Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Volunteers add $9.6 million in value to MN DNR

MN DNR – Nearly 35,000 citizens donated services valued at $9.6
million during 2008 to assist the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) with a variety of projects and programs. That’s the
equivalent of an extra 238 full-time staff.

DNR managers, professionals and technicians work alongside
volunteers to help manage the state’s diverse natural
resources.

“We’re fortunate to have so many dedicated Minnesotans who are
willing to donate their time and talents for conservation
projects,” said Renee Vail, DNR volunteer programs administrator.
“We’re extremely grateful for their efforts. Many of our projects
would not be possible without their help.”

Volunteer positions can range from specialist jobs requiring
extensive skill and experience to work requiring little or no
previous experience.

For example, members of the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Society (MSTGS) annually donate hundreds of hours of their time
each spring by hosting a brush-cutting field day. This year, 36
members hand-cut brush and trees to open up the landscape for
wildlife, especially for sharp-tailed grouse, in the Aitkin area.
The group also fosters future resource managers by inviting
participation by students taking natural resource classes as
surrounding colleges and universities.

What are you interested in?

Volunteer opportunities are available at state parks, state
forest campgrounds, WMAs, fisheries and hatcheries, as well as at
DNR area, regional and headquarters offices.

Special event sites offer great volunteer experiences too. More
than 800 volunteers assisted the DNR at the Minnesota State Fair
last August. They acted as Smokey Bear, helped at the laser shot
booth, dispensed lake data reports and provided entertainment and
environmental education presentations on the DNR volunteer outdoor
stage.

Elsewhere around the state, volunteers helped with firearms
safety instruction, state park campground hosting, loon monitoring,
snowmobile safety instruction, trail clearing, precipitation
observing, river cleanups, issuing burning permits and doing
wildlife research.

Volunteers work individually and in groups, and DNR staff
provides all training. The DNR volunteer programs office also works
with the DNR Alumni Volunteer Association, a program that allows
retired DNR employees to participate in special projects
statewide.

For more information about DNR volunteering opportunities, visit
the DNR Web site and click on the word “volunteering.” Or contact
the DNR Information Center toll free at 888-MINNDNR (646-6367) or
651-296-6157 in the metropolitan area.

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