From Estivant Pines' old growth forests to the dunes and swales found at Bete Grise, there is a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems to explore and interpret in the Keweenaw. Our natural resources are among the best in the Great Lakes region, offering citizen scientists and university researchers the chance to study intact habitats on a wide scale. Students at local schools are lucky to have a near-limitless pool of candidates for the best field trip ever. Who wouldn't want to learn about ancient volcanoes from the top of Brockway or skip stones on the largest lake in the world while hiking the shoreline at Great Sand Bay?
Educating the next generation about how to solve the problems of tomorrow is crucial if we are to have happy, healthy societies. This is particularly true in the Keweenaw, where the natural world is right out of our collective backdoor. Ensuring we have access to high-quality educational resources is easier said than done. With outside investment funds controlling much of the heart of the Keweenaw, their interests lie not in educating our local youth, but securing dividends for faraway shareholders. Selling a parcel of land abutting a scenic river may just be a transaction for them, while it is a lost opportunity to learn and explore for us. We must change this paradigm and protect our natural and historical heritage so that the next generations of Keweenaw explorers have a place to learn and play.
We need your help to keep the Keweenaw wild. Having a say in how our landscape is treated is essential if we are to save our special places for everyone to enjoy. Help us gain local control of our vast investor-owned landscapes by joining or giving to KORC today!
Photo Credit: Gina Nicholas