John Scharf Interview, 1975
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Deb Sodt and Spencer Kvam
Department of Natural Resources, Morris, Minnesota
Helsene Wildlife Management Area; Wildlife management areas--Minnesota--Herman; Prairies--Minnesota--Herman; Agriculture--Minnesota--Herman; Minnesota. Department of Natural Resources
John Scharf was born on October 30, 1929 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Washburn High School, Minneapolis and went on to get his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota. He worked with the Minnesota DNR as the Fish and Wildlife Manager from 1960 until the time of the interview, and he had lived and worked in Morris since 1960.
In this interview, John Scharf discusses the acquisition of the Helsene Prairie land by the DNR and the history and objectives of its management. Some topics include planting that has been done, control of hunting, changes in wildlife populations and future plans.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Scharf, John, "John Scharf Interview, 1975" (1975). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 26.