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Conservation Conversations: Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Program

Mississippi Headwaters
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 has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.
Sarah Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Sarah creates the Season Watch Newsletter, writes segment summaries for the website, and coordinates our Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology project. With a background in wildlife biology, Sarah enjoys learning a little bit about everything, whether it's plants, mushrooms, aquatic invertebrates, or the short-tailed shrew (did you know they can echolocate?).