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PolyMet and Twin Metals, the two companies seeking to open copper-sulfide mines in Minnesota are shell companies controlled by larger corporations: Glencore and Antofagasta, respectively. Who are these corporate citizens? What is their history and how have they conducted business? A look into the recent history of these companies reveals a long pattern of abuse, pollution, corruption, and misuse of power.
Don Fraser (1924 - 2019) was a politician with rare moral courage. For those of us who love the wilderness and treasure the BWCAW, Fraser will always be remembered as one of the great champions of the Boundary Waters. Despite the enormous political costs, he was instrumental in bringing full wilderness protection to the Boundary Waters. Doing so cost him votes, it probably cost him the Senate seat. But he put his conscience before his career.
What kind of camera equipment should you bring to the Boundary Waters? There’s a lot of accessories and gadgets to sort through, but these are the five things every photographer needs to bring to the Boundary Waters.
Small children and water seem like two things that shouldn’t be combined. However, with a little preparation and some patients, some of the best family adventures out there take place with young children in a canoe, on the water, in the Boundary Waters.
If sulfide mining, the most polluting industry in the country, comes to Minnesota, the state doesn’t have the laws or safeguards in place to regulate this toxic industry. There are no standards the industry must meet when it comes to clean water, land reclamation, containing the toxic mining waste, and so on. Further, there are no legal consequences.
Twelve years ago, the Ham Lake Fire devastated the border region around the Gunflint Trail. Fueled by a dry spring, erratic winds, and tinder from the 1999 blowdown, the fire grew to be one of the largest in Minnesota’s history. For over two weeks the fire burned over 75,000 acres, destroying cabins, businesses, and family residences.
One of the most novel and most satisfying ways to experience the Boundary Waters is to join a volunteer crew and spend a few days — or a few weeks — clearing trails, shoring up campsites and fighting erosion at some of the most popular campsites. You find out real quick, that there’s something about the smell pine sap and sawdust that makes for a perfect morning.
The irony of fishing in the Boundary Waters is that you’re going to one of the best fishing holes in the lower 48, but you can’t bring all the tackle you want. So what do you want to bring? Here’s one
These five books are great guides to the rich history of people coming together and saying the area that would become the Boundary Waters is worth protecting. There may be a fortune to be made from the natural resources, but this land needs to be protected. It’s too valuable to be turned into a profit.
In defending the Boundary Waters from the Trump Administration, lawyers for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness filed motion, asking the judge to vacate — or overturn — the Department of Interior’s reinstatement of Twin Metals’ leases.