Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Facts

  • The BWCAW is America’s most-visited wilderness area. It contains 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands. It is a uniquely water-intensive lakeland wilderness ecosystem. Its interconnected system of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands set in a forested landscape provides critical habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife, including several endangered and threatened species.
     
  • The waters of the BWCAW, some of the cleanest in America, lack buffering capacity, which leaves them uniquely vulnerable to pollutants.
     
  • Scientific modeling and empirical evidence show overwhelmingly that sulfide-ore copper mining in the BWCAW’s watershed threatens with near certainty the destruction of the healthy, intact, and productive wilderness area that supports a full range of recreational and economic activities and is a beloved national and state treasure.

Click here for a sample letter to help guide your own letter to your congressional representative to urge their support for the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act (H.R. 2794)

For more information, please check out https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/.