Long-Term Park Management Plan

Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park
October 1, 2010 Kade M. Ferris M.S. Director of Natural Resources / THPO Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Department of Natural Resources Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park PO Box 900 – Belcourt, ND 58316

TURTLE MOUNTAIN CHIPPEWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Kade M. Noxious Weeds Coordinator Russell Davis Fisheries Coordinator Peter Azure Bison Coordinator Marlin Schroeder Wildlife Ranger Clarence Schroeder Wildlife Ranger . Ferris M. Field Coordinator Jennifer Malaterre Agriculture and Range Coordinator Jeff Desjarlais Jr. Nadeau Sr.S. Director / THPO Bruce F.

...........................................................................9 Public Access ....................7 Park Zoning........ 12 Special Events .......................................................................5 Objective 1: Protection .............9 Park Development .......................................................................TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary............................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Dog Walking ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Objective 5: Fisheries and Wildlife Management.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8 Park Concept..................................... 13 Plan Review ................................................................................. 11 Cultural Heritage .........................................................................................................................5 Objective 4: Tourism..........................................................................................................................6 Park Classification .................. 10 Operations Policies..................................9 Accessibility ......................................................................................................................................3 Park Objectives.................................................................................................................................................... 10 Information............................. 11 Community Involvement. and Outdoor Education ................................................................7 Priority 2: Resource Conservation .................................................................................................................................................... Interpretation..........................................................................................................1 Vision .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10 Visitor Services.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 13 Implementation Phase 2........................................ 12 Fire Management........................................................................................... 12 Implementation Strategy....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7 Priority 3: Recreation Development....................................3 Introduction...........................................................9 Trail System........................................................... 13 Implementation Phase 1...........................................................................................5 Objective 3: Appreciation of Turtle Mountain Chippewa Culture..................................................................................................................................................5 Objective 2: Outdoor Recreation .......................... 11 Enforcement.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7 Priority 1: Environmental Protection............... 12 Off-Road Vehicles ........................................................................................................... 11 Dams................................................................................................... 14 PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION .................

to enhance public understanding and appreciation of park values 4. public use has not been encouraged and DNR has had a limited management presence. and other management measures. particularly through the establishment of a large number of off-road trails.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Located in Rolette County. an inter-connected system of trails. and a number of undesirable uses which have occurred on an ongoing basis. including management of the property as a Natural Environment Park. to ensure public access. particularly in areas surrounding Gordon Lake. Although protected for almost fifty years. With this growing use have come increasing demands for the provision of facilities and services as well as an enhanced management presence. The intent of the plan is to provide a vision for the park and a policy framework to guide park management over the next 10-15 years. public use of the park has increased significantly in the past ten to fifteen years. zoning much of the property as Resource Conservation Zone to underscore the emphasis placed on conservation. The plan identifies five principal management goals: 1. and is managed by the Turtle Mountain Department of Natural Resources (DNR). campsites and RV sites. and use This plan achieves its objectives through several means. The property was designated in the 1960s as an official Park by the Turtle Mountain Tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs. monitoring impacts of public use. Opportunities for outdoor recreation will largely be associated with activities supported by a proposed system of hiking and walking trails. no measurable facilities or services have been provided. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 1 . the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs directed the DNR to develop a park management plan. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting the park’s diverse natural and cultural heritage values. These efforts may include development of an information brochure. the lack of maintenance of the landscape and resources. safety. a diversity of natural habitats and cultural features and provides opportunities for a range of nature-based outdoor recreation experiences. fishing areas. This largely unmanaged public use has also resulted in park values being compromised. To address these issues. picnic/open space areas. on-site interpretive signage and special event programming. Facilities and services will be limited to the provision of public parking and pedestrian access. Despite the lack of facilities or services. to provide facilities and services to enhance visitor enjoyment and park management 5. to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation that are compatible with the emphasis placed on protecting the park’s natural setting 3.313 acre Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park contains a relatively natural landscape which includes two lakes. It also identifies the actions necessary to support that vision. to preserve the park’s natural and cultural heritage values 2. the 1.

