Nature Conservancy leads project to plant conifers in areas where they will best weather oncoming climate change.
Public comments are currently being accepted on a document to guide the next two decades of the Ontario canoe wilderness.
Ojibwe scientists say area could provide habitat for the native animals, restore the ecosystem, increase tourism, and provide sustenance.
Wilderness visitors spent several days in a swamp while rescuers searched from land, air, and water.
The Trump administration says it will not reverse plans for comprehensive review of risks of mining near the Boundary Waters.
Anishinaabe people historically worked with the semi-wild horses for winter transportation.
Plans call for an additional 140 acres of downhill skiing on publicly-owned lands in northern Minnesota.
A wide range of opportunities are available to experience the Superior National Forest and perform stewardship.
Forest Service proposes multi-pronged effort to get more of the young forests moose need for food.
Help the National Park Service and its partners develop a shared park vision and priorities.
The Kekekabic Hiking Trail was severely damaged by a windstorm last summer.
Local residents rescued the animal after it broke through the ice in the middle of Hungry Jack Lake.
Invasive bugs that threaten to wipe out Minnesota’s ash trees have been found in Duluth, not far from the Boundary Waters.
Nature Conservancy acquires 2,500 acres of rugged North Shore landscapes and will protect it from development pressures.
Business operators, organizations, and government staff are invited to attend a series of events centered on promoting the region’s resources to visitors.
Adventurer spends November to January in the wilderness, surviving solitude and harsh winter conditions.
Phone surveys found broad concern about mine pollution contaminating the wilderness.
Event on Thursday will give citizens the chance to speak up about proposal to halt mining on lands near the Boundary Waters.
Chilean billionaire suing to advance a proposed mine next to the Boundary Waters also owns the first daughter’s house.
Scientists say the number of moose seems to have leveled off at about 4,000 animals for the past few years, which is less than half their historic high.
Two hundred business large and small have signed on to a new campaign to protect canoe country and its economic benefits.
Starry stonewort grows underwater and drives out native plants and fish habitat.
First-of-its-kind economic analysis found wilderness users have a significant economic impact in the region.
Events offer opportunity to learn, ask questions, and offer input to the National Park Service.
Northern Minnesota representative criticized for asking Trump to overturn Obama mining decision.
Event series includes speakers, hands-on workshops, and other ways to enjoy the snowy season.
Rep. Kurt Daudt sent a letter to President Trump asking him to overturn Obama actions on mining near the Boundary Waters.
New collection of images illustrates how scientists say climate change will affect canoe country.
Federal agencies are now accepting feedback on a proposal to prohibit mining in wilderness watershed.
Federal government plans to give the company 6,500 acres for its mine in exchange for lands elsewhere on the National Forest.
Biologists have used DNA analysis to determine that the threatened cats are more common than previously thought.
Next president could overturn a recent ruling against the proposed mine on the Superior National Forest.
‘Bear Witness” visits the adventurers throughout their journey to share and protect canoe country wilderness.
Addition of predators would seek to balance moose population and its impacts on the Lake Superior island’s ecosystem.
Decision may be fatal for copper-nickel mine proposal upstream of the Boundary Waters and mark the beginning of long-term protection of the wilderness watershed.
Visitors wishing to use two popular entry points off the Fernberg Road can apply for their chance starting Dec. 14.
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A House of Representatives subcommittee recently debated legislation to fix a national route so it follows the Arrowhead’s most famous trails.
Boundary Waters rangers had a harrowing experience during the fast-moving wildfire.
A group of physicians from Duluth and across northeastern Minnesota have written an article about the potential human health impacts of sulfide-ore mining in the state. Article explains how Twin Metals and PolyMet could expose people to contaminants, and how doctors could help.
Researchers report moose population increases in recent years after a decade of decline.
In May 2016, the Foss Lake Fire was caused by a prescribed burn that escaped due to a complex set of forces.
New video captures beautiful skies and lakes on the Canadian border.
Mining company submits long-awaited application to mine copper, nickel and other metals on the Superior National Forest.
Canoe country rookie finds wonder and solitude along the Border Route.
