However signs of spring and new life are all around us and we look forward to the many adventures and challenging conditions that spring is sure to provide. This morning a pair of swans flew low over our campsite heading north. We were unable to tell if they were tundra swans or trumpeter swans, but either way they are a unique sign of spring and something we didn’t expect to see in early March.
Despite the gloomy, wet conditions our hearts are filled with joy. On Monday Governor Mark Dayton came out in strong opposition to Twin Metals and the sulfide-ore copper mining that is being proposed along the edge of the Wilderness. Then yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced they have the legal authority to deny the renewal of sulfide-ore mining leases held by Twin Metals. This opinion opens the door for a rigorous environmental review on whether sulfide-ore mining is appropriate within the Boundary Waters watershed.
We are so thankful that people here in Northeastern Minnesota and across the country have worked to elevate the importance of protecting this national treasure and educating people about the threats that sulfide-ore copper mining would bring to this area if mines of this type were built. Your voices are critically important! Please continue to speak loudly for this quite place. Sulfide mining is not worth the risk and harm it poses to the natural beauty and quiet wilderness. We cannot put a price on the value of water or the place where we swim, fish and spend time with our family.
Together we can @savetheBWCA ! Please thank Governor Mark Dayton by following the link in our bio. Sign the petition at http://ift.tt/1x2erSX and continue to be a voice for the Wilderness.