Hundreds watched the virtual Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium event live. If you missed it – or want to watch some of your favorite sessions again – now you can, on the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website. Watch, learn and enjoy hearing from experts in all aspects of the national lakeshore, as we celebrate the first 50 years of the park we love and look to the future.
If you’re a recreational user of the park – a paddler, a camper, a hiker, a sailor, a boater, or a lighthouse lover, the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium will open your eyes some aspects of the national lakeshore that you may not know about, and hopefully will help you to appreciate the park even more.
Scientists with expertise in everything from plants and amphibians to mammals and fisheries have been studying what’s happening in and around the islands for years. They’v been exploring the bottom of Lake Superior as well as life in the deepest forests and on the shorelines in between. Cultural experts have embraced the islands too, bringing history to life. And young people… the generation that will steward this park into the future… have been capturing images beneath the surface and creating their own stories about this jewel of Lake Superior.
If you already love the national lakeshore for its wild beauty, iconic lighthouses and stories of the past, we hope this event will help you love it even more, and find your own way to nurture, protect and steward the park for future generations.
To kick off the event, Alan Brew, Executive Director of the Sigurd Olson Institute and Lynne Dominy, Superintendent of the National Lakeshore deliver opening remarks on how this event came to be and what “resource stewardship” really means, as we celebrate the past and plan for the future of this national treasure.
We’ve organized the sessions, as they were presented during the virtual event, given that organizers thought a lot about how one presentation builds on the next. We encourage you to work your way through Day 1, then move on to Day 2.
The video icon in the headline signifies that video is available for that session. We’ll be adding questions and answers to individual session pages as we get those responses from our presenters. When you’re done, let us know what you think! Share your ideas and feedback here.
We want to thank the presenters for sharing their expertise and passion and the organizers who worked countless hours to pull this 50th Anniversary event together. The pandemic forced us to go virtual. And while it was not the original plan, there is a silver lining in that the Symposium is now available to you as an enduring educational opportunity.
This online event is supported by Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Northland College, the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service and the Bayfield Heritage Association.