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Save the Boundary Waters Campaign Submits 125,000 Comments

August 17, 2017 09:55 PM

The Save the Boundary Waters group submitted more than 125,000 comments to the U.S. Forest Service, in support of protecting the wilderness they love so much.

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"We were very excited, that many of our partners, including environmental groups and medical professionals and citizen groups, were able to generate 125,000 comments. It's the most submitted for an environmental impact statement ever seen in the history of Minnesota," explained Scott Beauchamp, the director of media relations.

Supporters of the campaign held a press conference outside the U.S. Forest Service office on Thursday afternoon in Duluth.

The Forest Service will accept comments until midnight Thursday night, and then will start using those comments to generate an EIS.

This issue creates a great deal of heated support and opposition. There were three listening sessions, in Duluth, St. Paul, and Virginia.

The agency is proposing a 20 year ban on mineral exploration on 234,000 acres of federal land. 

For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50938


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