The Loss of Wildlands At the National and Minnesota Scales Since European Settlement

The disappearance of unmodified wildlands in the lower 48 has been drastic. Since 1650 unspoiled wildlands have declined by 92%. Since 1900 these wild places have decreased by nearly 83%. For Minnesota, the loss of our wildland heritage has been no less alarming. Since pre-settlement Minnesota's wildlands have declined by 95%. Within 20 years, if current loss rates continue, 99% of our original wild heritage could be gone indefinitely. Presentation by Bruce D. Anderson.