Klobuchar Congratulates Minnesota National Guard Members
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar congratulated members of the Minnesota Army National Guard who were in Washington, D.C. to accept an award from the Department of Defense for environmental leadership. The Guard members were honored for Camp Ripley’s commitment to protecting the 19 miles of the Mississippi River, which runs through the Camp’s Maneuver and Training Center.
Camp Ripley has taken several actions to help protect and restore the environment, including a reforestation program and the protection of 22,000 acres. The Camp has also developed partnerships for conservation management, including a coordination project with Central Minnesota’s Nature Conservancy to protect the ecosystem surrounding the Mississippi River.
“In the land of 10,000 lakes, we place a high premium on efforts to restore and protect our natural environment and ecosystems.” said Klobuchar. “It was great to see Minnesota’s Guard members recognized for their continued leadership in environmental conservation.”
Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III presented the Guard members from Camp Ripley with a 2009 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award. The awards recognize those within the Defense Department taking a lead in environmental stewardship.