(January 22, 2009) 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 more information including photos from the DNR Roundtable are available here.