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PLANS FOR GREENLEAF PARK DEVELOPMENT APPROVED

Friday, January 21, 2011
ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, announces the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved short- and long-term plans for developing the Greenleaf State Recreation Area south of Litchfield. Some of the actions planned through 2015 include signage at the park’s entrance, trail markers, land/water restoration projects, fish stocking and feasibility studies for camping facilities. Recreational opportunities will include multiple non-motorized uses, expanded trail systems, hunting and a fishing pier. Among items scheduled through 2030 are expanding the land base, further developing informational signs and kiosks, tailoring camping sites to match feasibility studies and creating a parking area. Recreational developments on tap include additional piers and shore-fishing opportunities, trails which connect the Greenleaf SRA to neighboring recreational units, and additional hunting access. “Greenleaf will provide area residents with a place to enjoy camping, skiing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, dog training, snowmobiling, or just take in nature,” Urdahl said. “This park is right out our back door, giving people in this area easy access to take advantage of these various activities.” Urdahl and former Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, carried legislation to form the Greenleaf SRA and initial funding was granted in 2005. The park is open to the public as it remains under development. -30- Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fifth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
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