Asked whether environmentalists were hurting economic development, Nolan said not at all. Cravaack criticized Nolan for opposing logging, snowmobiling and motor-boating when he voted to create the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildness in the late 1970s.
"Congressman Nolan sided essentially with the Twin City environmentalists and was actually in opposition of pro-growth, pro-economic reforms that we needed in the Northland to create jobs," Cravaack said.
Nolan said he remains proud of his BWCA vote which he suggested has created plenty of 8th District tourism jobs.
"It's one of the 10 best destination-oriented vacations in the entire world," Nolan said. "People fly in from all over America, all over the world to take advantage of that great experience." (MPR News)
I live in northern Minnesota, and to me the BWCA is a treasure. I hope it is not ever destroyed just to make some corporation wealthy.
Wilderness and other similar elements of our life in northern MN are critical to the quality of our life here in the 8th. My husband and I have our own little forest preserve and love it. We know people need jobs but fear the destruction that is likely to result from copper nickel (etc) mining.
The BWCA is a treasured ecological resource and preserve, that simultaneously generates untold revenues (and sustains untold numbers of households).
Wilderness - and environmental protections - are critical assets to not only the "quality" of life, but of life itself... for those of us living anywhere on this planet - let alone the 8th Congressional District!
Wilderness is any woods or fields in rural areas. It shouldn't be some over protected area that every regulation in a 200 mile radius is based on.-- Steve Biondich, Auora, Minn.
Mr. Nolan has shown to be farther out of touch with the Range than our former Congressman Oberstar
Tourism is important to our state's economy. I saw that dramatically when I had a small antique booth in Duluth. It is especially important to small businesses. Without the natural beauty which we have managed to preserve in many areas in Minnesota, we would have far fewer dollars in tourism. Personally, it is what I love most about Minnesota. There is nothing more satisfying to the soul than to canoe on a lake at sunset, and listen to the wail and tremolo between a pair of loons as they call to one another. Many of the most memorable times of my life have been in, summer and winter, enjoying the quiet solitude of the wilderness in northern Minnesota. I've attached a photo my husband Jerry took of me with one of my Alaskan malamutes puppies, relaxing after a run on the trails at Scenic State Park, where we saw a black wolf, crossing the frozen lake. We need the economy and the resources of the iron mines, but they are only one part of a much larger picture of what Minnesota has to offer.
I'm from Ely and I do not support the BWCA Act as it is today. I don't even like the BWCA. I think a lot of people were run out of their homes and businesses unlawfully in order to create this gov't travesty of citizens property. Why didn't the people from Minneapolis make the Brainerd area a national park and throw everyone out of that Brainerd area? Because all the bigshots have summer homes and golf courses there.
I like forests, lakes and streams. I also think forests should be harvested. Mining is very important and should not be impeded or harassed.
The BWCA should always be protected as is, and any politician who would vote to mine this pristine land does not have the interests of the majority. This chunk of land is like no other in the USA. If for no other reason, the BWCA is a recreational asset that brings many tourists dollars into that 8th district.
We can not allow industry to indiscriminately ravage our wilderness areas without government regulation and strict guidelines that will preserve what is there. Minnesota has been there. While the former open pit mining areas are now part of our "wilderness" experience on the Cuyuna Range, during the operational years there was massive destruction of habitat and environment. Nature was able to reclaim the area but that kind of ecosystem destruction should not be a part of our consideration in the future.
The Boundry Waters is a Minnesota gem. This wilderness area is a national treasure. Protecting it from development and mining is critical.
Wilderness is important, but right now the much more important priority is to work on how do we get out of this financial mess created by every politician that voted for or supported spending money we did not have since the 1960's. f the BWCA was not designated a wilderness area back then, would we have lost anything? I don't know for sure. I think it would not have changed a lot. It probably wouldn't have all the "McMansion" cabins just outside of it's borders as it does today. It probably would not have as much tourism traffic as it does today. It probably would be similar today, as it was back in the 30's and it might have a few more mining interests possibly and possibly a few more fishing and hunting resorts and less government workers and more private sector workers.
The BWCA is a treasure that has not only been good for the environment, but has also benefitted the state in terms of tourism dollars. We cannot as a people continue to focus on short term economic and monetary goals at the expense of the planet. Certainly the people's needs on the Iron Range are as important as anyone else in the state. But economic needs must not take precedence over the reality that mankind is ravaging the planet. Other means-more earth-friendly means-must be sought to fulfill those needs.
I live in the Lutsen area. I love the peace and solitude of the north woods of Minnesota and am thankful we are protecting the BWCA for our generation and the generations that will follow.-- Jan Morris, Lutsen, Minn. Photo also by Jan Morris
Mining and logging are important, but the wilderness could take generations to repair damage that those industries could do in days. We cannot take a short-sighted view of the issues surrounding the BWCAW.
Wild places are disappearing at a rapid rate. Children are losing touch with the great outdoors. Politicians must be advocates for what the majority of people who appreciate our natural resources.
The day the restrictions took effect my trips to the area came to an end. My physical restrictions prevented any further trips.
I agree with Chip Cravaack. Rick Nolan was a co-sponsor of the '78 BWCA Wilderness Act along with Phil Burton and Bruce Vento. Nolan sided with the Friends of the Boundary Waters and went against Jim Oberstar. The promises of Hubert Humphrey of continued motorboats, snowmobiles and logging in the area were broken without an EIS. Boundaries were draw specifically to irritate the local people buy having the line run through the middle of lakes rather than to the first portage.
Wilderness is an area that is biologically in tact with sparse human occupation. Federal control of northern CD8 lands has ended up being a net negative factor for the economic welfare of the district. Management policy has evolved to a preservationist paradigm.
All counties of the northern 8th CD now have household incomes of from $10,000 to $17,000 below state Average and population stagnation or loss.
Wilderness, to me, means absence of noisy, high powered motorboats, such as those required to waterski, etc., and noisy small individual watercraft. There is nothing wrong with a quiet little boat putt-putting across a lake. To completely eliminate all motors is to prevent the less able-bodied to enjoy the area. In this respect, "wilderness" is an obstacle to a good portion of the populace, who are prevented from using the area because of age and/or disability. Such discrimination would not be tolerated in any other aspect of our lives.
The BWCAis why I love living in the 8th District so much. Cravaack does not live in what most people would consider "The Arrowhead" and so how could he possibly have a viable opinion.
Chipper is pandering to the folks up here and using their general distrust of the "citiots" as they are known. Things are fine just the way they are. That fight was over a long time ago.
What most people love about northern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters area is the beauty of the lakes, regardless of how one feels about the BWCAW Act. It is the same thing that I loved about my great uncle's resort on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. In my lifetime the overwhelming natural beauty of Whitefish is gone, just as his resort is gone. It was lost to overdevelopment. Some may say it is still lovely, because they did not know it as it was; most will not remember how people's homes and cabins blended in and were secondary to their surroundings. When what you saw first were the lakes and trees and sandy beaches. No more.
Wilderness is where I can experience Nature, without mechanical sounds or sights.
Sulfide mining is an unknown - it has never, ever, anywhere (lest I repeat myself) been done in wetlands without polluting. And the recent increase in holdings by Glencore of Polymet does not bode well for workers rights nor protection of the environment - Glencore has a terrible reputation internationally. Need I say more?