Public Service Award Recipient Award for 2005 State Representative Alice Hauseman
The Friends of the Parks and Trails presented its 20^th anniversary Public Service award to Minnesota State Representative Alice Hausman an outstanding steward of our natural resources.
Representative Hausman was elected to the State Legislature in 1989 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Ann Wynia. Early in her legislative career Representative Hausman served as Vice-Chairman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and learned the needs of the environment from one of the most successful defenders of the environment in the nation, the late State Representative Willard Munger. The following are some of the highlights of Representative Hausman many accomplishments regarding parks, trail and open space in just this session at the Legislature ….
She is the lead Democratic and key person on the Capital Investment – bonding – committee and serves on the Transportation Finance Committee This last session she was instrumental in protecting the $7 million for the regional park system in the bonding bill. She has been a big supporter for Como Park and the Riverfront, consistently pushing funding for the Como Resource Center and the Mississippi Riverpark Development. She has worked to protect parks, trail and forest by working on regulations for ATVs Representative Hausman sponsored legislation for the state museum of natural history at the U of MN St. Paul campus She worked to secure funding for diseased shade trees removal and funding replacement She helped obtain funding for park and trail improvements in the Merrimam Park Area – the area above the historic Meeker Island historic site, for river’s edge improvements and redevelopment of a public park on Raspberry Island, and for Mississippi River metropolitan area blufflands acquisition Representative Hausman has a major interest in soccer and has fought for funding for soccer fields in the entire state. Finally, Representative Hausman was one of only two legislators – out of 201 members of the Minnesota House and Senate, to receive a 100% rating from the League of Conservation voters.
Park Volunteers of the Year for 2005
For our 20th Anniversary we wanted to honor some of the many volunteers who put decades of public service into our park systems, we thank them all.
Metta Belisle, Maplewood Nature Center Volunteering since 1995 and helping with programs for students at the Nature Center.
Wendy Armitage, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 23 years volunteering and helping with numerous events.
Tim Christensen, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Volunteering since 1987 and helping with special events – golf classic, wine tasting event and Zoo Boo.
Larry Hasse, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 35 years volunteering – foster parent for variety of zoo animals, special events, junior docent program
Johanne King, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 10 year volunteering – horticultural programs and Como zoo animal enrichment programs.
Andy Klingenmeyer, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 18 years volunteering – Como Zoo Docent program, handling animals for public enjoyment and education.
Anne Knoblauch, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 15 years volunteering – sewing animal costumes for Zoo Boo – butterflies, snakes, mermaids, and many more.
Maggie Lindorfer, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 5 years volunteering – support horticultural programs and education programs.
Mae Mazzara, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 11 years volunteering – in charge of food for Zoo Boo and working on all big events
Nancy Robbins, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 10 years volunteering – leadership in planning and preparing for Zoo Boo and commitment to Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville.
Beverly Silvermann, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Volunteering for 35 years – using her talents as an artist, actress and natural education to promote Como Zoo.
2005 – 20th Year Recognition of Friends from others
On the 20th Anniversary of the Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County Representative Betty McCollum congratulated the Friends and their volunteers for the critical role in the planning, development and preservation of Saint Paul and Ramsey County’s parks, trails and open space. Representative McCollum thanked the Friends for their commitment and dedication to the important issues, and their partnership with citizens, government agencies and communities and the legacy they have created to be enjoyed for years.
Greg Mack, Director – Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department presented the Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County a proclamation from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. The proclamation was in appreciation of the Friends support of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation System and congratulations to its Board of Directors and members on their 20^th anniversary of service to the citizens of Ramsey County.