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VOL - Visitor Use Monitoring

Visitor Use Monitoring website

2020 W Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604

May 1 - September 30

Many visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) seek a place separated from the modern world within the 1 million acres of undeveloped forest and water, where they can gain a sense of solitude and connect with nature. With more than 150,000 annual visitors, the chance of encountering another person is likely in the more popular areas of the BWCAW and in some cases this can change the dynamics of a wilderness trip.

In an effort to better understand the use that is occurring in the Wilderness, visitor use monitoring is conducted every year. This activity helps the US Forest Service to determine the opportunities for solitude or likelihood of encountering other people within the BWCAW.

Those individuals participating in this program travel a route on a specific date to conduct monitoring. Volunteers will spend part of the time monitoring use from a campsite and while travelling. See our website for dates and locations where volunteers are needed - http://mnnvc.org/visitor-use-monitoring

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF VISITOR USE MONITORING VOLUNTEERS? -Be self-sufficient in the BWCAW. -Provide the gear needed to travel and camp in the BWCAW or rent through an outfitter. -Work in groups of two. -Perform monitoring activities for 8 hours on the day(s) indicated in the designated location. -Follow monitoring protocol. -Perform daily check-ins -Follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles.

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