Aspen Parklands

The Aspen Parklands captures the transition between western prairies and the Northwoods. Many parts of the region are sparsely settled offering outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities. Hunting, fishing, and more recently snowmobiling have become a cultural tradition. Generations of families have managed to wrestle a living from the land through hard work and ingenuity. Its rural countryside, small towns and strong family traditions are major reasons why many residents stay and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Region Leader: Henry Van Offelen, 218-849-5270,
Facilitator: Cindy Bigger, 218-998-5793,

Meeting Schedule

  • May 22, 2007, Red Lake Watershed District, Thief River Falls
  • June 5, 2007, Red Lake Watershed District, Thief River Falls

Meeting Participants

  • Henry VanOffelen, MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Kristin Eggerling, Audubon
  • Dennis Topp, DNR Fisheries
  • Terry Wolfe, DNR Wildlife
  • Linda Kingery, University of Minnesota NW Partnership
  • Glen Kajewski, NRCS
  • Brian Dwight, Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Doug Franke, DNR Wildlife
  • Russ Reisz, The Nature Conservancy
  • Phil Gerla, The Nature Conservancy
  • Tanya Hanson, Red Lake SWCD
  • Jim Courneya, MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Donovan Pietruszewski, DNR Wildlife
  • Marty Sieve, NMF
  • Maggie Anderson, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge