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Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear

It’s Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday today! There’s no better place to celebrate than in the Boundary Waters. Just be sure to hang the leftover cake from a tree limb so his black bear friends don’t eat all of the frosting

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BWCA Permit Lottery Again?

In my mind it’s doubtful the USFS will reinstate the lottery system for Boundary Waters permits but I guess you never know. Here’s a recent article about the lottery and what local politicians are attempting. BWCA permits could be handed

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More Meteor Viewing in the BWCA

The Dark Sky Caravan is coming to Cook County again this summer.  Why does it visit us so frequently? We have very little light pollution with the darkest skies around. Perseid meteors 2019: All you need to know Posted by

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Loons and West Nile Virus

Here’s a press release from the DNR regarding loons. West Nile virus impacting Minnesota loon population A recent uptick in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus (WNV), according to nongame wildlife staff

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Saganaga Fire across the border from the BWCA

There have been a few small fires  in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and across the border on Saganaga Lake recently. One potentially dangerous wildfire was prevented by a group of homeowners and volunteers in the Northeast Arm of

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Watch the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower in the Boundary Waters

This year may just be a great year to watch the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower because it will be happening during our new moon. Against the dark sky of a moonless night meteors are much easier to see. Here’s some

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Small fire in Daniels Lake in the BWCAW

Hopefully the rain we received along with the storm on Friday will lessen the fire danger in the BWCAW.  Until then everyone should use caution with campfires and make sure they are dead out before leaving even if it’s just

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Thunder Roars, Head Indoors

I heard the title of this blog just recently and it makes sense. With the increasing intensity of storms in our neck of the woods it is good advice, except when you’re out in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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A tough winter on trees

Winter drying injury on evergreens in northern Minnesota By Megan O’Neil, Northwest Region forest health specialist When the snow finally started to melt after this year’s long winter, many northern Minnesota residents noticed their evergreens showed signs of winter drying

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Centennial Hiking Trail on the Gunflint Trail

Someone recently asked me about the Paulsen Mine and I came across a blog post of mine from November of 2009! What, 2009? How can it have been that long ago already? Well, just in case you’re interested, here it

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