Document Type


Publication Title

Argumentation & Advocacy


The American Forensic Association

Publication Date

Winter 2002


Almost every spring for the past eight years, I made a phone call to Maryland in order to get into Minnesota. An office in Maryland houses the reservation system for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a one-million acre preserve in the northeastern tip of Minnesota that is the most visited unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This office acts as a medium of and barrier to my access to the Wilderness; it issues permits to groups of people wishing to enter the Boundary Waters, and it limits the number of parties that may enter at a given point on a particular day. Although the Wilderness is public land, I must first gain permission from a state institution to enter the Boundary Waters.


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