An ecotourism plan is being developed for Green Island, a 60-acre nature reserve in Wadena, Minnesota.
Green Island used to be a family farm, but through agroforestry and habitat rehabilitation, it has been restored to a forest and nature reserve for the public.
Benjamin Odegaard, a student at the University of Minnesota, is working on a project to introduce sustainable tourism to Green Island and Wadena, Minnesota. Green Island’s owner Kent Scheer is on board with the project. Scheer is keen on making Green Island a tourist destination for nature and adventure travelers. Odegaard and Scheer are working together to create a plan to recruit and engage universities, investors, nonprofits, and other stakeholders.
“I think this project has the potential to greatly impact Green Island and all the counties in the area. If ecotourism works out, then the economy of those places could increase and add extra revenue to the area.” – Benjamin Odegaard
Green Island has a lot to offer nature tourists. The land features walking trials, meditation areas, camping, accommodations, and an outdoor art gallery. To conserve and promote wildlife, Green Island has implemented a pollinator plot, artificial hibernaculum, bird shelters, bird feeders, and more.
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