Conservation Minnesota

Summer 2013 Newsletter: Protecting the Legacy

Thumbnail-PaulThis year, you are one of more than 20,000 Minnesotans helping guide our work by taking our issue survey and sharing your conservation priorities.  During the legislative session that ended in May, more than 10,500 postcards, emails and phone calls were delivered to legislators and Governor Dayton on your behalf, urging them to address your priorities.  They didn’t go unnoticed.

You helped us protect funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  Here’s how:

  • Preventing Diversion – Prevention of attempts to divert the Legacy dollars that voters approved or to use them as a substitute for programs’ traditional funding sources.
  • Citizen Recommendations Approved – All of the projects recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council were included in final appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
  • The Clean Water Accountability Act – Provisions that improve accountability and clean up strategies for polluted waters were included in this year’s Legacy budget.

You helped make this possible.  I thank you for being such a big part of this important work.  Together, we can protect the Minnesota you love.



Paul Austin
Executive Director

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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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