Featured presentations from DNR Roundtable available on Web site

Two thought-provoking speeches on the future of conservation
that were delivered at the recent Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) Roundtable have been posted on the DNR’s Web
site.

The first speech features DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten. He said
this generation must rise to the challenge of proving that
constitutionally dedicated funding for clean water, forests,
prairies, and fish and wildlife habitat was revolutionary,
visionary and a worthy thing to support. This will take courage, he
said, because status quo will need to change.

Jim Martin, director of conservation for the Berkley
Conservation Institute, was the keynote speaker. He delivered a
powerful message on the realities of climate change, population
growth, development, and conservation strategies that deal address
what’s truly important rather than merely urgent.

More than 350 conservation leaders gathered to share their
insights with DNR leadership during the annual Fisheries, Wildlife
and Ecological Resources Roundtable meetings, which were held in
Brooklyn Center, Jan. 9-10.

Both speeches and photos from the DNR Roundtable can be found at
http://mndnr.gov/roundtable.

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