Most residents in the Peatlands region reside in the rural countryside or small towns where social networks are strong. Many people have ties to the woods product industry or other natural resource businesses. The area offers outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities including Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River. Hunting, fishing, and more recently snowmobiling have become a cultural tradition. The use of all terrain vehicles (ATV) to access the land has become a popular activity. Generations of families take pride in earning a living from the land through hard work and ingenuity. Its rural countryside, small towns and strong family traditions are major reasons why many residents stay and would live nowhere else.

Region Leader: John Curry, 612-278-1409,
Facilitator: Jody Horntvedt, 218-463-0296,

Meeting Schedule

  • July 30, 2007 - AmericInn, Baudette
  • August 13, 2007 - AmericInn, Baudette

Meeting Participants

  • Shane Bowe, Red Lake Band
  • Larry Hegstad, Minnesota Forest Resources Council
  • Nolan Baratono, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Josh Strumlund, Lake of the Woods County
  • Art Norton, The Nature Conservancy
  • Paul Telander, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Jody Horntvedt, U of M Extension
  • Gretchen Mehmel, MN Department of Natural Resources, Red Lake Wildlife Management Area
  • Richard Lehtinen, Koochiching County
  • Chris Holbeck, Voyageur’s National Park
  • Carole Nelson, Friends of the Big Bog