Amy and I are proud to call Northeastern Minnesota home. We typically move with the seasons, leading wilderness dogsledding trips near Ely, MN during the winter and leading canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and kayak adventures on Lake Superior during the summer. Our livelihoods rely on the pristine lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands of Northern Minnesota.
Some people talk about how sulfide mining will help the local economy and local communities, but we see the proposed mines as a direct threat to our jobs and the 18,000 tourism-related jobs in the region. We don’t want the BOOM, BUST, BOOM economy that mines create and we don’t think sulfide mining makes sense in Northeastern Minnesota.
Amy and I have traveled over 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. We choose to live here, sandwiched between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness because it is like no other place on earth. We are paddling to Washington, DC to protect our jobs, the long term health of our communities, as well as the world-renowned lakes, rivers, and forests of Northeastern Minnesota from sulfide mining.
We are going up against multinational corporations who have big shot lawyers, massive PR budgets and billions of dollars. All we have is a 40 year-old sailboat named Yemaya, a 16 foot canoe covered in signatures and the belief that sulfide mining will not happen in Northeastern Minnesota. Why? Because when Minnesotians and people across the United States and Canada find out about the true threats that sulfide mining poses to the Quetico Superior Watersheds, they won’t let it happen. We can’t do this alone, we need your help, and the help of all your friends and neighbors. Together we will be heard, we will make a difference and sulfide mining will not happen in Minnesota. Our water, our wilderness and our communities depend on it.