The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is a Canadian/American coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects that promote the economic, cultural and natural health of the lakes, forests and communities on the Ontario/Minnesota border. Representing a broad array of organizations, the partnership seeks to develop a common identity and sense of belonging. Click here to find out more about our history.
The Heart of the Continent Partnership Invites You To Our First Online Forum
A recording of our April 23rd Spring Online Forum can be found on YouTube
Notes from the HOCP Winter Gathering at Quetico Lodging and Conference Centre January 17th 2020. Click here for more information.
An International Treasure!
Spanning the international border between northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario lies an international treasure: the largest expanse of public green-space in the heart of North America.
This 5.5 million acre (2.2 million hectares) landscape comprises a blend of working forest, rugged scenery, pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and outstanding biodiversity. Several separately managed natural areas are encompassed by this ecosystem at the “heart of the continent,” including Quetico Provincial Park, Superior National Forest (including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness), Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage National Monument and numerous Minnesota state forest lands and parks and Ontario provincial parks. Click here to see the map.
With guidance from International Dark Sky Association – Starry Skies Lake Superior, the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, Ohio Northern University, and the cooperation of our public land managers, Heart of the Continent Partnership is working on the designation of the world’s largest dark sky destination.
Heart of the Continent – Science Symposium – Recent discussions of a Fall 2022 Science Symposium are in the works – see info and links to past Science Symposiums
Our last science symposium was held April 8-9 2019 in Duluth Minnesota. Heart of the Continent’s Science Committee is continuing its mission to build and strengthen a coalition of scientists, land managers, and stakeholders dedicated to the preservation of natural and cultural resources across the Heart of the Continent landscape.
Science Partnership : Promoting collaboration among scientists, managers, and other stakeholders across political, cultural, and administrative boundaries. *The 2019 Science Symposium has already taken place.*
Bike the Heart In 2019 –Heart of the Continent Partnership in conjunction with local shops clubs and biking enthusiasts hosted a series of rides late summer and early Fall to showcase the favourite trails and popular routes throughout the Heart of the Continent – See the page on TravelTheHeart Geo-tourism WebSite -MapGuide that is being created to showcase each ride. A continued interest and small events have happened in 2020 and 2021 and we are hoping to revive our Bike The Heart series again soon
HOCP is partnering with National Geographic Society to create a regional geotourism initiative, including a map and website. Our goal is to increase visitation, build support for the region, and build community among those who care for it.
Click here to find out more about the Geo-tourism Initiative.