Public comments are currently being accepted on a document to guide the next two decades of the Ontario canoe wilderness.
Public comments are currently being accepted on a document to guide the next two decades of the Ontario canoe wilderness.
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.
Help the National Park Service and its partners develop a shared park vision and priorities.
Events offer opportunity to learn, ask questions, and offer input to the National Park Service.
Addition of predators would seek to balance moose population and its impacts on the Lake Superior island’s ecosystem.
In May 2016, the Foss Lake Fire was caused by a prescribed burn that escaped due to a complex set of forces.
The populations of most species are steady or growing, but there are a few causes for concern.
Forest Service plans four projects this fall to reduce the risk of fast-spreading natural fires.
Upcoming opportunities include events in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters.
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.
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.
Prescribed burns this spring seek to clear rock outcrops and let fire-dependent species thrive.
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.
Park manager has earned a reputation for working with community to promote economy and environmental protection.
Scientists are seeking to understand how much wolves depend on beaver as a food source, and how beavers protect themselves.
Help with wilderness management and maintenance – and spend a few months living in canoe country.
Busy park depends on Americans paddling across the international border.
Visitor numbers are up 20 percent at the wilderness paddling park in Ontario.
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…
Restoring an open meadow near Two Harbors has successfully preserved habitat for several species.
New reservation system cuts out competition and makes the watery wilderness more appealing to paddlers.
Kabetogama Peninsula offers a glimmer of hope for the rapidly disappearing species.
Last year saw another decline in overall numbers, as the average age of wilderness visitors continues to rise.
Proposal seeks to deal with state lands locked up in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Travel permits for May – September season available this week on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Private property on Rainy Lake has been purchased and will be available for public use and conservation.
The Superior National Forest wants the public’s ideas for a road network that is functional and affordable.
Rollout of reservation system continues this fall with new requirements and ability to reserve sites for next summer.
Event will bring together educators, land managers and advocates to discuss past and future of Lake Superior wilderness areas.
Trevor Gibbs has taken over leadership at the park, saying he understands “Quetico is a special place.”
National Park Service will undertake a broad planning process but no new wolves will be brought to the island to supplement a declining population at this time.
Campsites will no longer be first-come, first-serve after a phased roll-out is completed next year.
Richard Periman, who has been named as Deputy Director of the Superior National Forest, has lengthy qualifications in understanding the relationship between humans and the environment. That includes a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of New Mexico, and a grandfather who worked as a seasonal Forest Service firefighter. Periman’s family ranch…
Hearings this month will offer information and ask for feedback about how to respond to the decline of the island’s wolf population.
Starting in 2014, it will be possible to reserve some campsites in Voyageurs National Park. Previously, all sites in the park were available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The new system is the result of a three-year public engagement process. Reservations for all campsites in the park will be phased in over the next few…
Three scientists have published an op-ed in the New York Times calling for the National Park Service to not let Isle Royale’s wolf population disappear. There are now so few wolves on the remote Lake Superior island that there are questions about whether or not there is enough genetic diversity, and even enough females, to naturally survive. Wild vs.…
The South Kawishiwi River, which flows into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, has been named one of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers” as a result of the Twin Metals mine proposal and other mineral exploration nearby. The annual report by American Rivers, a national organization which works to protect and restore the nation’s rivers, highlights…
The Forest Service is considering closing the 30-mile Pow Wow Trail through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, but one group of hikers is hoping to prevent that.
Last spring, representative Chip Cravaack introduced federal legislation to exchange 86,000 acres of state lands embedded inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for an equal amount of federal land outside the wilderness.
This September, get an inside look at Minnesota’s only National Park and help park rangers complete important conservation projects. Voyageur’s National Park is hosting its 2012 Volunteer Rendezvous on September 7 and 8, and nature lovers of all ages are invited to sign up for one or both days.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house Friday to gather public input on development plans for Lake Vermilion State Park.
