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Sharing ideas, sparking innovation, and advancing conservation at the Environmental Commissions Conference 2022
by John Anderson, Local Government Program Manager

What happens in St. Paul and Washington DC matters, it’s important to remember that much of the work that protects the Minnesota we love is happening at the local level in communities across the state. Conservation Minnesota is the only organization currently hosting gatherings of environment commission members from across the state.

Dog at Battle Creek Park
Battle Creek Park in Saint Paul
by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager

In 2019, Conservation Minnesota played a crucial role, alongside our national partners, in helping to permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). On May 6th Secretary Haaland visited St. Paul’s Midway Peace Park to announce that $61 million of ORLP grants will be distributed this year to 26 metro areas across the country with three Minnesota parks slated to receive $9 million each. 

Bee on a dandelion
Dandelions are an important food source for bees in early spring!
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

The perfectly manicured, clean-cut lawn has been a symbol of the American Dream since the 1800s. But a new trend from across the pond might change that. The No Mow May campaign allows homeowners to rethink yard maintenance while helping the environment. 

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Mississippi River Headwaters at Itasca State Park
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

All over Minnesota there are relics of CCC projects—the steps across the Mississippi headwaters at Itasca, the great stone and log cabins in Gooseberry State Park. Today's Conservation Corps builds for new challenges. As the impacts of climate change grow, program leaders hope to expand the CCC legacy through a new program—the Civilian Climate Corps. 

cows standing in muddy field
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

Food & Agriculture Program Manager, Keely is working on the emerging issue of PFAS in biosolids applied on agricultural lands, and the resulting contamination in crops, soil, surface and groundwater. 

Krueger Family at the Christmas Tree Farm
The Krueger Family at Kruegers Christmas Tree Farm
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm has been a part of Minnesotans' holiday season for over six decades. Third-generation tree farmer John Krueger is now in charge of daily operations, and keeping the legacy—and the magic—of their farm thriving. 

Sunset over a farm field
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

Conservation Minnesota has begun a new phase in how we connect with issues and people around the state. I’ve recently changed roles from working in the east metro area to becoming the organization’s Food & Agriculture Program Manager. I recently hosted an online conversation with Conservation Minnesota members to discuss how climate is impacting agriculture and how we can create a vision for action and climate-resilient solutions across Minnesota’s agriculture industry and economy.

Migrating Waterfowl
by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager

In a question of public land and private property, Minnesota’s Land Exchange Board recently defended a Lac qui Parle property owner’s right to sell their land to the DNR. 

Micah Rivera near solar panels
Micah Rivera, clean energy student
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Micah Rivera, a local technical student from Apple Valley, is excited about his clean energy career path. “Solar is one of the fastest-growing fields to be in right now.”

Dog at Battle Creek Park
Lichen goes for a walk at Battle Creek Park
by John Anderson, Local Government Program Manager

Working with local governments is one way we make progress on our most important conservation issues. That’s why we helped organize a meeting of city environment commissions dedicated to how their work can help protect the land, air, and water that is so important to us.