Apple Valley, Minnesota, native Lisa Pugh graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. Post college, Lisa went west to the Colorado Rockies to lead trail crews on Pikes Peak then to the Gulf of Mexico to work aboard commercial fishing vessels before deciding her heart belonged back in canoe country.
For the past five years, Lisa has been living and working as an instructor with Voyageur Outward Bound School in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. She has lead more than 25 wilderness expeditions ranging from 8 to 30 days in length and including canoeing, backpacking, sea kayaking and dog sledding. On these expeditions, technical skills and distance covered are of secondary concern. With the wilderness as a classroom and the expedition itself as the teacher, students are challenged to discover the depths of their own strength and character. Facilitating these often transformational experiences for others -- and experiencing tremendous personal growth in the process -- is what motivates Lisa to speak up about the threat that sulfide mining poses to a place of such great importance to so many.