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BWCAW Ecosystem Changes by Lee Frehlich, University of Minnesota

Polar Amplification is one climate element changing Minnesota

Polar Amplification is one climate element changing Minnesota

Significant changes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Ecosystem are underway do to climate change and invasive species. Lee Frehlich is the Director of the U of M, Center for Hardwood Ecology. He teaches courses in Forest Fire Ecology and Landscape Ecology on the St. Paul Campus. He is a senior member of the Conservation Biology, Natural Resources Science Management, Ecology, and Invasive Species Graduate Programs. This talk was given to the Ely Tuesday Group, May 28, 2013.

Click Here to see Dr. Frelich’s full talk on the climate factors changing the face of North Eastern Minnesota. And, view his slide show here:

What Dr. Frehlich is describing is what has been occurring for some time in our region and continues to accelerate.  The Climate Change deniers may want to use a different phrase, one that describes what they have seen and what they can not deny and that would be Increasingly Frequent and Catastrophic Weather Events,  One has to look no further than the 10-11″ in one day rain fall in Duluth last summer, when Ely received 4-5 inches in that same time period.

Dr. Frehlich explains, from his research, some of the significant factors changing the face of the BWCAW and Northeastern Minnesota ecosystems.

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