Matthew Lourey State Trail - ATV and OHM Use in Nemadji/St. Croix State Forests EAW

Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which serves as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the proposed project, Matthew Lourey State Trail - ATV and OHM Use in Nemadji/St. Croix State Forests, has issued a Record of Decision regarding the need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

The DNR has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required because the project does not have the potential for significant environmental effects. The justification for this determination is contained in the Record of Decision. The Record of Decision also contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet.

Issuing this Record of Decision concludes the State environmental review process for this project according to Minnesota Environmental Quality Board rules, Minnesota Rules, part 4410.1000 to 4410.1700. This project can proceed to permitting and approvals.


Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

Review Period

A 30-day public review and comment period is open from May 2, 2011 through June 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm. Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the May 2, 2011 EQB Monitor.

Documents

Figures

  • Figure 1: Matthew Lourey State Trail Project Location - County Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Figure 2: U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 Scale Maps Indicating Project Boundaries This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
    • Figure 2.1 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Upper Segment, Nemadji State Forest
    • Figure 2.2 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Middle Segment, Nemadji State Forest
    • Figure 2.3 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Lower Segment, Nemadji State Forest
    • Figure 2.4 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - St. Croix State Forest Segment
  • Figure 3: Special Features of Project This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
    • Figure 3.1 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Upper Segment, Nemadji State Forest National Wetland Inventory
    • Figure 3.2 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Middle Segment, Nemadji State Forest National Wetland Inventory
    • Figure 3.3 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - Lower Segment, Nemadji State Forest National Wetland Inventory
    • Figure 3.4 - Matthew Lourey State Trail - St. Croix State Forest Segment National Wetland Inventory
  • Figure 4: Matthew Lourey State Trail Project within Nemadji State Forest This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Figure 5: Matthew Lourey Trail Project, St. Croix State Forest Recreational Trails This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Attachments

  • Attachment A - Natural Heritage Information System Review of the Vicinity of the Proposed Matthew Lourey State Trail Project This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Attachment B - Minnesota Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office Correspondence (2006) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

The proposed project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposes to designate portions of the existing Matthew Lourey State Trail (MLT) for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) use. The designations and required treadway improvements would occur on about 23.3 miles of the Matthew Lourey State Trail in the Nemadji and St. Croix State Forests.

Send comments

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

By mail:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
Attn: Ronald Wieland
500 Lafayette Road St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

Electronically:
Send to Environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us. "Matthew Lourey State Trail" 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 facsimile to (651) 297-1500.

Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact Ronald Wieland (651) 259-5157.