The trail system has been designed to a standard that will reduce its impact on park values. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 2 . motorized vehicles will not be permitted on park trails except for approved emergency response or by DNR personnel for park management.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES and carry-in access for canoes/kayaks and interpretive/orientation information. As a result. In recognition of the park’s classification as a Natural Environment Park. where possible facilities and services will be located on the park periphery to minimize impacts on park values.

camping. on lands held in trust for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. and its proximity to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. INTRODUCTION The park is situated in north-central Rolette County. Park development will occur in areas of the park identified by the management plan as appropriate for the provision of facilities and services. fishing. Despite its relatively small size. The provision of facilities and services will be restricted to a level which will maintain the park’s heritage values but still allow the public to enjoy and appreciate the park’s natural setting. as well as other forms of extensive recreation. its relatively natural state. The significance of Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park derives from its two high quality fresh water lakes. the park is one of a number of Tribal parks established for the PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 3 .313 acre park property initially developed in the early 1960s by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was acquired for management purposes by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for management as a park through PL 93-638 contract.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES VISION Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park will ensure the long-term protection of important natural and cultural heritage values while providing opportunities for compatible outdoor recreation and nature-based education. day-use and overnight park emphasizing high-quality front-and backcountry hiking experiences. water sports. The 1. The park will serve as a regional.

canoeing. encompasses both cultural and natural environmental heritage of the Turtle Mountain Reservation and Chippewa people. and the DNR has a full-time management presence. and the Veterans Memorial Park (Belcourt). The term “heritage values”. and recreational purposes. including the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Wilderness Preserve (part of Ogimaa Giizhig). Limited facilities or services are currently offered. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 4 . Jarvis Lake Recreation Area. and fishing. swimming. Sundown Point (Fish Lake west). as used throughout this document. the Turtle Mountain Game & Fish Code. A number of other parks and protected areas are situated nearby. Boy Scout Camp Park. In addition. The management plan is based on the Department’s mandate under the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Constitution. The purpose of this management plan is to define a vision and management philosophy that will guide management decisions for Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park over the next 15 to 20 years. The park is popular with a wide range of user groups. representative natural landscapes. Public use of the park has been largely unstructured and has been focused on and around Gordon Lake. and Federal Regulations.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES protection of natural areas. While protection of the park’s inherent natural and cultural values is of paramount importance. as well as outdoor education and nature appreciation. Fish Lake Slater’s Beach Park. lakes and streams also provides opportunities for a range of complementary outdoor recreation activities including hiking. the plan identifies the actions necessary to support that vision and philosophy. boating. this area of forests. Trails for fishermen and hikers have been developed on an ad hoc basis over the years.

Objective 2: Outdoor Recreation To provide a variety of high-quality passive and active outdoor recreation opportunities within Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. canoeing. and appreciation of the Tribe’s cultural heritage values through interpretive. lake access and nature appreciation. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 5 . design. and developing opportunities for interpretive and ecological education. Management of Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park will contribute to the achievement of Tribal and Departmental objectives of protection. including: natural processes. canoeing. appreciation of nature. Objective 1: Protection To protect important natural and cultural elements and values of Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. Key aspects of this ecologically sustainable design approach include planned new park development. providing opportunities for compatible forms of outdoor recreation. viewing. The park will be managed to provide for highquality outdoor recreation activities such as hiking. Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park will also contribute to the fulfillment of the Tribe’s Environmental Goals. boating and fishing to where those activities do not compromise the ecological integrity of the park’s natural values. and construction of park trails and infrastructure will incorporate sustainable development strategies and environmental protection measures. walking. and education programs. information. a requirement that new infrastructure support park goals and objectives. the planning. including hiking. heritage appreciation and tourism. and the use of existing facilities and trail alignments where possible. regional or national context. and selected cultural sites. outdoor recreation. maintaining or restoring biodiversity. ecological functions. photography. Objective 3: Appreciation of Turtle Mountain Chippewa Culture To provide opportunities for exploration. Park management will place particular emphasis on protecting both representative and rare ecosystems as well as cultural heritage values and wildlife habitat that are significant in a local. education. As part of the Department of Natural Resources’ commitment to maintaining ecological integrity.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARK OBJECTIVES The primary management objectives for Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park focus on protecting natural and cultural heritage values.