An internal U. S. Forest Service review of management of the Pagami Creek Fire supports the decision-making and actions of officials charged with fighting the 93,000-acre blaze.
Superior National Forest officials lifted a ban on campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness today.
Most areas in the Boundary Waters burned in last fall’s Pagami Creek fire will reopen to the public starting today, the U.S. Forest Service has announced.
Brenda Halter has been named the new supervisor of the Superior National Forest, replacing Jim Sanders, who retired from the position in December.
Officials at Isle Royale National Park are considering options to address the decline in the population of wolves on the Lake Superior island.
Researchers fear wolves could become extinct on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale in a matter of years now that their population numbers only nine animals.
As many as 76 campsites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness could remain closed at the start of the paddling season due to the effects of last fall’s Pagami Creek Fire.
Robin Reilly, the superintendent at Quetico Provincial Park since 2001, is leaving his position to become the superintendent of Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will take over management of the state’s wolf population on January 27. The new plan will allow wolves to be killed to protect livestock and other animals, and a hunting season is under development.
The Forest Service has lowered quotas for six entry points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) as a result of damage caused by the Pagami Creek Wildfire.
The warm, largely snow-less winter is keeping officials at Voyageurs National Park from opening many seasonal snowmobile and cross-country ski trails in the park.
The Minnesota state parks’ on-line reservation system will be shut down from December 27, 2011 until February 29, 2012 for an upgrade and a change in providers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.
After a second day in which weather conditions allowed a growing team of firefighters to hold ground against the fire burning in the Boundary Waters, frustration over the Forest Service’s initial response to the blaze has flared.
Four developed campsites and four undeveloped areas in Voyageurs National Park that were off-limits due to bald eagles nesting have been re-opened, the Park announced recently.
Voyageurs National Park announced the closure of four developed campsites and four undeveloped areas due to the presence of active bald eagle nests.
In a move that reflects the warmed relations between Voyageurs National Park and its gateway community, park officials are set to move their headquarters to a new complex leased from the city of International Falls.
A disease responsible for the death of more than a million North American bats is a cause of concern for managers of Soudan Mine Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.
Ontario Parks has launched a real-time, online system which will allow visitors to reserve specific campsite or yurts with a few clicks of their computer and a valid credit card.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two public open houses to solicit public comment on the draft master plan for the Vermilion and Soudan Underground Mine State Parks.
The initial public comment period for proposed changes to the Quetico Provincial Park management plan will close on Friday. Park managers are considering designated campsites and defined travel routes in the park as well as commercial dog-sledding operations and the development of a long-distance hiking trail.
The in-depth survey that National Forests undertake every five years to track visitor numbers and recreation trends is about to commence in the Superior National Forest.
The initial opportunity for public input for Lake Vermilion State Park’s master plan will end on September 30, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding citizens.
Proposals for changes to Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park’s management plan — possibly including designated campsites and defined travel routes — are in the public comment stage until mid-October. Park managers are also considering development of a long-distance hiking trail in the park as well as authorizing commercial dog-sledding operations.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as part of its Lake Vermilion State Park planning process. The DNR is asking citizens to respond to a short questionnaire on its web-site this month.
Minnesota’s National Park Legacy, a film made in collaboration with Voyageurs National Park Association and the state’s seven National Park units and produced in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television has been nominated for an Midwest Regional Emmy Award.
Three campsites in Voyageurs National Park that were off-limits due to blad eagles nesting in close proximity have been re-opened, the Park announced recently.
A Depression-era complex of log and stone cabins near Ely may be razed by the U.S. Forest Service, contending that while they may have historical significance, the buildings are too expensive to maintain. The Kawishiwi Laboratory and Forest Research Center is known to some for pioneering research on wolves and bears. Several of the property’s…
Voyageurs National Park announced the closure of three developed campsites and three undeveloped areas due to the presence of active bald eagle nests. The restrictions come under the auspices of the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Management Act.
