Paul Austin

Paul Austin is the director of Conservation Minnesota, a statewide non-profit. In that role, he gets to hear and share Minnesotan’s stories about our lakes, lands and way of life. Paul’s past lives include election as a small town mayor, serving at the US Agency for International Development, and managing a small marketing firm. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two small children and one very large dog.

You Spoke. They Listened. Thank You!

Posted by: Paul Austin Updated: March 30, 2011 - 9:35 AM

You'll recall that last week, the Minnesota House Environment Committee voted to require for-profit logging in two State Parks.  A truly unprecedented action. 

For over 110 years, Minnesota has had both State Forests for managing timber and State Parks to preserve our natural resources for Minnesotans to enjoy. We have both so that State Parks don't have to be logging operations.

Many of you answered the call to contact legislators in opposition to this idea.  Because you spoke up, the legislature listened.  Yesterday they removed the logging requirement from the Environmental Omnibus Bill by a vote of 106-22. 

Thank you for making that happen!

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