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Minnesota National Guard
The Martin J. Skoglund Classroom

When people visit Camp Ripley, whether they are military members training on one of the many ranges or civilians touring the post, the Environmental Classroom is almost always on the list of important stops

The popularity of the classroom, as well as the award-winning Conservation Program of Camp Ripley, is directly attributed to its director, Martin Skoglund Now both the classroom and director will share the same name

During a Department of the Army awards ceremony, in which Camp Ripley's Conservation Program was recognized as first place winner of the "Large Installation" category, the Environmental Classroom was rededicated as the "Martin J Skoglund Environmental Classroom" The classroom was rededicated in Skoglund's name as recognition of his years of dedication and service to Camp Ripley's environmental program

"Good leadership is critical to the implementation of any program; but the Conservation Program brings with it a unique challenge," said Jay Brezinka, Camp Ripley Natural Resources manager "It requires a fine balance and the ability to bridge the gap between conservation goals and the military mission, two agendas that traditionally have not shared common ground Mr Skoglund has helped us find that common ground"

Brezinka also said that it is fitting that Skoglund chose to work in the environmental field Skoglund, he said, is a Swedish name that translates to "forest land"

Many people characterize Skoglund's positive attitude as his trademark, whether setting goals for his staff, collaborating with others or representing Camp Ripley

"Marty has a can do attitude and it is reflected in his staff and co-workers It's so inspiring to work for an individual who is full of optimism and always willing to tackle new initiatives," said Brezinka

His successes aren't just limited to Camp Ripley Skoglund has gained the commitment of other professional organizations to assist in the management of natural resources in and around Camp Ripley He has enlisted the aid of the Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, The Nature Conservancy He has also enrolled the help of academic institutions, such as St Cloud State University, Central Lakes College, and the Soil of Water Districts of Morrison, Crow Wing and Cass Counties, as partners in managing the states natural resources

At the top of the award-winning program is the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program The ACUB is a program that is focused on protecting lands from encroachment within a 3-mile radius of Camp Ripley

"Around Camp Ripley Marty is known as "˜Mr ACUB,' an enduring complement illustrating all his hard work and passion for what the program means, and why the program is what it is today," said Col Richard Weaver, Camp Ripley Post Commander

"That effort alone provides a considerable benefit to the natural resources in and around Camp Ripley, said Brezinka, "but more importantly that program is successfully protecting the longevity of Camp Ripley as a viable training site, ultimately securing our ability to support the military mission"

by Camp Ripley Public Affairs
May 1, 2009

April 23, 2009: The new Martin J Skoglund Environmental Classroom - Low-Res

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