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Carter / Environment / Minnesota Canoe Area #252173

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 22, 1977
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(Studio) Stricter enforcement of present environmental laws is message President Carter will send to Congress Monday Will probably have spec. meaning for Minnesota's Bounding Waters Canoe Area.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Bounding Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota) Report on canoe area (BWCA) and laws affecting logging and mechanized recreation in it. [Camper Ginney BARHORST - describes area.] 1964 Wilderness Act was designed to protect area; environmentalists got court injunction to stop logging but it was lifted last year and timber industry has held off voluntarily, as Supreme Court didn't intervene, until Congress decides on which of 2 opposing bills will affect BWCA; details of bills noted. [Envtlist. Miron HEINSELMAN - says removing areas from wilderness system is threat to system.] Timber industry says BWCA pine here should be logged to keep other Minnesota areas from being overcut. [Ind. spokesperson Thomas SMREKAR - says there's shortage in other areas.] In local community there's division over issue. [Camping outfitter Bob LATOURELL - thinks it's been going too much toward wilderness.] [Camping outfitter Bill PUCEL - doesn't want change.] Outcome could affect United States wilderness system.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

Dean, Morton;
Kelley, Chris

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