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Special about the Langley River site is that some 50

species of butterflies — nearly all of the species found

in northeastern Minnesota — reside on the site of

this ong>forong>mer lumber camp

Amy Ward

BISECTED by railroad tracks,

bordered by an abandoned gravel

pit, and bearing the scattered remains

of human habitation, the Langley

River site is not a typical acquisition

ong>forong> The Nature Conservancy, which

strives to preserve natural areas such

as pockets of virgin prairie.*

"TNC didn't buy it because it's

pretty," says frosty-haired and energetic

Al Lupa, past president of J.C.

Campbell Company. He stands on a

* Based in Arlington, Va., The Nature Conservancy

oversees 2.61 million acres that protect

1,000 species of threatened plants and animals.

TNC's Minnesota chapter manages more than

90,000 acres, owns 71 nature preserves, all open

to the public. — Editor

mound of sawdust, imprinted with

moose tracks, that has defied biological

degradation since the camp was

last used in the 1940s. Lupa sold this

80-acre site to TNC ong>forong> $10,000 in the

process of liquidating his company's

assets.

It may not be a patch of pristine

wilderness, but it is an ecologically

significant area which TNC is determined

to preserve. The national, nonprofit

organization bought the Langley

River site, about 20 miles north of Two

Harbors, because it is a refuge ong>forong>

about 50 species of butterflies, nearly

every butterfly, common or rare,

found in northeastern Minnesota. One

butterfly, die grizzled skipper (Pyrgus

Some 50 species of butterflies can be found at Langley River. Top,

left: Frigga frittilary. Top, right: Silvery blue. Bottom: White

admiral. Photos by David H. Ahrenholz, M.D., Crystal, Minn.

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