When President Nixon signed the legislation authorizing the
establishment of Voyageurs National Park on January 8, 1971, almost
eighty years had passed since Minnesota's government initially
petitioned to create a national park in the northern portion of the
Voyageurs National Park chronicles the complex legal and
political campaign to found Minnesota's only national park.
Witzig's thoroughly documented and referenced research allows him
to offer a detailed view of the unanticipated disappointments and
defining moments of achievement that accompanied this complicated
legislative battle. Concentrating on the period from 1962 to 1975,
Witzig identifies and explains the central issues surrounding the
campaign including land acquisition policy, local concerns and
opposition to the park, interagency conflict over inclusion of U.S.
forest lands, antifederal attitudes in northeastern Minnesota, and
the overstated case for the economic benefits a national park would
bring. Witzig covers of the dispute over the inclusion of Crane
Lake in the park and focuses on the many individuals and groups who
were instrumental in the establishment of Voyageurs National Park,
such as Governor Elmer L. Andersen, John A. Blatnik, Sigurd F.
Olson, and Rita Shemesh.
Fred T. Witzig is professor emeritus of geography at the
University of Minnesota, Duluth.
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