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Message to our supporters regarding latest Twin Metals news

Friends Executive Director Chris Knopf sent the following message to supporters this morning:

This week the U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Ryan Zinke, reinstated the expired mineral leases of Chilean-owned Twin Metals — an action that opens the door for toxic sulfide mining on public land at the edge of the Boundary Waters.

We will fight this action in court alongside our peer conservation organizations.

For more than 40 years we have stayed true to our mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters — one of our nation’s most pristine areas. Reinstating these leases threatens the outdoor economy of northeastern Minnesota and jeopardizes the opportunity for future generations to paddle, hike, fish, hunt and camp in this remarkable landscape.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Contact Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to voice your disappointment in his reinstatement of the Twin Metals leases: 202.208.7351, exsec@ios.doi.gov
  • Contact senators Amy Klobuchar (202.224.3244) and Tina Smith (202.224.5641) to voice your disappointment in Mr. Zinke’s recent action and ask them to stand strong in protecting the BWCAW from sulfide mining

Thanks for all you do to protect our country’s most-visited wilderness area.