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Conservation Conversations: Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Program

Headwaters of the Mississippi
Headwaters of the Mississippi

This interview is one in a series of Conservation Conversations aired monthly on KAXE/KBXE. The series, which is produced by our partners at Northern Waters Land Trust, features local conservation organizations. This month's Conservation Conversation is all about the Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Program. Heidi is joined by Paula West, the program coordinator, and Dave Parent, a program participant.

This interview features the story of Dave Parent, a local landowner and forester. In order to protect his land, ensure financial stability in retirement, and ease the difficult decisions that come with passing on land to heirs, Dave participated in the Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Program. He discusses his attachment to his property, the factors he considered in making his decision, and how he feels about it now.

Paula West, the program coordinator, also joins the conversation to discuss the overall purpose and goals of the program and how to participate.

It's a fascinating conversation: I hope you enjoy it!

Conservation Conversations are produced by Northern Waters Land Trust.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
Charlie Mitchell (she/they) joined KAXE in February of 2022. Charlie creates the Season Watch Newsletter, produces the Phenology Talkbacks show, coordinates the Phenology in the Classroom program, and writes nature-related stories for KAXE's website. Essentailly, Charlie is John Latimer's faithful sidekick and makes sure all of KAXE's nature/phenology programs find a second life online and in podcast form.


With a background in ecology and evolutionary biology, Charlie enjoys learning a little bit about everything, whether it's plants, mushrooms, or the star-nosed mole. (Fun fact: Moles store fat in their tails, so they don't outgrow their tunnels every time conditions are good.)