Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Authorities: Remains found in Boundary Waters wilderness are human

(Photo by Brian Peterson)DULUTH, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota say skeletal remains found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are human. The remains were found in late April at a campsite belonging to a New Mexico man who planned to spend the winter in the woods. Jordan Grider of Moriarty, New Mexico, an experienced outdoorsman, gave his family the…

Former DNR boss Landwehr to lead Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

(Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters)ELY, Minn. — The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters announced Tuesday, March 5 that former Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has been named its executive director. Landwehr served as DNR commissioner for the last eight years under Gov. Mark Dayton (new Gov. Tim Walz chose Sarah Strommen to head the agency earlier this year)….

Officials nix BWCAW reservations because of glitch

(recreation.gov)DULUTH, Minn. — Federal officials say they are starting over on accepting reservation for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota because of technical issues. Forest Service officials say only a small number of people were able to receive access to apply for permits, so officials are cancelling reservations that have been processed and are issuing refunds. Officials…

Two more lawsuits challenge proposed mine near Boundary Waters

(Photo by Brian Peterson)MINNEAPOLIS — Environmental groups filed two more lawsuits Monday challenging the Interior Department’s decision to reinstate the federal mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. One of the lawsuits was filed by three national groups: The Wilderness Society, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Izaak Walton League of America. The…

Feds keep proposed Minnesota copper mine plan alive

(Photo by Brian Peterson)ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Donald Trump’s administration has resurrected an effort to build a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in northeastern Minnesota. In an opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the U.S. Interior Department concluded that the Bureau of Land Management erred last December when it determined that it had…

Scientists: Deer-carried brain worm major contributor in moose decline

(Minnesota DNR photo)For years, Minnesota wildlife officials along with biologists and scientists have been trying to figure out the somewhat mysterious – and monumental – decline of the moose population in the state. According to reports, scientists now say they finally have some answers. A Nov. 6 story on Greenwire, an energy and online environmental news service, says scientists believe…

Minnesota governor now supports PolyMet copper-nickel mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s moved from being “genuinely undecided” on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to being a genuine supporter of the project. Dayton saids he’s not as comfortable with another proposed copper-nickel mine, Twin Metals near Ely, because it’s in a watershed that flows into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The federal…