These. experience. include a number of sub-themes that warrant special emphasis. and State and Federal agencies will be developed to further this objective. These themes help highlight the important role that the park’s evolving landscape (defined in the broadest terms to include physical. birds. waterfowl. including US 281. protect. culture. Habitat will be protected and created to benefit fisheries. and terrestrial species. and historical) continues to play in the lives of Tribal members. Three broad interpretive themes: Natural History. Northern Pike. making the park a suitable tourist destination. The park will be managed to promote sound fisheries for Walleye. Objective 4: Tourism To provide Tribal members and outside visitors with opportunities to discover. ND 3. and other species present in park lakes. and scenic byway ND 43. landscape development. and to perpetuate cultural aspects of fish and wildlife to park visitors. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 6 . The park will be managed to serve both Tribal member and outside visitors. In addition. opportunities to learn. local organizations. social. Objective 5: Fisheries and Wildlife Management To promote. also celebrate the park’s underlying characteristic as a relatively natural area that provide opportunities for interpretation and outdoor education programs as well as outdoor recreation activities. and Parks and Protected Areas have been identified for Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. in particular those that emphasize natural heritage themes. Yellow Perch. in turn. and manage fisheries and selected wildlife species to allow for enhanced recreation. Bluegill. it will complement and enhance local and regional tourism infrastructure.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Cultural heritage appreciation programs will emphasize significant natural and cultural heritage features and themes relating to conservation. The park is near to several key highways. Cultural Heritage. and their many components. and enjoy Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. opportunities and strategies. The themes. Partnerships between the DNR. fauna. flora. and human settlement and use.

Resource Conservation. and. A natural environment park incorporates representative natural landscapes with outstanding recreational opportunities.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARK CLASSIFICATION Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. scattered sites with unusual flora as well as culturally significant sites and features that do not warrant specific designation within an Environmental Protection Zone due to the limited land-base involved. while the third allows for more intensive development and use. The first two are protection oriented. scientific. educational and scientific activities are permitted where they do not conflict with the underlying protection objectives. all of which must be environmentally and culturally compatible. and Recreational Development. PARK ZONING Park zoning allocates park lands and waters on the basis of the importance attached to their protection as heritage resources and to their capability and suitability for recreational use and associated facility and service development. Priority 1: Environmental Protection This includes areas that are highly sensitive or contain significant natural or historic resources that require protection. and recreational features and landscapes that require a high standard of conservation. and development that may occur within respective park areas. This zone permits activities and land uses that do not conflict with or compromise the inherent natural character and aesthetic qualities of the park. This classification emphasizes the protection and conservation of natural and cultural heritage features. Planning for any activities or land uses within the Resource Conservation Zone must consider the full range of protection options as the priority. In keeping with its classification as a Natural Environment Park. Priority 2: Resource Conservation This includes those areas of the park containing significant natural. by virtue of its outstanding natural and cultural heritage values. Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park will be managed primarily for ecosystem protection and recreation. Outdoor recreational use and infrastructure development will occur within the context of maintaining the natural character and quality of the environment. This will exclude exploitation or habitation adverse to the purpose of designation. and visitor opportunities. conservation. will be managed as a “Natural Environment Park”. Zoning defines the degree of protection. Within these zones. educational. recreational. provide a foundation for spiritual. cultural. interpretive. The DNR has established three park zoning priorities: Environmental Protection. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 7 . The Resource Conservation Zone also incorporates and protects small.

within the most appropriate park areas without compromising protection-oriented values of the park. These zones are used to focus park facilities and services. as well as public use. Primary Zones Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 8 .TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Priority 3: Recreational Development This includes areas of a park that are capable of supporting the development of facilities and services associated with outdoor recreation activities and more intensive visitor use.

