John Rife - Wes-Minn RC&D Council
Mr. Rife has been a strong advocate of the RC&D process including both aspects of its name: Conservation and Development. Mr. Rife has been active in the RC&D community since its inception and has provided encouragement, guidance, and leadership for RC&D Councils across the Nation. Mr. Rife is the only surviving member of the original RC&D Committee that was assembled in 1963 in Minnesota to develop a new pilot program that would lead to one of the first RC&D Councils – West Central RC&D (which later would become Wes-Min RC&D & Prairie Country RC&D). John also worked to complete the first RC&D project in the nation – the “Crow Wing River Canoe Trail”. In an effort to always advertise successes, this project was dedicated by the Governor as the first completed RC&D project in the nation at a ceremony planned by John and the Council on June 17, 1964. Mr. Rife has been critical in promoting the incorporation of diverse individuals and cultures and has introduced countless partners to the RC&D Councils across the state of Minnesota and has encouraged many members of his local community to become active in the RC&D Program.
Induction: February 2008
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