Mark Sommer

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Mark Sommer served on a Grand Marais young adult crew in 2000, working primarily on the Superior Hiking Trail. His crew also helped clean up camps on the Gunflint Trail that had been damaged in the BWCA blowdown of 1999. He was impressed by the level of responsibility given to his crew: “The Conservation Corps had proven itself. We were seen as a credible, responsible group of young people.” Sommer’s service in the Corps was a natural extension of his interest in natural resources, having worked for the Forest Service in California and the Army Corps of Engineers. He is now district manager of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes 330 lakes, trout streams and an abundance of potato fields. His focus is helping watershed users make good decisions that protect and restore the district’s water resources.