Thursday, July 15, 2021
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Save the Boundary Waters

REI Coop x Save the Boundary Waters partnership

REI Coop has been a valued partner in our national effort to defend the Boundary Waters for years. REI has helped engage the outdoor community and elected leaders in our efforts to permanently protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from proposed copper mining. We are so grateful for REI’s support and collaboration!

REI was an early joiner of our now 350+ member Boundary Waters Business Coalition. When called upon, they have added the Coop’s weight to important letters sent from businesses to decision makers in the federal government, helping to highlight the importance of Boundary Waters protection to the outdoor industry.

As a founding and pinnacle member of The Conservation Alliance, REI supports vital environmental conservation campaigns across the country, including Save the Boundary Waters (we’ve received generous Conservation Alliance grants, funded by its member companies, since 2015). The REI Minnesota team has also supported Kids for the Boundary Waters in their efforts to train and bring hundreds of youth advocates to Washington D.C. to meet with decision makers.


Over the years we’ve enjoyed meeting REI Coop members at store presentations we’ve hosted about the Boundary Waters, the “Boundary Waters Day” at the Bloomington MN store, and having REI help promote our events, like the Paddle Day of Action events we hosted in May 2021.

Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman have presented at REI stores about their adventure advocacy expeditions, and the Bloomington location put the Freemans’ eye-catching signature canoe on display in their store!


Spreading the word about the beauty of the Boundary Waters and the toxic threat of copper mining on the Wilderness edge is critical to our fight. We’re grateful that REI’s media publication Uncommon Path (previously called the Coop Journal) has covered the copper mining controversy in its articles.

And, we’re psyched to announce that REI Coop is sponsoring our Queer Boundary Waters trip this September! Save the Boundary Waters is co-hosting this Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness expedition specifically for a group of outdoor industry and adventure community members who identify as LGBTQ+. Ely Outfitting Company is guiding this trip in collaboration with Mikah Meyer, adventure travel influencer and founder of the Outside Safe Space, and Save the Boundary Waters. Outside Safe Space promotes LGBTQ+ welcoming spaces in the outdoors. 

Thank you REI Coop!

You can buy our cool Save the Boundary Waters stickers at REI’s MN stores (in Bloomington, Roseville, and Maple Grove).