Monthly Archives: December 2012

Increased Protection for Moose Does Not End Hunting

The Department of Natural Resources’s recent announcement that the moose will be listed as a “species of special concern” comes with a certain irony: the lowest designation on the Endangered Species List does not limit hunting of the animal. According to the Regional Roundup at the Pilot Independent, moose hunting will only be impacted if…

New Sled Dog Race Comes with $25,000 Purse

A new three-day sled dog race aims to highlight northern Minnesota’s sled dog heritage next month. Racers will depart from Grand Portage on Sunday, January 6, and return on Monday January 8 after visiting Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. According to an article in the Duluth News Tribune, organizers wanted to unite different communities…

Abandon Camp!

Abandon Camp!

  By Larry Christianson “Abandon Camp” and “Pagami Creek Fire” entered our boundary waters lingo in a sudden and dramatic escape from a fast spreading forest fire. But first . . . the rest of the story, beginning with extra care in planning for what was to be our longest canoe trip yet. Pushing beyond…

The 1999 Blowdown and Forest Management Practices Impacts the Pagami Creek Fire

The 1999 Blowdown and Forest Management Practices Impacts the Pagami Creek Fire

By Charlie Mahler Natural fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – those started by lightning rather than, say, by careless campers – provide opportunities and risks for the managers of the BWCAW and the surrounding Superior National Forest. Since the Forest Service doesn’t set fires in the wilderness for ecological purposes, natural fires…

St. Louis County Board Favors BWCAW Land Swap

U.S. Representative-elect Rick Nolan may have gone on record saying the BWCAW Land Swap probably wouldn’t see traction this year, but this month the St. Louis County Board passed a resolution in favor of the swap anyway. According to an article on Northland’s Newscenter, the board voted 5 to 1 in support of the state law…

Moose Targeted for Extra Protection

Minnesota’s moose population has dropped by about half since 2005–a rate of decline that could lead to the animal disappearing from the state in 20 years. That’s earned the moose on a list of 591 animals, plants and insects deemed “species of special concern.” According to an article in the Star Tribune, it’s a potential…

Tim Heinle

Camp Kooch-i-ching Director  and Alumnus Tim Heinle is in his early 70s, but he still has vivid memories of his first trip to Camp Kooch-i-ching on Rainy Lake. He spent eight weeks there when he was ten years old and went on his first canoe trip. It rained about five out of the six nights…

Meet Dyke Williams

Please tell us what your involvement with the Questico Superior Foundation means to you: I’ve been on the Board of the Quetico Superior Foundation for several years, including being one of the “Group of 15” that founded Heart of the Continent Partnership, manager of the White Pine Initiative, a member of the International Community Congress…

Surf’s Up On Lake Superior

Surf’s Up On Lake Superior

A new group of outdoor enthusiasts is becoming a force for good on the North Shore—one that might be surprising to fans of traditional wilderness travel. Surfing is a growing presence in northern Minnesota, and surfers have become a voice for everything from beach cleanups to mindful beach development. Here, Wilderness News takes a closer look at this relatively new way to enjoy the pristine nature of Minnesota’s North Shore.Continue Reading

Meet Aaron Brown, Iron Range author, college instructor, and radio show host

Home: The woods of Itasca County outside of Hibbing, MN Book: Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range (2008) Radio Show: Great Northern Radio Show In a Nutshell: Aaron Brown could easily be dubbed the Garrison Keillor of the north. He possesses a keen eye for the attributes that make Minnesotans Minnesotan—specifically, Iron Rangers. His…

The Camping and Education Foundation: Camp Kooch-i-ching and Ogiche Daa Kwe

The Camping and Education Foundation Home to Camp Kooch-i-ching and Ogiche Daa Kwe by Alissa Johnson In 2005, Camp Ogiche Daa Kwe opened its doors for its first official session: 14 counselors-in-training and 10 staff welcomed 24 campers. It was an historic moment, five years in the making and in some ways, the culmination of…

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