Authors and Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Join the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and Lake Forest Book Store as we host Dave and Amy Freeman to support their Pedal to D.C.: A Book Tour to Save the Boundary Waters and celebrate their book.
Tickets for the event are $5 for BCRW members, $10 for non-members, and free for students
Presentation, audience Q/A, book signing and a chance to sign their canoe to show your support.
Books available for purchase and signing
Dave and Amy Freeman will tow a canoe while bicycling 1,750 miles from Ely, MN to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the threat from sulfide-ore copper mining proposed in the Boundary Waters watershed and to promote their award-winning book, A Year in the Wilderness.
On December 22nd, 2017, a critical decision was made by the Trump administration that puts the BWCAW region and watershed under an urgent threat. The U.S. Department of the Interior is reinstating two expired mineral leases first issued in 1966 that could allow Antofagasta, a Chilean mining company (and subsidiary, Twin Metals) to build a copper-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters and upstream from Voyageurs National Park. Sulfide-ore copper mines require a toxic mining practice that has never before been allowed in Minnesota. Supporters of the mine say it will create 650 jobs; however, it will also endanger 4,490 jobs in local tourism that depend on a clean Boundary Waters, including the Freeman’s work as dogsled and canoe guides. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness plans to sue to challenge the decision.
Pedal to DC is a collaborative effort between Save the Boundary Waters and Milkweed Editions.
Dave and Amy Freeman's expeditions have taken them over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named the Dave and Amy Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.