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WesMin RC&D staff
RC&D Coordinator - Dean Schmidt
Phone: 320-763-3191 ext. 105
G Approved a plan created by ...
G Approved a plan created by Dean Schmidt of West Min RC&D to hold a dedication program and place a plaque at the Tree Farm Landing county park in honor of the late John Rife.
The dedication is scheduled for August 14.
Wadena Pioneer Journal online - Conservation council to celebrate 40 years
"The canoe project is still providing recreation for the community and that's important," said Dean Schmidt, coordinator of the WesMin council.
The mission of WesMin is to develop human and natural resources through cooperative efforts, Schmidt
"We're a group that likes to stick our necks out a little more than others," he
The first projects completed by WesMin were mostly watershed projects, Schmidt
Currently, there are 375 Resource, Conservation and Development Districts in the United States, Schmidt
said, with new councils popping up all the time.The WesMin council
came out of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962.The council is interesting, because it is a federal program and a local nonprofit program at the same time, Schmidt
Over 40 years, WesMin has completed more than $85 million worth of projects, Schmidt
"We are leaders in this program," Schmidt
said."We do a good job, and we're proud that we were one of the first approved councils."The WesMin council
is also very ahead of its time.Schmidt
said the group started renewable energy and biomass projects in 1994 before anyone else was working on those kinds of projects.
"We break a lot of molds, and we're very creative," he
said things were touch and go for a while, but some people contributed at the last minute, so things worked out.
These projects took a lot of grant writing and fund-raising, Schmidt
...Schmidt says working with WesMin is very rewarding.
"The fun part is when you get new projects to work on," Schmidt
said."But then we have to be careful and not neglect our other projects."He
thinks that the WesMin council
is relatively unknown to most people, but he
wants people to know about what the council does.
"We're kind of like the world's best kept secret," he
Dean Schmidt, WesMin's coordinator, also said he was thrilled about the outcome of Smokey Timbers.
"I'm tickled that a project like this made it," he
said."It was with the support of the community and WesMin's
system that it happened."Schmidt
added the commitment from Barsness also played a major role.
There has not been an agreement reached yet to purchase the camp, according to Dean Schmidt, coordinator for WesMin Resource Conservation and Development (WesMin RC & D), the organization trying to purchase the 21-acre camp located on Lake Miltona.
Last week, the organization reached its goal of raising $250,000, which was the initial planned goal pending for grant applications.Because of this, WesMin
will try to secure those grants.
stated, "The grants are not in hand.
is in a good position," Schmidt
said."But is not ready to purchase the camp quite yet.There is still plenty of work to do to ensure funds are there to purchase and operate the camp."He
said that WesMin RC & D
is in the negotiation process with the Land of Lakes Girl Scout Council
, which currently owns the camp, but he
feels it will be a couple of months yet before any decisions are made.Schmidt
does not make decisions for the WesMin RC & D council
feels, however, that the council will want to ensure it has the finances to purchase the camp, plus have enough funding to make improvements and operate the camp.
A business plan will be finalized to guide the council on its decision.It will then be up to the council to decide how to proceed, Schmidt
"There are still numerous financial hurdles to work out," he
stated, adding that many volunteers have already come forward to donate time and money for camp. Schmidt
noted that many grants, unfortunately, can fall apart at any time, although he
is hopeful that it will all work out.He
said it will be a continuing process for the next few months and donations are still needed and appreciated.