Representative Bev Scalze for Public Service
The Friends of the Parks and Trails honored Representative Bev Scalze representing Little Canada, Vadnais Hts., Gem Lake, Roseville and Shoreview for her commitment to parks and trails. Rep. Scalze is serving her second term in the legislature after serving 21 years on the Little Canada City Council.
Rep. Scalze authored a number of environmental bills this last session and was was chief author of the legislation authorizing $10.5 million for the regional park system. This was the first time in many years that the regional park system was awarded the entire request from the Metro Council. This was the best session in many years for parks and trails, with Rep. Scalze a major player in funding for the environment.
Bev is also a well-known wildlife artist and DUCK STAMP WINNER!
Gale Pederson: Park Citizen of the Year
Gale has served actively, efficiently and effectively for the park system in Roseville. She has participated in Roseville Gymnastic Association, Star of the North Games, Roseville Central Park Foundation; Friends of Roseville Parks, North Suburban Youth Foundation, Rosefest Parade Committee, Roseville Parks and Recreation Commission and as a member of the Harriet Alexander Nature Center Planning Committee.
All of Gale’s volunteer endeavors are served with enthusiasm and tireless energy.
Jim has worked as a volunteer at the Maplewood Nature Center. He has volunteered over 1,500 hours since 1991. He also helped start ‘The Friends of Maplewood Nature Center’ and has volunteered for the National Parks Service and the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Duluth Aquarium.
Barb has worked as a volunteer at the Maplewood Nature Center and has continued her work there despite her recent move to New Richmond, WI.
She worked tirelessly to help found a new nonprofit supporting the Nature Center and the twelve open space sites in Maplewood called the Neighborhood Preserves. She invites everyone to discover the Maplewood Neighborhood Preserves!
Shawn started the new sailing club at Phalen Park and is the Commodore. He set up the by-laws, obtained members, conducted meetings, and obtained, maintained and launched 17 boats.
Honored Parks and Trails Volunteers