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Upper Mississippi River gathering planned Oct. 6 in Crosby

Event includes Cuyuna Country State Rec Area tour

Posted: September 28, 2012 - 8:46pm

CROSBY — The importance of the upper reaches of the Mississippi River will be the focus of an Oct. 6 gathering in Crosby.

Organizers report a growing number of leaders and practitioners recognize the importance of the upper reaches of the Mississippi River — from Itasca to St. Cloud.

The gathering is from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Heartwood Conference Center in Crosby.

The event includes a tour of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, lunch buffet and reports on recreation, habitat and water initiatives.

The optional recreation area tour is planned at 8:30 a.m. meeting at Heartwood and beginning at the Mississippi Overlook in the Sagamore Unit of the rec area. Tour participants will then travel the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail back to the Heartwood Conference Center through the rec area with stops at the Huntington Lake beginner mountain bike trail head and the Pennington Lake trail head and access.

The lunch buffet is at 11 a.m. followed by a geographic information systems virtual tour with Google Earth and Dough Hanson, Crow Wing County at 11:15 a.m.

Don Hickman of the Initiative Foundation will provide the welcome and introduction at 11:45 a.m. Followed by reports on current recreation, habitat and water initiatives with: Carol Zoff, Corridor Management Plan, Minnesota Department of Transportation; Susan Schmidt, Mississippi River Northwoods; Paul Thiede, Mississippi Headwaters Board.

Another panel presentation on Critical Partnerships for River Work: Moving Forward with Multiple Solutions will include small and large group discussion. Panelists are expected to include: Paul Labovitz, National Park Service, MS National River and Recreation Area; Doug Shaw, The Nature Conservancy; Deb Ryun, St. Croix River Association; Loran Kaardal, Green Corridor Project.

RSVP for the tour and gathering is requested to meg.shoemaker@tpl.org or 651-999-5313.