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January 26, 2023

Today Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed a Public Land Order (PLO) protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW or Wilderness), Voyageurs National Park (VNP), and 1854 Treaty Area from sulfide-ore copper mining. The PLO, called a mineral withdrawal, bans toxic mining on 225,504 acres of Superior National Forest land in the watershed of the BWCAW and upstream of the Wilderness. The PLO comes after the Forest Service published a comprehensive scientific review finding that sulfide-ore copper mining would pollute the Boundary Waters in ways that could not be fixed or mitigated. The PLO and the final Environmental Assessment (EA) are expected to be released tomorrow.

January 12, 2023

This week, the Boundary Waters Permanent Protection Bill (S.F. 167/H.F. 329) was introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate by chief authors Representative Sandra Feist and Senator Kelly Morrison. The bill extends the existing permanent state ban on mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) to also prohibit sulfide-ore copper mining on state-owned lands and issuance of sulfide-ore copper mining permits, licenses, and leases within the Rainy River Headwaters.

August 22, 2022

Today Becky Rom, National Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, released the following statement on Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta's announced lawsuit against the Biden administration. 

 

Jan 14, 2023
Quetico-Superior News
Bills introduced this week in the Minnesota Legislature seek to permanently prohibit copper-nickel mining on state-owned land in areas that drain toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Versions in both houses were authored by Sen. Kelly Morrison and Rep. Sandra Feist, respectively.
Nov 20, 2022
Star Tribune Editorial Board
Lame-duck Congress should safeguard northern Minnesota's watery wilderness from copper mining. 
Nov 16, 2022
JACQUELINE KEHOE, REI
Advocates have been fighting to keep mining away from the Boundary Waters, and now the wilderness might have its best chance for protection yet—with your help.
Aug 30, 2022
Pioneer Press
Becky Rom comments on the well-considered decision by the Biden Administration to protect the Boundary Waters, along with its legal precedent and public support.
Aug 30, 2022
Star Tribune
Becky Rom comments on the well-considered decision by the Biden Administration to protect the Boundary Waters, along with its legal precedent and public support.
Jul 20, 2022
Duluth News Tribune
Becky Rom outlines how administrative and congressional mineral withdrawals on copper mining would not impact taconite or iron ore mining.
Jul 14, 2022
The Timberjay
The Timberjay highlights an appearance by Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters National Chair Becky Rom at an Ely Tuesday Group session, where Rom provided updates on the campaign's efforts.
Jun 23, 2022
Star Tribune
Campaign to Save The Boundary Waters National Chair Becky Rom comments on the Forest Service's draft environmental assessment of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining in the Boundary Waters watershed.
Jun 23, 2022
Minnesota Public Radio
Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters National Chair Becky Rom highlights the scientific basis for the mineral withdrawal process in MPR's coverage of the U.S. Forest Service's draft environmental assessment.
Jun 23, 2022
Duluth News Tribune
Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters National Chair Becky Rom comments on the Forest Service's draft environmental report that concluded sulfide-ore copper mining poses a risk to the Boundary Waters.

VIDEOS & WEBINARS

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Short video celebrating the life of Former Vice President Walter Mondale, who fought fervently to protect Minnesota’s Boundary Waters from toxic mining. 

Watch the entire "Boundary Waters Traverse" film! On May 22, 2021 Alex Falconer ran over 110 miles in 38 hrs 15 mins and 3 seconds, through the heart of the Boundary Waters completing the first known attempt to trail run the "Boundary Waters Traverse”.

Patagonia's feature-length film - Public Trust. The film focuses on the Boundary Waters and other high-profile, threatened public lands across the United States.

In Deep Water: A Fight to Save the Boundary Waters The Campaign produced a mini-documentary to educate new audiences on the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining on the edge of the Boundary Waters.

Kids for the Boundary Waters is an organization run by youth with the goal of building a community of young wilderness advocates.

KEEN Story Camp was an event that included a public open-mic session on the edge of the Wilderness, where attendees canoed the lakes during the day and told stories around the fire at night.

A stunning short film that follows Dave and Amy Freeman's year spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Bear Witness shares Dave and Amy's experiences in all seasons and how the Freemans dedicated themselves to this expedition in an effort to raise awareness about the threats to the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. 

A stunning short film that follows Dave and Amy Freeman's year spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Bear Witness shares Dave and Amy's experiences in all seasons and how the Freemans dedicated themselves to this expedition in an effort to raise awareness about the threats to the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. 

Covering 2,000 miles and crossing nine states, authors and National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Amy and Dave Freeman are biking from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington D.C. this spring to promote their new book, A Year in the Wilderness, and continue their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of our country’s most precious and expansive Wilderness areas.

A short documentary film centered around protecting the Boundary Waters. The film's focus is on the people who help spread appreciation for the land and carry on, in their own individual ways, the legacy of Sigurd Olson, a writer and conservationist who was responsible for the area's National Forest designation in 1978.

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WEBINARS

Lease Cancelation Webinar - 1/27/22

Save the Boundary Waters Press Conference: Lease Cancelation - 1/26/2022

Issue 101 and the Path to Permanent Protection for the Boundary Waters - 9/3/2021

Fishing Webinar 5/5/2021

Saving the Boundary Waters: Stories About Runners and Kids Working to Protect America’s Most Visited Wilderness - June 2021

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