Historic Resources in Wilderness
The human history of the Apostle Islands is deep and varied. In what ways might wilderness designation affect the ability of the National Park Service to manage and preserve the historic resources in its care? The following documents discuss this vital issue:
Cultural Resources and Wilderness - A position paper prepared by the NPS National Wilderness Steering Committee (442kb pdf)
The Riddle of the Apostle Islands - An online version of an article by distinguished wilderness scholar, William Cronon (link to external site, 594kb pdf)
Did You Know?
Black bear populations on the islands have their ups and downs. Between 2002 and 2010 the bear population on Stockton Island fell from 26 to 13. More bears were found on Oak Island (18) than on Stockton, and the numbers on Sand Island almost doubled from 6 to 10 individuals during that time.