The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a chain of 1,100 lakes stretching along Minnesota’s border with Canada, contains the largest remaining old-growth forests in the lower 48 and holds 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire National Forest system. But now the Trump administration wants to add a sulfide mine or two.
The administration’s proposal will renew 53-year-old expired mining leases for dangerous sulfide-ore copper mining on our precious public lands.
Sulfide-ore copper mining is considered one of the most toxic industries in the country and threatens to introduce catastrophic acid discharge that will permanently contaminate the fresh waters of this wilderness area.
Now is the time to act to protect these pristine waters and forested lands for future generations.