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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Welcome to the NWRPC Team: Emily Nelson


Emily joined the NWRPC team as our newest Community Development Planner on Monday, July 22nd. We are excited to have her as a part of our staff!

What qualifications and/or work experience do you have that pertain to your position at NWRPC?
My most recent work experience includes working at the North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District, a local government unit in the northern part of St. Louis County, MN. In my role there I worked cooperatively with federal state, and local agencies to develop, coordinate and manage natural resource programs at the local level. My experiences there taught me the importance of utilizing available technical, financial, and educational resources, and focusing and coordinating them so that they meet the needs of the local stakeholders.

What attracted you to want to work with this organization? 
I was attracted to this organization and to the area. The area of Northwest Wisconsin is one that I’ve always loved, and there are many benefits of a regional approach to planning and coordination to address common issues and to achieve goals, which I’m excited to be a part of.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in the past few years? 
In 2017 I was a partner in receiving two of the five total grant awards from the Initiative Foundation to implement innovative pilot projects to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. The two projects that received grant funding were the Multi-Region Resort Program to develop and expand aquatic invasive species early detection and inspections at lake businesses in Itasca, Cass, and St. Louis County, and the for the Boat Traffic Analysis: A Predictive Model to analyze boat traffic at public boat launches.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work? 
Outside of work I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places. My most recent travels include traveling to all five of the National Parks in Utah.

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