While the pristine wilderness serves as an economic driver for tourism-based businesses like outfitters, resorts, and restaurants in gateway communities, it is also important to support sustainable economic growth in other markets as well. By transitioning away from natural resource extraction to stable economic opportunities that provide long-term employment, communities can flourish alongside the BWCAW.

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The Economic Benefits of the Wilderness

Long-term Economic Damage of Sulfide Mining (Harvard)

Meet Some of the Job Creators in The Region

Manufacturing Comback

Made in Ely, Sue Schurke’s Wintergreen Northern Wear is clothing designed for the most extreme places on earth, but looks good enough for a night out in Minneapolis.

Workspace for Creatives

Smack in the middle of downtown Ely, Ten Below is a collaborative workspace where people meet, discuss or just hammer away at projects. A sign of a growing and diversifying economy, right at the edge of the BWCAW.

Ely Outfitting Company

Jason Zabokrtsky and his team of wilderness guides are an example of how numerous outfitters in the area make it easy for families and people with little outdoor experience to explore the BWCA.

Do Your Part to Protect the Boundary Waters