September 10, 2014

Park District moving forward with forestry plan

By Chris Erickson

A recently awarded grant has enabled the Beulah Park District to plan for the future.
Once completed, the grant brought $7,500 in matching funds from the North Dakota Forest Service to the Beulah Park District for a $15,000 project that aims to create a guide that addresses short and long term park needs in the area.
The 60-page Beulah Parks Framework and Forestry Plan came about through the NDFS America the Beautiful grant program, and could save the district funding in the future by creating an outline of projected future needs.
According to Park District Manager Bridgette Martens, the plan would help guide decisions the park board makes on topics such as surplus property, new improvements or property acquisitions. the framework and forestry plan would also help make decisions on where to invest time, attention and financial resources for the parks and related facilities.
“Time saved making decisions, allocating funding, and disposing of surplus property, all results in significant savings down the road,” Martens stated. “It will assist us in attracting grant funding for district projects. This plan shows that we have a plan in place that proves the need and what the community wants.”


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