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NR students in MDHA, DNR activities

Luke Burlingame of Maple Grove, NR Club president;
Jack Britton, MDHA chapter president; and (back) Dr. Bill Faber, instructor and NR Club adviser.
As the 2013 spring semester begins Jan. 14 at Central Lakes College, students
in the Natural Resources program welcomed a partnering donation and enjoyed
participating in a statewide DNR roundtable. The Brainerd chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association has given the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Club $700 as
a donation. The club assisted the MDHA with its Hides for Habitat project
during last November’s hunt. College students assisted with the
preparation of deer hides, cleaning and salting nearly 1,000 hides over a
three-week period. About 15 CLC students were involved, led by Luke Burlingame,
president of the NR Club at CLC.

“It was a dirty job
and we’re thankful to the members of the college club for helping with this
project,” said Jack Britton, chapter president. He was joined by Peter
Lodermeier of Fort Ripley, Region 5 MDHA director, who said, “These are good
young people doing good community service.”
            Burlingame and fellow student Katie
Geissler joined instructor Dr. Bill Faber recently at the annual Minnesota DNR
Roundtable at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul. Recent graduate Steve McKay,
former NR Club president now attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point, joined them.
            “It was a great experience for our
students,” said Faber, “as they began with an opening breakfast on Friday
morning specifically for the students, where we had an hour and a half panel
discussion on ways for these young people to get into the NR field as young
professionals, what they need to do during their college studies, etc. Then
they participated in the day and a half of Roundtable discussions.”
            Burlingame, a Maple Grove native,
will graduate from CLC in the spring. He plans to pursue studies at UW-Stevens
Point and is interested in a career as a wildlife biologist.
            “The roundtable was a great
experience,” he said. “It gave us an opportunity to meet DNR professionals and
learn a lot about the successes the DNR has had in 2012, as well as the goals
it has for 2013.
“We not only heard from DNR employees, but stakeholders and citizens as
well. This gave us a more well-rounded understanding of the concerns
surrounding some the issues being discussed.”
Burlingame said that one of the most beneficial things the roundtable
provided was the students’ breakfast. “This allowed us to get information and
recommendations from DNR panel members on what we can do to make our way in the
natural resources profession,” he said. “We were asked to give a summary of
what our future goals are and our area of interest in the natural resource
field. The coordinator is providing us with contact information for DNR
professionals in these areas that can help guide us as we progress in our
Geissler, a natural resources student from Silver Bay, said she met
many professionals she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to interact with at
this stage of her career. “The DNR is setting us up with a mentor in our field
of interest,” she said, “and we are able to contact that person and learn from him
or her. I would have never done that on my own, and I am grateful for them for
doing so.
Geissler said she learned about an organization called Becoming an
Outdoors Woman. “BOW had a lot of advice and I was able to get contact
information so I can stay in touch with that organization and hopefully become
a participant.”

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