Meet our Volunteers

Winter 2014-2015

Jerry and Karen Ibberson: Rare Plant Monitors and SNA Site Stewards

Karen IbbersonJerry and Karen Ibberson have been volunteering with DNR rare plant surveys since 2009, including monitoring plants at Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) before it was even an SNA. It all started when they were enjoying a hike at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. DNR staff and volunteers were monitoring dwarf trout lily at the park that day and the Ibbersons were intrigued by the activities they observed during this chance encounter. It ended up with them joining the monitoring efforts that day, and over time they expanded their monitoring efforts statewide. They have assisted with searches for western prairie fringed orchid in the prairie region and small white lady's slipper in southern Minnesota. In total, Jerry and Karen each average well over 80 hours a year just assisting with rare plant monitoring across the state!

Jerry IbbersonIn 2011, when the Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily site became an SNA, they quickly stepped up to volunteer as site stewards. They hit the ground running as stewards and haven't stopped yet! Projects on the SNA have included sign installation and maintenance, organizing a volunteer event, monitoring plants, and invasive species control. When DNR staff began cutting buckthorn at the site, Jerry obtained DNR chainsaw training so he and Karen could continue removal efforts in parts of the SNA that DNR crew did not reach. In addition to the time Jerry has invested at this SNA, he also spent two days helping DNR staff cut buckthorn at another SNA this year.

Thank you, Jerry and Karen, for sharing your time, talents and enthusiasm as DNR Volunteers!

 

Campground Hosts – Bob Manders and Nancy Carlson

Bob Manders and Nancy CarlsonBob Manders and Nancy Carlson, spouses from Minneapolis, volunteered approximately 170 hours as campground hosts this past summer at Lac Qui Parle State Park. Terri Dinesen, Park Manager, says, "Bob and Nancy do not stop with helping keep the sanitation building in the Upper Campground shining clean. They also paint signs including the park entrance sign (pictured here), the historic map in the map building, picking up litter along the roadsides, and taking cool park photos of park happenings."

Thank you, Bob and Nancy, for volunteering with the DNR!