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Division of Parks and Trails
Strategic Plan: 2012-2022

The purpose of the Parks and Trails Strategic Plan is to communicate the Division's strategic priorities to staff and partners, so that they understand them and can assist with implementation efforts.

These priorities were derived from the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan; Conservation that Works; A Strategic Conservation Agenda 2009-2013, Part II: Performance and Accountability Report; and Minnesota State Parks and Trails: Directions for the Future. In addition to outlining key strategies, this plan identifies measures that will be used to assess progress towards achievement of these priorities. Measures for 2, 4 and 10 years are included so that evaluations can be undertaken routinely and adjustments made. The measures reflect the anticipated pace of progress based on staffing levels and budget realities in early 2012. If budgets continue to shrink, some outcomes and system adjustments will need to be made in order to sustain the overall system (see pp. 17-19).

These major strategies do not attempt to describe all the important work we do. Rather, their purpose is to focus Division resources on areas of emphasis over the next ten years.

The Parks and Trails Strategic Plan was reviewed and approved by the DNR Commissioner in February 2012. The final version of the plan is posted here: Division of Parks and Trails Strategic Plan: 2012-2022 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (1.7 MB)

If you are looking for Minnesota State Parks and Trails: Directions for the Future (2011), please click here.

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Questions about Directions for the Future can be directed to Jade Templin, Principal Planner, at