From Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman

"After traveling hundreds of portages over the last 8+ months, we have really grown to appreciate all the work that goes into maintaining the portage trails that connect this maze of lakes and rivers. This is why we are really excited about the Northwoods Volunteer Connection.

Northwoods Volunteer Connection is a new non-profit organization dedicated to preserving recreation and natural resources on public land in northeastern Minnesota through the work of volunteers. This summer, NVC is partnering with the Superior National Forest to offer volunteer opportunities inside and outside of the BWCAW. They have three, 5-6 day Wilderness projects planned where volunteers will be clearing trails and repairing portages. NVC will provide most of the equipment and tools that volunteers need and the Forest Service will oversee their work.

These are great opportunities for people to experience the Wilderness in a new way and to help preserve it for future generations. They are also organizing shorter volunteer projects throughout the summer including invasive species removal and trail clearing projects. You can find more information on their Facebook page or their website, mnnvc.org. Amy and I are hoping to help repair the boardwalk between Big Moose and Cummings Lake in September, we hope you will learn more about NVC and consider volunteering as well."

-Dave and Amy Freeman
Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the BWCAW to help protect the area
from the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.
Find the original Facebook post here.