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 large scale sulfide-ore copper mining proposals on the edge of the BWCAW. The Trump administration recently made the decision to streamline this risky development project by stripping the opportunity for public input and limiting the environmental impact analysis. 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 U.S. Forest Service to give the BWCAW the public review it deserves by adding your name to the following petition:

Who's signing

3,228 signatures

As a sportsman, I urge the U.S. Forest Service 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. 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.
  2. 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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