DNR invites public input on James L. Oberstar State Trail

Open house scheduled for Sept. 19

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment – either in person or online – on a draft master plan for the James L. Oberstar State Trail. 

The DNR is hosting an open house Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pine County Courthouse Board Room, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063.

Anyone with an interest in the future of this trail is encouraged to attend. DNR staff will be available to answer questions about the trail planning process and receive comments on the draft master plan. Master plans guide the development, management, and operation of state trails to provide quality recreational opportunities. The plan must be completed and approved before any funds can be used for state trail construction.

The James L. Oberstar State Trail is a segment of the Willard Munger State Trail system in Chisago and Pine counties. A specific route and total mileage have not been established for the trail, but upon completion, the trail will offer connections to communities, recreational hubs, and scenic resources of the St. Croix Valley.

Potential trail uses include bicycling, walking/hiking, jogging/running, dog walking, in-line skating/roller skiing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hunting, natural resource education/interpretation and water access.

A copy of the draft master plan is available online at www.mndnr.gov.

Those unable to review and comment on the draft master plan at the open house meeting.

Public comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 2.