Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Minnesota Land Trust Receives Statewide Recognition For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds

RED WING (Minn.) – The Minnesota Land Trust will be recognized at its annual meeting on Saturday by Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.

This year, in addition to recognizing a number of municipalities, the organizations have also chosen to single out The Minnesota Land Trust, Twin Cities Public Television, the Three Rivers Park District, Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota State Arts Board and its Regional Arts Councilsfor their exceptional work in utilizing Legacy funds for the betterment of the state.

“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include The Minnesota Land Trust and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.

“The work the Minnesota Land Trust does goes well beyond simply shore land and habitat preservation,  They are working to protect a lot of what people think of when they think of Minnesota” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens For The Arts.

Neither Conservation Minnesota nor the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts receives any funding from the Legacy Amendment.

MORE INFO:  For more information on the recognition, or to set up an interview with Paul Austin and/or Sheila Smith, please contact Nate Dybvig at nate@conservationminnesota.org, or 651.230.3018.

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