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Trust for Public Land: Skoe receives conservation award

ST. PAUL – Five people were honored Wednesday for conservation efforts throughout the state in 2012.

The awards were handed out by the Trust for Public Land at its annual Conservation Leadership Awards.

   In a press release, Susan Schmidt, director of the organization said, the “awards go to those who help preserve special places where our families go to get outside and play, walk, fish, hunt, and enjoy nature.”

   Recipient’s of this year’s awards are:

– State Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook was awarded for helping protect the LaSalle Lake state recreation area.

– State Rep. Leon Lillie, DFL-North St. Paul, was awarded for working to protect critical habitat. He was also awarded for creating parks and trails, including Mississippi River

Northwoods, 2,000 acres and nearly three miles of undeveloped shoreline along the Mississippi River in Crow Wing County.

– St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter was awarded for his work on the Frogtown Park & Farm, a proposed park in St. Paul that will include an active play area, a nature preserve, and an urban demonstration farm to teach different farming traditions.

– Jenny Smith, of Cycle Path & Paddle in Crosby, who worked on the Mississippi

River Northwoods effort.

– Peggy Booth, a DNR scientific and natural area program supervisor, was awarded for her work to protect many areas in the state, including Savage Fen, Franconia Bluffs, Lost Valley, Pine Bend Bluffs and Gaul Island.

Justin Glawe
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