Eric Hansen is an author, advocate and commentator focused on the headwaters country of our planet’s finest collection of fresh water, the Upper Great Lakes.
His writing credits include a long stint as a frequent contributor for Backpacker magazine as well as national recognition for his Chicago Tribune op-ed essay on the dangers of metallic sulfide mine proposals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
A pivotal assignment from Backpacker led him to the U.P.’s Trap Hills and an expanded role as a regional advocate for not only protection of that remote ridgeline but other iconic landscapes and waters in the U.P.
His advocacy continues for robust citizens campaigns, thoughtful conservation, resilient communities and a transition from an oil-dependent economy to a livable, just and sustainable future for all.
He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. His life there is brightened by a vibrant mix of friends involved in music, urban agriculture and community gardens as well as the Interfaith Earth Network and Urban Ecology Center. Occasional visits from Snowy Owls and other notables add to the mix.
Additional rejuvenation comes from time spent outdoors in the natural world, including periodic sojourns in the North Woods and the mountains and canyons of the American West. He is a veteran of 36 treks to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and successful ascents of most of the high peaks of Glacier National Park.