orientation and interpretation information. Park Development Park development provides the facilities. nature-based. Proposed development may be canceled or modified. portions of trails will be constructed to a standard that meets the requirements of people with special needs as possible. Public Access Public access will be provided at one clearly defined location. In light of the classification of the property as a Natural Environment Park. swimming. This entry point is located along BIA 2 South (Gordon Lake Road). As a minimum. access for disabled people will be considered where site conditions permit. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 9 . This plan therefore includes provision for the following facilities and services: parking and trail-head access. where it is determined that the impacts are inconsistent with the intent of the park management plan. the protection and preservation of significant and sensitive park features. trails. canoe and boat access to Gordon and Wheaton Lakes. field work. recreational and educational activities. infrastructure and appropriate opportunities necessary to ensure appreciation and enjoyment of the park. the DNR and its partners will provide only limited facilities and services within the Park. and visitor uses restricted or prohibited. Wherever possible. a network of trails for hiking. viewing and limited cycling. Within the park. Accessibility The needs of the physically challenged will be considered in decisions affecting public access and use of the Park. Existing park infrastructure (e. and the provision of opportunities for compatible. consultations with the public.g. The focus of park development is to provide facilities and services that support day-use activities and shortterm camping. in proximity to some public access points. and the consequent emphasis on the protection of park values. as well as associated facilities and services. rest spots will be located on main trails. Opportunities and issues addressed by the park management plan incorporate a review of background materials. and comments received during several public information sessions held during the winter of 2009-2010. facilities and services will be located on the periphery of the park or along roadways. walking. Where practical and feasible. parking areas) will also be examined to determine whether it is consistent with the intent of the management plan. and camping and picnic areas.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARK CONCEPT The park management plan provides a framework for the conservation of broad park values. All infrastructure development must support park goals and objectives.

The information program will be provided by the DNR. publications. nature-based education and the encouragement of active and healthy lifestyles. appreciation. To that end. public washrooms. connects to other regional trails Information. this plan proposes a trail system that embodies the following principles: Environmentally sustainable Constructed to accepted standards Provides opportunities for quality nature-based outdoor recreation Provides access to interpretive and educational opportunities Encourages an active and healthy life-style Provides connectivity to adjacent and surrounding communities Accommodates. visitor access nodes (parking and orientation). opportunity for canoe and boat access to Gordon and Wheaton Lakes and. These sites will be monitored to determine the impact of visitation levels and to identify appropriate mitigative measures if impacts become undesirable. possibly. A basic level of visitor services is proposed to include a high quality trail system. especially on the west side of the lake. This management plan recognizes that a properly designed and constructed system of trails can provide opportunities for outdoor recreational pursuits which are also compatible with objectives for environmental protection. Where feasible. where possible. self-guided trails.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Trail System A small network of trails exists throughout the Park. The park will not be promoted to the extent that its capacity to handle visitors in an ecologically sustainable manner is exceeded. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 10 . the needs of people with various abilities Is non-motorized only Minimizes conflicts among different user groups Where appropriate. such as tours sponsored by the Tribal Tourism Division or offered through the DNR. and exploration of the park and to support park management practices. Other trails can be found in the vicinity of Wheaton Lake. Sites chosen for environmental education and tourism programs will be selected only after it is determined that limited visitation can occur without disturbing the site’s heritage values. The trail system will be designed for pedestrians. The greatest concentration of trails is found in the immediate vicinity of Gordon Lake. trails will accommodate the needs of people with various abilities. Interpretation and Outdoor Education An interpretive program focusing on self-directed opportunities will be developed to facilitate visitor understanding. The interpretive program may utilize brochures. on-site interpretive panels. Visitor Services The primary focus of the management plan is on the protection of the park’s natural and cultural heritage values and the provision of complementary use opportunities for nature-based outdoor recreation. Park promotion will be done with due consideration for the need to protect the park’s heritage values and to sustain a quality visitor experience. and special-event programming.

It is intended that lake levels will be maintained at their current elevation. At present there are few known archaeological resources in the park. An emergency preparedness plan has been completed.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES OPERATIONS POLICIES Park operations will be undertaken to operate the park on a day-to-day basis. DNR will monitor known sites to ensure they are not subject to inappropriate uses or damage. the DNR must (1) carry out regular dam safety inspections to ensure the dam remains structurally sound. In fulfilling its obligations. To that end. Dams There is one dam within the park. the Department of Natural Resources will work with the Turtle Mountain EPA and other partners to ensure that water quality within the park remains as pristine as possible. Cultural Heritage One of the key concepts of the park is to celebrate and protect the culture and heritage of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa people. Enforcement Because of the rural setting. the Department undertakes regular inspections and dam maintenance and repairs. This dam was constructed in the 1960s at Gordon Lake primarily for flood control and recreation. Under contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. and will survey for unrecorded sites as dictated by project need in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act. Recognizing that adjoining land uses could have serious impacts on water quality within the park. Sites will not be actively managed except for public safety reasons or to protect resources from undue effects. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 11 . Regardless of the degree of active management. Water Quality Fortunately Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park has no residential or industrial development in the immediate vicinity. and (2) be capable of operating the dam and lake level for downstream flood control purposes. DNR will conduct enforcement that focuses on protecting park values and managing park users. along with anticipated higher use levels and associated management issues. it is expected that the park will require a level of enforcement that is higher than that which may normally be expected of a natural environment park. all heritage sites will be protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other federal laws and regulations. DNR will also work with BIA Police to ensure park objectives and public safety objectives are achieved.

