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August 4, 2016

Meet David Hartwell, the Trust's new board appointee

Dear Friends of the Trust,

I am very pleased to announce that David Hartwell has been appointed as the newest member of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust’s board. David comes to us with a wealth of experience as a board member and leader to a number of for profit and non-profit organizations.

He currently serves on numerous private company boards in various roles in the financial services, building products and energy sectors.  His non-profit work has been focused primarily in the environmental arena although not exclusively.  Some of his board service includes:

  • A board member of the Belwin Conservancy since 1974 and served as its president since 1989.  Located just 15 miles from downtown St. Paul, he expanded it from 225 to 1,400 acres.  It operates an environmental learning center, an athletic complex, restoration programs and is planning an major art and nature program. 

  • Founding President of the Minnesota Land Trust in 1991 and served on that board until 2000. 

  • Board member, executive committee member and treasurer of the Land Trust Alliance from 1993 – 2005 and then rejoined the board in 2006 and served until 2015.  Aligned with this, in 2006 he was a founding member of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, serving until 2010 and had remained an advisor to them since that time.

  • Board member, treasurer and for 3 years the board chair of the Minneapolis College of Art and design from 2001 – 2011. 

  • Board member, treasurer, and now vice chairman and chair of the finance committee of the National Audubon Society since 2006.  

  • He has been a board member of Conservation Minnesota since 2001 and has served in numerous capacities there including treasurer and board chair.  He also serves as a board member/trustee of several foundations and charitable trusts.   

In 2001 David began building a coalition of conservation leaders to address the lack of a long term vision for land conservation in Minnesota and led that coalition through the passage of a constitutional amendment increasing the sales tax 3/8% in 2008, which now generates about $300 million a year for clean water, habitat protection, parks and the arts.  He was appointed to the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council in 2008, a citizen/legislative commission that recommends how the habitat portions of these funds are allocated, currently about $100 million annually and was elected Chair in 2011 and again in 2013.    

He and his wife are residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.  They travel extensively, as they love to bird watch, hike, visit museums and art galleries.  They are avid urban farmers living walking distance to downtown with an entire back yard producing organic treats shared with food shelves, neighbors and other friends.

This year the Trust is celebrating its 23rd year of wildlife conservation and education. With David’s leadership, vision and expertise, combined with his passion and dedication, we look forward to further advancing and expanding the Trust’s core mission and programs.

With best wishes,

Andrew N. Rowan, Ph.D.
Chair of the Board of Directors
Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust


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