A message from Jason Dinsmore,
MCF Executive Director
This past June, fifty state and territorial conservation organizations came together for the Nation-al Wildlife Federation’s 82nd Annual Meeting. The gathering is a chance for the organization’s affiliates (including MNCF…since 1937!) to gather and discuss conservation challenges, collectively learn from the year’s victories and defeats, and set the policy agenda for the upcoming year.
Similar to Minnesota Conservation Federa-tion, NWF is a federation of affiliated clubs and members, brought together around a common goal of protecting wildlife for OUR children’s future. The federation’s affiliates are each unique and completely self-governing with their own by-laws, organizing structure, and finances. Although unique, a passion for the conservation of our natural resources and a preservation of our outdoor heritage binds us all.
The NWF annual meeting is an opportunity to rekindle that passion in addition to the mandated organizational upkeep. New board members are nominated, voted upon, and installed. Bylaws are updated. We seek to better ourselves and our abilities through continuing education and other learning and experiential opportunities.
Most importantly (no offense to the lawyers watching the bylaws discussions closely), the delegates have the responsibility to consider, debate, and ratify the organizations policy priorities for the upcoming year. Fifty delegates, representing the 50 state and territorial federation affiliates and 4 million members and supporters, duly considered and approved 11 new conservation policy resolutions.
These resolutions address:
- Opposing Imprudent “Energy Dominance” Policies
- Promoting Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
- Supporting the establishment of the National Wildlife Corridors System
- Encouraging Non-Federal Governmental Action to Protect Wildlife, Habitat, and People from Climate Change
- Promoting Wildlife Friendly Renewable Energy Facilities and Infrastructure
- Support for Beaver Restoration in Western Watersheds as a Practical Response to Climate Change
- Promoting Nature-based Carbon Sequestration and Storage for Climate and Wildlife
- Strengthening State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to Meet 21st Century Conservation Challenges
- Aligning Federal Crop Insurance with Science Based Agriculture Conservation Practices
- Promoting Sustainable Fisheries under the Magnusson Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act
- Protecting Washington’s Methow Headwaters and Green River Valley from Industrial Mining Operations
These final resolutions will be entered and locatable in the NWF Conservation Policy Resolution library along with all resolutions dating back to 1975 at https://affiliates.nwf.org/policy-resolutions/
Annual Meeting-New One Day Event!
MINNESOTA CONSERVATION FEDERATION’S ANNUAL MEETING
September 8th 9am – 4pm
WHERE: Shakopee VFW Hall 1201 3rd Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379
Minnesota Conservation Federation, our affiliated clubs, and their members invite you to MCF’s annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8th, at the Shakopee VFW Hall, 1201 3rd Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379.
Presentations and updates will be given by wild-life professionals on natural resource and wildlife management topics including wildlife funding and public lands. In addition, there will be a discussion of conservation policy and legislative issues led by MCF’s board and staff members.
There is no cost to attend this important meeting Lunch will be provided.
We are currently working on up-dating our website, earlier this year our website was hacked and we had to take it down until we could secure the funds to update the website, we have been updating information on facebook in the mean time. We currently are working with a web developer on a new and improved website, we hope to have it up and running in the next couple of months.
Our membership database also experienced some technical issues this past year, we are also working on updating this software to improve communication with our members. Again we hope to have this new database up and running in the next few months. Staff did recover as much information from the database that we could and are currently using this information.
If you have any concerns or questions about either of these issues or please contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will get back to you ASAP.