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Pembina Gorge developing master plan

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will be developing a master plan over the next six months for the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area.

The department recently awarded the master plan contract to Great Outdoors Consultants, Fort Collins, Colo.

“The background and experience Great Outdoors Consultants is bringing to the table is very impressive, and we are confident in their abilities to provide a meaningful and manageable document to guide us in any future development in the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area,” said Mike Duerre, PGSRA Manager.  

The Pembina Gorge is a 12,500-acre expanse along the Pembina River between Walhalla, N.D., and the Canadian border. It is recognized as the one of the largest uninterrupted block of woodlands in North Dakota and the longest segment of unaltered river valley in the state.

Great Outdoors Consultants plans to conduct a series of public meetings to gather input from area residents, Duerre said.

The master plan is expected to be completed by Sept. 30. 

Information regarding the meetings will be posted as it is developed. Information will be available through the state Parks and Recreation Department website,, the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area’s Facebook page or by calling the office: (701) 549-2444.