Friday, December 08, 2006

Opposition to DeWester-DNR Land Exchange Growing

The Grand Marais Planning and Zoning Committee, let by chairman Hal Greenwood, met on December 6 voted to join the growing chores of opposition to the proposed land exchange along the Gunflint Scenic Byways and overlooking the city. Previously the North Superior Ski and Run Club, the Superior Hiking Trail Association and most of the residents living near the proposed land exchange have expressed their opposition.

The Cook County Board will consider the proposed exchange at 9:00 am Tuesday, December 12 in the Council Chambers. The proposed exchange is on the Grand Marais City Council's agenda at 4:30 pm the next day. All those with concerns on this issue are urged to attend these meetings.

Then DNR’s North Shore Field Team will discuss the issue at its December 14th meeting in Two Harbors at which time it will review local governmental comments and make a decision on whether to proceed with the proposal by sending it on up to the Regional Office. While the December 14th meeting is not public one may send comments for consideration to the Two Harbors Area DNR supervisor at .



The following email has been sent by Boundary Country Trekking to Doug Rowlett, MN DNR-

Dear Doug- Please add my name to those that oppose the Land Exchange between the Minnesota DNR and
Larry DeWester. While I feel that it would be a good idea for the State to acquire DeWesters's land
north of Hovland, exchanging this property for land along the Gunflint Scenic Byways is a very bad

The land you are proposing to give to DeWester when developed would change the whole nature of the
hillside overlooking Grand Marais and the view from the Gunflint Trail not to mention the Superior
Hiking Trail. Further the County and the city are already have sanitation problems affecting the
aquifers and water run-off troubles further down the hill. Additional development on the land you
propose to exchange will only make these matters worst.

What I would propose is that the State come up with some other less intrusive and more environmentally
sound land to exchange with DeWester.


Ted Young
Boundary Country Trekking
11 Poplar Creek Dr
Grand Marais, MN 55604


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