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U of M, Crookston Natural Resources Department Faculty and Staff Present at NDRPA
October 8, 2008

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8129 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (October 8, 2008) – Natural Resources Department faculty and staff members at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently presented at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association (NDRPA). Theme of this year’s conference held September 23-25, 2008, was Healthy Communities from the Inside Out.

U of M, Crookston’s Laura Bell, lab services coordinator and naturalist; Eric Castle, M.L.A., assistant professor of horticulture; and
Laura Bell, lab services coordinator and naturalist
Laura Bell
Eric Castle, M.L.A., assistant professor of horticulture
Eric Castle, M.L.A.
Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., professor and department head
Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D.
, jointly presented the paper "Butterflies, raingardens, and nature-scaping: the forgotten urban watershed" at the meeting of the NDRPA, held in Grand Forks, N.D.

Over 100 professionals, including city and state park and recreation personnel, from across North Dakota attended the meeting. The NDRPA mission is to advance parks and recreation for quality of life in North Dakota. Brandy (Lietz) Chaffee, a 2000 graduate of the U of M, Crookston, was instrumental in organizing the state conference. Chaffee currently works with the Grand Forks Park District.

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