Construction begins this fall on Browns Creek State Trail

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 4:19 PM

Money is now available to build a critical bridge over a busy Washington County road.

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Willy53Jun. 30, 13 8:03 AM

Most people don't realize the pristine raparian corridor through which this trail runs. I supported the concept of the trail with several reservations. One was that the DNR take an active role in managing the ecological impact the large number of riders and walkers will have on what was once a very secluded and unique ravine and creek. This means users should stay on the trail and not wonder off toward the creek trampling rear plants and disturbing steep ravine geology and soil. This migration corridor for many kinds of species must retain its ecological significance. The quiet and isolation of the Brown's Creek Ravine will be lost forever but through management the impact of continuous human presence can be minimized. THe city of Stillwater has engaged in some horrendous decisions with regard to preserving their natural heritage. They cannot be counted on to manage their portion of the trail in any environmentally friendly manner. Turning the Brown's Creek Ravine into a park with people walking about it has never bothered them. The bike conduit into Stillwater has always been their objective, using the beauty and spectctacular woods to lure visitors. Knowing that the City spent millions to manufacture the Brown's Creek Diversion to clean the waters of Brown's Creek for trout reproduction (by flushing the dirty parts through McKusick) and then followed by approving hundreds of housing plots (the most recent a 15 plot developement called ironically "Brown's Creek Preserve") on the banks of Brown's Creek is just one example of Stillwater's irresponsible and inept conservation and environmental preservation. The DNR has important work to do when this trail is done. At the meetings, they assured me that they would monitor the trail use as it impacts the surrounding corridor. I hope they weren't just blowing smoke.

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scubadoo68Jul. 1, 13 4:38 PM

I for one can't wait for the trail to open. I loved the Gateway trail when I lived in Stillwater and biked quite a way to connect to it. I also have to agree with Willy53. It's important that the ecology is protected. It's not good for the snowmobilers, but they do tend to cause the most damage. And horses in downtown Stillwater?! Traffic is bad enough.

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