Conservation Committee

Mission Statement

The Conservation Committee will provide information to the Minnesota Native Plant Society membership about issues relating to conservation, including, but not limited to, promotion of the use of native plant species, preservation of native plant species and communities, and conservation of rare and endangered species. The website, list serve, and newsletter may serve as tools for informing the membership about conservation issues. The Conservation Committee will advise the Society’s Board of Directors on what action should be taken by the Society regarding conservation issues. The Conservation Committee will undertake those actions deemed appropriate by the Society’s Board of directors.

We are currently soliciting members who can assist with any of the following tasks:

  • Create a compendium of state legislation related to native plant conservation
  • Research and request links from national and local organizations with similar objectives
  • Write letters in conjunction with the plant society
  • Monitor the EQB Monitor for upcoming environmental review of state projects open for public comment
  • Input on action items

Past Conservation Committee Initiatives:

  • Commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PolyMet Mining Inc./NorthMet Project – View Letter
  • Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council funding recommendations
  • Funding buses to facilitate transporting St. Paul city youth to outdoor educational events
  • Yazoo Backwater Pumping Plant in Mississippi
  • TH41 Crossing and potential impact on Seminary Fen – View Letter
  • OHV Reform – View Letter
  • Biofuels Legislation

MNNPS also gives annual grants for projects in line with the Society’s purpose. Below is a list of grants for each year.

2010:

  • Bell Museum (digitize Breck film) – $1,300
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (SNA program) – $1,250
  • Bell Museum – $1,250
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Conservation Volunteer magazine) – $1,250
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (book) – $2,500

2009:

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (tree/shrub book) – $2,000
  • University of Minnesota (Sarita Wetlands) – $250

2008:

  • Como High School (Newcomb weed guides) – $271.80
  • Ramsey County Schools (bus to nature centers) – $300
  • University of Minnesota herbarium (microscopes) – $1,614.64

2007:

  • Hastings High School (plant presses & weed guides) – $510.92
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (orchid book) – $2,700