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Park, trail meeting May 18 in DL

Minnesotans have an opportunity to help chart the course of regional and state parks and trails for the next 25 years by participating in statewide workshops, including one scheduled for this Tuesday in Detroit Lakes.

"Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to provide their insights," said Courtland Nelson, DNR Parks and Trails Division director. "Now is the time for Minnesotans to share their ideas and dreams for parks and trails for the next 25 years."

The workshops will provide citizens with a chance to influence the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan that will guide funding decisions for regional and state parks and trails.

The local workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Minnesota State Community and Technical College, room C101. The workshops will focus on vision, priorities and future opportunities.

Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 that 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.

The plan will offer a vision, set priorities, and develop funding criteria. The plan will also identify gaps and needs in the current regional and state system, and make recommendations to address them. It will be presented to the Minnesota Legislature by Feb. 15, 2011.

For meeting details and more information about the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan, visit www.patl.intergov.mn.gov.

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