ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill (SF 4499) Saturday, which included projects that would receive funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. This included $500,000 for Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area and Sky Harbor to protect old growth forest and the harbor.
“I’m happy to see bipartisan support for this critical funding that will protect old growth forest in our community, help Sky Harbor make necessary infrastructure improvements, and can help leverage federal dollars for runway realignment,” said Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the final hours of the session to continue finding ways to help secure state support for Duluth.”
The $500,000 is available for the Duluth Airport Authority to acquire approximately ten acres as an addition to the designated Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area located along the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. Any balance remaining in the appropriation not needed for the acquisition is available to the commissioner for a grant to the Duluth Airport Authority to use to protect the Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area by relocating an airport runway.