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Dog at Battle Creek Park
Battle Creek Park in Saint Paul
Avery Hildebrand

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!
Olivia Rivera

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
Olivia Rivera

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.

Saint Paul Capitol at sunset
David Pelikan

This week, legislators return from their mid-session break to begin negotiating final omnibus bills and a bonding bill. Here’s an update on where the Legislature stands at half-time.

oak tree leafs out in spring
Branch out on Earth Day!
Olivia Rivera

Born out of a movement to build awareness of pollution, Earth Day is a day to act for the environment. From its origin in 1970, it has grown into modern environmentalism today, bringing together over 1 billion people each year to work for the home we all share. Here are some easy ways to start out the season in support of the Earth this Friday, April 22.

Taking out the recycling
Olivia Rivera

In the world of disposable masks and takeout bags—we built up a lot of waste. In 2020 the amount of garbage that ended up in landfills increased by over 30%. MN's SCORE program provides counties with grants to address waste through reuse and recycling. Today SCORE is in jeopardy as over 30% of the solid waste management tax, the primary source of funding, is being diverted to the state’s General Fund instead of being used for its intended purpose. 

recycling collection center sign near park
Nels Paulsen

Increasing recycling and limiting waste is a vital aspect of protecting our environment and the people who rely on it. Conservation Minnesota is a strong supporter of returning diverted revenue from the solid waste management tax, back to counties for SCORE grants which can be used for recycling and composting. Last week, Policy Director Nels Paulsen presented to the House Environment committee in support of HF 2367.

Saint Paul Capitol lawn
Session has begun at the Saint Paul Capitol

At Conservation Minnesota, we’re committed to making changes right now to find progress and pragmatic steps forward. Building on successes in 2021, we are optimistic that we can help one of only two divided state legislatures in the country Get to Yes on key policies again this year.

Frank Moe mushing and Darby Nelson in river with a canoe
Frank Moe and Darby Nelson
Paul Austin

The conservation community lost two champions within days of each other earlier this year. As board members, both Darby Nelson and Frank Moe shaped our work. They were very different people, but I’m struck by what they had in common. Both men shared a deep love for Minnesota’s outdoors.

Tomatoes for sale
Keely Cervantes

Conservation Minnesota supports the companion bills by Representative Lippert and Senator Murphy to strengthen our regional and local food systems. We believe that to better understand and grow Minnesota’s food and agriculture economy, and to develop effective policy, there is a need for accurate baseline reporting and support.