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July 4th 1999 Blow Down

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 (continued) For more information, visitors can pull any of 52 detailed canoeing maps to see which trails, portages, and campsites have been impacted by last summerís storm.

"We expect a lot of canoeists to take advantage of this resource to plan their trips," notes Halvorson. "I would imagine that some people will want to plan to avoid the damage, while others will be mapping their routes to seek out the astounding changes."

In another area of the new exhibit, a flame-charred cabinet in the exhibit holds information about fire safety in the now vulnerable Boundary Waters area. While recent rains have abated the fire worries in the short term, long range issues about fires in the Blowdown area exist. Smokey the Bear towers over tabletop displays explaining Boundary Waters forest fire history and outlining some of the stateís current fire prevention plans.

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