A combination of challenges threaten Minnesota’s sensitive moose populations – warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased varieties of diseases and parasites, and changes in predator populations. Are we watching the end of moose in Minnesota?
The public is invited to attend one of two forums to learn about and comment on the Park’s proposed fee and reservation system for interior lake campsites and boat rentals on the Kabetogama Peninsula as well as fees for tour boat programs. Voyageurs National Park Superintendent Mike Ward will host a presentation about the proposed changes, and will open the floor to public comments and questions…
Officials from Quetico Provincial Park and the town of Atikokan are considering a plan to move the Ontario park’s headquarters to Atikokan’s Main Street. Currently, the park headquarters are located in the Ontario government offices on the edge of town.
Prescribed burns planned for the Gunflint Ranger District in September were canceled due to budget short falls, but continued fuel reduction in the blowdown is planned – weather permitting.
With National Parks getting a lot of attention these days, Minnesota Public Radio took a close look at the past, present, and future of Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota’s only National Park.
The Bell Museum of Natural History hosts the premier of Twin Cities Public Television’s “Minnesota’s National Park Legacy” this Thursday, September 24th. Join the film’s producer and National Park Superintendents to be among the first to view the film.
Volunteers met at Voyageurs National Park last weekend, September 11 – 13, to plant native trees and wildflowers and restore disturbed shoreline within the Park. Part of the Fall 2009 Volunteer Rendezvous, they are part of a growing effort by Voyageurs National Park Association and friends and supporters of the park to contribute to a healthy and vital park and community.
As Voyageurs National Park reopens eagle nesting sites closed to visitor use, the park reports a general increase in successful breeding and the overall health of the VNP eagle population.
Voyageurs National Park officials plan to burn an area on Tar Point near Blind Indian Narrows in Namakan Lake Thursday. The burn is intended to help determine what effect fire has on archeological artifacts and help determine the effects of fire on vegetation.
Mark Hummel has been named the Superior National Forest’s new Deputy Forest Supervisor. Hummel comes to the Superior National Forest after working in Alaska and Nevada.
Grand Portage State Park will only be open on weekends until mid-August, due to site preparation work for a new 5800 square foot visitor center. The park will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, but parking will be limited.
A law passed in May that will allow loaded firearms in Voyageurs and other national parks is not in effect yet. That’s the message Voyaguers officials are spreading, noting that the law doesn’t take effect until February 22, 2010.
An on-going study of cormorants on Rainy Lake will include increased attention on birds dwelling on the Canadian side of the international water-body this summer. Cormorants have been a lightening-rod species among some anglers who fear the birds are impacting game-fish populations
Voyageurs National Park will use $230,000 in federal stimulus funding to rehabilitate campsites over the next two years. The money appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support work on some 38 campsites in the park.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the State of Minnesota looked for ways to sweeten the deal for U.S. Steel to sell land to the state for a state park on Lake Vermilion. The paper questions whether laws were skirted to procure land for the park strongly supported by Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Rainy weather has confounded Voyageurs National Park’s efforts to conduct four prescribed burns this spring to further pine and oak regeneration in the International Falls-area park. While the window for spring burning may have passed, burning during the summer months is still a possibility.
A new bill will allow park visitors to carry loaded rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons in National Parks, including Voyageurs National Park in International Falls.
The US Forest Service recently released its Superior National Forest Prescribed Burn plan for 2009, including several locations in the Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts.
According to a Voyageurs National Park press release, a recent survey of the park’s moose population revealted that it is holding steady. The aerial survey sited 45 moose–a pleasant surprise for park officials given the decline of other moose populations acrosss northeastern Minnesota and southern Ontario.
On the thirtieth anniversary of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1978, Wilderness News set out to assess the current state of the wilderness and its management. We uncovered a transformation in the challenges facing the region. Where issues like motor use once topped management concerns, they are giving way to increasingly complex challenges that defy man-made boundaries and may have significant implications for how we think about — and manage — the Boundary Waters.