Cross Ranch Master Plan

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NDPRD is updating the Cross Ranch State Park Master Plan, originally adopted in 1985. This initial plan set forth the strategies, goals and vision for Cross Ranch State Park for the following three decades. Many of the 1985 Master Plan strategies were successfully implemented, but the evolving recreation trends over time necessitates a broad analysis of the park’s natural resources, facilities, programming, use and innovation.

The Department continuously endeavors to be stewards of the State’s natural resources while offering a diversity of enriching recreation opportunities that connects all generations of North Dakotans to places throughout the state. This master plan is the visionary, tangible tool used by our agency and park managers to help us responsibly meet this charge. It provides the framework to guide and inform decision making for the state park. It also provides the flexibility that allows the agency to quickly respond to changing trends and needs.

The planning process aims to attract broad public input from the state’s citizens and visitors to develop the vision, goals and objectives. Opportunities for community engagement will include online-based surveys and a community workshop/open house.

The 2020 Cross Ranch State Park Master Plan will be a visionary document that builds upon the legacy of the state’s stewardship of its natural resources and recreational facilities. It will identify opportunities for preserving precious resources while directing new opportunities to meet public needs and trends. The planning outcomes will provide the Department with a strategic framework for enhancing the state park through best management practices, funding options, programmatic trends that support creative opportunities within the park, and responsive design.

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