City of Shoreview, Little Canada couple win LEAP awards

LEAP team members Phyllis Hunter, far left, and Dana Larsen-Ramsay, far right, with Kent Peterson and Karen Eckman. Peterson and Eckman accepted the award on behalf of the city of Shoreview. (submitted photos)

LEAP team members Dana Larsen-Ramsey, far left, and Phyllis Hunter, far right, with Little Canada’s Steve Van Allen and Becky Brenner.

The gardens at Haffeman Pavilion in Shoreview. (submitted photo)

The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District announced this year’s Landscape Ecology Award Program (LEAP) winners last month. The local watershed district has been recognizing efforts made to preserve and improve water quality and natural resources at private residences, businesses and public spaces since 2002, and this year began its first annual Watershed Excellence Awards.

The city of Shoreview was given an award for native plant gardens at the Haffeman Pavilion -- a project first started in 2008 by Jon Oltman, a former Eagle Scout. The project has been maintained and expanded by volunteers in recent years.

Little Canada residents Steve Van Allen and Becky Brenner were also recognized for their native garden that helps to control erosion on their property and attract birds, butterflies and other useful insects.
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— Joshua Nielsen

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