Building Environmental Stewardship in Culturally-Diverse Fargo
In Fargo, North Dakota, the racial and ethnic landscape is rapidly changing. Many native North Dakotans are eager to leave the state, particularly the young fleeing to urban centers. New and diverse communities are taking their place. Marshall Johnson wants to engage this new generation of multicultural citizens of the Red River Valley in bird and habitat conservation.
With his TogetherGreen fellowship, Marshall focused on educating local leaders abou the importance of green spaces and urban habitat. Prior to Marshall's efforts, many of the Fargo city leaders did not support green spaces or see why they are necessary. Now, though, there has been a big shift in ideology, as offcials are considering reclaiming habitat and providing open urban spaces. They plan to set aside 150 acres of land for birding and habitat restoration. Having secured additional funding, Marshall hopes that he will be able to expand his project in the future.