In less than two weeks, the Minnesota Legislature will reconvene, and although the second half of the biennium is shorter, it will likely be another busy session. Because it is not a budget year, the Legislature will be focused primarily on the bonding bill and policy issues. For GMPT, we have several priorities for 2024. We would like to see more funding for the DNR’s local park and trails grant programs and will be pushing for the inclusion of such funds in the bonding bill.
The importance of local parks and trails for the health and well-being of our communities been never more been more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Next week, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) will vote on how to allocate the earnings from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. We need your help! Will you please take a few moments to send an email to members of the LCCMR and urge them to include $3 million for Local Parks, Trails and Natural Area Grants in their funding recommendations?
Please contact LCCMR members
- A full list of LCCMR members and their contact info can be found here.
- If you want to email the entire group at once, you can do so by clicking on this link, which will open up an email addressed to all of the members.
Your message (feel free to put into your own words):
- Ask LCCMR members to include the Department of Natural Resources’ request, G 2021-043, for $3 million funding for Local Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Grants in their FY22 recommendations for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
- These grant programs provide essential funds for local parks and trails that are not eligible for Legacy grants.
- The DNR vets the projects to ensure they are ready to go and balanced across state.
- These grants help create opportunities for all Minnesotans to get out into nature and fosters an appreciation for outdoor activities and protecting the environment.
- The pandemic has highlighted the importance of local parks and trails. Health experts and government officials at all levels emphasize that citizens should continue to go outside and be active while maintaining safe physical distances.
- Share examples about the importance of local parks and trails in your community and how these grants can help!
The LCCMR will be ranking proposals on Aug. 13, so please contact LCCMR members as soon as possible!
Questions? If you have any questions, please contact GMPT lobbyist Elizabeth Wefel firstname.lastname@example.org.