From a young age, I learned great respect for our natural resources. Growing up, my family always went camping and boating, and I will never forget my first Boundary Waters experience as an Eagle Scout. Parks, trails and natural areas have always been important in my life. In fact, my wife Kim and I were even married in a park, as was the oldest of our five children.
Like many of you, my family and I are long-time users of Minnesota’s extensive parks, trails, recreation areas and natural resources. Following a long career in public service, I am both humbled and honored to now serve you as Board Chair of Three Rivers Parks. I'm especially proud my leadership over the years has permanently preserved acres and acres of open space, forests, lakes and wetlands, and has provided the parks, trails and natural areas that will always make our communities special.
I invite you to visit the links on my website to learn more about Three Rivers activities and volunteering opportunities, and about my commitment to you. I also welcome you to join me in supporting our treasured parks and trails, and to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have about our extensive system. Please also check out my Three Rivers Facebook page and sign up for my regular Newsletter Updates about Three Rivers activities.
The natural environment we enjoy today is the legacy our forefathers and foremothers left for us. I believe we honor their foresight by sustaining those investments in our quality of life. My Dad taught me long ago we don't plant trees for ourselves, we plant them for our grandchildren. I take those words to heart, and have tried my best to live by them throughout my professional career and personal life.
Great parks for today and tomorrow. As your Three Rivers Parks Commissioner, I remain committed to careful stewardship, collaborative leadership and responsible financial decision-making so that we can assure the health of our cherished parks and trails for generations to come.