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PASSIONATE SUITORS FOR A WILD PARADISE
William Oscar Johnson
October 10, 1977
Minnesota is split, Congressmen from the same party are pushing opposing bills, tempers are erupting—over what is best for a matchless million acres
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October 10, 1977

Passionate Suitors For A Wild Paradise

Minnesota is split, Congressmen from the same party are pushing opposing bills, tempers are erupting—over what is best for a matchless million acres

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Still, if Burton does come up with a version of the bill that satisfies both sides, it would be possible to suspend the rules of the House and get it to the floor for an immediate vote in a very short time. There is pressure on everyone to do something, particularly from canoe and wilderness buffs who regard the BWCA with almost religious veneration. Some kind of victory for the wilderness seems almost a historical imperative, considering what has happened in the past. As Sigurd Olson says, "We have had to win all of the battles we fought over the BWCA. If we hadn't won all of them, there would be no BWCA today."

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