Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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Moose hunters may find fires in the BWCAW

Field Editor

Prospective Minnesota moose hunters who are considering applying
for a 2001 hunting permit in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness (BWCAW) may want to peruse a nine-pound document
recently released by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for BWCAW Fuel
Treatment Volumes I and II outline plans for the prescribed burns
the Forest Service has announced will begin this fall to reduce the
fire risk associated with the 1999 blowdown. Those fires could
affect moose hunters.

Forest Service spokesman Mark Van Every says burning is expected
to begin in September, but the exact times and locations will be
determined by weather conditions this fall. Planned locations are
in the vicinity of Sea Gull Lake, Knife Lake, the Moose Lake Chain,
and Meeds Lake.

How much might the fires affect moose hunters or other autumn
visitors? Van Every says the sites where the fires are planned have
such dense blowdown that hunters wouldn’t be able to enter them
anyway. What is more likely is that hunters would need to adjust
their travel routes to avoid the fires. The Forest Service will
keep BWCAW visitors informed about its burning plans.

A windstorm on July 4, 1999 destroyed virtually all trees in a
wide swath that crosses the BWCAW. As the trees die and dry out,
the Forest Service has predicted that severe wild fires are

The agency intends to set fires in order to create fire breaks
and reduce the risk of a large wild fire leaving the wilderness and
destroying adjacent private property.

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