• Sigurd Olson, a biologist by training and a canoe outfitter in Ely, Minnesota, was among the important writers and political activists in the environmental movement.

Sigurd Olson

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims


  • Olson’s books were popular though his work at the federal level in preserving a wilderness without roads or motors made him a controversial figure in his adopted hometown.
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