Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters

A nonprofit organization

$13,954 raised by 70 donors

70% complete

$20,000 Goal

If you have paddled the Boundary Waters, are passionate about public lands and waters protection, and want to take part in the effort to conserve the area for future generations, now is the time to take action. Please consider donating to SFBW today during this critical time in the future of the Boundary Waters. 

Your support is critical. We must continue building the momentum necessary to carry our work across the finish line, and we can’t let up before we achieve permanent protection for America's most visited Wilderness. 

The future looks bright. The BWCA should remain a place where all outdoor enthusiasts can paddle deep into Wilderness lakes, fish, hunt, and camp with our families and take comfort in knowing that future generations will have the same opportunities that you and I have to experience these treasured wild places. 

Public lands and waters belong to all Americans, and we must protect them to ensure that our future generations can experience them as we have. Our priceless backcountry spaces, like the Boundary Waters, are no exception.

Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters priority goals for the next year:

1. Advance Boundary Waters permanent protection legislation through Congress. Bolster bipartisan support for BWCA protection in Congress through partnered efforts with the broader hunting and fishing conservation community. In particular, H.R. 2794 the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act.

2. Federal agencies will be finalizing an environmental assessment on the effects of sulfide-ore mining in the Rainy River Watershed of Northeast Minnesota, which will then result in an official 20-year mineral withdrawal announcement by the Secretary of Interior. Work with partners and decision-makers to encourage an agency's official 20-year mineral withdrawal in the Rainy River Watershed.

3. Continuing to expand our efforts in the conservation community on other important conservation issues affecting our nation's land, water, and wildlife.

4. Program expansion for our organization; officially launching programs for moose population, chronic wasting disease, and critical habitat and fisheries management in NE Minnesota.

5. To continue our efforts in building opportunities for an equitable, inclusive, and diverse community to experience the Boundary Waters and the great outdoors.

Our Mission:

Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters works to protect the integrity of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watersheds for huntable and fishable populations of fish and wildlife, now and forever through advocacy and education.

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Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters

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Environment Community


P.O. Box 743
ELY, MN 55731


612 270 6805

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