First Comment Period on Mining Study Comes to Close

The first public comment period on the study of risks to the Boundary Waters region from sulfide-ore copper mining ended on August 17. Here’s a quick video explaining the process. Over 126,000 comments were submitted. That’s a record high level of public engagement in any environmental review process in Minnesota and […]

Fall Ranger-led Boat Tours and Programs at Voyageurs National Park

Haven’t made it up to Voyageurs yet this season? There is still time to reserve a spot to explore the waters and islands of Minnesota’s national park. Ticket sales for tour boats stop 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (877) 444-6777 or go online at […]

Kettle Falls Archeology, Part 2

By Drew LaBounty, National Park Service Read part 1 here. The second year of archeological inventory has been completed at Kettle Falls, and with it, the physical exploration of soils and artifacts. Now it is up to written history (and often living memory) to fill in the gaps. In 2015 […]

Lifespan of a Building

By Beau Readman and Catherine Crawford National Park Service Imagine you are time traveling, your destination is a sandy beach on the northeast shore of Crane Lake, Minnesota, and the time is July 1880. You will encounter a beach that is edged with a forest of pine. You may see […]

Restoring Native Plants in Voyageurs

by Claire Kissane, National Park Service This summer, Voyageurs National Park will begin removing exotic cattails and restoring natural wetlands. The invasive cattails seen throughout the park are actually hybrids of non-native narrow-leaved cattails and native broad-leaved cattail, which has out-competed both parents species, resulting in the vast majority of […]