New members appointed to Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Metropolitan Council Chairman Adam Duininck, and Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission Chairman Michael Hulett have appointed nine members to the committee that advises on the use of Legacy Amendment funds for Minnesota’s state and regional parks and trails. Four members are new to the committee, and five are reappointments.

The new members are:

  • Katherine Bloom, Golden Valley.
  • Renee Evans, Savage.
  • Les Ollila, Grand Rapids.
  • Randy Sorensen, East Grand Forks.

The reappointed members are:

  • Kathy Bergen, Duluth.
  • Bob Bierscheid, Roseville.
  • Nancy Hanson, New Hope.
  • Brian Hubbard, Saint Paul.
  • Wayne Sames, Eagan.

The purpose of the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee is to promote and coordinate implementation of the 25-Year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. The plan guides the use of the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008.

The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. The committee does not recommend the allocation of funding for specific projects. The 25-Year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan can be found at the plan’s website.

“The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee plays a critical role in helping us achieve the vision Minnesotans have for use of Parks and Trails Legacy funds and create an accessible, equitable, integrated system of state and regional parks and trails in Minnesota,” Landwehr said.

The committee is comprised of Minnesota residents and professionals who bring diverse perspectives on outdoor recreation. Members convene up to six times a year at locations across Minnesota. Committee members are appointed for two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms. For more information about the Legacy Advisory Committee, visit the committee page.

The new members join current committee members:

  • Jannik Anderson, Bemidji.
  • Brook Maier, White Bear Lake.
  • Tim Mitchell, Saint Paul.
  • Peter Royer, Litchfield.
  • Asha Shoffner, Minneapolis.
  • Jenny Smith, Crosby.
  • Patrick Stieg, Savage.
  • Tom Stoa, Winona.