Wilderness News Spring 2008 Issue


The Spring 2008 Issue of Wilderness News is online and in the mail, download a PDF HERE >








Highlights include:


Summer sunrise; Voyageurs National Park. Photo by Mary E. Lysne.

Sunnier Days on Rainy Lake

There is peace – or at least a cease-fire – in one of Minnesota’s longest-lived environmental and land-use conflicts. Leaders from Voyageurs National Park and the city of International Falls, two entities at odds with one-another since Minnesota’s only National Park was established in 1971, are not only talking politely and genuinely to each other, but also making plans to partner for the long-term. MORE >

Jack Rajala. Photo by John Connelly.

A Man of the Trees

Jack Rajala has spent most of his life in the forest. He is well known in Minnesota forestry circles as an advocate for white pine restoration and as part of Rajala Companies, his family’s business that has logged and milled timber in Itasca County for more than a hundred years. MORE >

2008 Brings Few Changes to BWCAW and Quetico Park Permits

For those planning trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park, 2008 brings the 30th anniversary of the BWCAW and new fishing regulations to the Quetico. The camping fees for both parks have changed, but the permitting process remains the same. MORE >

Looking Ahead to the Gunflint Green Up

In the coming weeks spring will make itself known, and residents of the Gunflint Trail area will be watching especially closely for what green things will sprout up. After last year’s Ham Lake fire, which burned 75,000 acres of Superior National Forest and Ontario, the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee organized a weekend of planting to give the forest a boost towards recovery. Fire plays an important role in forest ecology, but today this northern forest faces significant challenges when regenerating. MORE >

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