Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently attended the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance Banquet. He spoke about his efforts to protect the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in his new budget, and of the importance of hunting and fishing in the state of Minnesota. It is so great to see that our governor understands the importance of conserving and preserving the natural resources of our state.
Many students in College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) are currently preparing for careers in the Department of Natural Resources. Some example of CFANS majors that will prepare students for a DNR career are Environmental Science Policy and Management, Forest Resources, Recreation Resource Management, and Fisheries and Wildlife. Each of these majors include hands-on learning opportunities. For example, forestry students conduct research at the Cloquet Forestry Center, and fisheries and wildlife students join the Conservation Biology Club in working on wildlife rehabilitation at the Sarita Wetlands.
During the banquet, two of our current fisheries and wildlife students were honored with Joseph N. Alexander Scholarships. The scholarship is named for the late Joe Alexander, who served as Minnesota game warden and DNR commissioner. It is great to see the students of CFANS recieving such support from the communities working to protect our state's resources.
CFANS has truly set itself apart as a college dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources, and we are educating students that will continue our conservation efforts for years to come. If you are interested in a career in natural resources, I hope you'll visit our website to learn more!