Visiting the Northland Arboretum may mean being able to cover much more ground if a grant application is successful.
The Arboretum submitted a grant application for the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) for funding through the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Arb was requesting $5,496,300 to fund the land purchase and trail development. Proposed property for the purchase, 1,110 acres of forested wetland stretching from the Arb north to North Long Lake.
In its draft application, the Arb and Paul Bunyan Conservation Area expansion was noted as a way to preserve a large watershed for the health and sustainability of the entire Brainerd and Baxter lakes area community. Preserving the land would prevent against fragmentation, urbanization and private development, the Arb reported.
Baxter was set to consider submitting a letter of support for the project, but found out Tuesday the timing would be off as the LCCMR was already set to consider funding requests.
The LCCMR makes recommendations to the state Legislature for project funding from the trust fund. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated in the summer and fall of this year for consideration in the 2013 Legislative session. The LCCMR time line notes authorization for projects chosen for funding will be given in June of 2013 when work plans are approved and funding will be released July 1, 2013.