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Audubon Minnesota presented an award for exemplary leadership in protecting bird habitat to Representative Carlos Mariani, who represents district 65B in Saint Paul.
Rep. Mariani was the co-author of the National Audubon Societyís Centennial and the State Officeís 25th anniversary state house resolution. The resolution commemorated Audubonís 100 years of conservation excellence in the United States and 25 years in Minnesota. Representative Mariani has demonstrated considerable commitment to protecting the environment and has demonstrated leadership in advocating for better natural resource policy. He is a member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and was vocal this session on issues ranging from improving enforcement of motorized vehicles in state forests to cleaning up polluted lakes and rivers and protecting community zoning rights. Mariani has also been active in protecting the Mississippi River, the biggest migratory bird flyway in the United States.
"The continued support of groups like Audubon Minnesota will be vital in the next legislative session as we work to preserve our state's natural resources for generations to come. It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that does so much work for Minnesota," Mariani said.
ďMinnesota needs more legislators like Representative Carlos Mariani," said Mark Peterson, Audubon Minnesotaís Executive Director. ďFor all of us who enjoy watching birds in our backyards or going to state parks and forests to birdwatch or hunt, we have Representative Mariani to thank. Without this kind of conservation leadership in the House of Representatives, we risk losing everything that makes Minnesota unique and the things we value - clean water, forests, prairies and wetlands. Audubon appreciates Representative Mariani's strong leadership in protecting both game and non-game birds and their habitat.