The Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) chapter was recognized as BHA’s Chapter of the Month for April 2016. A recent surge of BHA energy is resulting in an influx of members stepping up to advance our efforts on behalf of North America’s wild public lands and waters. The Minnesota chapter exemplifies this trend in its efforts to focus attention on the threat of a proposed sulfide mine in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
In mid-March BHA President and CEO Land Tawney traveled to Minnesota to voice our opposition to the mine and speak up for the unique backcountry opportunities in the Boundary Waters. At a gathering in Minneapolis convened by the Minnesota chapter, more than 60 BHA members and friends showed up to support BHA and hear Land talk about the importance of protecting the Boundary Waters—and the Minnesota chapter recruited new board members and bolstered their board leadership from three to 10.
Building on this momentum, the chapter will help host a BHA Train to Hunt event in the Twin Cities area July 30th and 31st. Thanks to their hard work, Chapter co-chair Erik Jensen and the rest of the Minnesota chapter are building both member numbers and awareness of the fact that even though something is protected it isn’t necessarily immune to the impacts of development. Great work, Minnesota BHA! Hats off to you and all you are doing on behalf of our wild public lands and waters!