Dear Fellow Explorer,
Greetings from our sailboat, Discovery! Since we left Minnesota’s north shore in August, after our Year in the Wilderness book tour, we have sailed the Great Lakes, traveled through the Erie Canal and the Hudson River out to the East Coast, and are making our way south for the winter. While we travel, we are working on writing another book and we are keeping close tabs on the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.
Dave and Amy Freeman aboard their sailboat, the Discovery.
You may know that on September 6, the Trump administration announced an abrupt end to the study on the risks of copper mining in the area, and opened a quarter million acres of federal public land to further mineral leasing and development. This decision is a betrayal of public trust and the many thousands of people who weighed in to say the Boundary Waters watershed must be protected. Scientific and economic data also support the need to ban copper mining in order to protect the Wilderness and the sustainable economies of wilderness-edge communities we call home.
Dave and Amy Freeman paddling in front of their sailboat, the Discovery.
Today is Give to the Max Day
and we are asking you to help the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters fight back against sulfide-ore copper mining.
When you donate any dollar amount today, every gift is matched 100% up to $65,000.
There is so much to be done in the fight for the Boundary Waters, and your generosity will play a crucial role in protecting this special place for generations to come. In addition to an active lawsuit against the unlawful reinstatement of the Twin Metals leases, the Campaign is preparing to challenge the dozens of potential leases that could move forward as a result of the recent decision by the Trump Administration.
Thanks for continuing to speak loudly for this wild and beautiful place!
Signing off for now,
Dave and Amy Freeman
P.S. Give to the Max Day is a great time to give - not only will your gift be matched 100% up to $65,000, but every donation will improve the Campaign’s chances to win additional $500, $1,000, and even $10,000 gifts! Please give today.
On September 23, 2016, Dave and Amy Freeman returned after 366 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters’ efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge. During their Year in the Wilderness, Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. In 2014 Dave and Amy traveled by canoe and sailboat from Ely to Washington D.C. during Paddle to DC as a first step in their efforts to protect the Wilderness. Most recently, that same journey was made via bicycle, ending in Washington D.C. in June of 2018.