ELY, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- A Trump administration decision to reopen lands near the Boundary Waters Wilderness to industrial mining drew strong criticism from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members in Minnesota today.
Announced abruptly by the administration just days before Christmas, the decision resurrects a controversial proposal by an international mining company to develop large-scale copper mines within the Boundary Waters watershed.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has a large, established chapter in Minnesota and members all over North America who treasure Minnesota’s backcountry lands, is strongly invested in the future of the Boundary Waters, the nation’s most-visited wilderness.
“We are shocked and frankly furious with the Trump administration and Secretary Zinke’s decision to renew the Twin Metals mining leases,” said BHA MN Chapter Co-chair Aaron Hebeisen, who lives in Mora. “This announcement comes as a slap in the face to the Roosevelt legacy that the administration has claimed they want to perpetuate. Since their actions seem to speak louder than their words, you can bet ours will, too – and they will be heard.”
“The renewal of the hard rock mining leases near the Boundary Waters is a dire threat to my family’s outdoor life,” said BHA MN Chapter Co-chair Erik …Read the Rest