How Environment Has Shaped the State

From Sustenance to Leisure on Minnesota Land

Expert Essay: Associate professor of history Michael J. Lansing, published in Environmental History as well as Ethics, Place, and Environment, highlights the many ways people have made use of Minnesota's flora and fauna over time and reviews the state's more recent efforts at conservation.

Color image of Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, March 8, 2010.

Looking out over Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, March 8, 2010.

Color image of a shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, November 13, 2013.

Shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, November 13, 2013.

Color image of the central beaver wetland complex in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 1, 2010.

Central beaver wetland complex

Central beaver wetland complex in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 1, 2010.

Black and white image of an individual canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Color image looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site, Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 3, 2010.

Looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site

Looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site, Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 3, 2010.

Color image of Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 21, 2014.

View at Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 21, 2014.

Color image of a view of Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

View of Lake Vermilion

View of Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

Color image of a gray sky over Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Gray sky over Lake Vermilion

Gray sky over Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Color image of a rocky hillside and Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 22, 2014.

Rocky hillside and Lake Vermilion

Rocky hillside and Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 22, 2014.

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