Founded in 1976, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness played an instrumental role in passing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act, which gave the BWCAW the protections it has today. Currently, Friends leads the fight against the proposed copper-sulfide mines at the edge of the Boundary Waters and is the only organization in Minnesota organization fighting both PolyMet and Twin Metals.

The mission of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

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Recent Op-Eds

The Mining Industry Has Taken The Reins On Environmental Regulations On both a federal and state level, we have seen regulators cut corners and skew the process in favor of the multibillion-dollar conglomerates that own Twin Metal and PolyMet, Antofagasta and Glencore.

The Most Controversial Land in America People have fought over the BWCAW for more than 100 years, and there’s every indication it will continue to be controversial well into the future.

Gov. Walz is Undermining His Goals By Supporting Mining A recent poll shows that a majority of Minnesotans oppose mining near the Boundary Waters, so why doesn’t Governor Walz?

Further Resources

Legal briefs, scientific studies and other relevant documents can be found on our resources page.