2017 Day on the Hill

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
9 AM – 1 PM

includes light breakfast & lunch

Photos from the Event

New Location!

Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill
105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Parking is available at several parking ramps nearby.

View PDF of parking options.

Overview of the Day

Parks & Trails Council’s Advocacy Day is a day to gather with fellow advocates of Minnesota’s parks and trails. We start with a light breakfast and end with lunch.

We will equip you with information to meet with your legislator. You can schedule a meeting with your legislator by calling their office directly. Find your legislator here.

The day will be filled with educational sessions on how to be an advocate at the state capitol for parks and trails. Learn about our top legislative issues for parks and trails, meet and hear from Friends Groups across the state, and hear and ask questions to key legislators.

2016 Photo Gallery

Rep. Alice Hausman received standing ovation at our 2016 Advocacy Day
Rep. Joe Schomacker receiving legislator of distinction award
Ron Erpelding speaking for Sibley State Park Improvement Association
Sibley State Park Improvement Association
North Stars Ski Club
Mississippi River Blufflands Trail Commission
MN Trail Riders Association
Heartland State Trail Group
Harmony Trails Commission
Roxanne Bartsh of the Goodhue Pioneer Trail Association
Glendalough Park Partners
Glendalough Park Partners
Woman with microphone
Gitchi Gami Trail Assoc. speaking at P&TC's Day on the Hill
Former president of GBCTA John Oldendorf speaking at P&TC's Day on the Hill
Volunteer with Friends of Whitewater State Park talks at our Day on the Hill event
Friends of Whitewater State Park at P&TC's Day on the Hill
MN Valley Trail Advocacy Group
Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Lester Prairie Trail Committee
Faribault Parks
Mississippi Blufflands Trail Commission
Brett Feldman, P&TC executive director welcomes everyone to Advocacy Day
Emmett Mullin from Metropolitan Council
Erika Rivers, director of DNR parks and trails welcomes everyone
Ted Suss from Greater MN Parks and Trails
Casey Jones State Trail
Harmony Trails Commission
Poster session with Friends Groups

Schedule for the Day

9:00 AMLight Breakfast and socializing
9:30 AMWelcome and opening remarks
9:40 AMP&TC’s Legislative Agenda
10:15 AMKeynote Speaker (Remote Presentation):
George Wuerthner on the science of OHVs impacts on natural areas
11:00 AMBreak
11:05 AMFacilitated small group discussions
11:45 AMModerated Legislator Panel
- Sen. Carrie Ruud (R - Breezy Point)
- Sen. David Senjem (R - Rochester)
- Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL - St. Paul)
- Rep. Jason Metsa (DF: - Eveleth)
12:30 PMCatered Lunch
AfternoonConsider scheduling your meetings with legislators
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About the Speakers

Headshot of George WuerthnerGeorge Wuerthner is the ecological projects director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, where he does research and writes about environmental issues. He has published thirty-eight books on natural history, conservation history, ecology, and environmental issues. He is editor of “Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation,” which exposes the lasting damage done to our land, water, and air from the growing plague of jet skis, quads, dirt bikes, dune buggies, snowmobiles, and other motorized recreational craft that are penetrating the last bastions of wild America.

Wuerthner will deliver an engaging and educational presentation through a remote presentation. He will discuss how OHVs (such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and jeeps) contribute to wildlife habitat fragmentation, disturbance of sensitive wildlife, soil erosion, spread of invasive weeds, loss of silence, as well as water and air pollution.

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