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2019 Legislative Session

Wilderness in the City Public Testimony, 4/3/2019

HF653/SF2444 bill includes more than $40 million in Parks and Trails Legacy Fund appropriations for the Metropolitan Regional Parks System.  The bill was heard in the House Legacy Finance Division hearing on 4/3.  The Senate version was heard on Wed., 3/27.  Both bills moved through respective committees. 

Included in the $40 million appropriation is $1.2 million for undefined projects within Spring Lake Park Reserve, construction projects for maintenance sheds, administrative buildings, wave pool reconstruction, and significant additional capital development projects within this nature-based parks system.  Notably lacking from the list are natural resource restoration projects.  

Wilderness in the City has consistently expressed concerns regarding conflicts in the project approval process and spending for construction which has negatively impacted the natural resource base of these parks. We are advocating for changes to the project approval process, and a rebalance of spending to better meet citizens expectations for Legacy investments.

Quarterly Newsletters

Meaningful public engagement is essential to the decision making process for our valuable regional parks system.  We are working hard to monitor and keep you informed on issues at Dakota County, Metropolitan Council, and the Legislature that may impact the future of Lebanon Hills and other metro area natural spaces, and how you can take action.

Winter 2019 Newsletter
  • Conflicts in Parks and Trails Legacy Spending
  • A Crucial Time for Nature-based Parks
  • Lebanon Hills:  A “Park” or “Park Reserve”?
  • Schedule of 2019 Natural Resource Volunteer Events
Fall 2018 Newsletter
  • Legacy Amendment:  Ten Years Later
  • The 25-Year Parks and Trails Plan
  • Regional Parks:  Vision vs. Reality
  • Keeping Lebanon Hills “Forever Wild”
Spring 2018 Newsletter
  • Restoration at Lebanon Hills
  • Transitioning to a Healthy Ecosystem
  • The Regional Parks Policy Plan
  • Critter Corner:  Spring Peepers
Winter 2018 Newsletter
  • Implementing Master Plans — Let’s Improve the Process
  • Update:  Lebanon Hills Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion
  • Why Trees are Being Cut Down in Lebanon Hills
  • Critter Corner:  Barred Owls
Fall 2017 Newsletter
  • Central Greenway Study – Revised and Approved    
  • Managing Invasive Buckthorn – Here’s how ELF can help
  • “Forever Wild” Decision Makers
  • Preserving Nature Close to Home
  • Northern Cardinals
Summer 2017 Newsletter
  • WANTED:  Dakota County Parks and Natural Resources Commission
  • Natural Resource News and Events at Lebanon Hills
  • Rethink Nature-based Parks System
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
Spring 2017 Newsletter
  • Natural Resource Improvements at Lebanon Hills
  • Action Pending – Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebees
Winter 2017 Newsletter
  • Connector Trail Status
  • Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Natural Resource News / Lebanon Hills Projects
  • A Legacy of Nature Campaign

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