Off Road Vehicles Off road vehicles have caused significant environmental degradation in certain areas of the park. All uncontrolled fires will be aggressively fought by the DNR and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry and Fire Control. and stakeholders to promote the wise and sustainable use of the park. and. Before granting a special event permit for Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park. including wildlife and water quality. fecal contamination of park waters. This provision is intended to minimize (1) potential negative impacts on wildlife.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Community Involvement An important element in the development and operation of Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park will be the involvement and participation of the entire Turtle Mountain Chippewa community and other stakeholders. Consequently. (2) conflicts (both real and perceived) with non-dog owners. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 12 . community groups. and to minimize potential problems with off-leash dogs. the Bureau of Indian Affairs. except for park management and emergency purposes. especially the emphasis on protection and non-motorized travel. (4) the amount of dog excrement in the park. Education and cooperation will be two of the keys to minimizing conflicts between park users and reducing damage to the park. all fires must be contained within a DNR approved fire ring. Special Events The DNR will allow special events by permit only. off road vehicles will not be permitted in the park. Dog Walking The DNR will require dogs in the park to be on a leash and under the control of its owner at all times. the use of motorized vehicles is not consistent with park management objectives. Fire Management As part of fire suppression efforts. Only those events which are consistent with the intent of the management plan will be considered. In addition. (3) conflicts between off-leash dogs. proposed activities will be screened for compliance with the park management plan and assessed for potential impacts. the Department will undertake an educational program to inform the public about the leash requirements. DNR will work with the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council. In an effort to protect the park’s natural attributes.

) adequate to address ongoing issues. Implementation will depend on availability of resources. trails. mechanisms will be put in place to monitor visitor impacts on the park’s heritage values.). staffing. Until Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park is 100% operational. adjustments can be made should conditions change substantially. in each of the Implementation phases.Phase I Phase I of park development is intended to address key public safety issues.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY This park management plan will be implemented in three phases. Identify and mitigate potential public safety hazards (e. while other potential partners may play a role in implementing specific projects. orientation and information. Before implementation. The pace of implementation will depend on available financial and human resources. 5.Phase II Phase II is intended to initiate delivery of facilities and services (access. The Department of Natural Resources will be the lead in facilitating implementation of this plan. including asset and visitor management and service delivery. Identify levels of support (funding. Establish ecological and cultural benchmarks and implement a monitoring program to determine park visitor impacts. all development proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are consistent with the intent of the management plan. etc. Implementation . Continue operational status Gordon Lake dam. 4. fall hazards). Initiate a phased development of the hiking and walking trails and associated facilities and services. In this way. or if significant new information becomes available. ensure protection of park values.g. acquire the resources necessary to implement park development and establish formal arrangements to use adjoining lands for park purposes. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 13 . Implementation . Before implementing park development. The goal of park development is to establish an operational park that provides at least a basic level of visitor facilities and services and is managed to ensure visitor safety and the protection of park values. 2. Although the plan has a 20-year time frame. This monitoring will be used to help in designing visitor management strategies. Develop and implement enforcement. damaged trees adjacent to public use areas. 1. the Department will ensure management and operational decisions are consistent with this plan. 3. it will be reviewed every 5 years or as otherwise required. etc.

Develop new camping. In considering any significant deviation from this plan. and picnic areas. the Department will provide opportunity for public review and comment. The Department of Natural Resources will undertake a review of the park management plan every five-years. PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN – OGIMAA GIIZHIG RECREATION PARK – TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDAIN RESERVATION 14 . orientation signage at key pedestrian access points PLAN REVIEW The vision and objectives of this plan are intended to guide the management of Ogimaa Giizhig Recreation Park for the next 20 years. or sooner if required. RV sites. a park brochure b.TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 1. Develop the following park orientation information: a. 2. an orientation kiosk and associated information at vehicular access points c.

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