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“Penokee Impact Statement” exhibit

Sept 3- Sept 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 5, 5pm-7pm

Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn Wisconsin.

An environmental impact statement is a tool for decision making, decision making, describing the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed action. Projects like the proposed Penokee open pit mine however, are driven by deeply held human values and emotional connections not included in an EIS. In this exhibit, five visual artists will share their interpretations of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Penokee Hills.

ARTISTS: Joel Austin, Wesley Ballinger, Terry Daulton, Ann Singsaas, Amanda Szot.

Penokee Impact postcard front



Penokee...Explore the Iron Hills Closing Reception

Closing Reception at the NGLVC

March 19, 2013  will be the closing reception for the Penokee exhibit at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland Wisconsin.

The exhibit will move to the Riverside Park location of the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, WI and will reopen on April 8th. Reception from 5-7pm, public welcome! Exhibit runs for April, May and June of 2013.

Contribute to the Bad River Watershed Wiki Map!

Workshops will provide opportunity to ‘Wikimap’ the Bad River Watershed

 A new online tool for mapping special places in the Bad River Watershed will debut at a series of free public workshops in mid-November. The workshops will be held at the following places and times:

  • WITC-Ashland, Saturday, Nov. 10, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Mellen School, Monday, Nov. 12, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Bad River Housing Authority (75806 Hwy 2, east of Odanah), Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Hurley School, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4:30-6:30 pm

The workshops are free, but space is limited and prior registration is highly recommended. People can register at or by calling (612) 605-0060.

The workshops will bring people together to share their place-based stories and values, and learn how to put them on a web map. The ‘Bad River Watershed Wikimap’ will allow members of the public to add sites to an interactive map of the watershed and share what makes those places special to them through text, photos, sound, and video. Anyone will be able to view and make positive changes to the wikimap. The website is intended to become a citizen-powered database of information about special places in the watershed and the values that people attach to them.

The workshops and website are part of a master’s thesis project through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, with support from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. For more information, contact Carl Sack at or call (608) 712-8335.

Thank you Carl for all of your hard work on a worthy project.