The Crow Wing County Land Services Department initiated a project in October 2009 to develop a comprehensive recreation trails plan for county-managed public lands. The plan will be informed by an evaluation of potential high conservation value forests under the county’s management.
The plan will address existing and proposed recreation trails that serve a full range of motorized and non-motorized uses, including ATV routes, equestrian trails, biking, hiking, dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and other trail based recreation types. The county had contracted with Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, to manage the plan development project. Dovetail will also oversee the evaluation process for identifying high conservation value forests.
The evaluation of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) is a component of the county’s participation in forest certification. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification standard includes requirements for the protection, management and monitoring of special sites, such as old-growth forests, water source protection areas, cultural or historic sites and other unique resources.
To view a short video of the May 2010 Advisory Group Field Tour, click here:
The full project is expected to take up to two years to complete, with the preliminary HCVF findings being shared with the public in about six months and the first draft of the recreation trail plan being released at the end of 2010.
An update on the development of the Crow Wing County Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan was included on the agenda of the County Board of Commissioners’ Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011.
The draft final Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan has been made available for a 30-day public comment period running through October 25, 2011. For more information, click here. To download the plan, click here.
County Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan Slated for Board Action. (2/9/12) Crow Wing County Land Services Department today announced the completion of the revised County Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan based on comments received during the most recent public comment period.
Both the response to comments document and the plan are posted on the county website at: http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/
|Tuesday, March 23rd, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Weds., April 21st, 6 pm||Land Svcs Conf. Room, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)
|Thurs, May 27th, 8 am||Advisory Group Field Tour|
|Tues, June 29th, 6 pm||
Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)
|Tues, July 27th, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Weds, Aug 25th, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Tues, Sept 28th, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Tues, Oct 26th, 6 pm||Land Svcs Conf. Room, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Tues, Nov 30th, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
|Tues, Dec 14th, 6 pm||Meeting Room 2, Land Services Bldg (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401)|
More information is available at:
The Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Coordinator, in conjunction with Region Five Development Commission, prepared an inventory of the recreational facilities, programs and classes in Crow Wing County.
An interactive map of the Trails of Central Minnesota (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties)
Links to news articles about the project:
February 9, 2012
Brainerd Dispatch September 22, 2011
Brainerd Dispatch March 4, 2011
Brainerd Dispatch December 16, 2010
Brainerd Dispatch August 26, 2010
Brainerd Dispatch July 28, 2010
Brainerd Dispatch June 25, 2010
Lake Country Echo and Pine River Journal March 3, 2010
Brainerd Dispatch January 15, 2010
Lake Country Echo and Pine River Journal October 21, 2009
|Frequently Asked Questions||163.65 KB|
|Questionnaire for Providing Comments||39 KB|
|Map of Crow Wing County Managed Lands||2.57 MB|
|3/23/10 High Conservation Value Forest Presentation (Part I)||2.85 MB|
|3/23/10 Project Introduction Presentation||975.36 KB|
|4/21/10 High Conservation Value Forest Presentation (Part II)||2.91 MB|
|Project Advisory Group Members||104.83 KB|
|Recreational Facilities Inventory (compressed file)||5.77 MB|
|6/29/10 Non-Motorized Summer Trails Presentation||933.79 KB|
|5/27/10 Field Tour Information||584.46 KB|
|CWC HCVF Draft Assessment for Public Review||1.88 MB|
|7/27/10 Non-Motorized Winter Trails Presentation||846.11 KB|
|8/25/10 Motorized Summer Trails Presentation||791.78 KB|
|9/28/10 Motorized Winter Trails Presentation||5.67 MB|
|10/26/10 Water & Other Trails Presentation||1.11 MB|
|CWC HCVF Final Assessment and Response to Public Comment||5.46 MB|
|11/30/10 Draft Recommendations Presentation||107.01 KB|
|12/14/10 Draft Plan Presentation||1.16 MB|
|Draft Plan - Year One Outcomes & Recommendations||1015.78 KB|
|Response to Public Comments on the Draft Plan||157 KB|
|Revised Plan - Year One Outcomes & Recommendations||1.45 MB|
|News Release for Public Comment Period, September 2011||46.88 KB|
|News Release for Board Action, February 2012||102.54 KB|