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Outlining our priorities for 2018

By MWA, 12/17/17, 10:15AM CST

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Hard to believe there’s just a couple weeks left in 2017. Where did the time go? All of the sudden we’re on the verge of entering our 51st year as an organization.

In advance of that, our board of directors and chapter leaders has set five priorities for action. We’ll devote more space to each in the coming weeks, but following are the broad priorities:

Overall growth and expansion: We plan to place a major emphasis on growing and expanding our members, chapters, projects and programs.

Chapter habitat projects: Our local chapters will initiate projects that create, improve and/or protect waterfowl habitat.

Conservation Partners Legacy grant program: Over the past nine years, we’ve received more than $3 million from this pot of money within the Outdoor Heritage Fund. We’ve used that money to do work on more than 12,000 acres of land.

Youth camps: 2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of Woodie Camp, which continues to be one of the best youth camps in the state. Advanced Woodie Camp, which is for kids who have successfully completed Woodie Camp, will be in its eighth year.

Waterfowl Symposium/Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner: The awards dinner is set for Friday, April 13. At the dinner, we’ll give out conservation awards and induct the next class into the Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame. The Waterfowl Symposium, which brings together waterfowl and wildlife professionals with hunters and conservationists, is set for the following day – Saturday, April 14. Both events will be held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.