The Forest Service is taking comments through the end of February over a proposal to protect 234,328 acres near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota from mining.
Before Trump took office, Forest Service officials had voiced support for withdrawing the area from mining development. They said they worried that a major mine next to the Boundary Waters—including a massive copper and nickel mine that a Chilean conglomerate wants to build there—would produce toxic waste that would leach into the wilderness area’s pure waters.
But the agency seems much more open to allowing a mine next to the Boundary Waters under Trump. Earlier this year, Forest Service officials shelved an environmental impact statement they were preparing to examine the issue in favor of conducting a far less detailed environmental assessment.
Please tell the Forest Service to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area—and the national forest land that borders it—from industrial mining. Tell them those acres should be withdrawn from consideration of any mining proposals. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the waters that feed it, are a precious national resource that should be protected for all, not exploited for private gain.