News & Insights
Lebanon Hills
woman walks along boardwalk next to lake
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
by Avery Hildebrand, Regional Manager - Southeast Metro

Minnesotans love our Great Outdoors, and we are willing to do what it takes to improve our favorite parks and open spaces. Dakota County is no exception. It is home to some of our most iconic examples of natural beauty here in our state—places like Lebanon Hills Regional Park, the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, Sand Coulee, and Whitetail Woods. As demand grows in Dakota County for more access to nature and parks, now is the time to start thinking about the future.

Mom holds infant son outside
Keely and her son enjoying the Great Outdoors
by Keely Cervantes, Regional Manager - East Metro

Though this is a difficult time for our global community and for us in Minnesota, we are so far doing our due diligence to flatten the curve and protect our neighbors. As Governor Walz said, we are used to long winters, and we are resilient. The field team has seen this over the past few weeks as we’ve reached out to our members to check in on how people are doing and how nature has been helping them through this slowdown in everyday life.

Charging an EV
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

For the past three years, Conservation Minnesota has worked with partner groups to put on an annual Environmental Commissions Conference every April. There is a great deal of overlap in these sorts of issues from city to city, and also the potential for cities to coordinate, so commissioners and other interested folks get together once a year to share ideas, think about how to work together, and get to know each other.

Girl with umbrella smiles and reaches out
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

There is one theme that shows up in almost every conversation we've had lately: how important nature and the outdoors are to staying healthy and coping with the stress people are feeling.

Person working on their laptop
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

As COVID-19 continues to spread within our state and nation—Conservation Minnesota is taking measures to protect our staff, the communities in which we work, and all Minnesotans. 

Charging an EV
by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

Conservation Minnesota submitted a letter in support of the proposed Clean Cars standards to the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee.

REST Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force
City staff, council members, Mayor Bill Droste, commission members, and Conservation Minnesota's Avery Hildebrand (second from right)
by Avery Hildebrand, Regional Manager - Southeast Metro

On December 17th, 2019 Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and City Council Members in attendance enthusiastically voted to turn the task force into an official city commission.

Westmill Solar and Wind Farm
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

On Thursday, January 22nd I went to a hearing of the Minnesota Senate’s Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy Committee held at Mound Westonka High School in Minnetrista.

Rochester skyline
by Anna Richey, Southern MN Regional Manager

Last week, the Minnesota Senate Energy & Utilities Committee was in Rochester for a public hearing on the Senate Republicans’ Clean Energy First legislation.

Man changing lightbulb
by Keely Cervantes, Regional Manager - East Metro

Over the past ten years, Minnesota’s cities have been increasing their sustainability goals and positively impacting their communities. I’m lucky to work with a few East Metro cities that are working toward achieving step 5—the top step!—in the GreenStep program.