Paul Bunyan State Trail, Paving Treadway from Guthrie to Walker Project

Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Paul Bunyan State Trail, Paving Treadway from Guthrie to Walker Project, in Beltrami, Hubbard and Cass Counties, Minnesota, has issued a Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The MDNR 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 (below). The Record of Decision also contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet during the 30-day review and comment period.

Issuing this Record of Decision concludes the State environmental review process for this project and the 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 4, 2009 through June 3, 2009. Public notice of the availability of this EAW was in the May 4, 2009 EQB Monitor.

The Proposed Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) proposes to pave a segment of the Paul Bunyan State Trail that extends from Guthrie to Walker (16.5 miles), in Hubbard and Cass Counties. This segment of the multi-use, year-round recreational state trail is located on an abandoned rail grade owned by MDNR. The project would prepare the subgrade and pave a ten-foot wide by three-inch thick bituminous treadway with two-foot gravel/aggregate shoulders for a total trail width of fourteen-feet.

Send Comments

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by 4:30 PM, June 3, 2009.

By mail:

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

Send email comments to:
“Paul Bunyan EAW” 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 651-297-1500.


Please call 651-259-5157 if you have questions about this EAW.


This information is available in an alternative format upon request. Email the DNR Information Center at or call at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR.