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Protect Minnesota's Boundary Waters From Copper Mining

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The 1.1-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most visited wilderness area. Located in the Rainy River watershed in northeastern Minnesota, it includes nearly 2,000 pristine lakes and more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes. It's also great for hiking, camping, skiing, dog sledding and ice fishing, and is home to magnificent wildlife like moose, Canada lynx and wolves. It's rich with prehistoric and historic American Indian settlements.

Along with Voyageurs National Park and Quetico Provincial Park, the Boundary Waters is part of an international network of protected land and wilderness of well over 2 million acres.

The mining company Twin Metals has been pursuing a massive copper mine within the Rainy River watershed, just upstream from the Boundary Waters. Fortunately the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have halted any new mine proposals in the Rainy River watershed for the next two years due to the severe risk of perpetual, toxic water pollution.

These agencies are now considering extending the temporary ban into a 20-year ban and are taking public comment and analyzing the risks and environmental impacts of copper mining in the Rainy River watershed. Here's where you come in.

Using the form on this page, please tell these agencies to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from sulfide-ore copper mining.


Please take action by June 30, 2017.

Photo of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by stevewall/Flickr.

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