Olson wrote this in 1962 around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The world is in a different place today, but as we listen to our tiny radio from the edge of a Wilderness lake I can’t help but feel that the underlying message still rings clear. Vast wild landscapes like the Boundary Waters are more precious than ever before. We must listen to the land and use those lessons to guide us. It is not just the fate of the Boundary Waters that is at stake, it is the sustainability of the planet and in turn the future of humanity that we hold in our hands.
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