Protection & Stewardship

In 1975, Voyageurs National Park Association helped establish Minnesota’s national park so that the lands, waters, history and wild nature of Voyageurs are protected for present and future generations.

To continue to support the protection and ongoing stewardship of Voyageurs, with the help of our donors and partners, Voyageurs National Park Association:

  • Provided partial funding support in 2016 to launch a multi-year wetland restoration initiative. The first few years will entail park biologists testing and evaluating the best ways to remove invasive cattails taking over critical wetland habitat throughout the park.
  • Supports land conservation efforts by purchasing land within the boundaries of the park from willing sellers. We’ve conserved an additional 73 acres of land inside the park.
  • Serves as a voice for the park with our elected officials. VNPA staff travel to Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress, and work with partners to host an annual Minnesota National Parks Congressional Briefing event in the Twin Cities. We also advocate for sustainable funding for Voyageurs, the National Park Service as a whole, and the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
  • Monitors and advocates against outside threats to the park’s waters, lands, night skies, and wildlife. Recently we worked with the National Parks Conservation Association to fund a sulfide mine development hydrology report and we partner with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and other to gather public input for a Forest Service comment period. Click here to submit you comments or here to learn about upcoming listening sessions.

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