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McLennan presented fourth-highest Army award

Posted: September 6, 2011 - 8:18pm
September 6, 2011 - 09:18pm

CAMP RIPLEY — Helen McLennan, district manager for Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District, was presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service on Aug 24 during the Army Compatible Use Buffer meeting at Camp Ripley

“Helen has played an instrumental role in the implementation of our Army Compatible Use Buffer program,” Jay Brezinka, Camp Ripley environmental supervisor, said in an e-mail “Ideas are great but implementation is key We found the key and the key in Helen Mclennan”

McLennan, who began working with the Camp Ripley team in 2005, was successful in implementing the landowners portion of the program on Camp Ripley’s behalf and has worked over 70 parcel commitments, more than 10,000 acres

The Commander’s Award for Public Service is the fourth-highest award the Army can bestow upon a civilian It can only be given by a commanding officer in the rank of colonel or higher

The Army Compatible Use Buffer program is a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, the DNR and the Board of Water and Soil Resources The program inevitably benefits Camp Ripley, but the DNR and BWSR function as an implementer and work with the land owners to place an easement on the property or in limited amounts purchase the land out right

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