Conservation Minnesota

Local Conservation Champions – Lakeville Friends of the Environment

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about a group of residents in the City of Hastings who have formed an organization to address local conservation issues and projects. This month, I would like to continue the “Local Conservation Champions” series by highlighting a different group of dedicated individuals who are continuously working to make sure the City of Lakeville is a healthy, clean, and environmentally conscious community. You may have already guessed which group I’m talking about, that’s right, it’s Lakeville Friends of the Environment (LFE). Co-founders Harley Horsager and Deb Nelson were excited to have LFE recognized by the City of Lakeville in the form of a dedicated bench that rests in front of City Hall to honor the conservation work the group has done over the years.

LFE has been consistent in their work organizing annual events, such as:

  •  Pedal the Parks in partnership with the City of Lakeville to promote the local parks and trails network the community enjoys.
  • Organizing annual cleanups in Lakeville’s natural areas with groups like Friends of the Mississippi River.
  • Partnering with Dakota Electric Association on the Energy Trends Expo that helps to educate area residents on things like renewable energy, rooftop solar, and electric cars.
  • Working with our partner coalition Healthy Legacy to make sure that Minnesota consumers know what chemicals are in products for children.

The list goes on and on.

It’s been our pleasure to partner with LFE and other great organizations on local educational events and actions around conservation issues. Our first event couldn’t have happened without them. They helped us to build up a crowd for the Birds and Climate presentation dubbed Evening for the Birds in partnership with Audubon Minnesota. We came together again, this time with Clean Water Action, to host an educational forum known as Convenient Solutions to Plastic Problems. Partnerships are the key to making sure that we can all work together to protect the Minnesota we love.

LFE just celebrated their 10th year working on environmental issues at the sustainably conscious Angry Inch Brewing in downtown Lakeville. It was an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, thank their partners and friends, and provide an opportunity to introduce themselves to new comers in the community. We heard from people like Lakeville Mayor Doug Anderson and State Senator Matt Little, among others, about what LFE means to them and what they’ve done for their community. Keep up the good work!

About Avery Hildebrand

Avery Hildebrand
Born in Minnesota, Hildebrand earned his degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He has an extensive background in canvassing and organizing. An avid fisherman, who once worked as an aquatic invasive species watercraft inspector, his perfect day in Minnesota includes good friends and fishing, which pairs nicely with his favorite place in the state, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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