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TWA Responds to State Bill 602/AB712

…because it would fail to demonstrate that Wisconsin is prepared to assume stewardship of the wolf population. In addition, Wisconsin’s U.S. senators and many of our representatives have already expressed public support for delisting. Research conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources demonstrated that citizens of Wisconsin support a…


SONWA Book Awards

…award is presented annually to an author whose book best captures the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world and promotes Olson’s values. The literary nonfiction award is made possible through individual donations and an endowment from Eileen Long, former Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Advisory Board member, who…

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Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,”…

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Back from the Brink of Extinction

Mexican Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery

…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 and central Idaho. But the challenge was met, and the establishment of a healthy captive population

Malcolm McLean

A Force for Good

…“His heart was in education,” said President Michael Miller. Malcolm was instrumental in building an innovative Native American studies program and in creating the outdoor education program. He helped create the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, a northern voice for the environmental movement. In October 1972, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson

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Northland Celebrates Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month

…13 Identity, Place, and Belonging in Sami and Anishinaabe Cultures 6-7 p.m. Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute March 14 Panel Discussion: Multigenerational and Historic Trauma 6-8 p.m. Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute March 15 Craftwork Day 6-8 p.m. Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute March 16 The Creator’s Game: The Evolution of the Game…

Deer exclosure-Bayfield County

Wisconsin’s Disappearing Forest

Prof Sarah Johnson researches the botanical realities of deer browse

…flowering, and fruiting of understory herbs; and on plant diversity over the past half-century. Their latest study drew on the careful baseline studies of the Wisconsin plant ecologist John Curtis, who surveyed the vegetation of Wisconsin with his students in the 1950s. It was telling that three state parks in…

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Wolf Status Reports

populations are found in the Upper Peninsula with only two confirmed dispersal wolves in Lower Michigan. Wolf population data in Wisconsin are minimum counts; in Michigan, estimates of minimum population; and in Minnesota, estimates of actual population. Michigan 2017: 662 wolves in 139 packs, 7.1% increase from 2016 Minnesota 2018:…

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Six individuals named to Board of Trustees

…a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well-being of its people. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental