On Tuesday, December 18, the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on a resolution that asks Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation to support a massive exchange of lands out of the Superior National Forest and to the State of Minnesota for logging, mining and leasing purposes.
More than 86,000 acres of land would be lost from the Superior National Forest with potential limitations to public access to fish, hunt, snowmobile, hike, and engage in other activities.
The resolution is especially designed to put pressure on Senators Franken and Klobuchar to introduce land exchange legislation by showing local support for the idea. Please take a moment to contact both Senators and the County Commissioners to voice your opposition to the exchange.
If you are a St. Louis County resident, please inform them of this. If you have questions, contact Ian Kimmer, Northern Communities Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Reasons to oppose this legislation:
- Points North: BWCAW Land Exchange—Another Failed Effort? – Shawn Perrich, Northern Wilds
- BWCAW Land Exchange – Timberjay
- BWCA land swap does, too, mean a loss of protection – C.A. Arneson, Minnesota Public Radio
- Proposed BWCA land exchange is a bad deal – David Lien, MinnPost
- Editorial: Scrutiny needed on BWCA swap – Star Tribune