MNNPS Opposes SNA Land Use Proposals

On June 14, hearings were held regarding proposed land use changes on existing SNAs. Board Member Tom Casey, representing MNNPS, testified at the hearings, opposing these proposals.

Mississippi River Islands SNA

Proposal: vacate the Dimmick Island portion of the Mississippi River Islands SNA and transfer control to MN Parks and Trails for use as campgrounds.

SUMMARY

The proposed vacation of a portion Dimmick Island to allow an overnight campsite and other activities:

  1. Will cause significant adverse impacts to the remainder of the SNA and surrounding waters;
  2. Sets an adverse precedent and perpetuates an administrative mistake made after the SNA was designated;
  3. Is not required by a deed “condition”;
  4. Is contrary to the purposes and administrative requirements outlined in Minn. Stat. 86A.05; and
  5. Violates the requirements of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.

Download the Letter to DNR (6-19-17) describing the issues in further detail.

Unca Dunes SNA

Proposal: continue allowing snowmobiles and horses.

SUMMARY

The proposal to allow horses and snowmobiles, along with the continued use of dogs:

  1. Will cause significant adverse impacts to the remainder of the SNA
  2. Rewards illegal and incompatible activities and perpetuates historic abuses;
  3. Is contrary to the purposes and administrative requirements outlined in Minn. Stat. 86A.05; and
  4. Violates the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (Minn. Stat. 116D).

Download the Letter to DNR – Uncas Dunes SNA (6-19-17) describing the issues in further detail.

 

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