Whitney Island SNA Public Hearing

Public Hearing Information

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on potential changes to the Whitney Island Scientific and Natural Area (SNA).

  • When: April 16, 2019 from 6-7 pm, or until all testimony is taken
  • Where: Faribault High School (Room D108), 330 9th Ave SW, Faribault, MN

The purpose of the hearing is to take public input on a proposal to sell approximately 2.4 acres of land from the Whitney Island SNA in Rice County. The 2.4 acre parcel is located on the east shoreline of Cedar Lake. The SNA designation on Whitney Island will not change. 

The 2.4-acre parcel is not known to contain native plant communities or rare species.  The parcel  does not contribute to the goals of the SNA Program. If SNA designation is removed, the parcel will be sold by public auction pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapters 92 and 94.

At the hearing, a hearing official will record all testimony regarding the proposed change to the SNA. DNR staff will answer questions. Written statements will also be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 22.

Public Comment

Submit comments for this public hearing

Comments may also be sent by U.S mail to: Dan Ruiter, MN DNR, 21371 State Highway 15, New Ulm, MN 56073. Be sure to reference the Whitney Island SNA in your letter.

Purpose of Scientific and Natural Areas

  • Scientific and Natural Areas are state lands established to preserve natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value.
  • Whitney Island SNA protects maple-basswood forest and emergent marsh.
  • Whitney Island SNA is open to activities such as hiking, bird-watching, nature photography, and snowshoeing.