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Lebanon Hills
Seven people sit at panel table in front of audience
Moderator Nels Paulsen of Conservation Minnesota (left) with legislators.
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

Last Saturday, six area legislators sat together at a town hall meeting to discuss the toxic chemical TCE with their constituents.

by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager

I recently hosted a town hall event with legislators from Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount to discuss conservation issues.  Senators Jim Carlson and Greg Clausen and Representatives Robert Bierman and John Huot were all kind enough to join us at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley to talk with constituents about their environmental concerns.

by John Anderson, Local Government Program Manager

When we think about debates around conservation and environmental issues, a lot of folks think about what goes on at the state Capitol or in Washington, DC.

by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager

On a warm and sunny late August afternoon, the sound of engines rumble as the Hastings Saturday Night Cruise-in moves under way.

Close up of hand charging electric vehicle
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Today Governor Walz announced the new Clean Cars Minnesota, a set of clean car standards that will reduce air pollution from cars and trucks on Minnesota roads and improve access to electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Charging an EV
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

This past Wednesday the Trump Administration announced the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California’s longstanding waiver to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act.


If you have even a tiny patch of lawn, you can convert it to a pollinator-friendly landscape and help the comeback of an endangered species

photo courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

While everyone knows that trash is no good for lakes and rivers, many people aren’t aware that “natural” debris—leaves, grass clippings, and pet waste—are all pollution when they enter our water resources.


The state now has an official state bee and a program to help it and other pollinators thrive.

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

The bill provides funding to the Minnesota DNR to help schools and community groups—particularly in areas with high percentages of kids living in apartments or urban environments—pay for field trips and opportunities for children to get outdoors.