DNR invites public comment on timber harvests

FORT RIDGELY STATE PARK – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites public comment on using timber harvests to reach resource management goals at Fort Ridgely State Park this year.

Anyone interested in learning more about plans and future projects is invited to an open hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 at Fort Ridgely State Park, 72158 CR 30, Fairfax.

The DNR Parks and Trails Division uses timber harvesting as a tool to meet its resource management goals and facilitate interpretive and recreation activities. Timber harvests take place primarily to restore or manage native plants, according to the DNR.

In some cases, harvests are necessary to restore visitor access and safety by clearing trails and reducing forest fire risk from downed timber following storms.

Management plans set state park direction for the next 15 to 20 years and include recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and provide recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors.

For more information, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/parks_trails/open.html. Amendments are open for 30-day public review. Public comments will be accepted through Friday, March 22.

For more information or to comment on plan amendments, contact Jade Templin at 651-259-5598 or jade.templin@state.mn.us

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