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    Midwest Mountaineering Awards $10,000 Grant

    Last December Midwest Mountaineering conducted a Wildlands Acquistion Voting Contest. Participating organizations were The Minnesota Land Trust (, The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota ( and The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota (www.parksand Each of the three organizations submitted a land acquistion project. Customers were asked to vote for the most deserving project. Over 6,000 votes were cast. The Contest served as a great way to highlight wildlands acquisition in Minnesota and created significant publicity for the smaller organizations.

    On December 29th, 2011 Rod Johnson, owner and founder of Midwest Mountaineering awarded a $10,000 check to Brett Feldman, executive director of The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. The grant assists in the acquisition of a key parcel of land, which allows a bridge to be built connecting two parks, substantially extending a bike trail and allowing a canoe portage to be created.

    In December 2011, Midwest Mountaineering also awarded its Employee Environmental Grants. A total of over $6000 was awarded to these organizations: Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, Carpenter Valley Nature Center, Friends of the Boundary Waters, Minnesota Audubon, Project Success, Sierra Club: Inner City Outings, Superior Hiking Trail Association, Venturing Crew 3309.

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