WHO ARE WE
UnearthMN is an alliance of community partners in or serving nine counties in Central Minnesota. Our mission is promoting, exploring, and sustaining the natural attractions in these counties.
ETHICS & PRINCIPLES
For those who are willing to help Central Minnesota Ecotourism enlarge the ecological attractions that the program advertises, please know that as part of our program we will protect the locations of features or populations so exceptionally fragile or precious that the public notices impose an imminent threat to their existence by excluding them from any publications.
Education is especially important when viewing rare and unique features; thus, we will provide an educational component to enhance potential visits. By educating visitors we can impart environmental awareness, highlight biodiversity, and explain geological features.
While visiting natural attractions, we promote the “Leave no Trace” policy which is designed to help visitors enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This policy also helps visitors minimize their impact on nature, allowing nature to impact them. More information on "Leave no Trace."
In January 2015, an idea was brought up to promote ecotourism in Central Minnesota to The Center for Small Towns (CST) at the University of Minnesota Morris. Check out the CST blog titled "Student Voices: Ecotourism in Wadena" to read more about history of this project. CST employed student interns to lay the groundwork and make the project what it is today. Following December 2015, Region Five Development Commision will take in sustaining the natural attractions of Central Minnesota.