NMW is leading the fight to Save the Boundary Waters and all current information is on that website here. Some of the information on this site is dated and may no longer be accurate

News and Events

Breaking: NMW joins mineral rights lawsuit

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February 22nd, 2017

Read about NMW's success in intervening on behalf of wilderness edge residents, business owners, sportsmen and women and others who depend on the Wilderness on the side of the government in the lawsuit Twin Metals served aiming to regain their mineral rights for sulfide-ore copper mining on the edge of...Read More

ACT NOW: Comment Period

ACT NOW: Comment Period

January 25th, 2017

Several amazing announcements at the end of last year and the beginning of this year mean big news for the Boundary Waters – specifically, Twin Metals’ request to renew its mineral leases was denied, and a watershed-wide environmental review was initiated. We're proud of the work of our Campaign to...Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Twin Metals leases denied. Watershed environmental review to come.

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December 21st, 2016

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, federal agencies announced that Twin Metals mineral leases were denied and that an environmental review of the Boundary Waters watershed would commence. The Bureau of Land Management stated in its release, "Citing broad concerns from thousands of public comments and input about potential impacts of...Read More

Governor Dayton Voices Strong Opposition to Mining Near BWCA

Governor Dayton Voices Strong Opposition to Mining Near BWCA

March 17th, 2016

On March 7, Governor Mark Dayton released a letter he sent to Twin Metals Minnesota, owned by international mining company Antofagasta, about the need to protect the Boundary Waters. The letter outlines his “grave concerns” about Twin Metals’ proposed massive sulfide-ore mining operation in the Boundary Waters Wilderness watershed. “... my...Read More

Urge President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota’s Governor Dayton to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the massive Twin Metals Minnesota Mine.


The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
– Edward Abbey