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GLIN==> GL Town Hall this week: National Parks conversation, and Great Lakes Guts competition!

Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,

Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer insightful commentary on their Great Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their thoughts!

This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome Matthew Killion and Bob Krumenaker , team members of the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Parks Service, respectively. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Matthew Killion's and Bob Krumenaker's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!

About Matthew Killion and Bob Krumenaker...

Matthew Killion is the Senior Program Coordinator for the National Parks Conservation Association (www.NPCA.org). NPCA is the leading non-profit, non-partisan voice for protecting and enhancing our National Parks. Working at NPCA since January of this year, Matthew works on a 10-state region that includes many parks of the Great Lakes. Prior to joining NPCA, Matthew worked in the fundraising department of America's Second Harvest, America's largest network of food banks across the country. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Philosophy and participated in several environmental groups while there.

Bob Krumenaker has served as the US National Park Service superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, located in Wisconsin, on Lake Superior, since 2002. Bob also served as the staff coordinator of the National Park Service's Natural Resource Challenge (www.nature.nps.gov/challenge), a major (and successful) national initiative to refocus the agency on resource preservation and management. In addition, Bob served as the president of the George Wright Society, an organization (www.georgewright.org) dedicated to the protection, preservation, and management of natural and cultural resources of national parks and protected areas around the world.

Locally, Bob is active with the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, previously serving on its board of directors, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Sustainability. Bob has been instrumental in the founding of the Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (www.friendsoftheapostleislands.org) and the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (www.nplsf.org).

Since 2006, Bob has been part of a bottom-up effort within the NPS to raise the flag on climate change and the need to address both the scientific and policy implications of it for parks, their gateway communities, and the people use love and use these nationally-significant preserves.

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Dave initiates the Great Lakes Guts contest on the Town Hall. The contest identifies and recognizes courageous actions by an elected or appointed official in the U.S., Canadian, or Great Lakes state, provincial or local government. You nominate the candidates!

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - Great Lakes Guts: A Contest You Can Enter - and the stories and perspectives of Matthew Killion and Bob Krumenaker in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes topic of their choice for five days. While there are basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited and diverse views are welcome. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply to this email. We encourage individuals of all ages, occupations, and opinions to participate in the conversation.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,

Brenna Wanous
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

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