Carved by glaciers and sculpted by water, there are countless reasons why the Boundary Waters is the most popular Wilderness Area in the United States. At over 1.1 million acres, the BWCA contains more than 1,100 lakes, 1200 miles of canoe routes, a dozen rugged hiking trails and endless opportunities to explore and discover an adventure.
Since 1976, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has been the voice for clean water and wilderness.
Mission: The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (aka “The Friends”) protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.
Impact: In the past year, the Friends has been at the forefront of protecting water in Northeast Minnesota, including in court with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, striking down PolyMet’s permits to mine, and working with Representative Betty McCollum to introduce legislation to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from the proposed Twin Metals and any future sulfide mine.
Opportunities to engage:
  • Join their free Annual Gathering: From Tuesday, September 15, to Thursday, September 17, The Friends will have an exciting line up of events to celebrate the Boundary Waters and recognize the people who champion this magical place.
  • Become a wilderness volunteer: Work with the Friends to restore, maintain and tidy up the BWCAW through their Superior Wilderness Volunteers Connections program.

Who We Support – Minnesota Environmental Fund members are 20 outstanding nonprofit organizations leading the charge on all of Minnesota’s most pressing environmental issues – clean water, climate change, environmental justice, protecting wildlife and wild places, access to the outdoors, healthy food and farming and more – our members are on it! Giving to the Minnesota Environmental Fund makes it easy to support Minnesota’s environment in a holistic way.

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