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Boundary Waters-no other place like it on Earth
"Tales of the Midwestern Northwoods" -Enrique Vazquez, 2023 Book Collecting Award
Enrique Vazquez, one of the 2023 winners, collects books about the Boundary Waters.
Boundary Waters: largest contiguous areas of uncut forest
The Boundary Waters is the most visited Wilderness in the United States. The interconnected waterways and unspoiled forests of this Wilderness offer recreation, critical habitat, and support the people and economies of wilderness-edge.3 Established in 1964 as Federally Designated Wilderness, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is over one million acres of rugged and remote boreal forest in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.4
President Jimmy Carter signed the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978 (Pub.L. 95-495) October 21, 1978 and created the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW or BWCA).
The BWCAW contains the largest contiguous areas of uncut forest remaining in the eastern United States.
The BWCAW extends nearly 150 miles along the international border adjacent to Canada's Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCAW contains 1175 lakes varying in size from 10 to 10,000 acres, more than 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2000 designated campsites.5
Enrique Vazquez-2023- National Collegiate Book Collecting Prize for his collection of North Woods Naturalists
my book collection’s origin is in Olson’s work, it also includes the books of numerous wilderness writers from the region. This selection of 35 books, titled “Tales of the Midwestern Northwoods,” focuses on the Minnesota Boundary Waters, the Mississippi River, and the white pine forests of Wisconsin. Its narrators are many and diverse, including conservationists, outdoorsmen (both real and imagined), indigenous peoples, trailblazing women, artists, loggers, and families like mine. Such an assemblage is in keeping with Olson’s philosophy that the wilderness should be shared and made accessible to all.
Some books from Enrique Vazquez’ collection:
Here is a brief video narration from Sigurd Olson’s book, The Listening Point.
Listening Point - Listening Point Foundation8
The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) is an international association of book collecting clubs. It is a non-profit 501C (6) organization committed to communicating, sharing, and supporting bibliophilic activities, experience, and ideas among member clubs and affiliates for mutual benefit and pleasure. Members of the general public are welcome to peruse our calendar of online events; most are open to the public and free. We also offer a monthly digest of online events in our email newsletter.
Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections Magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition program for three years before turning over leadership to the new collaboration of institutional partners: the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Grolier Club, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress). Here is the link to the 2023 winners: 2023 NCBCC Winners | The New Antiquarian | The Blog of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (abaa.org). The awards celebration was be held at the Library of Congress’s Whittall Pavilion on September 22nd, 2023.
Sigurd F. Olson - was an American writer, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. He was known honorifically as the Bourgeois — a term the voyageurs of old used of their trusted leaders.