Paddleboarders record quirky film about traversing the Boundary Waters on popular new watercraft.
Fishery managers are seeking comments from anglers and others about revised plans for several wilderness lakes near the Gunflint Trail.
Hiking routes offer solitude and singular experiences, and opportunities to help keep them clear.
Blooms of toxin-producing plants were recently spotted in areas of Kabetogama and Rainy lakes.
The populations of most species are steady or growing, but there are a few causes for concern.
National Geographic Adventure includes the Boundary Waters gateway community on its global list.
Wilderness adventurers and advocates leave the wilderness for the first time in 366 days and quickly catch a plane to the capital.
New singletrack on the Iron Range offers opportunity to ride along the Laurentian Divide.
Lawsuit claims 50-year-old leases must be renewed automatically, despite government’s opinion that it has the right to reject them.
New data shows mixed messages about the number of visitors, changing use, and shifting demographics.
Forest Service plans four projects this fall to reduce the risk of fast-spreading natural fires.
New report finds that wolf numbers haven’t changed much since short-lived hunting seasons.
Outdoor News editor finds new growth and a lots of evidence remaining from the 140-square-mile fire.
Musicians and organization seek to inspire stewardship of the natural places where people are only visitors.
Sam Cook debates the pros and cons of finding out your phone has a signal on a remote wilderness lake.
Upcoming opportunities include events in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters.
NBC reporter travels to the Boundary Waters to interview married adventurers with two months left in their twelve-month trip.
Read the new issue of the magazine, with stories covering thousands of square miles and wide-ranging topics.
Former MPCA official writes that White Iron Chain of Lakes have few natural defenses against mine pollution.
Severe storms wreak havoc on wilderness, blocking roads and portages and harming visitors.
Bipartisan partners pen commentary for the New York Times arguing to protect the wilderness watershed.
Company seeks to use water, discharge wastewater, and use dams around its tailings basins.
The opening of the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail means it’s now possible to bike from the town to the park on designated routes.
After Brenda Halter’s recent retirement, former LaCroix District Ranger Connie Cummins has been named the new boss.
Comment period opens up for major decision about the future of Twin Metals – or its end.
Canadian pleads guilty to illegal motorized intrusion last winter.
A high school teacher who was the brother of a Minnesota Congressman died when a tree fell on him.
Forest Service offers chance for public to weigh in whether or not mines should be allowed in the wilderness watershed.
In a new series, Wilderness News dives into climate change as it relates to northern Minnesota and the Quetico Superior Region.
The federal government has agreed to consider protecting the iconic animals as their population continues to plummet.
National television program covers PolyMet proposal and opposition from environmentalists and Chippewa bands.
Old tree trunk tells story of historic land surveys conducted by the U.S. government.
Twin Metals proponents meet with elected officials to make case for copper-nickel mine proposal next to the Boundary Waters.
Foss Lake Fire was lit by Forest Service but escaped containment and has caused the closure of one wilderness entry point.
Officials seek to consolidate land ownership in the National Park Service.
Minnesota milestone finds conditions should be good for this weekend.
The 1,000-acre “Skibo Fire” is about one-fifth contained in the midst of dry, windy conditions.
A group of former staff members at Wilderness Canoe Base are preparing to embark on a 1,200-mile trip to raise funds for the camp.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking volunteers to help monitor conditions in remote wilderness lakes.
People around the perimeter, and two in the middle of it, report wind, sun, and water.
Prescribed burns this spring seek to clear rock outcrops and let fire-dependent species thrive.
Politicians trade arguments for and against controversial mine proposal next to the Boundary Waters wilderness.
Watch the Freemans’ winter routines and explain why they are spending a year in the wilderness.
IN THIS ISSUE: Climate Change in the Northwoods Part I. Something in the Water: Bent Paddle Brewing of Duluth joins the call to protect the planet’s most precious resource. Voyageurs—A Must Visit National Park: The National Park of Minnesota’s north woods celebrates the Park Service’s Centennial. Mining Update…
The work-in-progress canoe route from Thunder Bay to Manitoba crosses through Quetico country.
