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GLIN==> GL Town Hall: Kyle Gill writes about experiences in the Boundary Waters

Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer insightful commentary on their Great Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their thoughts.

This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome Kyle Gill, recent ecological resource management graduate of the University of Minnesota. Don't miss your chance to read and respond to Kyle Gill's Great Lakes stories and perspectives every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!

About Kyle Gill...

Kyle Gill is a recent graduate (last week, if everything went correctly) of the University of Minnesota where he majored in natural resource management. Within this field he focused on environmental education and forestry. He has worked last two years during the summers and while in school for the Peter Reich Forest Ecology Lab doing lab and fieldwork. Most of his fieldwork took place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota where he was collecting fire severity data following the recent Cavity Lake (summer 2006) and Ham Lake (spring 2007) wildfires. This work has not made him a forest ecology expert of any sorts but has given him a first-hand look at how the fires affected the forests and how the forests are reacting. The extended time in the BWCAW has also given Kyle time to think about why wilderness may be important and has affected how he views the wilderness area. Additionally, he also has some interesting stories about being and working in the wilderness.

Much of Kyle's life has been spent around Minnesota. Rochester is where he grew up, but he has also spent time in Western Australia, Alberta, Germany, Latin America, and Haiti. He sees writing for the Great Lakes Town Hall as an adventure because it will allow him to write creatively and relatively informally for a broad audience, which he hasn't been doing while getting his B.S. During the week you'll see a mix of stories, reflection, and questions. These pieces will be based out of his work in the BWCAW but will also draw on issues that have come up during school and life in general while living in the Great Lakes region and experiencing other parts of the world. He hopes that through his writing you will fondly reflect on your own outdoor experiences and also ask questions about their meaning for moving forward in a changing world.

Read and respond to Kyle Gill in the Town Hall

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Jeffrey Potter, Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Brenna delves into the challenges of ecological restoration, and how those challenges are heightened in aquatic systems.

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - Ecological Restoration: not for the weak of heart - and the thoughts of Kyle, in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes topic of their choice for five days. While there are basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited and diverse views are welcome. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply to this email.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,


Brenna Wanous
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

Biodiversity Project
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