Help Protect the Boundary Waters Today
This time last year, we celebrated a milestone in the protection of the world-class recreation in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Last December, the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture denied the sulfide-ore copper lease renewal application and committed to further studying the impacts of mining near the pristine watershed, citing the $45 million recreation economy in the area. This recreation economy, like most, is supported by the small businesses whose livelihood depends on local recreationists and the 150,000 annual visitors. Many of these businesses are OIA members and they need our help.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3905, Minnesota Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act. This bill not only allows the sulfide-ore mining to take place, it cancels out the ongoing review of mining’s impacts to one of America’s most visited wilderness areas.
The bill also undermines the Antiquities Act, stifling presidential authority to protect Minnesota’s land and water, and threatening the very foundation of this law and the places it protects.
Email your Representative today and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 3905.