HOCP news & updates
2nd Dark Sky Certification in the
Heart of the Continent Region!
December 7, 2020| Issue #20
A Heart of the Continent Dark Sky Initiative
The application for dark sky status and to become certified is no small feat. The park must create a light management plan and bring its light fixtures into compliance with that plan. This means that lights are fully shielded, lighting only what they need to, and minimizing the amount of extra light emitted.
The park must commit to public education on the importance of dark skies. The park and the Conservancy will host several yearly outreach programs and create public displays and signage that focus on the importance of dark skies. An evaluation of sky quality using SQM (sky quality meters) throughout the park annually.
Preserving International Dark Skies
Quetico, La Verendrye, and Pigeon River Provincial Parks, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the Superior National Forest, and Voyageurs National Park teamed up with U.S. National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division and Starry Skies Lake Superior IDA. Together the agencies are working towards a large dark sky region. This week we are celebrating a second big step in creating the world's largest managed dark sky areas with the certification of Voyageurs National Park
In September of this year Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was certified as a Dark Sky Sanctuary.
Certification requires us to become dark sky stewards. Much like becoming stewards of preserving our lands, as dark sky stewards we will continue to monitor the quality of our skies annually.

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The Pigeon River separates two countries but shares the water and the sky of our beloved public lands.
Heart of the Continent Partnership is working with our public land managers to help build vibrant and resilient communities that value and protect public lands in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario including initiatives like preserving our dark skies.
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