Mineland Reclamation grants provide funding to assist with highly visible development and restoration of mining impacted land.
Contact: Jim Plummer, 218-274-7006, Jim.Plummer@state.mn.us
Eligible applicants: Cities, townships, counties, tribal units of government, joint powers boards and nonprofits within the agency's service area. Multi-organization collaboration is welcomed and encouraged.
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation works to improve economic opportunities for diversity and inclusion within our service area.
A new purpose-built mountain bike trail opened near Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) in Chisholm. The trail traverses amidst 1,225 acres of mining impacted land with rich red earth surfaces, steep and rugged rock ledges, lush green forestry, and open mine pits full of clear blue water. Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported the project with Mineland Reclamation and Regional Trails grants to the city of Chisholm. Other mountain bike trail systems in the region that are either developed or on the horizon include Tioga in Cohasset, Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Cuyuna Lakes Recreation Area in Crosby, Hidden Valley in Ely, Tofte/Lutsen/Grand Marias system in Cook County, and Split Rock Wilds in Lake County. Redhead is located on mining impacted land that once yielded iron ore that was transferred to America’s steel mills. The majority of the Redhead land is now owned by Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation which developed and funded the project. Smaller portions of the park are owned by St. Louis County. The park is being leased to the city of Chisholm who will be responsible for trail maintenance along with MDC and Iron Range Off Road Cyclists. The bicycling industry in the State of Minnesota supported an estimated $777.9 million of economic activity in 2014, including 5,519 employees and $208.8 million in wages, salaries and benefits. The manufacturers and wholesalers connected to the industry generated $616.6 million in economic activity. (Source: “Economic Contribution of Bicycling Industry in Minnesota” report by Minnesota Department of Transportation and University of Minnesota.)