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2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan Update – Decision Pending

  • The Regional Parks Policy Plan serves as the guiding document for developing, managing, and funding Regional Parks, including Lebanon Hills.
  • The Policy Plan can strongly influence the wilderness character of Lebanon Hills, and ongoing preservation of natural resources throughout our valuable regional parks system.
  • The changes being proposed in this update will shift regional parks toward increasing built amenities, which threatens to erode the nature-based elements people enjoy. 
  • For our Regional Parks, what direction should they go:  More built infrastructure…or Gateways to Nature?

UPDATE:  The 60-day public review and comment period, including a public hearing, has ended.  Thank you to all who took time to submit comments and attend the public hearing.  

NEXT STEPS:  The draft plan is being revised to incorporate comments received.  That revised draft is expected to be released in early November.

Stay Informed * Take Action * Tell Others 

  1. Read:  Our single-page overview of the Policy Plan, including “What You Can Do”
  2. Learn more:  Additional Information
  3. View our Presentation:  Gateways to Nature, or A Missed Opportunity
  4. Review:  The Regional Parks Policy Plan Draft Update [Note: A red-lined version showing proposed changes has not been made available on the Met Council’s website. To obtain a copy, send email request to, or] 

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Meaningful public involvement as the controversial 2015 Master Plan is implemented in years ahead will be vital to preserving the unique wilderness character of this special place. We will keep you informed when decisions are pending and how you can take action.

Learn more about Dakota County, the implementing agency for Lebanon Hills and other Forever Wild Parks.

A Legacy of Nature

A campaign to ensure high-quality natural areas are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife.

To assure the natural resources within these unique parks are preserved for future generations, ask your elected legislators to oppose Parks and Trails Legacy Funding for the metropolitan region unless changes are made to better reflect funding priorities and the original intent of the law.  See who represents you.

Contrary to what most people intended, these Legacy dollars are not being invested in restoring our degrading natural resources.  Since inception spending of these funds has disproportionately gone to constructing new and expanding existing infrastructure in Regional Parks, resulting in diminished natural resources…and more stuff to take care of, including potential projects such as the controversial paved Connector Trail through Lebanon Hills. 

Most people who voted for the Legacy Amendment cited reason such as clean water and preserving nature as their reason for voting “yes”.  A portion of the Legacy monies trickles through the Metropolitan Council to support the regional parks system. 

Our metropolitan regional parks represent some of the last remaining refuges in the metropolitan region for habitats including prairies, savannas, woodlands, forests and wetlands.  Throughout our parks system, these valuable natural resources are degraded, and unless restored and actively managed, we risk losing them.  

What will be our Legacy?  

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As a supporting member, you are playing a significant role in helping us to continue our work advocating for preservation and enhancement of urban natural areas, especially Lebanon Hills Regional Park.  You will receive our quarterly newsletters by email (or regular mail if you prefer) and other timely notices.  You will also be eligible to vote on issues at our annual meeting.

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