Protecting 32,000 islands of ecological purity

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2010 - 8:56 PM

The allure of the Great Lakes' islands needs to be tempered by careful conservation, scientists warn after cataloging their biological value.

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MplsjuddSep. 13, 10 6:44 AM

By the World goverment to run people out of rural areas,islands and so forth under the guise of bio zones. There will be a time when 95% of the population will live in cities and large towns and these country areas will be protected wildlife refuges and corporate farms. Brave new world...........

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telehmanSep. 13, 10 7:31 AM

Mplsjudd, are you really that paranoid this early in the morning? Wow. BTW, just who is the World government.

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herovillainSep. 13, 10 7:40 AM

People are being run out of rural areas because there are no jobs. If you would like to see "small town life" again bring back manufacturing to those areas from overseas, and, these areas that you speak of have the potential for tourism. Protect them, talk them up, and people will come to see them.

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oftencorrectSep. 13, 10 7:46 AM

I don't believe in a world government plot but I can tell you I don't care for the tone of this article. I think if we are really interested in protecting these areas we should ban everyone, especially the scientists. There are plenty more areas of earth to explore so why don't we all leave these islands alone?

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worldcitizenSep. 13, 10 8:11 AM

As usual the "experts" get this totally wrong. They would like everyone to stay locked up in a closet, away from their precious bio zones. If they really wanted to have an influence on our environment, they'd get a ban on bilge water in the Great Lakes, which is how water born invasive species are introduced.

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notheocrat12Sep. 13, 10 8:22 AM

exploit, consume, exploit some more. Why leave anything to the next generation?

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BudweisercsSep. 13, 10 8:25 AM

So I suppose the 3 other visible "islands" in the background of the photo are considered "bio diverse" from the one in the picture? These people have no shame! Yes Isle Royale is a unique biosphere compared to the mainland and would be okay with study. But to say we need additional funding to hire more govt legacy is an outrage. In reality we have under 100 islands that are worthy of study because of size and location.

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wiehleSep. 13, 10 8:27 AM

I just read an article where a middle/upper class woman wants to move her family to the North Woods to escape city life. However, if too many did this [as the trend is indicating] our wildlife/woods as we know them will disappear. We have to stop the building somewhere and the northern woods and the above islands are a good place to start. People have a tendency to bring their 'toys' and ruin the solitude of the woods, leaving their trash [oil cans from boats, food wrappers, etc] on the shorelines and throw their beer cans in the water because "it won't hurt anything." I have seen this for years as we traveled north before it was the in-thing to do. No more development in these areas please or have aggressive watch-dogs groups to keep these city-folks in line. Look at how many millions of people are on the roads on weekends now and how the millfoil situation is getting out of hand even in our city lakes. People listen - I don't think so.

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nkallenbachSep. 13, 10 9:05 AM

How does an article about the unique biology of small, rarely visited islands become a controversy? Do you really think there was some shadow government sitting around a table last week brainstorming about how to hasten the end of individual freedom, and one person said, "I've got it; let’s force the Star Tribune to run a story about these islands in the great lakes. Once people see how fragile they are, we can make begin to force them to move into larger cities, and begin to control their everyday lives!". "Genius!" said the other members of the shadow government! Minnesota is at the top of our list for US states to control, let's get started!" Come on people, in an era when much of our lakeshore line is often over-developed, this is a reminder of why we should love and protect the beautiful natural resources that make me proud to live in this state. There is nothing wrong with ensuring that small islands remain in their natural state because of their contribution to a much larger eco-system. By the way, I am an avid fisherman and hunter and I support any efforts to ensure the lakes and lands I use remain balanced and in as much of a natural state as possible, not only to enjoy the beauty of those areas, but so I can pass those traditions onto my future children.

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MELANIE4774Sep. 13, 10 9:15 AM

more money or else! (the sky starts to fall)

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