Robina Wildlife Management Area Formally Dedicated (August 18, 2008)

On May 16, 2008, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources formally dedicated the Robina Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during a private gathering at the nearly 200 acre site located in Independence, Minnesota. The event drew friends and family of the former owner and donor of the property, the late James H. Binger, as well as key wildlife and conservation officials from local and state government. Appropriately, the date of the event would have been Binger’s 92nd birthday. Binger, through his estate, gifted the Robina property to a private foundation he established, the Robina Foundation, which subsequently donated it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in December 2007.

The Robina Wildlife Management Area is now open to the public for hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, cross-country skiing and other non-motorized recreation.


Photos from the Event

Gordon Aamoth, President and CEO of the Robina Foundation, welcomes invited guests to the dedication ceremony

Gordon Aamoth, President and CEO of the Robina Foundation, welcomes invited guests to the dedication ceremony.

Noa Staryk, granddaughter of James Binger, recalls her Grandfather’s commitment to conservation and thanks the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for their stewardship.

Noa Staryk, granddaughter of James Binger, recalls her Grandfather’s commitment to conservation and thanks the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for their stewardship.

Mark Holsten, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (left) and Tim Bremiker, Regional Wildlife Manager DNR (center), present an inscribed photograph of the Robina property to Gordon Aamoth, President and CEO of the Robina Foundation (right) in appreciation of the Foundation’s gift.

Mark Holsten, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (left) and Tim Bremiker, Regional Wildlife Manager DNR (center), present an inscribed photograph of the Robina property to Gordon Aamoth, President and CEO of the Robina Foundation (right) in appreciation of the Foundation’s gift.


Hello,

I had my first opportunity to visit the Robina Wildlife Management Area this evening and had to comment. It is with out a doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of property I have ever been on, and I’ve done a bit of traveling. I arrived at about 8:00 PM so I only had about an hour before darkness to explore, but rest assured I will be back, with my family in tow. Being an outdoor lover, it’s great to have such a pristine wildlife area so close to my home.

I guess the purpose of my email is my hope that you would pass along my thanks to the Binger family for the spectacular gift that Jim and the family gave to Minnesota. >From the research and reading I’ve done about Jim and Virginia, it sounds like they were wonderful people and the generosity and philanthropy in donating this jewel to “us” is much appreciated!

Wanted to let you know!

Sincerely, Steve
5/28/09
The Robina Foundation
4900 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-333-2313
Fax: 612-333-0182