Conservation Minnesota

Be the One

Q: If a tree is cut in your State Park, does it make a noise?

A: Trick Question – We heard it before the saws even started.

Conservation Minnesota rallied Minnesotans to tell their legislators that clear cutting black walnut trees for profit in state parks was unacceptable.  And they listened!

Minnesota is fortunate to have some of the most spectacular state parks in the country.  Preservation of these parks ensures that you and future generations will continue to share and enjoy in these gems.

Your investment in Conservation Minnesota makes victories like these possible.

Please help us continue to protect the Minnesota you love with an investment of $25, $50 or $100 today.


Protecting our Great Outdoors doesn’t begin with political leaders – it begins with all of us.  In 2012 it begins with you. Be the One to move Minnesota forward.

This new year, you have the chance to Be the One who helps:

  • Provide Clean Water – Lake Superior and surrounding areas are being threatened by proposed hardrock sulfide mining projects.  Hardrock sulfide mining has never been accomplished anywhere in the world without extreme negative environmental impact.  We’ll be working to make sure the future of our water isn’t jeopardized.
  • Recycling – The State of Minnesota set a goal to recycle 80% of beverage containers by 2012.  Currently Minnesotans recycle less than half that amount.  The Minnesota Recycling Refund Act would encourage recycling, reduce litter, and decrease recyclables in landfills.  It would also help raise income for the state, fund local curbside programs, create jobs, and provide great fund raising opportunities for schools and civic organizations.
  • Protect the Amendment – In 2008, Minnesotans overwhelmingly passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, bringing a much-needed infusion of new money for water clean up, habitat and wildlife protection, and parks and trails support. CM now leads a broad coalition of sportsmen and environmental groups to make sure the money is spent the way voters intended.

Conservation Minnesota is making sure future generations can enjoy everything our state has to offer.  We’ve worked with Minnesotans on a wide range of successful campaigns that are making a real difference.  Whether it’s cleaner water, reducing waste, protecting wildlife, or getting more power from wind, we work for practical solutions that make us all better off in the long run.

You are critical in our shared mission, and your commitment to financially invest in our work ensures our lakes, land and way of life will be enjoyed for generations to come.


Paul Austin

Executive Director

P. S.  If your donation is received before December 31st, you will be eligible for a drawing for a signed copy of Darby Nelson’s new book, For Love of Lakes!

Psst!  Did you hear? Conservation Minnesota has been rated a 2011 Top Non-Profit by Philanthropedia and Guidestar for our “high-impact” approach!

About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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