Star of the North Walking Trail EAW

Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Star of The North Walking Trail in Roseau and Lake of the Woods Counties, 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 (EIS) 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 during the 30-day public review and comment period.

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


Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the January 1, 2017 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period is open from January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The proposed project:

The DNR is proposing construction and designationi of the Star of the North Walking Trail. The project would link approximately 29.5 miles of existing routes with 27.5 miles of new trail development to create a 57-mile loop system of signed and maintained natural surface walking trail corridor. Hunter walking trails provide comparatively easy access to grouse and woodcock areas in Minnesota's primary grouse range. These trails wind their way through Wildlife Management Areas, connecting with some state forests and other public hunting lands.

Send comments:

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

By mail:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Attn: Cynthia Novak-Krebs
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

Electronically:

Send to [email protected]. "Star of the North Trail EAW" must be included in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address so that you can be added to the mailing list. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

By fax:

Submit signed comment letters by fax to 651-296-1811.

Questions:

Please call 651-259-5115.