|Dear Friend,Starting September 23, explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a yearlong “adventure advocacy” expedition, continuing their mission to gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining with A Year in the Wilderness.As a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, I thought you might be interested in learning about their adventures and their efforts to protect America’s most visited Wilderness Area and support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.Below is a release detailing their upcoming adventure. Please reach out to me if you want to learn more or speak with the Freemans.Thank you,
Ellie M. Bayrd
Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters
#SavetheBWCA | #WildernessYear
Explorers to Spend Year in the Wild to Prevent Mining Threat
Dave and Amy Freeman plan A Year in the Wilderness to stop sulfide-ore copper
mining on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Ely, Minnesota (July 15, 2015) – Educators and explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will kick off A Year in the Wilderness this September, continuing their efforts to gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For this expedition, the Freemans will spend a full year in the Boundary Waters. Last year, for the pair’s Paddle to DC journey, they paddled and sailed 101 days and 2,000 miles from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, DC, to help protect the Boundary Waters.
“We are wilderness guides and educators and this is our way of working to help keep this wilderness wild,” said Amy Freeman. “We care deeply about this place and we will do everything within our power to ensure that it remains intact for the next generation.”
Their new expedition will continue their efforts to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from the proposed sulfide-ore copper mines on the edge of the Wilderness and support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. “We made a commitment to protecting the Boundary Waters when we took on the Paddle to DC, but we know we still have a lot of work to do to protect the Boundary Waters watershed from sulfide-ore copper mining and we want to do what we can to finish the job,” said Amy Freeman.
“On September 23, 2015, Dave and I will launch our canoe in the Kawishiwi River and paddle into the Boundary Waters and become immersed in the Wilderness for a full year,” said Freeman “We will camp at approximately 120 different sites during this Year in the Wilderness and travel more than 3,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. This trip is about bearing witness to the very land and water we are fighting to protect.”
Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled more than 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. They are 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.
The Freemans also run the Wilderness Classroom Organization, an educational nonprofit geared towards inspiring kids to get outside and explore their world. Wilderness Classroom’s current reach is 100,000 elementary and middle school students, and 3,200 teachers around the world.
Throughout A Year in the Wilderness, the Freemans will invite others on resupply missions that will allow them to personally witness the beauty of the Boundary Waters and what’s at risk from the proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.
Dates and locations for A Year in the Wilderness kick-off events, resupply missions and other information will be announced closer to the launch of A Year in the Wilderness.
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