Yearly Archives: 2015

Why Do We Return to Wilderness? Wilderness News Fall-Winter 2015

Why Do We Return to Wilderness? Wilderness News Fall-Winter 2015

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…Continue Reading

Wild Minds: Scientists Study the Boundary Waters Brain

Wild Minds: Scientists Study the Boundary Waters Brain

by Greg Seitz Does your brain work better in the Boundary Waters? Paddlers have been pondering the profound psychological shifts that take place in the wilderness for as long as humans have been seeking refuge there from the hectic modern world. Now, a researcher from Nebraska has shown that creativity and other cognitive abilities skyrocket…

Poem: Listening by Larry Christianson

LISTENING . . . Listening . . . to wilderness wind sweeping through forest and across water, speaking with wisdom for all who pause. In the distracting clamor of modern life, and the numbing noise of busyness. Listening . . . to inner voices struggling to break free of new anxieties and old burdens, whispering…

Why Do We Return to Wilderness? Thoughts From Our Readers

Why Do We Return to Wilderness? Thoughts From Our Readers

  “On my early trips it used to take several days for the wilderness to “sink in”; now I find myself immersed almost immediately. I think it is because it is now a comfortable place for me. In my memories I can’t capture this feeling, contentment, and peace of mind. I can’t even describe it.…

Creating a Legacy: The Quetico Superior Foundation Grant Program

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…

YMCA Camp du Nord: The Family That Goes to Camp Together, Stays Together

YMCA Camp du Nord: The Family That Goes to Camp Together, Stays Together

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…

Securing Sig’s Legacy, Mining Updates, Wilderness News Summer 2015

Securing Sig’s Legacy, Mining Updates, Wilderness News Summer 2015

  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…

A Winter Wolf Story

A Winter Wolf Story

by Paul Schurke Ask most of us dogsledders and skiers about what we find so compelling about the Quetico Superior country in the snow season, and the answer is often the same: the wilderness is somehow wilder in winter. Visitors are certainly less evident. Of the quarter million trekkers who visit the region annually, less…

BOOK REVIEW North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast

BOOK REVIEW North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast

By Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer Published by University of Minnesota Press Reviewed by Stephanie Hemphill A book of more than 500 pages invites comparison to the Bible. North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast is like a bible in some ways: it is vast in scope, thought-provoking, and poetic in places. It…

Cultivating Stewardship in Northern Minnesota

Cultivating Stewardship in Northern Minnesota

By Alissa Johnson A new program in northern Minnesota aims to connect people with a passion for the northwoods with opportunities to take care of the places they love, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A volunteer board of directors has been working with input from Forest Service liaisons to create a nonprofit organization…

Sigurd Olson’s Legacy Returns Home

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 Sig planted as seedlings, of croaking ravens and…

Hiking Voyageurs National Park

Hiking Voyageurs National Park

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…Continue Reading

Northern Lakes Canoe Base

Northern Lakes Canoe Base

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…

Quetico Superior Foundation Board Member Profile: Emilie Hitch

Quetico Superior Foundation Board Member Profile: Emilie Hitch

Board member since 2010 Please tell us what your involvement with the Quetico Superior Foundation mean to you: Being involved with the QSF means a few things to me. First, it means that I am a part of a community of people who share my belief that protecting the wilderness is important. Secondly, it means…

Laketrails Base Camp

Laketrails Base Camp

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…

State of the Boundary Waters and Paddling to DC – Wilderness News Fall Winter Issue

State of the Boundary Waters and Paddling to DC – Wilderness News Fall Winter Issue

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…Continue Reading

State of the Boundary Waters

State of the Boundary Waters

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. In some places, like Lake of the Woods, evidence suggests that changes are already under way. Continue Reading

Paddle to D.C. Ely Adventurers’ Latest Expedition Carries Concerns About Mining

Paddle to D.C. Ely Adventurers’ Latest Expedition Carries Concerns About Mining

This epic expedition was inspired by what the Freemans see as an existential threat to a national treasure: mining. “The Boundary Waters is our nation’s most popular wilderness area, it receives a quarter million visitors per year. Every year I guide people in the Boundary Waters from Texas and California and all across the country. We need to make sure people all across the country understand how special the Boundary Waters is and understand the threats it faces.Continue Reading

Paddling on Route 66

Paddling on Route 66

by Larry Christianson Paddling season arrived for me with great personal meaning as this is the time where I planned to catch up to my age in the sense of arriving in autumn at boundary waters canoe trip number 66 at age 66. A long-term goal that has been lurking out there on my life…

Quetico Superior Foundation Board Member Profile: Dodd Cosgrove

Board member since… “It has been long enough that I have lost track. I would guess at least twenty years.”   Please tell us what your involvement with the Quetico Superior Foundation means to you: Beginning with a trip to Trout Lake a month before the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, I have travelled…

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