Adam Fetcher’s experiences in canoe country when he was younger connect to his work today at the environmentally-active outdoor company.
DNR conservation officer found group of ice fishermen with flagrant violations of wilderness and fishing regulations.
Annual “Hike Fest” features guided hikes, socializing, presentations, and much more.
Significant developments have come in a flurry recently, from federal problems for Twin Metals to news that most Minnesotans oppose mining near the Boundary Waters.
Public invited to learn about preliminary findings of study on projected climate change, effects on visitors, and how communities can adapt.
Governor of Minnesota tells Twin Metals he will block mining activity on state lands near the wilderness.
Minnesota officials declare the state’s first copper-nickel mine proposal ‘adequate’ and ready to seek permits.
Conference will bring together Sustainable recreation and strengthening economic development
Park manager has earned a reputation for working with community to promote economy and environmental protection.
Video of ice crashing on shore in Duluth has inspired wonder around the world.
Tracks frozen in slush on a wilderness lake have given the first indication that at least a couple wolves are still holding on despite a crashing population and little chance of reproduction.
In a recent article for the Star Tribune, writer Tori McCormick sums it up: “What will it take to get you outdoors and into nature? Can you be persuaded, either through a special event or an engaging social-media campaign, to visit a state or national park or hike a trail at a national wildlife refuge?…
Nature documentary follows mother moose and calf in Canada, and accompanies researchers from Grand Portage, MN.
Rural and small-town initiatives seek to improve livability and promote responsible tourism.
Researchers announce they are narrowing down the reasons that more of the state’s largest animals are dying.
Reservations can be made starting today for entry points and dates during the summer quota season.
Beaver dams are problematic for trout but serve other important purposes on Lake Superior tributaries.
Mail Run featured tight competition in the snowy forests of the Canadian border.
Conference offers opportunity for researchers working throughout the region to present about their discoveries.
Scientists are seeking to understand how much wolves depend on beaver as a food source, and how beavers protect themselves.
New research shows how humans are affecting “pristine” waters.
At the Quetico Superior Foundation (QSF), our mission is to protect the wilderness character of Minnesota’s border lakes canoe country and Ontario’s Quetico region. We do that through the publication of Wilderness News and by giving grants to non-profit organizations that share our mission. We know that leaving a lasting legacy is better done through the actions of many. Here, we pay tribute to and thank some of the organizations that have put our grants to use over the last few years…
Incorrect data led to previous predictions that groundwater would flow south.
Help with wilderness management and maintenance – and spend a few months living in canoe country.
Voyageurs National Park project explores the crucial year of 1927, when aerial photos were captured of the busy border lakes.
Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 14 on the controversial copper mine.
Busy park depends on Americans paddling across the international border.
Students experience wilderness canoeing while developing leadership skills.
Online travel guide recognized for international collaboration to build region’s brand – based on its connected stories.
Ambitious adventure is the subject of a NPR story as the canoeing couple sparks conversation on stewardship.
Wilderness Watch alleges Forest Service is allowing outfitters to exceed legal limits.
Visitor numbers are up 20 percent at the wilderness paddling park in Ontario.
Adventurers and educators embark on 365-day expedition to connect with canoe country and publicize pollution threats.
All summer long, families stream to the North Arm of Burntside Lake, outside Ely, for a week at camp. There, for the past 54 years, YMCA Camp du Nord has provided opportunities to learn about nature, do arts and crafts, play silly games, acquire skills to explore the wilderness, and have profound shared experiences. The…
Cover Story: Sigurd Olson’s Legacy Returns Home By Greg Seitz The soul of Sigurd and Elizabeth Olson lives on at their home in Ely. The soul smells of fresh-baked cookies in the kitchen. In the writing shack on the property, it smells of cedar. It sounds like a breeze rustling the tall red pines…
Award-winning science fair project explores a Wisconsin mine’s disputed legacy as PolyMet permitting approaches.
Discovery of incorrect data conflicts with assumption that contaminated discharge would flow toward Lake Superior.
