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Norris Camp: Long and Short Term Plans for Restoration and Interpretation

Purpose

Carry out a planning process for the use, preservation, and maintenance of Norris Camp, a historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp and presently a wildlife management area headquarters. The result will be a master plan for the establishment of an interpretive center.

Partners

  • Friends of Norris Camp
  • Giziibii Resource Conservation & Development
  • Community Assistantship Program  
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation 
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Conservation Corps of MN and IA

Activities

  • Identify the unique or highest value historic resources within Norris Camp and create a plan for their protection or restoration.
  • Improve the environmental education experience for visitors, with consideration for being self-guided.
  • Utilize educational tools that respect the limited staff, the opportunities and challenges of the site’s remoteness, and tools to help capture the emotions and passion of the past residents.
  • The planning process included participants with connections to other local venues. The plan includes a recommendation to become a part oft he local collaborative marketing similar venues and to become a part of that community partnership.

Outcomes

  • A completed master plan for the long-range restoration and interpretation of Norris Camp.
  • Greater public awareness of Norris Camp and community enthusiasm for its restoration.
  • A series of short-range implementation commitments, and a funding strategy to support them.

Funding

$2500

Leveraged Resources

Northwest Minnesota Foundation - $5000
CURA CAP - $3700

 

Last updated 3-24-2016

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