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Minnesota Wilderness - Enjoy, Protect

July 18, 2007

Tens of thousands of Minnesotans will head to their favorite wilderness, such as the Boundary Waters, during summer's remaining six weeks. And, Jennifer Schmidt with the Campaign for America's Wilderness has a tip -- enjoy, but protect. Preserve, travel light and pick up after yourself.

“How can we best leave a 'light footprint' on these wonderful, wild landscapes? Well, certainly, entering them as Mother Nature intended, on foot, on horseback, by canoe, and by leaving our cars and trash behind us and going in and experiencing the beauty and the quite and solitude of America's wilderness areas.”

Schmidt says we also need to protect more areas for future generations. Because, once they're gone, they're gone for good.

Schmidt says Minnesota has reason to be proud of how it has protected its wildlands and natural areas, because they're part of our legacy and future. But, they're always at risk.

“Every day, we're seeing more and more development with more shopping centers and new highways. We're seeing more of our wild areas disappearing like snow cones on a hot summer day. What we need to do is protect more of our wildlands. To protect more of these beautiful, wonderful quiet places where we can take our families, and enjoy its experience out in nature. This experience is becoming rarer, so it's important that citizens protect areas in the Superior Natural Forest and elsewhere in the state of Minnesota, because it's going to have a legacy for our kids.”

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Jim Wishner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - MN