Path to Permanent Protection

Submit your comment during the Biden Administration's Bureau of Land Management 90-day public comment period on the proposed 20-year ban (called a "mineral withdrawal) on copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. If the federal government decides it is not acceptable, as it did in 2016, no federal mineral leases could be granted for 20 years. Make your voice heard. 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources kicked off a 30-day public comment period that began on November 9th. Citizens can comment on the current rules that allow copper mining in the Boundary Waters watershed, and the need for those rules to change in order to protect the Boundary Waters. Everyone, not just Minnesotans, can participate in this comment period. Your input is critical to permanently protecting America’s most visited Wilderness.

Make a donation in any amount! We need the resources from supporters like you to keep our Campaign in this fight until we’ve permanently protected the Boundary Waters for all generations to come.

Join the legacy of wilderness defenders and become a Boundary Waters Champion! We are at a critical point in the fight to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining. We need the public’s voice to be heard now more than ever.  Take these three actions to become a Boundary Waters Champion, and to show you our gratitude we will send you our new glow-in-the-dark northern lights sticker!

What is our plan to win? We have a unique opportunity at this moment in time to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining. 

 Our path to permanent protection from sulfide-ore mining includes:

  • Re-initiating a federal 20-year mining ban

  • Passing permanent protection bills in Congress and the Minnesota legislature

  • Ongoing litigation to terminate unlawful mining leases

  • Using science to push back against the proposals and greenwashing from mining companies

  • Updating the state's pollution regulations to prohibit copper mining near the Boundary Waters



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Thank You to Our Supporters


U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced HR 2794 - the Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. The bill would forever ban sulfide-ore copper mining on federal lands in the watershed of the Boundary Waters.

Ask Minnesota legislators to support the Boundary Waters Permanent Protection Bill 

*Minnesota residents only  

Minnesota Reps. Kelly Morrison and Jim Davnie and Minnesota Sen. Steve Cwodzinski are authoring a state Boundary Waters Permanent Protection Bill (HF 840 & SF 763). This compliment to the federal bill would permanently ban sulfide-ore copper mining on state lands in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. Take action below to urge your Minnesota Representative and Minnesota Senator to support and work to pass this important bill. Read our factsheet about the bill here.

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