The Quetico Superior Foundation launches a new look for the print edition of Wilderness News with the Spring 2012 Issue. We’re excited to share new feature stories, more wilderness voices, in-depth history of the border lakes region, and the objective and balanced reporting that you’ve come to rely upon in a new full color publication. We asked you what you love about Wilderness News, and the response was resounding – more stories, and more beautiful photography, and we listened!
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What’s Inside This Issue:
Feature Story: Meet the Quetico Superior Foundation–Giving All Voices A Fair Hearing
By Alissa Johnson
Ernest C. Oberholtzer: Lifetime Advocate
By Alissa Johnson
“I have never had a car or driver but have lived on a big wide-open stage and seen a whole pioneer period pass—probably the last.”– Ober, 1957
As a Harvard graduate, Ernest C. Oberholtzer wanted to write. At the age of 25, he paddled 3,000 miles in the Rainy Lake Watershed in one summer, selling his notes and photographs to the Canadian Northern Railroad. Three years later, in 1912, he paddled to Hudson Bay and back, thinking he would write about his trip and it would become his legacy.
Gray Hairs: Saving a Place for Youth in the Great Outdoors
By Cliff Jacobson, Wilderness Guide & Outdoor Writer
Last year, I presented a program for the Minnesota Canoe Association. About 150 people attended. With the exception of six teenage girls—who were there to show slides of their trip in the Boundary Waters—everyone (including me) had gray hair. Murmurs of “look at all the gray beards” bounced around the room.
The Wilderness Canvas – Insights From YMCA Camp Menogyn
By Fred Sproat
Wilderness is many different things to many different people; it can be a grocery store or a sanctuary, a playground or a classroom. It can be all of the above or something completely different. I have made the canoe country wilderness my office by turning passion into profession and working as a seasonal guide for YMCA Camp Menogyn.
Discovering the Birds of the Boundary Waters
By Julie Neitzel Carr
Before this class, my reports of the wildlife would include moose, loons, beavers, river otters and bald eagles all of which I saw while gliding across lakes in my canoe. I would even evaluate my trips based on whether or not I saw a moose. What I never did was give much attention to the lives playing out above me in the forest canopy.