Canoe: The Post Canoeacopia Party
Boundary Waters Wilderness Area
presented by Kevin Proescholdt
Kevin Proescholdt of Minneapolis has worked for nearly 40 years to protect the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota. He guided canoe trips in the area for a decade, and became an active volunteer in the national effort to successfully pass the 1978 BWCAW Act through Congress. Proescholdt has worked for nearly 35 years for nonprofit conservation organizations, including 16 years as the executive director of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. He currently works as the conservation director for Wilderness Watch, a national wilderness conservation organization based in Missoula, where he continues his efforts to protect the BWCAW and other wildernesses across the nation. His first wilderness book, Troubled Waters: The Fight for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, told the story of the effort to protect the BWCAW as a Wilderness. His new wilderness book, Glimpses of Wilderness, is a collection of wilderness essays from the Boundary Waters that describe some of the many values and meanings of Wilderness.