Leading the fight to protect the BWCA from copper-sulfide mining
Proposed copper-sulfide mines risk contaminating some of the cleanest water on earth and permanently polluting the Boundary Waters. If these mines open, they would produce acid mine drainage and cause irreparable harm to our beloved wilderness. Learn more about the threats and how you can join a movement.
Educational programs to promote equity in the wilderness
Young people who grow up in our hyper-connected, digital world need the wilderness more than ever. Through our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters program, we introduce students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to the splendors of the wilderness, both in the classroom and through week-long trips into the BWCA.
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With more than 1,100 lakes, 1,200 miles of canoe routes, a dozen rugged hiking trails and over 1.1 million acres, the BWCA offers endless opportunities for adventure. From a searchable route library to invaluable tips and tricks, we’ve got all the resources you need to explore the Boundary Waters.
The future of the BWCA is deeply tied to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the communities that surround the Boundary Waters. We work with local businesses, organizations, and individuals on projects that build thriving communities to ensure people have a stable and viable livelihood.
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How To Help
The wilderness needs people. It needs you.
Learn more about how you can give back to the Boundary Waters.