We submitted our application at the end of September. It can take up to two years for a parcel to move from its nomination stage to its funding stage (if selected), but it was confirmed that our application was received and is being reviewed. There is not a clear timeline set by DNR for when we will know if our application has been moved to the next stage. As our office hears from DNR, updates will be clearly communicated out to the community. We are still accepting letters of support (sample template) for this project! If you feel inclined, email your letter to email@example.com before March 31, 2024.
Does Key Pen Parks have the knowledge to solely manage forest land? We do not currently have the knowledge and staff on hand to solely manage this forest, but if this transfer is granted and approved by DNR and 360 Trails is transferred to our District, we will take the opportunity to either bring on a permanent forester to join our team or hire a contractor to help us manage the forested land.
Will this transfer of 360 Trails to Key Pen Parks raise taxes for residents of the Key Peninsula? Key Pen Parks already pays any property taxes for 360 Trails as required in our lease from DNR, and our staff already maintains the land for recreational purposes.
Will the responsibility of managing this land cause strain for the district and its residents? Under the terms of our current lease from DNR, we already fully maintain the land and provide and manage all recreation opportunities in the trails; these factors would not be new costs in the annual budget.
The survey is now closed; thank you to everyone who voiced their opinion. We received over 430 responses and saw about 93% support for the transfer of 360 Trails to Key Pen Parks' ownership. Check out the responses here: Community Survey Responses for "Bring 360 Trails Home."
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