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Jacobson Praises VSN Work In "Enchanted Land" Speech

Submitted Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 10:59 pm by Gregg Hoffman
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Jacobson Praises VSN Work In "Enchanted Land"

Film-maker and environmental consultant Tim Jacobson praised the Valley Stewardship Network for its work in helping to keep the Driftless Area an “enchanted land” Friday night.

Jacobson was the keynote speaker at VSN’s annual fund-raising dinner, “Upstream/Downstream,” at the Gays Mills Community Center.

The environment of the Driftless can serve, “all at once, as mother, sister and child,” Jacobson said.

“We have the opportunity to nurture the land while the land nurtures us,” he added.

Jacobson showed a clip from the documentary, “Mysteries of the Driftless,” which was produced in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Jacobson served as executive director of MVC until this past summer, when he left to start his own consulting firm that assists non-profits with navigating the land stewardship and environmental regulations scene.

In the clip, Jacobson spoke of the “oldest river in the world” and the effigy mounds, as well as the other natural wonders in the Driftless. The documentary was released earlier this fall and will be shown at the Driftless Area film festival in November.

Jacobson said that the water quality work and other projects by VSN have contributed greatly to maintaining and nurturing the Driftless.

“Upstream/Downstream” was billed as a “CELEBRATION FOR LAND AND WATER STEWARDSHIP.” Lead Chef Monique Hooker featured local cuisine that represents the concepts of land and water stewardship- all from local and sustainable ingredients.

The Fair Ridge Trio, Driftless Tribal Dancers & Fire Tribe provided entertainment. For more info, go to


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