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Now's the time to shape plans for Greenleaf Recreation area

LITCHFIELD -- As the formal planning process for the Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) begins, the Department of Natural Resources will be holding a public open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The open house will be in the basement of the Meeker County Courthouse in Litchfield from 5-7 p.m.

Cathi Fouchi, DNR Southern Region planner at New Ulm, said the DNR and others charged with developing a comprehensive plan want to collect as much information as possible from the public, as well as answer any questions people might have about the project.

"As the project moves forward, it's very important that we accurately assess just what people would like to see included in the recreation area, whether that be hunting, camping, hiking, educational opportunities or other similar activities," Fouchi noted. "We really want to hear what the citizens have to say."

In addition to the open house, written comments can be submitted to Fouchi via e-mail at or regular mail at DNR Southern Region, 261 Highway 15 South, New Ulm, MN 56073.

The Greenleaf Lake SRA is located between Litchfield and Hutchinson with about 1,200 acres of land enclosed within the currently proposed boundaries. To date, nearly 400 acres of land around Greenleaf and Sioux lakes have been purchased and discussion continues with other potentially willing sellers.

Mark Matuska, DNR Southern Region director at New Ulm, expressed both appreciation and excitement about the prospects for the SRA. "I believe this recreation area is going to be an extremely popular and important addition to this area of Minnesota," Matuska said. "We're really looking forward to moving ahead."