The graying of the Boundary Waters: average BWCA visitor now in mid-40's

In 1969 the average age of a BWCA visitor was 26. But these days young people are less likely to venture out to the nation's parks and wilderness areas. It's a trend parks officials would like to reverse.
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In 1969 the average age of a BWCA visitor was 26. But these days young people are less likely to venture out to the nation's parks and wilderness areas. It's a trend parks officials would like to reverse.

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