A new initiative from the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation seeks to capture the story of the reintroduction of wolves to Isle Royale.
The 60-year predator-prey study focuses on wolves and moose in the Isle Royale National Park.
Depletion of wolves and concern for the ecosystem with a runaway moose population led the National Park Service to decide to reintroduce up to 20-30 wolves to the island.
The Isle Royale Wolf Education Initiative is a multi-year program to produce a documentary about the effort that will be geared toward K-12 students.
The organization is reaching out to the community to garner resources to help make this project possible.
Here is the full press release from the NPLSF:
ISLE ROYALE WOLF REINTRODUCTION INITIATIVE
HOUGHTON, MI, June 22, 2018: Wolves and their life stories fascinate people of all ages throughout the world. The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPSLF), an education and natural resource partner for national parks within the Lake Superior basin, including Isle Royale National Park, announces an education initiative to support the re-introduction of wolves to Isle Royale. The ongoing sixty-year predator/prey study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale is the backdrop for a new chapter of understanding these two iconic animals.
The Isle Royale Wolf Education Initiative is a multi-year program, documenting the historic re-introduction of a new wolf population to Isle Royale. This educational documentary, funded through NPLSF, is geared to K-12 students as well as adults. The multi-year project will chronicle a holistic view and balanced report of the factors and conditions the introduction of new wolves to Isle Royale will generate.
“Being able to capture this story and provide thousands of school children as well as adults an in-depth understanding of wolves, wilderness, and the complexities of nature is priceless” says Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green, “This rich content for younger children would not be possible without the support of the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation.”
The opportunity to follow these new wolves and share the science, ecosystem response and new educational insights in this documentary will have benefits to all interested in the near term and long term story.
“NPLSF is reaching out to the community to garner resources to ensure this vital multi-year project becomes a reality. We are excited to focus the generosity of people who know the power of these wonderful animals and the importance of telling their stories” added Sona Mehring, Chair of National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation.
For more information and to support this initiative, go to http://www.nplsf.org
National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preservation of the natural resources and unique cultural heritage of Lake Superior’s five U.S. National Parks. NPLSF funds research, restoration, education, and resource protection projects for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Grand Portage National Monument, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation has a proven record of funding projects both large and small and provided more than $1.5 million in funding for projects across all five parks.
National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, PO Box 31 Houghton, MI 49931 www.nplsf.org