The U.S. Forest Service Might Do the Right Thing to Protect the Boundary Waters
The U.S. Forest Service just announced it is considering denying Twin Metals’ request to renew two 50-year-old, expired federal mineral leases on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The Forest Service said a final decision will be made after a public input period.
If the Forest Service denies renewal of these expired mineral leases held by Twin Metals (owned by Chilean mining giant Antofogasta), it would be a huge step forward in our efforts to permanently protect this iconic North Country angling and hunting destination. These two expired mineral leases are located right next to the Wilderness, along waterways that flow into the Boundary Waters and Rainy River Drainage Basin. They expired more than two years ago on December 31, 2013, and the federal government has the legal right to grant or withhold consent to renew them.
Your incredible support and hard work across the country has brought us to this critical moment. Take action today to make sure we win permanent protection for this tremendous remote sporting haven so that this and future generations of sportsmen and women may enjoy the unparalleled angling and hunting opportunities found there.