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!
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.
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
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
214 N. Henry St. #201