December Monthly Meeting

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.

It can also be downloaded off the web at the DNR Website or at the Ameregis Website. You can contact Sharon Pfeifer directly at sharon.pfeifer@dnr.state.mn.us

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?

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2 Responses to December Monthly Meeting

  1. Linda says:

    The most important thing anyone concerned about nature can do about overdevelopment is to promote population control.

    Since the US population is growing only because of immigration and not because of births (US citizens are only replacing themselves), it is important we all understand the value of sustainable immigration. An informative, non-partisan but liberally minded organization is at http://www.numbersusa.com. Check it out.

  2. Sean Jergens says:

    One of the biggest things I came away with is that development appears to be un-stoppable in the near future, and the public agencies and local units of goverment do not have the funds required to protect most resources in the places they need to be protected. That means there’s a huge opportunity for protection by private land owners. That’s where the MnNPS can contribute be educating the public about the value of native plants and critical resources. Seems that conservation easements and other strategies with potential $/tax benefits could have a big impact in helping on this front.

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