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DNR invites public comment on timber harvesting at Frontenac State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails is amending the management plans for five state parks -- including Frontenac -- where timber harvest activities are planned as part of resource management projects later this year and next year.

The DNR uses timber harvesting as a tool to meet its resource management goals and to facilitate interpretive and recreation activities. Timber harvests take place in state parks and state recreation areas primarily to restore or manage native plant communities.

In some cases, a harvest is necessary to restore visitor access and safety by clearing trails and reducing the risk of forest fires from downed timber following a storm.

A management plan sets the direction for the state park for the next 15 to 20 years and includes recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors. The plan amendments will clarify the use of timber harvesting as a resource management tool in these state parks.

The timber harvesting is scheduled to take place at Forestville-Mystery Cave, Fort Snelling, Frontenac, Wild River, and Zippel Bay state parks.

The plan amendments -- which have been posted on the DNR Web site -- are open for a 30-day public review, with public comments accepted through Sept. 19.

An open house will take place at each affected state park for anyone interested in learning more about the plan amendments and upcoming resource projects. The schedule for the open houses - all of which will take place at the park office -- is as follows:

• Fort Snelling State Park: 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday

• Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park: 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20

• Frontenac State Park: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 21

• Zippel Bay State Park: 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 21

• Wild River State Park: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 29

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

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