Voyageurs National Park may be best known for paddling and boating, but for the hiker it offers spectacular vistas and a variety of forest scenery. The park has just launched a Hike to Health program and opened the new Rainy Lake Recreation Trail — two great reasons to plan a trip to Voyageurs…
Barney Lakner previously served prison time for his role as the ringleader of a 2007 wilderness rampage.
Authorities are concerned about a man spotted on foot deep in the wilderness.
Request seeks Endangered Species Act listing for dwindling population in Great Lakes region.
Boy survives ordeal trapped in remote rapids thanks to a complex operation by emergency responders.
Starting in September, pair plan to camp, travel, and educate from the wilderness for 12 months in an effort to help protect it.
Detailed analysis of the proposed copper-nickel mine will now be reviewed by tribes and other authorities.
Restoring an open meadow near Two Harbors has successfully preserved habitat for several species.
The massive body of water on Minnesota’s northern border is cleaner, but it keeps getting greener.
New reservation system cuts out competition and makes the watery wilderness more appealing to paddlers.
Students will travel hundreds of mile along a water trail across northwestern Ontario to publicize the ‘Path of the Paddle.’
Duluth news reporter talks with guides, outfitters, Forest Service staff, and paddlers about having a successful Boundary Waters canoe trip.
Lawsuit settlement sets stage for 50 percent reduction in harmful power plant emissions.
By Alissa Johnson Picture the Girl Scouts, and it’s likely that young girls selling cookies come to mind. And while that can be part of the experience, Northern Lakes Canoe Base is offering up a very different image of what it can mean to be a Girl Scout: girls working together to meet the challenges…
‘Before and After’ Leave No Trace – Researcher warns of increasing impacts and urges end of axe and saw culture. Camps Feature: Northern Lakes Canoe Base, where Girl Scouts go to grow, Wilderness News goes Digital, and Meet the New Quetico Park Superintendent…
Kabetogama Peninsula offers a glimmer of hope for the rapidly disappearing species.
Congresswoman announces bill to revoke federal mineral leases in Rainy River basin.
PolyMet proposal earns Lake Superior’s largest tributary an undesirable designation.
Last year saw another decline in overall numbers, as the average age of wilderness visitors continues to rise.
Sick teenager asks federal officials to prevent mining from polluting canoe country.
Get off the beaten path in the border region with the new website offering travel recommendations.
Researcher Lee Frelich says wilderness forests are being changed in several ways.
Park Service takes precautions while it seeks to understand unusual behavior.
Proposal seeks to deal with state lands locked up in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Officials get shorter towers that will meet public safety network’s needs.
Numbers relatively stable from 2014, but down significantly from a decade ago.
Canoe country gateway leads online voting in annual magazine competition.
Decision comes after eight years of legal wrangling over noise impacts on wilderness.
Mining advocates and opponents made their case to a House committee and a packed room.
New size limits meant to protect future of the fishery after several down years.
Travel permits for May – September season available this week on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The ancient species is returning, thanks to careful management and cleaner water.
The historic trail was identified in Minnesota’s Jay Cooke State Park.
Two parcels on Fall Lake have been acquired and transferred to public ownership.
Annual population survey sees sharp drop in numbers, as researchers point to several factors.
By Alissa Johnson When Laketrails campers arrive at base camp, costumed counselors greet them, singing and dancing, hooting and hollering, and banging on drums. “We’re famous for our welcomes of campers,” says executive director Sue Lemm. And it’s easy to imagine what a sight it must be, especially after the journey to get to Laketrails—simply…
Cover Story: How will proposed mining, climate change, invasive species, nutrient loading, and algal blooms change the border lakes? The Quetico-Superior region of Minnesota and Canada bring to mind lake country—a landscape characterized by glacier carved lakes filled with clear, cold and clean water. Yet the list of possible impacts on northern Minnesota water quality is long: proposed mining, climate change, invasive species, nutrient loading, and algal blooms to name just a few…
Group hopes to deliver at least 50,000 signatures urging protection of the Boundary Waters and businesses that depend on it.
