Sierra Club Applauds the US Forest Service’s Draft Environmental Assessment for the Boundary Waters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the US Forest Service issued a draft of an environmental assessment, recommending a 20-year mineral withdrawal from Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This process will also initiate a 30-day comment period, after which a final environmental assessment will be delivered to the Bureau of Land Management, and then to the desk of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for a decision. 

In response, John Dunmore, Federal Policy, Lands Protection Program, released released the following statement: 

“We applaud the US Forest Service for using a science-based approach to come to today’s draft environmental assessment, which would safeguard the most visited wilderness area in the lower 48. This unspoiled swath of forests and interconnected waterways is a national treasure, and we must continue to protect it from toxic mining activity that threatens our communities’ water, economy, wildlife, and health.”

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