Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Cause Area

  • Environment


2550 University Ave W, Suite 180SSaint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.


For over 40 years, Friend of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has worked to protect, preserve and restore America’s most visited Wilderness Area. Our work includes:

  • Leading the fight against copper-sulfide mining. Proposed copper-sulfide mines on the edge of the Boundary Waters represent the biggest threat this area has ever faced.

  • No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters. Through our Thomas Flint Memorial Canoe Trips and wilderness curriculum programs, we bring kids from underserved communities into the Boundary Waters, supporting the next generation of wilderness stewards.

  • Wilderness restoration. Through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, we bring volunteers into the BWCAW to clear out fallen trees, debris and clean up campsites to make sure everyone can explore the far corners of this northern wilderness.


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