News & Insights
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Saint Paul Capitol at sunset

Before adjourning in late May, state legislators could not agree on a capital investment bill or finalize several funding packages known as omnibus bills. This year, unfinished legislation meant leaving billions of dollars of federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding on the table. Without matching funds from the state legislature, Minnesota will lose out on many of these investments.

Clean-up crews walk through park
Avery Hildebrand

On June 14th, over 70 people braved the 105-degree heat index to help clean up the Mississippi River at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. Conservation Minnesota, in partnership with United By Blue, Target, and Friends of the Mississippi River, spent two hours combing the river banks, neighborhoods, trails, and grassy fields for small plastics.

Wind turbines in a Minnesota field

Today's Supreme Court ruling in the case of West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency undermines our collective expectation that we all deserve clean air to breathe, and that our leaders will do everything in their power to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

wind turbine in a field at sunset
Paul Austin

Solutions to address climate change are important and urgent. Every news cycle brings a new report warning of the consequences of inaction. But there is excellent news in Minnesota. We’ve come so far, and continued clean energy progress means a bright future for Minnesota.

wind turbine in a soybean field

The science on climate change is clear: we must electrify as much as we can while making sure the electricity running through our grid is clean and reliable. As Minnesota’s electrification speeds up, communities will see the economic and job benefits of our energy transition.

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. 

two people hike with dog in summer

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)
Isabel Istephanous

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
David Pelikan

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
David Pelikan
Keely Cervantes

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.