There are two exciting events you can attend this April!

Sigurd Olson Lecture Series – April 7 – 10, 2014

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, working with Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, is pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Sigurd Olson Lecture Series, featuring Mike Clark.

Mike ClarkAs head of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition during the Clinton years, Clark led a successful decade-long effort to halt a proposed gold mine on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. The mining area has since been reclaimed by the U.S. Forest Service and a vibrant tourist economy remains intact. Clark will talk about how the campaign to stop the mine was organized, the challenges of protecting public lands when mining operations are proposed, and how public lands provide the economic engine for many rural areas adjacent to protected public lands and wilderness areas. His talk, entitled “Yellowstone: More Precious than Gold,” offers important lessons for Minnesotans who are grappling with the risks posed to wilderness from copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.

Mon, April 7
7:00 PM
Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium
St. Catherine University
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tues, April 8
9:40-11:10 AM
John Davis Auditorium
Campus Center, Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tues, April 8
7:00 PM
Expedition Room
Midwest Mountaineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wed, April 9
12:00 PM
R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences
University of Minnesota
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wed, April 9
7:00 PM
Room CL104
Vermilion Community College
Ely, Minnesota

Thurs, April 10
12:00 PM
UM-Duluth Library, 4th Floor Rotunda
University of Minnesota
Duluth

Thurs, April 10
3:00 PM
Erlenbach Hall SWEN 1004
University of Wisconsin Superior

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The Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota: Celebrating 50 YearsWildernessAct-50Years-logo-139x220
Saturday, April 26, 10:30 AM, U of Minnesota Humphrey Center – Cowles Auditorium
Outdoor Adventure Expo, Midwest Mountaineering, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join Friends Executive Director Paul Danicic and Kevin Proescholdt, Conservation Director of Wilderness Watch, for this presentation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the legislation that gave some of America’s most iconic and also most obscure natural places the highest level of protection of any landscape. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was one of the areas included in this unique and inspired legislation, though not without a major political fight and not without political compromises that would come back to haunt the canoe country later. The Wilderness Act has stirred passions and opinions well before and ever since.

This is a story about how we relate to the land and the lakes – and to each other. You and I go there seeking serenity and spiritual oneness with the reverence of a churchgoer while another may resent its very existence. Why?

With a historical perspective, a context of modern issues and even a little bit of hope for the future, we will reflect on how wilderness came to be so valued, how the Wilderness Act came to include the Boundary Waters, what threatens it now, and we’ll peer into the future to discuss the next “50 years wild”.