluations and present them in the FY-13 restoration evaluation reports.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
Four site assessments of Parks and Trails Fund restoration projects were conducted in the summer/fall of 2012. Two projects will be reviewed by the evaluation Panel to be presented in the Fiscal Year 2013 report.

The Fiscal Year 2013 report will be delivered to the Legislature and applicable governing bodies by June 30th 2013.
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6 & M.S. 85.53, Subd. 5
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$38,000
Direct expenses: 
$19,000
Administration costs: 
$50
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.23
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Complete two restoration site evaluations and present them in the FY-12 restoration evaluation reports.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
Four site assessments of Parks and Trails Fund restoration projects were conducted in the summer/fall of 2012. Two projects were reviewed by the evaluation Panel and presented in the Fiscal Year 2012 report.

The Fiscal Year 2012 report was delivered to the Legislature and applicable governing bodies November 30th 2012.

http://archive.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2012/mandated/121281.pdf

Project Overview

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. Annual reports will be provided to the legislature and governing councils on the findings of the panel, determining whether restorations are meeting planned goals, identifying problems with implementation of restorations and, if necessary, providing recommendations on improving restorations. The law provides for the use of up to one-tenth of one percent of forecasted receipts from the fund to support this work.

About the Issue

Passage of the Legacy Amendment reinforces the state’s continuing efforts to conserve the diversity of lands, waters, and fish and wildlife that provide the foundation for Minnesota’s high quality of life and also brings strong expectations for a greater level of transparency and accountability in the use of these public funds. The restoration evaluation program intends to increase accountability and transparency in the use of Legacy Funds by formalizing and elevating the process of assessing project performance and reporting findings to stakeholders. Site assessment teams will use project appropriate assessment measures to ensure established science based best practices are being applied on the ground in selected Legacy Fund restoration projects. This level of assessment goes beyond standard reporting requirements and exceeds operational capacity of most programs. This program also increases the communication of specific project outcomes and lessons learned from restoration implementation. Reports will focus on improving future restorations by providing feedback to practitioners regarding challenging situations and viable solutions. Creation of this continuous learning environment provides an important tool for improving restoration practice throughout the state.

Project Manager

Wade
Johnson
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
55155
651-259-5075