MINNESOTA — The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a 1.1 million acre Wilderness, characterized by its uninterrupted forests, diverse wildlife and vast network of clean lakes and rivers to paddle through and portage to. This glacially carved landscape attracts over 150,000 visitors each year because of its 1,200 miles of canoe and kayak routes, 237.5 miles of overnight hiking trails and 2,000 designated campsites. This Boundary Waters is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining in its watershed from Twin Metals and other companies owned by foreign mining conglomerates. The proposed mining sites are upstream from the Wilderness. The toxic pollution could drain into and permanently pollute lakes and rivers lying in the Boundary Waters.