The in-person event will begin at 7 a.m. (MT) on Aug. 11, at the Colorado Convention Center for Outdoor Retailer trade show attendees, and a recording will be available via Zoom to everyone at 9 a.m. (MT) that same day.
The Boundary Waters — America’s most-visited wilderness — holds a labyrinth of pristine glacial lakes, thriving forests and streams, and critical habitat for wildlife. Its 1.1 million acres of wilderness, nearly 240 miles of hiking trails, and 1,200 miles of canoe and kayak routes support local economies and outdoor recreation in northeastern Minnesota — and it’s threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining.
Featured speakers at the breakfast event include Conservation Alliance Executive Director, Brady Robinson, and Government Affairs Director for the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Alex Falconer. Both will be tuning in from the Boundary Waters.
Also speaking will be ultra-runner and activist Clare Gallagher and the founder of Kids for the Boundary Waters, Joseph Goldstein. They will share their recent 100-mile adventure run across the wilderness, which will be featured in a short film coming this fall. Goldstein also will share his childhood connection to this wilderness and how – at 13 years old – he helped build a grassroots, national campaign to protect the Boundary Waters.
The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and was organized by local residents in and around Ely, Minnesota. The Conservation Alliance has been supporting of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness since 2015.