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News & Stories from Conservation Minnesota
Middle school students gardening
Conservation Crew members tend to a campus garden

As we enter the dormant winter months, we think back to sunny days in the garden and reflect on new growth in our youth program. Conservation Crew is a student-led extracurricular program for middle schoolers that develops leadership skills through conservation projects in schools and communities. We’re excited to share more about our program and its early successes.

Blazing star flowers in a garden
Hardy perennial Blazing Star thrives in a local prairie garden

We launched the Blazing Star Award to recognize local governments that engage in exciting new projects that advance conservation, climate, or the environment. We announce the inaugural year recipients!

Bull and baby elk at the edge of a forest

In the summer of 2021, the Fond du Lac Band submitted a proposal to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reintroduce an elk herd on the Fond du Lac Reservation and the Fond du Lac State Forest. Conservation Minnesota drafted legislation to provide funding for this elk reintroduction proposal and offered support for the bill.

Group listening at conference
Commissioners and board members from across Minnesota came together

Conservation Minnesota co-hosted with the Trust for Public Land the first ever statewide Parks & Recreation Commissions Conference that brought together volunteer commissioners and board members from across Minnesota to network, share their successes, and learn from experts.

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