By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Anne Selness has been appointed the district manager for the Root River Soil and Water Conservation District.
Selness has spent the last week working side-by-side with outgoing district manager, Ron Meiners.
Selness brings more than 20 years of experience with the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources including 15 years as a supervisor.
She has a bachelor of science degree in entomology and a master of science degree in recreation management.
“My background includes agriculture and forest pests, invasive species, conservation easements, natural resource management planning and initiating and chairing partnerships” Selness said.
Selness states her “focus for the district will include water quality, erosion control, maintaining wildlife habitat and wetlands, aquatic invasive species, education and developing grant opportunities.”
Selness said she values and will continue the network of partnerships who help support the varied and important work done by district employees.
“I am pleased that I can, in this new role, continue my life-long interest and care for the scenic landscape that makes up Houston County,” Selness said.
Selness and her husband, Steve, live west of Caledonia on the family’s (Hendel) farm.
Meiners’ last day at SWCD will be September 5. He and Selness have been working to bring the new district manager up to speed on the job.
“I’ve appreciated all the help Ron has given me,” Selness said. “I know I’ll have him on speed dial.”