Trails and Islands in MN
Relative to: Nature in Minnesota
The Star Tribune reports today on two stories regarding nature in the Minnesota.
The first is recreation based. The national organization American Trails has named Minnesota the “Best Trail State” in the United States. The award is given every two years, on behalf of trails of all kinds, including hiking, skiing, biking, ATV, snowmobile, and equestrian.
The second is conservation based. The Nature Conservancy has purchased Clough Island, in the estuary of the St. Louis River outside Duluth. The Nature Conservancy has “promised to keep the centerpiece of the St. Louis River estuary between Duluth and Superior, Wis. in its natural state.” The opportunity to buy came when a planned deal to develop a resort and golf club on the island fell through. Thank heavens. The estuary and island are home to over 230 species of birds, 45 species of fish, beaver, mink, muskrat, river otter, wolf, bear, bobcat and white-tail deer. Who needs another golf course?