Lee Ronning, 1000 Friends of Minnesota founder, will speak at the Brainerd Restoration annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd.
Before founding 1000 Friends of Minnesota in 1998, Ronning worked with the Land Stewardship Project since 1989. She helped create the Community Based Planning Act in 1997 and worked to have it passed. The act was the Midwest's first state framework for land-use planning.
Previously, Ronning spent five years in public broadcasting where she produced educational programming for public television. In 1990, she co-founded the Minnesota Environmental Fund for workplace giving and in 1991 she co-founded the Minnesota Land Trust.
She is president of the national Growth Management Leadership Alliance, a coalition of planning and environmental organizations from 30 states that promote sound regional and statewide land-use planning, and sits on Smart Growth America's Board, a nationwide coalition promoting a better way to grow.
The mission of 1000 Friends of Minnesota, which was modeled after similar state growth management organizations in Oregon, Colorado and Hawaii, is to encourage sustainable development patterns that promote healthy, livable communities, and conserve farmland, forests and natural resources.'
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