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Camp Ripley commander speaks at environmental forum

ST PAUL, Minn - Camp Ripley Post Commander Col Scott A St Sauver delivered the keynote address to the attendees of the Stakeholders' Forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St Paul Jan 5 2012 

"The Stakeholders' Forum consisted of environmental interest groups like the Lessard-Sams Group,"�said St Sauver  

St Sauver was invited to address the forum about Camp Ripley and the variety of environmental programs in place on the military reservation  "Camp Ripley has the triple bottom line of: Mission, Environment and Community,"�said St Sauver  "In order to accomplish our mission as a premiere training facility for military units in the mid-West, we have to be good partners in the community and good stewards of the land"� 



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Approximately 300 people were in attendance at the conference  The makeup of the audience ran the gamut of interests from environmentalists, to anglers, hunters, ornithologists, and the like  However, the group was united in their common desire to maintain and preserve the lakes, rivers, prairie lands and forests of Minnesota 

Also in the audience were Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Department of Natural Resources and Executive Director for Sportsmen for Change, Garry Leaf 

In 2008 a constitutional amendment was passed in Minnesota to raise a sales tax that would be solely used for the arts and the environment  This amendment passed with 57 percent of the voting population voting in favor of the amendment  The amendment has come to be known as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment 

Gary Botzek, a conference organizer and speaker at the forum, told the audience "we have to be like Ronald Regan and trust, but verify  We have to ensure that the money raised by this amendment is getting used for its intended purpose"�  

Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
Jan 8, 2012




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Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
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Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
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Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
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