DNR looking for comments on Sibley State Park 13 Oct 11

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails is updating the management plan for Sibley State Park and is seeking public input at an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the park’s Trail Center.

This popular state park near Willmar, is known for its diverse landscapes and activities. A new plan is being developed to address issues important to the future of the park, including the Glacial Lakes State Trail connection to the park, improvements to the beach area, options for visitor access to the western half of the park, addition of camper cabins and potential new group camping opportunities. Options for managing and restoring the park’s oak savanna, forest and prairie ecosystems also will be considered.

DNR staff will be available at the open house to discuss the project’s process and schedule, display maps and other information, and answer questions. The open house is an informal event; people interested in finding out more about the plan can drop in or leave at any time.

After the open house, a citizen’s advisory committee will be established to assist with the planning process. This group will meet over a six-month period to provide input, help evaluate alternative courses of action and review the draft management plan once it is written.