Conservation Minnesota

Give to The Max, Literally

Max-A.-MooseI admit it.  I recently hired a moose.

It wasn’t an accident.  There were plenty of likely over-qualified humans who applied for the job, but none of them had the experience that we found in Max A. Moose. With the exception of a bizarre trip to Texas two years ago for Spring Break, Max has spent his whole life in the woods of northeast Minnesota.

And I am not going to lie.  With this being Give to the Max week, we have been doing everything we can to introduce Max to as many people as possible this week. We had him come down from the woods this past weekend, and he has been working out of our office sending out personalized fundraising requests.

Because, after all, who can champion the needs of Minnesota’s wild spaces better than a full time resident of those very wild places?  Sure, he’s really hard on the office furniture, has burned through a whole stack of keyboards and he has eaten just about every decorative plant in our entire office complex.  But he’s also the right guy for the job.  Yes, he did get trapped in the elevator for a little over an hour this morning.  But the bottom line is, we know Max A. Moose shares our passion for the things that really matter to Minnesotans. 

Max understands that nearly all Minnesotans at least appreciate that a love of our natural surroundings is a strongly held force that binds us together as residents of this state.  And he gets that it takes an organization like Conservation Minnesota to stand up and protect the things we all cherish.  Max understands that water doesn’t stay safe to drink, our air doesn’t stay safe to breathe and wilderness areas don’t stay free of encroachment without some help from organizations like ours.

So he volunteered to help out.  And I hired him.

As Give to the Max day rolls into town tomorrow, I hope you will consider literally giving to the Max.

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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