Senator Dennis Frederickson (R-New Ulm) was recently honored as outstanding conservationist at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Dec. 5-7, in St. Paul. He was selected by Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award.
Each year, the state's SWCDs recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. The award program is conducted with support from The Farmer magazine.
According to Brown SWCD, Frederickson was recognized for a variety of reasons.
As a state senator, Frederickson chief authored bills for the Wellner-Hageman Dam, the Clean Water Legacy Act, and conservation programs like Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that retired wind and water erosion prone land from being permanently row cropped and restoring wetlands.
Within the district he represents, he is currently a member of the Brown County Historical Society, Wanda Gag House Association, Lind House Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
Frederickson was born and raised on a farm near Morgan. While he was growing up, he pursued hobbies of hunting and fishing in southern Minnesota where he gained a sense of respect and love for nature and watersheds. He obtained a B.S. degree in agriculture economics and served five years in the U.S. Navy as a pilot and flew for three years for the Naval Air Reserve.
"SWCD's need legislators who understand the importance of the conservation work we do," said Tom Maher, Brown SWCD Program Manager. "Sen. Frederickson knows the merits of our program and has been willing to work to change them for the better and to provide needed funding. He has been an outstanding friend of conservation and the environment."