Minnesota Native Plant Society’s purpose
(Abbreviated from the bylaws)
This organization is exclusively organized and operated for
educational and scientic purposes, including the following.
Conservation of all native plants.1.Continuing education of all members in the plant sciences.2.Education of the public regarding environmental protection of plant3.life.Encouragement of research and publications on plants native to4.Minnesota.
Study of legislation on Minnesota ora, vegetation, ecosytems.
Preservation of native plants, plant communities, and scientic and
6.natural areas.Cooperation in programs concerned with the ecology of natural7.resources and scenic features.Fellowship with all persons interested in native plants through8.
meetings, lectures, workshops, and eld trips.
by Beth Nixon
Autumn is a time to drum up ideas with your friends and fellow MNNPSmembers to advance habitat and native plant conservation measures inlegislative proposals for the next session.Some of our best conservation is occurring from the ongoing slowdownin land conversion to suburbia. However, might there be other strategic
approaches to this conservation by default? We have nancially incentivized
private lands stewardship, but how about smart community planning thatreverses the decades-old suburbanization of every little town across thestate?I’ve been following strongtowns.org this year and their wise and rational
arguments for long-term scal sustainability of local government. This also
turns out, in my view, to be a perfect vehicle for advancing a conservationagenda.What land conservationist hasn’t railed against the demise of a localwoods or other undeveloped remnant by foolishly conceived local planning?The economic squeeze is not an evil — it is forcing change from local
governments’ revolving door with local ofcials and local landowners who
work together to concoct quick bucks from land development plans.The economic squeeze will hopefully continue to force out land-wasting, poorly planned, sprawling towns. But those who stand to loseusually can’t be expected to goquietly. Take some time this fall toread up on the progressive ideas atstrongtowns.org and consider how
you can get your elected ofcials
to embrace change, and, by default,adopt land-planning practices thatconserve open areas.
Black walnuts aplenty
Naturalists in southeastermMinnesota are reporting a bumper harvest of black walnuts. DavePalmquist, naturalist at Whitewater State Park, said it’s the best crop he’sseen in 38 years at the park.
MNNPS Boardof Directors
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Vice President: Shirley MahKooyman,
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