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Anonymous donor will match county parks donations

An anonymous donor has issued a friendly challenge: donate to Dakota County's forever wild friends by becoming a member before July 1, and he will match total contributions up to $1,000.

"Bringing people together for a common cause," "creating a sense of stewardship" and "conserving forever wild places for future generations" are some of the reasons for the gift.

The donation comes from a Dakota County resident whose family enjoys outdoor recreation along with the beauty and magnificent open spaces that Dakota County Parks provide. His family especially enjoys hiking the trails of Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Spring Lake Park Reserve and Miesville Ravine Park Reserve.

Becoming a member of forever wild friends helps further stewardship projects along with recreation and education opportunities in Dakota County parks. Friends receive park discounts, invitations to friends-only events, a tote bag, window clings and a t-shirt. Donations are tax-deductible.

Just as spring is a time of growth, the donor hopes his donation will encourage others to grow a community of support for Dakota County parks.

To become a friend or get more information about the program stop by the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center or visit the forever wild friend web page.