Bureau of Land Management proposes to renew hardrock mineral leases with updated stipulations in the Superior National Forest
WASHINGTON—The Bureau of Land Management released an Environmental Assessment (EA) today that analyzes the potential effects of renewing hardrock mineral leases, which include updated stipulations to protect natural resources, in the Superior National Forest.
The leases are located in the Rainy River Watershed near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The EA includes updated stipulations identified by the U.S. Forest Service to be imposed on the leases in order to mitigate possible risks to water resources and wilderness areas. The 30-day public comment period on the EA will conclude on Jan. 22, 2019.
Written comments should be addressed to MN Hardrock Lease Renewal EA Project Manager, Northeastern States District Office, 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 200, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Prior to including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personally identifiable information – may be made publicly available at any time.
The EA is available at https://go.usa.gov/xPtDd.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.