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Subject:more details visitor center Sax-Zim Bog
From:sparky stensaas <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:sparky stensaas <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 3 Nov 2011 13:40:34 +0000

First, I highly encourage everyone who hasn't attended the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival to check it out.

The TMDB Board and Mike have done a great job in bringing awareness to the Bog. I have been involved all four years, taught a bird photography course for two years and was the keynote speaker last year.And Friends of Sax-Zim Bog will have a table there. There is also a link on our website www.SaxZim.orgHere is the registration link:

As far as the Sax-Zim Bog Birder/Photographer Welcome Center, there is a real need for a center where visitors of all types can come together and experience the bog. Anyone who has ever visited the Bog can agree that a facility would be very welcome. Details of the building and location will be updated on the website when they become available.

The other part of our mission is bog preservation....To that end we will be purchasing prime Black Spruce/Tamarack bog lands as they become available or in partnership with other agencies. Logging will be continuing on county tax forfeited land. If there is no "birdable bog" (along roads) the visitors will stop coming.

A Bog Boardwalk will allow visitors, locals and school groups to get out IN a bog and experience the magic and mystery of the plants and animals. Mike first pitched this idea for a boardwalk and it is a good one.

We are working with local/regional legislators, commissioners on this project. We thank the TMDB (Toivola-Meadowlands Development Board) and Mike (and many others) for their signed Letters of Support on behalf of this project.

Sparky Stensaas 
2515 Garthus Road 
Wrenshall, MN 55797 
218.341.3350 cell

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