If you have been to either of our last 2 monthly meetings, you know we are now meeting at the Dakota Lodge at Thompson Park in West St. Paul. It’s been a great space for our meetings.
Last night we heard Jason Husveth update us on the status of Pioneer Park in Blaine. Many society members and friends have participated in tours and restoration trips to the meadow/rich fen plant community at the park. Jason described the on-going restoration efforts and successes at Pioneer Park and encouraged everybody to get out there this summer and enjoy the diversity of native plants, which represents about 10% of all of Minnesota’s flora!
Our main speaker was Dr. Sharon Pfeifer from the Minnesota DNR Central District. She discussed the report released in February titled “Growth Pressures on Sensitive Natural Areas in DNR’s Central Region.” It was a fantastic talk that covered the current and future trends in population growth and land cover change in the Central District and the forecasted shortage of available land for developement in fast-growing areas, which will put tremendous strain on the remaining natural resources. Dr. Pfeifer graciously offered to mail a copy of the report to anybody who is interested.
At the end of the talk Dr. Pfeifer answered questions for about a half hour. What did you think of the lecture? What was the most surprising finding? What can we do to help preserve the remaining high quality resources that make this region a great place to live?