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.

Jefferson Highway, Itasca State Park

Jefferson Highway, Itasca State Park

Jefferson Highway inside Itasca State Park, ca. 1930.

Source of the Mississippi River, Itasca State Park

Source of the Mississippi River, Itasca State Park

Source of the Mississippi River, Itasca State Park, ca. 1920.

A Red River port near Georgetown

A Red River port near Georgetown

A port on the Red River near Georgetown, date unknown. From the binder titled “Clay County #2: Ulen-Georgetown-Dilworth-Sabin-Felton,” Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead. Used with the permission of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Lake Pepin from Barn Bluff

Lake Pepin from Barn Bluff

Lake Pepin from Barn Bluff. Lithograph by A. Ruger, ca. 1870.

A giraffe at the giraffe feeding station at Como Zoo

Giraffe at the giraffe feeding station at Como Zoo

A giraffe at the giraffe feeding station at Como Zoo, ca. 2015. Used with the permission of Como Zoo.

Polar bears Buzz and Neil in their habitat at Como Zoo

Polar bears Buzz and Neil in their habitat at Como Zoo

Polar bears Buzz and Neil in their habitat at Como Zoo, ca, 2010. Used with the permission of Como Zoo.

Baby gorilla in the Gorilla Forest exhibit, Como Zoo

Baby gorilla in the Gorilla Forest exhibit, Como Zoo

Baby gorilla in the Gorilla Forest exhibit, Como Zoo, ca. 2013. Used with the permission of Como Zoo.

Aerial view of Como Park

Aerial view of Como Park

Aerial view of Como Park, St. Paul, ca. 1940.

Monkey Island at Como Zoo

Monkey Island at Como Zoo

Monkey Island, Como Zoo, St. Paul, ca. 1940.

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