In the early 1990s a one-acre forest in Hopkins, Minnesota was saved
from townhouse development when a small number of homeowners agreed
to pay for this passive area over a 15-year period.
The group was named the Oaks Folks by Peg Meier of the Star Tribune
newspaper of Minneapolis.
Folks, in front of an old-growth tree:
Front row, seated:
Malora Carlson, Joey Carlson, both deceased. See the Recycling Page for
information on their support of the project.
Vernon Isaak, Patricia Isaak, Irene Ibsen, Jack Glasgow
Not pictured: Carrie Kennedy
Officers at time of organization in 1992:
Larry McNeff, Joey Carlson, Lisa Benson, Norma Glasgow. Membership - 14.
Members deceased: Betty Carroll, Ken Ibsen.
The Oaks Folks, with your help, raised the awareness of the importance of saving green spaces
and setting an example of what can be done by a small, grassroots
group, supported by hundreds of people.
About the Oaks Folks: all volunteer; time, money and many resources
were donated; no phone solicitations, no mass mailings; mailing list
has not been shared. Every dollar contributed to the campaign through
August 2003 went into the payment fund.