Guidelines for Managing and Restoring Natural Plant Communities along Trails and Waterways

Prescribed burn on the Gateway Trail.
Prescribed burn along the Gateway State Trail.

A public water access.
Public water access

Native plant seeding along the Harmony Preston Valley State Trail.
5-year old native prairie planting along the Harmony Preston Valley State Trail.

Minnesota's state trails, water trails, and water access sites provide recreational opportunities for Minnesota residents and visitors throughout the seasons.

These guidelines are designed to assist resource managers in conducting management activities that enhance the quality of natural plant communities, wildlife habitat, regional landscape integrity and visual quality, particularly as related to planning, development, and maintenance of trails, water trails, and water access sites.

Guidelines

Download the chapters of the Guidelines for Managing and Restoring Natural Plant Communities along Trails and Waterways manual. These guidelines were updated in 2004.