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Maplewood Environmental Commission Council Appointed Member

The Environmental and Natural Resources Commission will help protect, preserve and enhance the environment of the City of Maplewood by:

Establishing environmental priorities for the city

Recommending to the Community Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council new policies, operating procedures and ordinances that control, protect, preserve and enhance the city’s environmental assets

Actively participating in and supporting the mission and goals of the Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves by promoting environmental awareness through educational programs, communications and co-sponsored activities

Promoting greater use and appreciation of the city’s environmental assets

Reviewing the role of other city groups and how they might assist, support and advise the Environmental and Natural Resources Commission

Sponsoring environmental projects to enhance, repair, replace or restore neglected or deteriorating environmental assets of the city

Developing educational programs and materials that foster the mission of the Environmental and Natural Resources Commission

Developing and promote the use of sustainable practices for city policies and procedures

Maplewood Parks Priority Task Force Council Appointed Member

The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan is to guide reinvestment in and to reinvigorate the parks and recreation system for the next generation of Maplewood residents

The Master Plan identifies forty-seven

recommendations and associated strategies.

Recommendations do not include every

possible action, but highlight those needed to achieve the future vision.

Plan recommendations are organized into 5 topic areas:

• parks and recreation facilities

• trails

• natural areas and greenways

• programs

• arts and culture

Longtime Member of the Maplewood Historical Society

It's great to have such a wonderful and full and rich history of our city. The photos, the stories and the history from the people who lived in many cases. 

History is awesome. One of my favorite subjects,

Minnesota Association of Soil  & Water Conservation Districts Third Term Elected Dues Paying Member 

MASWCD is a nonprofit organization which exists to provide leadership and a common voice for Minnesota’s soil and water conservation districts and to maintain a positive, results-oriented relationship with rule making agencies, partners and legislators; expanding education opportunities for the districts so they may carry out effective conservation programs.

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) represents the soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) of Minnesota.

Longtime member and board member of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.

You can check out the Log Cabin at the Minnesota State Fair to learn more and have a great pioneer experience learning about life as a Minnesota Territorial Pioneer in person. 

National Association of Conservation Districts 

Dues paying Elected Member Third Term

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States.

NACD’s mission is to promote the wise and responsible use of natural resources for all lands by representing locally-led conservation districts and their associations through grassroots advocacy, education and partnerships.

Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Education & Outreach Committee Elected Member

I shared my experience on this committee from my district committee assignment of Chair of Outreach and Education. The education materials, articles and presentations include information which teachers and their students can use to become more familiar with their natural environment and learn what they can do to become better stewards of our land and water.

The materials also include information about conservation programs and opportunities for family and community engagement and participation. My work was so popular that it required a waiting list that was a 2 year wait

Minnesota State Office of the Ramsey Conservation District  

Re-Elected for My Third Term

 Goals and Objectives

 Establish soil and water conservation policy

for the district

 Assess resource needs

 Develop strategies to address these needs

 Provide quality conservation education to

county school children

 Provide land users with technical assistance

 Develop programs to address local natural

resource problems

 Serve as focal point for addressing natural

resource issues and coordinating various

programs to help identified concerns

4. Legal Authority

 Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103C defines a

soil and water conservation district as a

political subdivision of the State of  Minnesota 

My Committee Assignments since 2008 are as follows:

  • Ramsey County League of Local Governments -I served two terms as President  and two terms as Vice- President and all of my three elected terms as a Board Member.
  • Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization- VLAWMO 
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Budget 
  • Personnel
  • Legislative
  • Outreach & Education
  • I served as Vice Chair of the SWCD Board
  • I served as Chair of the Education & Outreach Committee

I also served on the following committees at various times as needed.

  • Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District- Liaison to the board and the CAC-
  • Personnel

Soil & Water Supervisor 

Funding Sources

I have worked with and build a extensive network through my work. 

 Local governments (county board, city

councils, townships…)

 State government (Board of Water and Soil

Resources, Pollution Control Agency…)

 Grants (district funding raising activities)

 Federal grants, agreements…

Expectations of Supervisors

I have a record of lifelong learning and outreach and education. I am an experienced leader and I am fully dedicated to fulfilling my oath. while marketing  my office in as many creative and innovating ways possible to ensure community interest and engagement.

 Be involved & responsible for district program


 Develop policies and programs

 Promote soil & water conservation in the


 Take advantage of training opportunities to

develop abilities

 Attend board and committee meetings

 Participate in district programs and activities

 Serve as chair of one committee

 Represent district in public

 Help secure financial resources

 Promote district

Leadership Engagement

Benefits of Being a Supervisor

 Being a voice for citizens of your county

 Self satisfaction of providing your time to

improve the environment

 Being actively involved with assistance and

educational programs for citizens

 Providing leadership in community resource


 Development of leadership skills


I have always been an environmental advocate. 

 some of the fundamentals about the environment and how it works;

 the relationship between land use decisions and the environment;

 the effect environmental decisions have on other aspects of our lives; and

 local concerns, attitudes and needs.


