Conservation Minnesota is ensuring 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. It’s all part of our mission: Protecting the Minnesota You Love.
At Conservation Minnesota we have good news to share with you, and we’re thankful for the support you’ve provided to help us achieve these results.
- No Clear-Cutting of State Parks
Should we balance the state budget by turning some of our state parks into logging operations? During the 2011 legislative session a handful of legislators thought so, and a provision requiring the harvest of black walnut trees in two state parks was added to the House environment budget bill. Within a few days, our media and grassroots outreach campaign resulted in hundreds of calls to legislators. The House promptly removed the measure from the bill, protecting state parks from being clear-cut for profit.
Defending the Legacy
In 2008, Minnesotans overwhelmingly passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, with more Minnesotans voting to increase their taxes than voted for any political candidate. The funding is for water clean up, habitat and wildlife protection, parks and trails support, and arts & cultural heritage. Conservation Minnesota now leads a broad coalition of sportsmen and environmental groups to ensure the money is spent the way voters intended. We’ve launched TheAmendment.org and released several analyses to help Minnesotans track the funding and understand its impact. We are working to ensure transparency and accountability in all Legacy Amendment decisions.
- Legacy Destinations
In its first two years, the Legacy Amendment has already provided benefits to every one of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Even with literally thousands of grants and projects underway, most people are still unaware of the impact in their communities. Conservation Minnesota has partnered with Explore Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and local Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus around the state to create a series of Legacy Destination weekends. The events celebrate local outdoors, history and arts attractions, showcasing the effects of Legacy Amendment funds in each community.
Our Board and staff are defining our priorities for 2012 right now, so tell us what is important to you by going to our website and taking our survey. Your opinion matters to us. We want to tackle the issues that are most important to Minnesotans.