Conservation Minnesota

Coming Soon to a Town Near You

One of my favorite things to do as the Southeast Metro Community Coordinator with Conservation Minnesota and Audubon Minnesota is to meet and work with all of our great members. It’s wonderful to work with communities and help to elevate conservation issues and solutions. Although, I’m not the only one at Conservation Minnesota who is doing this kind of work. We have four other community coordinators throughout Minnesota who are working in a variety of communities. Hosting events, working with partner organizations, providing information, working with local governments, and moving conversations forward are just a few of the awesome things we are doing on the ground.

Avery CCT Northfield

We cannot do this work without residents and members like you who care about the health of our communities. That’s why we are working toward creating Community Conservation Teams (CCT) all over the state. These teams are made up of 5-7 passionate individuals who understand the importance of working together and working with others in order to keep conservation priorities at the forefront of your city’s agenda and your community’s mind. Our goal is to establish 50 CCTs throughout Minnesota by the end of 2020. This will ensure a unified voice and a strong conservation community working towards safe water, clean renewable energy, habitat, and more.

Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota’s Executive Director, will be on hand at these events to share our strategic vision and details on our unique partnerships. Don’t take my word for it, here is what Paul had to say – “These meetings and CCTs are about connecting and working with local communities. Many organizations have lost touch with their members because they haven’t been able to engage with them on the local level and help with local issues that people care about. This is why we need partners who have local knowledge and strong relationships in their community”.

If you’re interested in attending a meeting or becoming a member of your local CCT, don’t hesitate to let us know! And if you’re in the south metro and would like to join and help me build a CCT in your community, send me an email at

About Avery Hildebrand

Avery Hildebrand
Born in Minnesota, Hildebrand earned his degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He has an extensive background in canvassing and organizing. An avid fisherman, who once worked as an aquatic invasive species watercraft inspector, his perfect day in Minnesota includes good friends and fishing, which pairs nicely with his favorite place in the state, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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