March for Science draws a large crowd in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 04/23/2017
MINOCQUA - Some 10,000 people marched in Washington D.C. on Saturday in support of science. 
The march was, in part, a response to some of the current administration's proposed budget cuts.

The event expanded far beyond D.C. with more than 600 marches taking place worldwide. One of those marches was in the Northwoods.

A crowd of about 200 people marched in Minocqua on Saturday.

"We have such a rich history of science here," said Northwoods Progressives member Tara Woolpy. 

That history is why organizers wanted to have a march in the Northwoods.

"For a little town we have a lot of scientists. So it seemed important that we also make our voice known," said Woolpy.

Jane Hansen came all the way from Price County to participate.

"I've never been an activist before but I think it's time to start," said Hansen.

Hansen says she wanted to make her voice a part of the march.

"I do think science is important and I think it's important for people to start making changes related to climate change," said Hansen.

Plenty of scientists, and science students, hit the pavement to show their support.

"It was really great to see overwhelming support from the Northwoods community," said Ryan Lieck.
Ryan Lieck is studying to become a science teacher. He says the current administration's proposed budget cuts are discouraging. 

"They're not paying attention to something that is so important to the United States and to Wisconsin specifically," said Lieck. 

Organizer Tara Woolpy says science is a big economic driver in the Northwoods.

"We're here because we want to fish, and we want to be in the woods and we love the natural environment," said Woolpy.

Woolpy also says anyone who cares about the environment should care about science.

"Paying attention to science, paying attention to facts and what's really happening is important if you want to maintain this beautiful area," said Woolpy.

Story By: Dakota Sherek

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