You are all invited to the St Paul Audubon Socy mtg this Thursday evening when 
staff from MnDOT's Environmental Stewardship Office will present on the 
roadside habitat program.  MnDOT is responsible for 12,000 miles of roadside in 
MN.  That is a lot of potential insect and bird habitat.  Mowing of 
Rights-of-Way and native plantings are both factors in the management and 
productivity of this land.
Hear what your government is doing for wild plant and animal life that borders 
your road travel.

free and open to all.  (details below)

St Paul
Saint Paul Audubon Society April meeting

Date/Time Thu, Apr 12 , 2018     6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113
“Roads to Conservation”
with Beth Brown and Christopher E. Smith of MnDOT Office of Environmental 

April 2018 Membership Meeting

Did you know the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has an Office 
of Environmental Stewardship? Their job is to conserve and protect the natural 
resources surrounding our state’s transportation infrastructure. Brown and 
Smith both work in the Environmental Assessment Unit of the Stewardship Office. 
Their presentation will provide an overview of the MnDOT stewardship program 
and highlight some of the work being carried out by staff to protect plants, 
fish, and other wildlife in Minnesota and beyond. There are nearly 12,000 miles 
of state and U.S. highways in MN that are the responsibility of MnDOT, all of 
which have roadsides and bridges. Roadsides provide habitat for grassland birds 
and many insects, including bees and butterflies. One of these is the Rusty 
Patch Bumblebee, a federal endangered species. The stewardship office is also 
responsible for the Cliff Swallows that nest, and the Brown Bats that roost, 
beneath the bridges. Bank Swallows sometimes use the materials piles and there 
are mussels in some waterways. There are 29 species of state-listed mussels in 

Chris Smith has a strong interest in amphibian, reptile, and insect 
conservation and research, and has published a number of papers and reports. He 
has degrees in wildlife management and conservation biology. He is also on the 
Board of The Center for North American Herpetology, and is co-creator and 
Director of Public Affairs for – a nonprofit citizen science 
organization. At MnDOT he works with both state and federally protected species 
that use highway roadsides.

Beth Brown supports the department’s wildlife, plant, and wetland conservation 
programs. She also coordinates the mussel program. Prior to joining MnDOT, she 
administered wetland and water regulations at Minnehaha Creek Watershed 
District and performed field ecology surveys with consulting, government, and 
academic organizations. She has degrees in environmental science and biology 
and is currently serving her third year on the Board for the Minnesota Wetland 
Professionals Association.

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