by Doug Smith
48 ACRES ADDED TO WILLIAM O’BRIEN
William O’Brien State Park, one of the metro region’s most popular, recently acquired a 48-acre donation from Peter and Sally Anson.
The couple have donated 200 acres to the park since 1993.
At the closing in March, the Ansons emphasized their desire for the land to be preserved. They acquired the land in the early 1970s.
“The addition of this latest parcel to William O’Brien State Park will allow us to open additional lands for public recreation, as well as increase our resource protection efforts and interpretive programming opportunities,” park manager Steve Anderson said in a news release. “The Anson’s caring and stewardship of the land will continue on as part of the state park system.”
The park is about an hour northeast of the Twin Cities on the St. Croix River, and includes more than 1,650 acres.
The DNR said the donated land is considered “critical habitat,” and therefore the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program will provide matching funds equal to the dollar value of the land donation. Those funds will be used to purchase additional land for Minnesota state parks.