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Input wanted on outdoors access


January 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants the public to review and comment on a set of recommendations intended to bring measured growth, increased and equitable access, and a higher quality of outdoor recreation opportunities to Minnesotans and visitors.

The draft recommendations were developed by the Outdoor Recreation Task Force, a diverse 21-member group selected by the DNR and Explore Minnesota following an open application process, whose charge is to provide actionable recommendations to the DNR and Explore Minnesota on how to more effectively coordinate and advance outdoor recreation work statewide.

“Recreation in Minnesota, including outdoor activities, is a major sector of the tourism economy in our state,” said Explore Minnesota Tourism director John Edman. “We’re eager to hear from people and learn about more ways to engage visitors with Minnesota’s outdoor recreation opportunities.”

The DNR and Explore Minnesota provided support to the task force as members discussed outdoor recreation needs and opportunities and developed their recommendations.

People can provide input on the draft ORTF recommendations through Feb. 15 on the DNR’s community engagement website. The engagement page includes a draft recommendations document and a questionnaire. Visit


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