The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has unveiled a new logo for projects funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
The design, by Bernadette Stephenson of St. Cloud, features images showing the four dedicated funds: clean water, outdoor heritage, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage.
"We feel this logo is memorable, distinctive, and sophisticated. It also clearly illustrates the four funds," DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten said in a written statement.
Holsten said the decision process was difficult. There were 76 entries in the statewide contest that concluded Dec. 7.
The Legacy Amendment, approved by voters in 2008, created a 3/8ths of a cent sales tax to pay for projects such as habitat restoration and park amenities.
The logo will be displayed across the state at access points to land or water resources acquired or protected through the amendment, at construction projects, or printed on materials related to amendment-funded programs.
Entries were reviewed by a panel of judges that included DNR staff, the Parks and Trails Council, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Holsten made the final selection based on their recommendations.
Holsten said Stephenson doesn't receive a prize for her winning entry but she will receive Minnesota's admiration.