Conservation Minnesota

Press Release: The Nature Conservancy Receives Recognition For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds

CWL&Legacy-FeatureSAINT PAUL (MINN.) – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will recognize The Nature Conservancy on Monday for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

“The Nature Conservancy’s work goes well beyond its well documented record of protecting and preserving critical habitats around the state,” said Darby Nelson, who serves on the Conservation Minnesota board. “They are able to identify the things that are truly important to Minnesotans, and with the help of Legacy funding, are making sure that they are there to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

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 or history 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 Nature Conservancy, Twin Cities Public Television, the Three Rivers Park District, Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust and the Minnesota State Arts Board and its Regional Arts Councils for 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 Nature Conservancy and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of 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 Darby Nelson and/or Sheila Smith, please contact Nate Dybvig at, or 651.230.3018.

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