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SUPPORTERS of the One River Mississippi project:

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council: collectively developing appreciation of the arts and encouraging community participation in the production of the arts.

In November of 2004, the Northern Light Opera Co. Board was pursuing the possibility of a facility for rehearsing, storing, building sets and performing. When talking with other arts organizations in the area, it quickly became apparent that a community arts center was a shared dream and that there would be greater strength if the arts organizations came together. This was achieved when the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council incorporated and was granted 501(c)(3) status in early 2005. Members of PRLAAC are representatives from Heartland Concert Association, Jackpine Writers Bloc, Jasper's Jubilee, Long Lake Theater, North Country Museum of Art, Northern Light Opera Company, Northland Studio of Dance, Park Rapids Community Band, Park Rapids Classic Chorale, White Birch Artists, area schools, and several interested community persons. PRLAAC has monthly meetings and the enthusiasm and energy among the arts members is a joy to behold. PRLAAC recently became a member of Art Circle of the Lakes, a consortium of arts organizations in the lakes region formed to share marketing efforts.

The Park Rapids League of Women Voters is a Member-at-Large Unit of the Minnesota League of Women Voters.

Organized locally in 2000, the group has about 30 members who meet monthly September through May. Each unit meeting has an hour-long program that is free and open to the public. Issues concerning the environment, land use, and water quality are frequently discussed, most recently hearing from the Sky Blue Water Coalition that includes two Hubbard County townships. The Unit also sponsors community forums featuring panels of speakers, Meet-the-Candidate discussions or other educational events. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health. In Minnesota the League of Women Voters supports a state role in the preservation and management of Minnesota's water resources through protection, allocation, conservation, pricing and inter-basin transfer policies protective of Minnesota's current and future needs. Since 1956, LWVMN has supported state participation in interstate commissions to provide comprehensive planning for boundary waters. The LWVMN participated in the upper Mississippi River Basin Commission's GREAT I Study on the future uses of the Mississippi. In 1995 the League closely monitored some legislative attempts to relax Wetlands restrictions and actively participated with the Wetlands Coalition to monitor changes in the Wetlands Protection Act. To date harmful changes have been thwarted. The Park Rapids League of Women Voters is pleased to be cooperating with One River Mississippi to strengthen our area's sense of place, create a geographic attitude of connection and enhance environmental awareness for community-based stewardship of the Mississippi River and its water-shed.

Trudy Overmyer, President

17087 230th Street Park Rapids, MN 56470

218-732-9226

Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate is a local sponsor and supports the One River Mississippi event– www.realestateparkrapids.com

 

Itasca Moraine Chapter, North Country Trail Association

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association isresponsible for construction and maintenance of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) from the western edge of the ChippewaNational Forest to Lake Itasca State Park and west into ClearwaterCounty to the Old (logging) Headquarters Site. The Chapter of about 40 members meets quarterly and hosts several organized hikes and work days each year. In Itasca State Park a spur trail takes hikers to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. A premier long distance hiking trail, the NCNST is part of the National Trails System, and was authorized by Congress in 1980. When complete the footpath will extend from Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota to Lake Champlain in New York State, over 4600 miles in length! Few will traverse the trail as through hikers, but in local areas many people will use the footpath for shorter distance hiking, snowshoeing, hunting, and cross-country skiing. In Minnesota the trail goes from Duluth to a planned reroute on the Superior Hiking Trail, Kekekabic Trail, and Border Route Trail, connecting with the Chippewa National Forest near Remer. The trail will continue on to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Detroit Lakes area, Maplewood State Park and into North Dakota. Although the trail is administered by the National Park Service, most of the work is done by volunteers. The Itasca Moraine Chapter, begun in February, 2001, has organized work groups to complete and maintain over 20 miles of certified trail through the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Hubbard County managed tax forfeit land. By 2007 the Chapter hopes to have new trail completed to Itasca State Park. For more information about helping to build trail contact the Itasca Moraine Chapter through the Web at http://www.northcountrytrail.org.The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is pleased to be cooperating with One River Mississippi to strengthen our area's sense of place, create a geographic attitude of connection and enhance environmental awareness for community-based stewardship of the Mississippi River and its water-shed.

Jerry Trout, President

Itasca Moraine Chapter, North Country Trail Association

(218) 675-5448

jbtrout@tds.net

 

The Hubbard County Woodland Council (HCWC)

is dedicated to environmentally sound and sustainable management of private non-industrial forest lands. Along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Minnesota Forestry Association, the HCWC works to:

1. Encourage stewardship of private forest resources.

2. Act as a sounding board for private forest landowners regardingmanagement of woodlands, including their impact on riparian areas.

3. Encourage and promote research that improves natural resourcemanagement.

4. Further HCWC objectives by working with private forest industries and public agencies.

HCWC conducts field-days and sponsors tours and workshops regarding the wise use of our natural resources. It gathers and disseminates information on relevant topics such as tree planting, seedling care,thinning, harvesting, regeneration, wildlife habitat, wetland regulation, and biodiversity. As an organization HCWC supports the objectives of the Forest Stewardship Program, a voluntary program which assists landowners in achieving their forest management goals through environmentally sound and sustainable forestry practices. Private ownership controls more than 60% of forested land in Minnesota.The HCWC plays an important role in helping private woodland owners to exercise conscientious stewardship of a critical resource now and into the future. 

Currently HCWC has 20 members and meets three times a year. In August 2006 the group will sponsor a GPS course in Park Rapids and in September a Mushrooming Hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Paul Bunyan State Forest with a local mushrooming group. All activities are open to the public.The HCWC is pleased to be cooperating with One River Mississippi to strengthen our area's sense of place, create a geographic attitude of connection and enhance environmental awareness for community-based  stewardship of the Mississippi River and its water-shed.

Carter Hedeen, President

Hubbard County Woodland Council

703 First St. West

Park Rapids, MN 56470

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Itasca :Community Involvement
June 24
2006