I have decided to start a blog for the Gunflint Ranger District. My hopes are to share information with residents of Cook County as well as those who follow the things we’re doing up here. I will certainly welcome thoughts and comments on things we’re doing or general thought folks might have on National Forest Management. I only ask that comments are respectful.
This weekend we’re preparing for Gunflint Greenup, actually I guess I should say that preparations are complete and we’ll be celebrating Gunflint Greenup and looking forward to a little better weather than we had last year. Once again, I have nothing but high praise and thanks to the team who pulls this together. Our local paper covered the story, but I thought I’d repeat the exciting news that the Greenup committee was recognized both by our Regional Forester for an Honor Award and by the Minnesota Office of Tourism for a Sustainability Award. Way to go team!!
Another partnership that deserves mentioning is the Becoming a Boundary Waters Family program that was started last year by the Gunflint Trail Outfitters. This year we were able to form a partnership with the Outfitters where we can work together to invite our urban friends to come up and learn what the northwoods is all about. A series of workshops will be held at various locations where families can come and learn techniques of camping, outdoor cooking, canoeing and in general how to be comfortable visiting our National Forest. My greatest thanks goes to the Outfitters who came up with the idea and allowed the Gunflint Ranger District to be a part of this program.
I’m keeping this first blog somewhat short because the challenge of my schedule is pushing me to the next item that needs to be done. However with this entry blog, I want to welcome all who read and all who wish to share thoughts. I’ll do my best to keep the postings current on things we’re working on and items that you might be interested in knowing.