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Recap of the 2018 Annual Gathering

A hearty thank you to all who attended our Annual Gathering on Friday, September 28.

And if you were not able to make it, thank you for all your support.

As both a toast to the wilderness and a celebration the 40thanniversary of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act, the evening was a reminder that the future of our public lands, and of those lakes we love so much, depends on individuals like yourself.

The dinner began with reading a welcoming letter from President Jimmy Carter, who signed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act in 1978. Following this was a video greeting from Vice President Walter Mondale.

Truly, it was an honor to hear from these champions of wilderness.

At the dinner, Chris Knopf, the executive director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, outlined our vision of a protected wilderness, open to people from all social and economic background, with strong, economically healthy communities at the gateway.  

In addition to this vision, we were honored to hear Congresswoman Betty McCollum give an inspiring speech about what a rare and unique treasure the Boundary Waters is, and how the threat to these waters needs to be a national concern.

The group, Women on Wheels for Wild Lands, spoke about their journey, and their advocacy work, at the Annual Gathering

From the group of young women who spoke about their adventures biking across the United States to advocate for public lands, to honoring Don Fraser, who was instrumental in making the Boundary Waters a federally protected Wilderness Area, it was an inspiring evening and a reminder that the current health of our wilderness and its future, depends on people like you.

Once again, thank you!