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Take Action - Stop the Land Exchange!
Would be Harmful to the BWCAW, SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST and LAKE SUPERIOR Watershed
Minnesota's Arrowhead Region Under Threat
Bad Deal for the Nation and Minnesota's School Children, Good Deal for the Mining Companies
Too Secretive for Public Scrutiny
The Dismantling of Superior National Forest is Being Legislated Without Public Input or Participation
Representative Cravaack Giving Away Superior National Forest
to Multinational Mining Corporations!
Will Senators Franken, and Klobuchar Do the Same?
PDF of this Alert HERE
Representative Cravaack Introduces H.R. 5544 Special Favors Bill For Foreign Mining Interests
* Bill Will Fast Track a Land Exchange For the Benefit of Multinational Mining Corporations
* Tens of Thousands of Acres of Protected SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST Lands Will Lose their Federal Protections in Order to Be Strip Mined!
* Legislation Would Be a Windfall to PolyMet, Teck Cominco, Twin Metals and Other Mining Companies Seeking to Turn Minnesota's Arrowhead into a Sulfide Mining District
Just Say No!
Please ask Senators Franken and Klobuchar to refrain from introducing ANY kind of school trust land exchange legislation within the U.S. Senate
* Let them know that you oppose any legislation designed to bypass and circumvent Federal environmental laws, which includes public review and citizen input.
* Too secretive for general public scrutiny. The so-called hybrid land exchange compromise was developed by a legislative committee, that included the mining interests.
* Missing in the legislative fast tracking is Native American Tribal consultation, as well as any public input or participation - and right of appeal.
H.R. 5544: Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act
Link to H.R. 5544
H.R.5544/S.F.1750 Mesabi Purchase Unit township parcels
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* Majority of USFS parcels on Superior National Forest
have not yet been identified
Oppose H.R. 5544 which mandates and expedites the transfer of tens of thousands of acres of protected National Forest lands into state management intended to maximize revenue generation. Removing these lands from Federal administration would result in the loss of important protections, including the Weeks Act and other Acts prohibition against strip mining and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and appeal process. The underlying purpose of this bill would be to benefit mining companies by removing Federal protections and eluding steps in the standard land exchange process which includes public comment and participation, Native American Tribal consultation, environmental review and appeal.
Included in H.R.5544 are parcels designated in Minnesota SF 1750, with priority to the Mesabi Purchase Unit. Changing these parcels from Federal to State ownership would be a strip mining give-away to mining companies currently exploring for copper-nickel sulfide deposits: PolyMet, Teck Cominco, Twin Metals, Encampment Resources, etc.
Stop the give-away of Superior National Forest being proposed in the name of our children!
H.R. 5544's Purpose is to Remove Federal Protections on Superior National Forest Lands
If passed, the result of H.R 5544 would be the loss of many tens of thousands of acres of Superior National Forest land that would instead be managed by the State of Minnesota for maximum revenue generation. Lands that lie within a designated National Forest and are owned by the Federal government have a variety of critical protections, including:
* The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) provides a process for public input by affected citizens and environmental review to evaluate and determine whether an action is in the public interest.
* The Weeks Act and other Acts protect National Forest lands against surface destruction such as strip mining and protects the headwaters of rivers and watersheds in perpetuity. The National Forest lands were designated for watershed protection and to secure the maintenance of a perpetual growth of forest.
* Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to consult with proposed projects on National Forest land to ensure ESA compliance.
* The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1978 specifically requires that the BWCA be protected from the environmental impacts associated with mineral development "to the maximum extent possible".
* The legislation bypasses and ignores Native American Tribal rights and is contrary to laws, policies and Executive Orders requiring government - to - government consultation on issues related to Federal actions.
Will Senators Franken and Klobuchar Put Corporate Profits Above the People, Land, Water and Wildlife of the Arrowhead?
It is probable that Senators Franken and Klobuchar do not wish to leave behind as part of their Senatorial legacy the dismantling of Superior National Forest and degradation of the BWCAW and Lake Superior watersheds. A far better choice would be a complete sale of state lands within the BWCAW to the Federal government, thus generating money for the school trust fund without destroying our natural treasures for future generations of school children. Alternatively the school trust could collect a percent of the BWCAW user fee currently charged to wilderness visitors by the U.S. Forest Service. With the BWCAW user fee scenario, the State would continue to own the land in the Boundary Waters and would continue to have a voice in management decisions. The history of sulfide mining is one of toxic environmental degradation with no evidence that mining for copper, nickel, and other non-ferrous metals in the water-rich environment of northeast Minnesota can be done without harming our water resources, our health, and the ecology of our land.
More Information Here:
Save Our Sky Blue Waters www.sosbluewaters.org
Save Lake Superior Association www.savelakesuperior.org
Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest www.friendscvsf.org
Superior National Forest - Lake County, Minnesota.
Site of intense exploration and leasing for metallic sulfide minerals.
This land was made for you and me.