Sulfide Mining activity in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest – More you can do to stop it!

Wisconsin’s only National Forest, the Chequamegon-Nicolet, is under attack. Aquila Resources, the same company behind the Back Forty open-pit mine on the Menominee River, has been granted a Metallic Mineral Exploration License by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The company wants to mine the Medford-Bend Copper/Gold Deposit in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Taylor County. The Forest is a Wisconsin natural treasure, featuring the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Forest covers over 1.5-million acres and there are many known mineral deposits in northern Wisconsin.

At the same time the U.S. Forest Service is conducting a hydrogeology survey of the North Fork Yellow River in the National Forest in Taylor County. The hydrogeology survey is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2021, with possible mineral exploration drilling being completed by the end of June — laying the foundation for open-pit metallic sulfide mining in Wisconsin’s only National Forest. If a mining company is successful in developing an open-pit mine at this location it will open the door for development in other regions of the Forest.

We can’t let that happen — and there is a path to stopping it on the federal level.

H.R. 803, Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, is currently being considered in Congress, where it has passed the House and is in Senate committee. While in the House, the bill was amended several times to protect national treasures in other states. Members of Congress from Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Virginia, and North Carolina all appended legislation to H.R. 803 that expressly protects their national forests, national heritage sites, scenic rivers, watersheds, and more, from mining interests.

Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest should be on that list. Please ask Sen. Tammy Baldwin to introduce an amendment to H.R. 803, Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, that would protect the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest from mining.

Metallic sulfide mining is the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s clean water and pristine environment. When heavy metal toxins (mercury, arsenic, lead & cadmium) are released into the ground and surface water it harms the health of fish, animals and humans. Anyone who hunts, fishes, enjoys outdoor recreation, or drinks water should be concerned. Talk to you family, neighbors, and friends so that you are ready to address the threat as these projects develop.

Follow the above link and write a brief letter to Senator Baldwin indicating that you want Wisconsin’s National Forest protected from toxic metallic sulfide mining. You can help protect your environment and your assets.

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties, while the Nicolet side of the forest covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties. Contained within the forest boundaries are more than 2000 miles of stream (nearly 1400 miles are classified as trout water), more than 600 lakes greater than ten acres in size, over 400 spring ponds, and 324,000 acres of wetland. See CNNF Map of the Forest.


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