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Lake Bronson State Park Application for Conversion of Land and Water Conservation Funded Parcels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails, proposes to conduct a public sale of lands located within Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County to better consolidate and coordinate land management activities in the park. These lands were acquired with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act a Federal program which provides matching grants for outdoor recreation.

Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act states that no property acquired or developed with assistance under this program shall, without the approval of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), be converted to other than outdoor recreation uses.  In accordance with LWCF Act conversion requirements, the DNR intends to submit an application to the National Park Service (NPS) for the conversion of 2.15 acres of land located within the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, Township 161 North, Range 46 West, Section 33. 

The proposed sale of property was approved by 2014 Minnesota Statute, Section 477A.17, Section 25, public sale of surplus state land within state park; Kittson County.  It authorizes the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to sell by public sale the surplus land within Lake Bronson State Park.

As a condition for acquiring DOI/NPS permission, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared by the DNR. This EA satisfies the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for conversion. This EA evaluates the four proposed alternatives, including the preferred alternative by DNR.

For additional information, or copies of the Environmental Assessment, please call (651) 259-5157.

The proposed project:

Lake Bronson State Park proposes to convert certain state owned lot parcels totaling 2.15 acres within Lakeside Subdivision, located within the park, to private ownership.  The existing management of these twenty-one lots under the current ownership model is an issue for both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who manages the park, and the current private landowners who reside aside these parcels.  The purpose of the sale is to transfer public ownership of these small scattered lots to private individuals.  The sale is needed to help with the overall management of the park.  Resources can be better protected, recreation more focused & acquisition developments redirected to other areas of concern for the park.

Review period:

Public notice of the availability of the EA is from Monday February 23, 2015 until 4:30 PM, March 23, 2015.  A physical copy of the environmental assessment is available to view at both the Lake Bronson State Park Contact Station and at the Hallock Public Library.

Documents:

Send comments:

Written and signed comments on the EA are due by Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM.

By mail:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
Attn: Allen Lego
Lake Bronson State Park
P.O. Box 9
Lake Bronson, MN, 56734

Electronically:

Send to Environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us or allen.lego@state.mn.us. "Lake Bronson EA" must be included in the subject line.  Include your name and mailing address so that you can be added to the mailing list.

By fax:

Submit signed comment letters by fax to (651) 296-1811 or (218) 754-6141.

Questions

Please call (651) 259-5157 or (218) 754-2200.