July 16, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Meetings are at the Grand Ely Lodge at noon on Tuesdays. More information will be available closer to the meeting dates.
Just a short update on our Bruce Andersons presentation this coming Tuesday..
The Loss of Wildlands At the National and Minnesota Scales Since European Settlement
The disappearance of wildlands in the lower 48 states particularly pristine, unmodified Wildlands has been drastic. Since the mid- 17th century unspoiled wildlands have declined by 92% or 1.8 billion acres.
For Minnesota, the loss of our wildland heritage has been no less alarming. Since pre-settlement the state’s original wildlands have waned from about 51 million acres to 3 million acres today; a 95% loss.
Within 20 years, assuming current rates of wildland loss continue, up to 99% of our original wild heritage could be gone indefinitely. When viewed in the context of wildland acres per person, pristine wildlands have declined from 383 wildland acres per person pre-European settlement to .5 acres per person today; a 99.9% decline.
This presentation attempts to capture the magnitude of this loss at the national and Minnesota scales, during five time periods; pre-settlement, 1900, 1964, current day and 2030. The role of disturbance factors such as logging, agriculture, mining, grazing, energy development, motorized recreation, urban and rural residential sprawl and invasive species are evaluated for each time period.
Location: Grand Ely Lodge
400 N Pioneer Road, Ely, MN, 55731