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Juneteenth Freedom Day

For Juneteenth, our team decided to share our favorite Black-owned businesses from around the state. By showing your support, you strengthen local economies, help close the racial wealth gap, and celebrate the contributions of local Black businesses. 

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Happy Pride Month! Conservation Minnesota is proud to stand by our LGBTQIA+ staff, members, friends, family, and partners. It’s important to us that Minnesota is a welcoming place for all people no matter where you’re from or how you identify. Pride is a time to acknowledge our differences, celebrate self, and show the world that love brings people together.  

Conservation Celebration 2022 staff and judges
Conservation Crew Celebration staff & judges: Isabel Istephanous (Youth Program Coordinator), Laura Bishop (former MPCA Commissioner), Reen Solheid (DNR), Charlene Simonson (The Nature Conservancy & CM board), Paul Austin (Executive Director)
by Isabel Istephanous, Youth Program Coordinator

Conservation Minnesota designed Conservation Crew to encourage middle schoolers to think critically about our environment. Each Conservation Crew—made up of five to 25 student and supported by a teacher or school staff—selects their focus and service project. Our Youth Program Coordinator reports on the first year of Conservation Crew.

Minnesota Capitol
The 2022 legislative session has ended at the Capitol in Saint Paul
by David Pelikan, Policy Associate

On May 23, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned, ending the 2022 Regular Session. The divided Legislature was unable to reach agreements on most major legislation before its deadline. Read our summary of what passed and where negotiations ended.

Man in cornfield with an ear of corn
by David Pelikan, Policy Associate

The agriculture industry in Minnesota has a large impact on the health of our environment and economy, and we believe a strong omnibus with provisions that protect and strengthen our waters, lands, and communities would be a vital use of our historic budget surplus. Conservation Minnesota submitted the following letter in support of HF4366, the Omnibus for Agriculture, Housing, and Broadband.

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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.

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by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Minnesota small towns and urban areas alike are at risk for having lead-contaminated drinking water. Bipartisan bills to pay for lead service line replacement have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, and federal grants could be made available to Minnesota communities, but state legislators need to get bills across the finish line before the session ends on May 23rd.

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. 

Child drinks a glass of water
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

As Minnesotans, we pride ourselves on taking care of our communities and being at the forefront of public health. But we have overlooked a critical issue: safe drinking water. Minnesota has the tenth-highest number of lead pipes of all states.