About NMW

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most popular Wilderness Area in the country.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most popular Wilderness Area in the country.

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is the region based wilderness advocacy group created by area residents to protect the BWCAW and other wild places.

nmw was formed in 1996 to continue the local tradition of working to protect our wild places against ever increasing public and commercial pressures so that the natural features and processes that exist in the area will remain intact for future generations. Read the NMW Stewardship Guide to learn more about NMW.

Our Mission

1.  To protect and preserve wilderness and wild places.

2.  To advocate for the protection of the BWCAW and the enhancement of its wilderness aspect.

3.  To foster education about the value of wilderness and wild places.

The laws that inform our actions

Wilderness Act of 1964, Public Law 88-577
For the full text of the law, click here.

1978:  Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act, also known as the Boundary Waters Mining Protection Act, Public Law 95-495.
For the full text of the law, click here.

Board of Directors

Dodd Cosgrove
Adam Fetcher
Ellen Hawkins – Tofte, MN, Secretary
Diane Hofstede – Minneapolis/Burntside Lake, MN
Heather Meier
David Miller – Wayzata, MN
Jon Nelson – Duluth, MN, Co-Chair
Steve Piragis – Ely, MN
Becky Rom – Ely, MN, Vice-Chair
Paul Schurke – Ely, MN
Jeff Soderstrom – Orono, MN, Treasurer
Kris Wegerson, Co-chair
Jason Zabokrtsky – Ely, MN

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