New LCCMR nearly formed
By Joe Albert Staff Writer
St. Paul – A new commission that will make natural
resource-spending recommendations to the Legislature is nearly in
Eleven of the 17 members of the new Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources have been named. Four members of
the Senate and two citizens remain to be named.
The LCCMR, passed into law earlier this year, replaces the
Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources, which was made up of
20 legislators and targeted for overhaul by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in
Pawlenty named his five citizen appointments last week. They
Alfred Berner, a wildlife habitat consultant from Good Thunder,
with doctorate and master’s degrees in wildlife management, and
member of a variety of conservation groups;
Nancy Gibson, of St. Louis Park, co-founder of the
International Wolf Center in Ely, and former chair of the Citizen
Advisory Committee of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust
David Hartwell, of Minneapolis, who’s served in leadership
positions for a variety of conservation organizations, and who also
was on the CAC;
John Hunt, an environmental engineer from Big Lake, who has a
master’s degree in civil engineering and water resources, and an
avid hunter and angler;
Mary Mueller, of Winthrop, who has degrees in ecology and
agricultural research, and owns a a prairie restoration
The House and Senate each will appoint one citizen as well.
Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, is so far the only representative
from the Senate.
Members of the House on the LCCMR are Reps. Kathy Tingelstad,
R-Andover; Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal; Pete Nelson, R-Lindstrom;
Dennis Ozment, R-Rosemount; and Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis.
Legislation creating the LCCMR passed following the unanimous
recommendation of a 16-member task force.
Dave Zentner, of Duluth, co-chair of the Rally for Ducks,
Wetlands, and Clean Water, was co-chair of the group whose
recommendation led to the creation of the LCCMR.
He hopes a new group, a Conservation Legacy Council that
Pawlenty announced last week, will be a similar boon to
conservation in general.
‘If we’ve got a good model that we’ve just gone through that
could help us with broader conservation policies for our state, why
not use it?’ Zentner said.
Pawlenty created the CLC, which will be made up of 11 citizens
and four legislators, last week, to ‘create a long-term strategic
vision for natural resource and conservation management,
governance, and funding,’ he said.
Citizens can apply to serve on the CLC through the Secretary of
State’s open appointments process. Posting will open Sept. 4 and
close Sept. 26. Pawlenty will appoint the citizens; each of the
four caucus leaders will make the legislative appointments.