Cooperative Action: Help Protect the Boundary Waters
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- Instructor Save the Boundary Waters
Each year, more than 155,000 visitors explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Boasting 1.1 million acres of pristine waters and old growth forests, the region is home to countless fish and wildlife species and contains more than 2,000 lakes, 2,000 campsites, 1,200 miles of canoe routes, and nearly 2,000 miles of hiking trails. It is also central to the cultural and economic well-being of several tribal nations who have long-standing treaty rights to harvest rice, fish, hunt, and gather there. The Boundary Waters and neighboring Voyageurs National Park are vital to northeastern Minnesota's outdoor economy, bringing more than $1 billion to the region and its communities each year. This region is threatened by proposed sulfide-ore copper mining that would forever harm its waters, wildlife and neighboring communities. The Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act would permanently protect 234,328 acres of federal land from mining interests and ensure that future generations can enjoy its unique beauty. Take 2 minutes to tell Congress to permanently protect America's most visited wilderness area at the link below.