Working to protect, preserve, and restore the Boundary Waters Wilderness and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.
When you contribute to the Friends, you support our work to keep the BWCAW wild for generations to come.
- Research into issues that affect the Boundary Waters, including sulfide mining, climate change, and invasive species
- Advocacy with federal and state agencies and lawmakers to ensure the highest levels of protection for the wilderness
- Education for the public about the Boundary Waters, the threats to its wilderness character, and how they can help
- Developing the next generation of wilderness stewards through youth engagement programs
- Collaboration with agencies, organizations, and communities neighboring the BWCAW to support sustainable economies that respect and support wilderness landscapes
- Expert analysis into plans and proposals for developments that would harm wilderness character and the health of the BWCAW ecosystem
- Substantive input through formal comments and frequent communication with relevant agencies to give voice to the wilderness and its users
- Communication online and in print with our members and the public, celebrating the wilderness and driving grassroots engagement on issues that affect it
- Science updates to engage members and the public in current research related to wildlife, ecology, and visitor use
- Media outreach to help journalists understand and accurately cover issues affecting the wilderness
- Internships and fellowships to support students in pursuing conservation and non-profit careers
- Sponsored canoe trips to introduce youth to the joys of wilderness and inspire them to help protect it
- Organizing and funding volunteers to give back to wilderness and provide campsite and portage maintenance