Category Archives: Wilderness Voices

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…

Fostering Growth and Sparking Curiosity in Youth

Fostering Growth and Sparking Curiosity in Youth

By Adam Maxwell During the summer of 2013, I spent my time leading wilderness trips for Camp Lincoln in Brainerd, Minnesota. Camp Lincoln is one of the oldest traditional summer camps in Minnesota. It hosts over four hundred campers each season, with campers generally staying at camp for a four week session. Some of the…

Meet Board Member Nell Smith

Meet Board Member Nell Smith

Board member since 2007 Please tell us what your involvement with the Quetico Superior Foundation means to you: Taking care of our environment is critical to our and our children’s future. Preserving the Quetico-Superior region wilderness provides a unique opportunity for people to connect with the natural world and the not-too-distant past when our country…

Reflecting on the Wilderness Act

Reflecting on the Wilderness Act

By Alissa Johnson When I was a kid, paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with my family, I didn’t realize that the final word in its name had only been added in 1978—the same year I was born. Nor did I realize that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1978 was preceded…

Meet Stewart Crosby

Board member since 2004 Please tell us what your involvement with the Quetico Superior Foundation means to you: The Quetico-Superior region is a unique landscape that I have enjoyed visiting all my life. I’ve lived in other parts of the country and that’s made me realize how special the boundary lakes region is and how…

Meet Erik Simula, Birch Bark Canoe Builder

  By Alissa Johnson For twenty years, Erik Simula has lived almost exclusively off the grid near the Minnesota and Canadian border. He hasn’t had a refrigerator or a freezer, and bringing home the groceries has meant using a team of sled dogs to haul them over snow. “For most of my life, I could…

Meet Shelby Gonzales

Iron Range writer and marketing professional Home: Grand Marais Occupation: Marketing Manager at the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau and Outdoor Writer Radio Feature: “Out There” on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio In a Nutshell: Shelby Gonzalez grew up in South Minneapolis, a self-described “indoorsy type”. Her mom bribed her to play outside: two hours outdoors…

Meghan Cosgrove

Board member since May 2012 Please tell us what your involvement with the Quetico Superior Foundation means to you: Some of my most formative experiences growing up came from canoe trips in the Quetico-Superior region. By working with the Foundation and the grant program, I hope to not only help protect the region but also…

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