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Mantrap Valley Conservation Club to celebrate 60th

The MVCC is celebrating 60 years of fostering wildlife conservation with an open house June 30. There will be a live raptor presentation at 3 p.m. presented by Chris Tolman of the Bemidji Science Center.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club was established in 1953 with 15 charter members who were joined in 1954 by 20 charter members who formed the Auxiliary. Together this group incorporated in 1955. The following is a quote from one of their early publications:

“In recognition of my divine right to the great out-of-doors, I pledge and promise, always, to protect and conserve our forests and wildlife. This sacred trust, by which life is physically and morally enriched, is mine to hold and fulfill. I will perform my obligation to the realm of nature with integrity and respect and I will pursue the principles of sound management of forests and game wherever I may be.”

In the spring of 1960, the Club purchased 80 acres of land 1½ miles east of the Emmaville Store and in the spring members erected a 24’ by 52’ building. The building was enlarged a few years later and then again in 2006 when a deck was added. The building is fully insulated and heated year-round. It hosts activities, social functions, and meetings of the two clubs. The Auxiliary furnished the kitchen, and the dining and meeting area.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club and Auxiliary are open to all men and women who are interested in conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Meetings are held once a month at the clubhouse. Activities include monthly dinners and weekly bingo that raise funds for charitable gifts given to various conservation activities.

In the past several years these funds have benefited scholarships for college students taking environmental courses, camperships to Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center, tree seedlings given to all first graders in Hubbard County, funds for the Park Rapids Library to purchase conservation materials, support for the annual Freshwater Festival and support for the Lets Go Fishing program. An active rifle range for use of sighting in of guns and sport shooting located at the club has recently been renovated and expanded. Club members are actively involved in UFFDA (hunt for disabled archers) and cooperation with MN DNR and Hubbard County sporting programs. The men build and sell bluebird, wood duck and bat houses.

The open house runs from 2-4 p.m.

Some are assembled and sold and others are prepared into kits, which are donated to schools and nursing homes for assembly. Community outreach includes an exhibit at the Hubbard County fair as well as scheduled activities in area nursing homes. The MVCC is a wonderful way to meet new friends and participate in projects that help our community.

The MVCC is located 10 miles north of HWY 34 on County Rd 4 then 1.5 miles east on City Rd 24. Annual dues are $20/year for MVCC and $10/year for the Auxiliary and include use of the shooting range. For further information, contact Dave Gansen at 617 Second St W, Park Rapids MN 56470 or Mary Herbert at 255255 Harbor Trail, Park Rapids, MN 56470. The MVCC is a non-profit organization that accepts charitable donations.