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Two thought-provoking speeches on the future of conservation that were delivered at the recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Roundtable have been posted on the DNR's Web site.

The first speech features DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten. He said this generation must rise to the challenge of proving that constitutionally dedicated funding for clean water, forests, prairies, and fish and wildlife habitat was revolutionary, visionary and a worthy thing to support.

Jim Martin, director of conservation for the Berkley Conservation Institute, was the keynote speaker. He delivered a message on the realities of climate change, population growth, development, and conservation strategies that deal address what's truly important rather than merely urgent.