Take Action: Fight for Minnesota’s Economic Future

Two federal agencies have taken politically motivated actions that jeopardize the future of statewide benefits from Minnesota’s mining industry and ignore established regulatory and environmental review processes. These actions would have a devastating impact on the creation of thousands of jobs in northeastern Minnesota and the region’s communities, economy and mining industry.

Late last year, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a proposal to withdraw 235,000 acres of federally owned land and minerals in northeast Minnesota from future leasing, exploration and potential development. At risk is the potential for thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wages, regional economic investment and revenues for Minnesota schools. On January 13, 2017, the USFS formally started a public comment period to gather public input on the proposed request for withdrawal.

If you support job creation and the future of mining in Minnesota, take action now!

Make your voice heard by providing public comments to the USFS by email at comments-eastern-superior@fs.fed.us, or use the prepared statement and form below to provide comment directly to the USFS:

TO: U.S. Forest Service, Superior National Forest
RE: Reverse Action to Pursue Widespread Mineral Withdrawal

I oppose the U.S. Forest Service taking any action to pursue the withdrawal of lands and minerals in northeastern Minnesota from future leasing, exploration and potential development. This action ignores the established and rigorous environmental review process for mining projects.

If enacted, the withdrawal proposal will cause the state of Minnesota to lose thousands of potential jobs that would result from future mining projects, billions of dollars in future investment in northeast Minnesota, and billions in potential revenues supporting the state’s K-12 education system.

The targeted federal lands are in an area of historic mining activity where mining is currently allowed and encouraged by federal and state law. The withdrawal would provide no additional environmental protections than those that currently exist under state and federal law and established environmental standards including the National Environmental Policy Act.

I urge the U.S. Forest Service to reject this decision and its devastating impact on the future well-being of Minnesota citizens and communities.

Thank you.

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