Protecting America's Favorite Wilderness
Jun 09, 2021 7:30 AM
Tom Landwehr, Save The Boundary Waters
Protecting America's Favorite Wilderness

Join us to hear how a proposed sulfide-ore copper mine threatens the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and what a locally led coalition is doing to prevent it.

Tom Landwehr is a lifelong Minnesotan raised in an outdoors-oriented family. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota (1980 and 1986, respectively), and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School, University of Minnesota in 2001. 

He began his professional career with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 1982 as a research technician in St. Paul.  He subsequently held wildlife manager jobs in Shakopee, Madison and Owatonna, Minnesota through 1990.  At that time, he became the DNR’s first Wetland Wildlife Program Leader in St. Paul, working on policies and programs to conserve the state’s wetlands.

In 1999, Tom took a new job with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), as State Conservation Director overseeing DU’s conservation programs in Minnesota and Iowa. He left that position in 2003 to become the Assistant State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, overseeing their conservation programs in those three states.

In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Tom as the Commissioner of the Minnesota DNR, and he served in that position through Governor Dayton’s term in 2019. In March, 2019, Tom joined Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness as its Executive Director. With a staff of about 18, NMW’s chief initiative is the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. This initiative was created to fight the development of a sulfide-ore copper mine on the doorstep of the BWCAW, and in its immediate watershed. Through education, advocacy, litigation and organizing, the Campaign is battling on multiple fronts to prevent this foreign-owned project from devastating America’s favorite wilderness.

Tom has also served two terms on the Shoreview City Council, has served on a variety of water and land conservation boards, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota where he has taught classes on wetland conservation.  He is an active outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, sailing and all things Minnesota.

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