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Sigurd Olson Speeches

…are really fighting to preserve. Not all look to the wilderness for spiritual sustenance. Some seem to get along very well without it, finding their values in different ways. Others must know wilderness at first hand, must experience it physically, as well as spiritually. There is a great diversity in…

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Back from the Brink of Extinction

Mexican Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery

…success. The biggest concern in the 1982 Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan was how to recover a species with only a few remnant wolves in captivity. Mexican wolf recovery could not depend on natural recovery like the Great Lakes population, or reintroduction of wild wolves from other wild populations like Yellowstone…

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

…enjoyed his discussions of the spiritual values of wilderness. By this time Yvonne had typed and retyped all of the essays (she later said she and her father-in-law had some “royal battles” over punctuation) and Sigurd sent the rest of the manuscript to Rodell, saying: There are many books of…

Adrian Wydeven

Wolf Biologist Adrian Wydeven to Head Timber Wolf Alliance

…College started the Timber Wolf Alliance in 1987 with the Wisconsin DNR and other organizations to promote wolf recovery and educate people about wolves in the state. In the early 1990s, TWA expanded to promote wolf recovery into Michigan as wolves began to recolonize that state. “Wolves are still controversial…

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Doug Smith: Lessons from Yellowstone

…was established. Also, some feel it is a misrepresentation that twenty years into wolf recovery (predator recovery), Yellowstone is now “fixed.” This discussion is ongoing and is the beauty of seeking the truth—it takes a while. Nature does not give up her secrets without great effort, thought, and debate. But…

Northland College student repackage leftover food.

Students Combat Food Insecurity

…food insecurity through eliminating waste on college campuses. Since 2011, the chapters of the Food Recovery Network have recovered over two million pounds of food across the country. “The Food Recovery Network Chapter at Northland is an essential component of promoting a more sustainable and just food system in our…

Adrian Wydeven

Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator and wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven is helping provide input on a Mexican gray wolf recovery plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). He is part of a team that met near Tucson, Arizona, in December 2015 and will be meeting again in the southwest…

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Ornithologist Susan Haig pioneering voice for birds on the brink

…environmental laws in the Kingdom. Her research addresses the genetic and demographic factors needed to plan appropriate recovery actions for small populations. In graduate school, she managed to get the endangered shorebird, the piping plover, listed as endangered in Canada and led recovery teams for the piping plover for over…

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Humanities

Curious about what it means to be human? Then this one might be for you. You will focus on exploring the human condition through the ideas, artistic movements, religions, ideologies, and intellectual structures that humans use, and have used, to understand and give meaning to their world. At the heart…

Timber Wolf Alliance

At the start of the Timber Wolf Alliance, 1987, only 18 wolves were estimated to live in Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance assisting twenty-one organizations and many private individuals interested in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and…