Save our Precious Waters e-Rally
The Superior National Forest is seeking to approve a plan for more copper-nickel mining exploration at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Use the form to send  your comments about this plan. You can use our sample comment, or write your own. Consider adding a note about your connection to the BWCAW, including if you live in the area or how often you visit.

Primary Concerns:

1. First step toward more sulfide mining on the BWCAW’s doorstep

Mineral exploration and development activities are not appropriate activities to occur in this particular area due to its proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its current emphasis and use for ecological preservation and recreation.

2. Inappropriate combination of separate environmental reviews

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement tries to accomplish two tasks at the same time:

  1. create over-arching guidelines for mineral exploration and development on the Superior National Forest
  2. analyze a specific exploration project for 33 prospecting permits.

The result is an analysis that is confusing and lacks key information for both tasks.

3. Does not provide enough information about drilling plans and impacts

The DEIS does not provide enough information for either its development of guidelines or its analysis of environmental impacts from proposed prospecting permits.

4. Steady, around-the-clock noise pollution in the BWCAW

The Forest Service acknowledges that the 33 proposed prospecting activities as well as future mineral exploration and development will create noise that will be heard in the Wilderness.

Read it for yourself. Visit the Forest Service’s website for the project to review the entire Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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The comment period closed at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Thank you so much to everyone who commented and helped spread the word.

We are very excited that more than 940 people spoke up on this important issue via this website. Way to go!