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Save the Boundary Waters - Comment Now - January 22, 2019

ACA BLM Comment Letter (PDF)


ACA Sign-On to The Wilderness Society letter (PDF



Save the Boundary Waters

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ACA Calls for Immediate Suspension of Mineral 

Development in the Superior National

Forest - May, 2018


The ACA recently signed-on to a letter alongside other organizations to oppose the Department of the Interior's recent action to reinstate expired mineral leases held by Antofagasta's Twin Metals Minnesota, and to request an immediate suspension of all mineral development authorizations in the Superior National Forest. 


  • Read the full letter (PDF)



ACA Encourages Members to Help Save the Boundary



The Campaign, led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, was organized by local residents in and around Ely, Minnesota, who are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution caused by mining copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide-bearing ore. 




ACA Urges Members to Write Senators to Oppose H.R. 3905 and Save the Boundary Waters! - 2018

H.R. 3905, which narrowly passed out of the House of Representatives in November, by a vote of 216-204 remains under review in the Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources. In the meantime, the ACA urges members to write their senators and voice their opposition to a bill that will expose one of the crown jewels of America's paddling resources, the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness, to toxic pollution from sulfide-ore copper mining.The ACA's public policy chief recently visited key congressional offices on Capitol Hill to make the ACA's position on H.R. 3905 known, to thank H.R. offices for casting a no vote, and to urge Senators to cast a no vote should the bill come to the floor. Read the letter below.


  • Letter to Members (PDF)



ACA Opposes MINER Act, H.R. 3905, the “Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act" - 2017


This radical bill would require approval from elected Representatives in Congress for any federal proposal to withdraw land from mining, or establishment of national monuments in Minnesota. Additionally, this legislation would allow the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases in the area remain valid and renewed.


The MINER Act, H.R. 3905 represents yet another direct attack on one of our nation’s bedrock conservation laws, and flatly ignores the overwhelming public support for protecting unique and sensitive federal lands and ocean areas through national monument designations. 

  • Letter to Minnesota Members (PDF)


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