How The 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 Dorothy Molter and Ruth Molter at Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area ca. 1980s.

Dorothy Molter and Ruth Molter

Dorothy Molter and Ruth Molter at Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area ca. 1980s.

Color image of Dorothy Molter sitting at the kitchen table of the Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Dorothy Molter at her kitchen table

Dorothy Molter sitting at the kitchen table of the Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Color image of Dorothy Molter with her Polaris Mustang snowmobile, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Dorothy Molter with her Polaris Mustang snowmobile

Dorothy Molter with her Polaris Mustang snowmobile, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Color image of Dorothy Molter and John Kimbler bottling root beer, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Dorothy Molter bottling root beer

Dorothy Molter and John Kimbler bottling root beer, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1970s.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter lifting a pack out of a canoe, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1960s.

Dorothy Molter lifting a pack out of a canoe

Dorothy Molter lifting a pack out of a canoe, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1960s.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter, Jule, and Verena at Bearskin Portage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, ca. 1960s.

Dorothy Molter at Bearskin Portage

Dorothy Molter, Jule, and Verena at Bearskin Portage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, ca. 1960s.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter holding a lake trout, ca. 1940s.

Dorothy Molter with trout

Dorothy Molter holding a lake trout, ca. 1940s.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter and Bill Berglund, ca. 1930s.

Dorothy Molter and Bill Berglund

Nebs (dog), Bill Berglund (original owner of the Isle of Pines Resort), and Dorothy Molter at Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1930s.

Black and white photograph of Molter family and friend, ca. 1930.

Molter family and friend

Left to right: John "Cap" Molter, Myrtle Molter, Dorothy Molter, William "Uncle Bill" Molter, and R. E. "Bob' Pyle waiting for a tow up to the Isle of Pines Resort, Moose Lake Landing, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1930.

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