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Bureau of Land Management Threatens America’s Most Visited Wilderness Area with Mining Operations

Earthjustice reacts to today’s BLM announcement proposing opening areas of Superior National Forest to mining, impacting Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Land Management proposed today to open a pristine watershed next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota to mining operations. The proposal represents a dire threat to an area encompassing 18 hiking trails and 1,200 miles of canoe routes bordering Canada.

Earthjustice is currently involved in litigation to challenge the Interior Department’s reinstatement of mining leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, which has proposed sulfide-ore mining operations at the edge of the Boundary Waters. The lawsuit was filed in June on behalf of The Wilderness Society, Center for Biological Diversity, and Izaak Walton League, and parallels two other lawsuits opposing the Twin Metals leases.

The following statement from Earthjustice attorney Erin Whalen is a reaction to today’s BLM announcement:

“The Boundary Waters is a valuable economic driver for northeastern Minnesotans, and for the rest of us what it offers is priceless: a chance to learn self-reliance, experience freedom, and connect to the vanishing wild. Today’s proposal threatens to deny America’s children and grandchildren those opportunities.”

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