Friends Of The Boundary Waters Wilderness

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As you read this, Twin Metals, the Chilean-owned mining conglomerate we recently beat back through a series of historic victories, is looking to begin a new mining project at the edge of the Boundary Waters.

With plans to drill on the South Kawishiwi River, which flows directly into the Boundary Waters, they are seeking to open a toxic copper-sulfide mine that would pollute some of the cleanest water in the country, and ruin the Boundary Waters.

With the new, emerging threat, we need your help more than ever. 

Copper-sulfide mining is the most polluting industry in the United States, and in a water-rich environment, such a mine would be an ecological — not to mention cultural — disaster.

For years, Friends of the Boundary Waters led the movement to stop these projects. 


The threat 

We’ve proven that when people join together, we can beat back billion-dollar mining conglomerates.

Together, we stripped Twin Metals of its illegal mineral leases and successfully lobbied the Forest Service to implement a 20-year mining on federal land surrounding the Boundary Waters. 

But there is a saying in the conservation world: “Victories are temporary, defeats are permanent.”

The mining industry, with its vast resources and political connections has not given up.

Just last month, a subsidiary of the Chilean-owned mining company, Twin Metals, is preparing to begin exploratory mining at the edge of the Boundary Waters.

And two Swiss and Canadian corporations have formed a joint venture to create a Boundary-Water-Lake Superior mega-mine that would straddle two watersheds and, by dumping acid mine drainage into two iconic bodies of water, pollute more then 10% of the world’s freshwater.

We know that with your support, we can stop this.

To ensure lasting protection, we need your help to pass meaningful legislation, like the Prove It Frist Bill — a commonsense piece of legislation that says before a copper-sulfide mine can be permitted in Minnesota, there must be proof that at least one sulfide mine has operated for ten years and has been closed for ten years without causing pollution.

Be part of the ongoing story of the Boundary Waters.


How your donation will help 

Having fought to protect the Boundary Waters for almost fifty years, we know how crucial it is to get people involved. 

Here’s how your support will protect our clean water for years to come:

  • With your perseverance, we will build a grassroots and political coalition to pass the Prove It First bill. 
  • With your commitment, we will strengthen our legal team and resources to push back against attacks from multibillion dollar mining conglomerates intent on breaking down clean water protections.
  • With your passion, we will continue to reach out to diverse groups — hunters and vegans, rural snowmobilers and urban professionals, and everyone else — to build a community invested in the long-term protection of the Boundary Waters.

We’re in this for the long term. We have science on our side. We have the vast majority of Minnesotans on our side. We have clean water on our side. 

We have you on our side.

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About the Friends

For almost 50 years, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has brought together individuals dedicated to the protection of the Boundary Waters. 

We began as a group of friends pooling together our time and talent to protect the wilderness. And that's who we are today: Friends. 

If you love the Boundary Waters, you're in the right place. You're among Friends. 

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Friends Of The Boundary Waters Wilderness

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2550 University Ave W Suite 180S
Saint Paul, MN 55114


612 332 9630

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