Bismark Residents Receive National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 Three Bismark residents were among those
receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.
Jan Swenson, Gary Raedeke and Diane Warner received a Special Service Award for their
conservation work and leadership of the Clubs Teddy Roosevelt Group. The trio was
cited for their work on influencing the wildlands-protection content of the revised
management plans for the National Grasslands of western North Dakota and for obtaining
mineral exchanges to prevent oil and gas development in roadless areas.
They also were commended for their work toward preservation of the free-flowing and
wild characteristics of the Missouri Rivers Garrison Reach. Their work led to a
moratorium on additional rock riprapping, a programmatic environmental impact study and
the formation of the Missouri River Coordinated Resource Management Program (CRMP). The
CRMP is proposing a comprehensive plan for the Garrison Reach which includes setbacks for
riverside home building.
"Because of the leadership by Jan, Gary and Diane, the Teddy Roosevelt Group has
become the most effective Sierra Club group in both Dakotas," said Dexter Perkins,
conservation chair of the Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club. "They have shown the
people of North Dakota, and especially of the Bismark area, that people can speak up and
demand protection for the environment, and that individuals can make a difference."
Swenson serves as chair of the Teddy Roosevelt Group and Raedeke serves as vice chair.
Warner is the groups secretary.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the Teddy Roosevelt Group of the Sierra Club, write them
at P.O. Box 776, Mandan ND 58554.