I am  concerned about:

 our environment and natural resources;

 maintaining and improving water quality; and

 protecting our soil.


I have a proven history and record of being willing to take an active leadership role in the community. 

 setting local conservation priorities;

 educating friends and neighbors about the environment;

 working with other local government units, state and federal agencies, and other elected


 setting a positive example;

 taking unpopular stands;

 balancing economic needs with environmental concerns; and

 sacrificing short-term gains for long-term benefits

National Notary Association Official Licensed Notary Member

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarization's, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.​

White Bear Lake Level Resolution Committee Appointed Member Second Term 

Our committee charge is to investigate possible solutions to the low lake level in WBL; consider technical feasibility of possible solutions and different methods of financing any solutions examined.​ I was appointed by request of then State Representative Carol McFarland. I am serving in my second term.

Legislative Committee 

Elected Member Third Term and as a Community Representative

Legislative committees are established to undertake the consideration of legislation. A legislative committee may be created to study a particular bill referred to it, or one may be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill.​  I diligently work at the state and federal levels to pursue policies and funding initiatives that will have a positive impact on a variety of issues facing our state.

Budget Committee  Elected Member Third Term

The functions of budget committee are briefly explained below:

1. The general policies and objectives of an organization are decided.

2. It extends assistance to line managers for forecasting by supplying historical data.

3. It receives and reviews the individual budget estimates and different departments/divisions.

4. It receives instructions from the chief executive and gives instructions to line managers.

5. It gives suggestions and modifications in budgets in accordance with organizational objectives.

6. It approves the revised budgets.

7. It receives and investigates accomplishments regarding practical implementation of budgets.

8. It identifies responsibilities for poor performance and recommend corrective actions if necessary.

9. It gives suggestions to improve efficiency and achieve budgetary goals.

10. It co-ordinates the budgetary control program.

Comprehensive Planning Elected Member Third Term

The comprehensive plan, also known as a general plan, master plan or land-use plan, is a document designed to guide the future actions of a community. It presents a vision for the future, with long-range goals and objectives for all activities that affect the local government.

Neighborhood Crime Watch 

Co- Founder

My Co-Block Watch Captain and I attended the required training and proudly founded our neighborhood as an Official Crime Watch Neighborhood. 

First Responder

I am a trained First Responder.

I have a record of successful crisis management and resolution.

Neighborhood Block Watch Co- Captain

My Co-Block Watch Captain and myself served in this role for over 30 years. 

We hosted neighborhood gatherings and were the contacts for issues facing our neighbors at the request of Sgt. Joseph Bergeron.

Board of Soil & Water Resources Elected Board Supervisor Dues Paying Membership

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources was created in 1987, when the Legislature combined the Soil and Water Conservation Board with two other organizations with local government and natural resource ties:

Maplewood Community Gardens Program

As part of my appointment process to the Official Environmental & Natural Resources Commission. 

I presented the idea of building a network of Community Gardens throughout our city. 

Today we have a diverse and thriving and in demand network of gardeners. 

This program has been extremely popular and very successful.

Girl Scout Leader

I serve as a Girl Scout Leader for 17 years. I enjoyed working with the troops and helping them work on new and some of the the same badges that I did as a Girl Scout myself. 

Election Judge

I have been an election judge for the City of Maplewood when I have no been on the ballot.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

I am a longtime member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Research study participant.

I am always ready to serve when I am needed.

LifeWorks, Inc

Program Counselor

As a nonprofit organization, we work as the driving force behind our commitment to serve our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together. 

Minnesota Math & Science Academy Charter School in Woodbury, Minnesota.

I was a founding Board Member and served as Vice Chair.

I worked on the creation and building of the school building and curriculum as well as hiring educators, staff and application development for student learners.

University of Minnesota Research Studies

I participated in a research study and am a patient at the The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center that facilitates development of clinical, translational, and basic research on muscular dystrophy, enhances and supports clinical care of patients with muscular dystrophy, improves educational experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students interested in the fields of basic and clinical muscle research, and increases interaction and support from the regional community of patients and families concerned about muscular dystrophy. Although my Muscular Myotonic Dystrophy isn't extreme. I still do what I can to help other people whether it be supportive or resources advocate. I am always happy to serve.

Courage Riders

I trained as a side walker for the Courage Riders Program.  

It's a therapy program for children  and adults with disabilities. 

Recycling Programs

I am always looking for safe and sound, sustainable ways for us to recycle.  While always working to ensure that any method would  not create added fees and while keeping our environment  and our our community as a whole safe.. 

Printable and shareable Sign of Support

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Margaret Behrens for Maplewood Mayor