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DNR officials to host legacy plan public comment meeting Dec. 7 in Bemidji

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A draft state and regional Parks and Trails Legacy Plan will be available for review and comment starting in December. This legislatively mandated plan establishes a vision and guides funding for the next 25 years of state and regional park and trail efforts in Minnesota.

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Citizens are invited to provide feedback on the plan at a series of workshops around the state, including a workshop in Bemidji 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Hampton Inn.

The legislation directs the Minnesota DNR to participate in a collaborative project to help direct how the park and trail portion of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment funding, as well as other traditional sources of funding, should be spent for state and regional parks and trails over the next quarter century.

The plan identifies gaps and needs in the current regional and state system and recommends how to address them. In addition to establishing a vision and providing funding criteria, it outlines priorities.

The DNR is partnering with the Citizens League - a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization - to offer a variety of opportunities for citizens to provide input on the plan before it is presented to the Minnesota Legislature by Feb. 15, 2011.

Citizens are asked to comment on recommendations regarding:

E connecting people to the outdoors;

E strategic acquisitions;

E taking care of existing parks and trails;

E developing new opportunities to meet existing and future needs.

For more information, contact Project Manager Laurie Young at laures.young @state.mn.us, 651-259-5638 or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment that Minnesotans passed in 2008 enacted a three-eighths percent sales tax increase for natural resources and the arts. Of the money collected, 14.25 percent is providing funding for state, metro, and greater Minnesota parks and trails projects.

A draft state and regional Parks and Trails Legacy Plan will be available for review and comment starting in December. This legislatively mandated plan establishes a vision and guides funding for the next 25 years of state and regional park and trail efforts in Minnesota.

Citizens are invited to provide feedback on the plan at a series of workshops around the state, including a workshop in Bemidji 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Hampton Inn.

The legislation directs the Minnesota DNR to participate in a collaborative project to help direct how the park and trail portion of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment funding, as well as other traditional sources of funding, should be spent for state and regional parks and trails over the next quarter century.

The plan identifies gaps and needs in the current regional and state system and recommends how to address them. In addition to establishing a vision and providing funding criteria, it outlines priorities.

The DNR is partnering with the Citizens League - a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization - to offer a variety of opportunities for citizens to provide input on the plan before it is presented to the Minnesota Legislature by Feb. 15, 2011.

Citizens are asked to comment on recommendations regarding:

- connecting people to the outdoors;

- strategic acquisitions;

- taking care of existing parks and trails;

- developing new opportunities to meet existing and future needs.

For more information, contact Project Manager Laurie Young at laures.young @state.mn.us, 651-259-5638 or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment that Minnesotans passed in 2008 enacted a three-eighths percent sales tax increase for natural resources and the arts. Of the money collected, 14.25 percent is providing funding for state, metro, and greater Minnesota parks and trails projects.

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Pioneer staff reports
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