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.

Samuel H. Morgan Land Fund logo

Samuel H. Morgan Land Fund logo

Samuel H. Morgan Land Fund logo.

Samuel H. Morgan

Samuel H. Morgan

Samuel H. Morgan, ca 1990s.

William O’Brien State Park

William O’Brien State Park

William O’Brien State Park, September 26, 1998.

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail, St. Paul. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, June 11, 2011. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Afton State Park

Afton State Park

Beach in Afton State Park. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, September 15, 2011. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Riverside trail in William O’Brien State Park

Riverside trail in William O’Brien State Park

View of the St. Croix River from the Riverside Trail in William O’Brien State Park. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, 2010. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Morgan, Samuel Huntington (1911–2000)

Samuel Huntington Morgan was a long-time attorney regarded as a champion of Minnesota's outdoors. His advocacy efforts helped create, preserve, or expand many of the state's most popular open spaces, including Fort Snelling State Park, Lilydale Regional Park, Afton State Park, and the Gateway State Trail.

Root River limestone bluff, Preston, Minnesota

Root River and bluff in Preston, Minnesota. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Jonathunder, May 27, 2006. GNU free documentation license.

Limestone Bluff, Olmsted County Park, Simpson MN

Limestone bluff along the north branch of the Root River

Bluff seen from the north branch of the Root River in Olmsted County Park, south of Simpson, Minnesota. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Jonathunder, 2017. GNU free documentation license.

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