DNR announces 3 appointments to committee on natural heritage

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed two new members and one returning member to the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. The committee advises the department on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and their native plants and animals.

The new members are Peg Furshong of Sacred Heart and Nancy Braker of Northfield. The returning appointee is John Schladweiler of New Ulm.

These appointees will be responsible for advising the department on issues related to sustaining the state’s natural heritage and biological diversity. Since 1966, the committee has been making recommendations and providing advice to the state scientific and natural areas program.

In addition, the committee now advises other programs within the department’s Ecological and Water Resources Division, including Nongame Wildlife, Minnesota biological survey, prairie protection, rare resources, wetland monitoring, and terrestrial invasive species.

Appointees have broad knowledge and experience related to natural area systems and represent the diverse ecological and demographic interests of Minnesotans. Landwehr appointed the new committee members in January for terms of five years.

The appointees join current committee members David Chaffin of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; David Fulton of Saint Paul; George Host of Duluth; John Moriarty of Plymouth; Gerald Niemi of Duluth; Laurie Allmann of Marine on Saint Croix; Matthew Anderson of Saint Paul; Kevin Brennan of Fergus Falls; Gary Burdorf of Arlington; Linda Kingery of Crookston; John Pearson of Saint Paul and David Remucal of Chaska.

For more information, go to the committee page.