Help Protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Every year more dedicated backcountry hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness than any wilderness area in the country. The BWCAW offers an array of outdoor opportunities, ranging from phenomenal fishing for lake trout, smallmouth bass, pike and walleye in its seemingly endless string of quiet waters to unique backcountry hunts for white-tailed deer, black bear and grouse in its vast tracts of unpressured forest land.

These opportunities have been put at risk by the renewal of large scale sulfide-ore copper mining permits  on the edge of the BWCAW. The Bureau of Land Management recently announced the renewal of federal mining leases in the watershed. This puts the most visited wilderness area in the country at unnecessary risk and threatens our outdoor traditions and heritage.

Please join us in urging the BLM to not renew mineral leases to Twin Metals Minnesota and provide a longer comment period of at least 60 days. Give the BWCAW the public review it deserves by adding your name to the following petition:

Who's signing

3,893 signatures

As a sportsman, I urge the Bureau of Land Management to ensure the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness’ more than 1,000 pristine lakes and 1,200 miles of rivers and streams continue to offer unmatched hunting and fishing. To ensure our outdoor traditions are maintained, we urge you to do the following:

  1. Not renew federal mineral leases in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness watershed.
  2. Provide a comment period of at least 60 days. Thirty days is not enough time for the public to provide input.
  3. Require a full environmental impact statement, which carefully reviews the impacts that proposed sulfide-mining development could have on the outdoor recreation industry in Minnesota, which currently generates $850 million in annual revenue and 17,000 jobs.
  4. Ensure permanent protection of BWCAW's vast expanse of cold, clean waters and untrammeled landscape by recommending a permanent withdrawal of the federally owned minerals within the Boundary Waters watershed.

Thank you for standing up for America’s outdoor traditions

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