Meet our Volunteers
Clifford Anderson - Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Volunteer
Mark White, Park Manager, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park says, "Since 2007, Cliff has volunteered more than 800 hours in the park. Cliff performs more like a regular staff person than a volunteer, working on a huge variety of projects including grounds maintenance, signage, construction, and visitor contact. His primary emphasis is resource management, especially prairie restoration. For example, in 2012 he spent part of 38 days picking and preparing high value native seeds and directed efforts to plant the crop. He also spent significant time battling invasive exotic species in the park."
Thank you, Cliff, for your contributions!
Joel Dunnette, Byron – Prairie Butterfly Garden Expansion Project
"Joel donated not only 200 hours of his time to plan and develop a new expansion to the prairie butterfly garden in front of the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center this past summer, but he also donated most of the funds to cover the costs of the plants, gravel, mulch and other supplies needed for the project," according to Sara Grover, Naturalist, Whitewater State Park.
"He was able to rally the support of 20 or more volunteers to assist in this time consuming project. Throughout the summer, Joel and his committed team of volunteers invested around 600 hours of their time planting, weeding, watering the garden and preparing labels for each plant in the garden. In addition to this amazing project, Joel continued to volunteer to help lead a variety of classes and field trips for the park."
Thank you, Joel, for your dedication and volunteer spirit!
Clayton Copple - Leech Lake Fish Sampling
Matt Ward, Large Lake Specialist, Walker Area Fisheries, commented, "Clayton is a great volunteer that is always available for any activity and always has a great attitude. Besides assisting us with sampling fish on Leech Lake, he also volunteered at our walleye spawning trap on the Boy River in May for about 20 hours. He would always stay as long as he was needed. All of our work could not have been accomplished without him!"
Thanks for all your hard work, Clayton!
Bruce Ause – Frontenac State Park Volunteer Naturalist
Caleb Jensen, Assistant Park Manager, Frontenac State Park, speaks highly of Bruce saying, "Volunteering more than 200 hours, Bruce has done a very nice job providing a nature hike for us on Saturdays throughout this past summer. We do not have a naturalist here at the park, but on busy weekends we have a high demand for programs. It's a nice opportunity to help connect people to the outdoors. Bruce has been more than happy to provide a nature walk for us and we have received many positive complements from park visitors about his hikes. Thank you, Bruce!"
20th Anniversary for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) - 2014
Linda Bylander, BOW Coordinator, Brainerd, announces, "2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Minnesota Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (MN BOW). The DNR is hosting an appreciation luncheon for 80 volunteers in May. I would like to recognize the entire group for making the MN BOW program the largest in the country out of 40 BOW programs nationwide. BOW would not be possible without all the steering committee members, mentors, volunteers and instructors that donated over 2,000 hours this past year."
Thank you, BOW volunteers, for making Minnesota's program the best!