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Natural Resources


Together, our region will value, protect and utilize our natural features and systems to provide access to open space and resiliency from natural disasters.

Our committee is working to create a regional trail system connecting parks and outdoor recreation while providing greater flood protection; to manage rainfall and stormwater as a natural resource; as well as protect and improve air quality.

Committee Information

The Heartland 2050 Action Plan outlines the short-, mid- and long-range goals and strategies of the Natural Resources Committee.

The Natural Resource Committee is chaired by:

Kent Holm

Zack Fergus (Vice Chair)

Committee Meetings

Natural Resource Committee meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every 3 months (January, April, July, October) from 2:30-4 pm.

Meetings are open to the public and you are invited to join us!

Please fill out our contact form to join the committee and receive the calendar invite with meeting location.

Working Groups

Working groups are subcommittees formed around a specific topic area or effort. Working groups are led by a ‘champion,’ are overseen by the Committee they fall under, and generally manage their own meetings and work.

Natural Resources Committee working groups are:

  • Local Foods Coordinating Council
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Community Forest Plan
  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality/Resources Management
  • Trails, Parks and Green Spaces

Visit the individual working group pages to learn more!