DNR Trail Guidelines Publication Receives National Award

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The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has presented its 2008 Merit Award for Planning and Research to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Brauer & Associates. They were honored for their cooperative work in developing Minnesota’s “Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines.”

The result of several years of research, this 306-page manual provides guidelines for creating both motorized and nonmotorized trails. The comprehensive trail how-to guide is considered a best practice manual for local, county, regional and state government agencies and private organizations.

“The manual is a wonderful resource for sensitive trail design that allows safe access to Minnesota’s rich natural resources while preserving the essential landscape qualities that users desire and enjoy,” said Joni Giese, president of the ASLA’s Minnesota Chapter.

The publication also won the Education and Communications Award for 2007 from the Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of nearly 30 of the nation’s principal trail-related organizations.

Dedicated trail funds paid for the development and publication of the manual, with additional support from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Recreational Trails Program.

Brian McCann, a planner for the DNR Trails and Waterways Division, headed up the project. McCann said that the guidelines were developed in response to the growing, changing demands for trails of all types in Minnesota, particularly the rapid growth in off-highway vehicle trail use. The guide is also designed to be useful for grant-in-aid trail clubs and volunteers, local government sponsors, educators, and both public and private land managers.

Brauer & Associates, the DNR’s partner in the publication project, is a Minneapolis-based land use planning and design firm.

Copies of “Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines” (stock # 9-66) are available from Minnesota’s Bookstore by calling (651) 297-3000, or toll free at 1-800-657-3757, or online at www.minnesotasbookstore.com.

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