Conservationist, 4-H advocate, and educator of children and adults; all terms that describe Ella Kringlund in Elk River. An early promoter of Sherburne County and their natural resources, Ella Kringlund enthusiastically worked to boost conservation. In the midst of Women’s History Month, it seems appropriate to make record of her life and her mission in Sherburne County.
Ella Kringlund is long remembered for her work
restoring the land that is today Sand Dunes State Forest. Her memoirs record her efforts to plant a
variety of pine trees in the area. When
her project began in the mid-1940s (and continuing until 1965) each season she
organized a tree planting as a 4-H project.
In time, Ella Kringlund and her volunteers planted an estimate seven
million trees. Her efforts proved so
successful, a Christmas tree thinning project also developed.
By conservation standards in 2000, the trees she
planted may not fit the accepted norms.
Yet, her planting provided opportunity for soil regeneration; changing from
the sand dunes of the 1930s to a better environment today.
In addition to her conservation work, she headed up
the 4-H in Sherburne County, actively worked with county extension offices, and
worked as part of the county fair board. Rather than simply identifying her as an early
conservationist, Ella Kringlund is better known as an educator, providing new
ideas for improving the local environment of Sherburne County. Certainly worthy of note during Women’s