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Outstanding Local Conservation Projects Lauded

Each year the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee (CAC) recognizes organizations and individuals that have made outstanding environmental efforts in the lower St. Louis and Nemadji river watersheds. Minnesota Sea Grant is a CAC partner and sponsor, and participated in their 2002 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

Defying the bitterly cold night, warm applause accompanied the presentation of six awards:

  • The Sally Gibson Award (Individual): Bill Majewski
  • The Milton E. Pelletier Award (Club/Organization): Shari McCorison, University of Minnesota Extension Service 4-H Program
  • The Randy Marshall Award (Business/Industry): Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • The Willard Munger, Sr. Award (Government/Agency): Pat Collins, Eric Epstein, John Lindgren, Dennis Pratt, and Carol Reschke
  • School/Institution: David Blinn, Wrenshall High School
  • Media: Mike Furtman

Minnesota Sea Grant Director Carl Richards presented the Willard Munger, Sr. Award to the multi-agency team that organized, conducted, and published a habitat plan for the St. Louis River estuary.

Doug Jensen presents Shari McCorison with the Milton E. Pelletier Award

Doug Jensen and Shari McCorison

"It was a large effort," said Lynelle Hanson, CAC's executive director. "They gathered and assembled environmental information for aquatic and terrestrial communities in and around the estuary and identified attributes that were essential for effective land management. This is the first time such an ambitious effort has been completed in the St. Louis River estuary and the first time it has been put in electronic form for easy distribution and use."

Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center Coordinator, presented the Milton E. Pelletier Award to Shari McCorison, former coordinator of the 4-H Program for the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Jensen worked closely with McCorison over the years on St. Louis River purple loosestrife bio-control efforts, for which she earned the award.


From left to right: Pat Collins, Dennis Pratt, John Lindgren, Carol Reschke, and Carl Richards.

"What's really nice about this particular event is that we had private industries, academia, and municipalities coming together to say, 'Thank you,' to people working on the St. Louis River," said Hanson. "The projects that were honored were high quality and the people very deserving. Minnesota Sea Grant's contribution helped make it possible for us to give them very nice plaques."

Congratulations to all Environmental Stewardship Award recipients!

By Sharon Moen
March 2003

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