After three years of contentious state management, wolves are once again protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Private property on Rainy Lake has been purchased and will be available for public use and conservation.
Dave and Amy Freeman completed their cross-country journey from the Kawishiwi River to the Potomac. Two thousand miles and a hundred days after paddling away from the Voyageur Outward Bound School on the South Kawishiwi River, adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman have made it to Washington, D.C. The pair paddled their canoe – covered in signatures – up to the dock at the Washington Canoe Club this morning in cold, wet conditions.
Watch the day go by with stunning cinematography from the shores of Brule Lake.
Lawyers square off over South Fowl trail re-route plan and whether wilderness advocates had enough opportunity to weigh in.
An ode to October in canoe country.
Minnesota man completes seven-month canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. Gary Fiedler snowshoed into Fall Lake on March 20th and exited Sunday, October 26th, spending a total of 220 nights in the wilderness.
Antofagasta will control 100 percent of the massive copper-nickel mine proposal next to the Boundary Waters.
Boundary Waters history and canoe country adventures flow together in Wilbers’ two recent books.
Get inspired by canoe country autumn splendor in these photos recently shared on social media sites. The leaves are blazing in canoe country, sunsets are spectacular, solitude is abundant. Here is a collection of photos from social media we’ve curated to celebrate this beautiful bonanza, and perhaps inspire one more canoe trip this fall:
Evaluating Minnesota’s water sulfate standard for wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reviewing its standards for protecting wild rice in Minnesota. With funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, the agency conducted a two-year study to determine how sulfate—the presence of which in water has been linked to an absence of wild rice—and other chemicals affect the health of wild rice.
The Superior National Forest wants the public’s ideas for a road network that is functional and affordable.
Responding to public comments on copper-nickel mine proposal will take time because of quantity and depth. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the agency has a big job ahead in responding to public comments on the PolyMet mining proposal’s supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Comments on the copper-nickel mine’s environmental review and a new statewide poll are helping gauge where people stand.
Rollout of reservation system continues this fall with new requirements and ability to reserve sites for next summer.
Spiny waterflea discovery is bad news for native fish and canoe country anglers.
Event will bring together educators, land managers and advocates to discuss past and future of Lake Superior wilderness areas.
In the half century since the Boundary Waters was created, people have changed more than the wilderness itself.
The Summer Issue of Wilderness News is Online – we look to the future of Minnesota’s Wild Rice, celebrate the fiftieth year of the Wilderness Act that created the BWCAW, and so much more.
Couple will paddle and sail from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. to mark wilderness’s 50th anniversary and highlight modern threats.
Study finds that copper-nickel mine next to the Boundary Waters is financially feasible.
Algae problems worsening on the big border lake, thanks to warmer weather.
Revived project faces financial and environmental challenges.
High winds cause dangerous conditions in northeast Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Mine proposal near the Boundary Waters loses significant source of funding. Chilean mining company Antofagasta PLC has declined an opportunity to take a bigger financial stake in the Twin Metals project near Ely, MN. The move means the company—which has invested more than $200 million in the joint venture so far—will pass up the chance for a controlling stake in the project, and operations will revert to junior mining company Duluth Metals.
Agency pledges to investigate emissions from coal-burning power plant in central Minnesota. Reduced visibility in federally-protected areas in northern Minnesota and Lake Superior was the subject of a legal settlement reached last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has commenced a major study of water in the region.
Heavy rainfall has raised lake levels by at least five inches, inundating homes, National Park facilities, and the beloved islands of Ernest Oberholtzer.
Wilderness Canoe Base on Seagull Lake is a formative canoe camp program with a long, storied, and challenging history.
Research attributes reductions of the toxic metal in water and fish samples to restrictions on emissions.
Rep. Nolan introduces bill to resolve long-standing issue, take advantage of existing hiking trails in northeastern Minnesota
Features about winter camping in the wilderness, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a profile of Wilderness Canoe Base, and more.
Discovery of invasive species means Superior National Forest lake 10 miles from the wilderness will be designated as infested.
Fewer moose have died this spring compared to last year, thanks to the frigid and snowy winter.