Friends of the Boundary Waters
Wilderness, October 11, 2001
Forest Service has issued its Chain of Lakes Environmental Assessment
(EA) regarding the effects of increasing the day use motor permit quotas
for Moose, Saganaga and
entry points into
the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
EA applies to the following lake chains: the Moose Chain, consisting of
Moose, Newfound and
; the South Farm
Chain, consisting of White Iron,
; and the Saganaga
Chain, consisting of
the EA, the Forest Service proposes significant increases in motor
quotas. Of the four alternatives proposed, the Forest Service is
recommending Alternative 2, which sets quotas at the maximum potential
level. The Friends
opposes the proposed action and believes that Alernative
1 (No Action) best protects the wilderness. You are urged to
send your comments to the
draw upon your own experience in those lake chains and feel free to
include some of the following points:
Motorboats are not compatible with wilderness.
The Forest Service’s Alternative 2 (Proposed Action) will
have the greatest negative impact on wilderness values by nearly
tripling the number of boats allowed in the BWCAW, while Alternative 1
(No Action) will have the least impact.
Demand for motor permits should never compromise the quality of
Setting quotas at maximum levels is contrary to the intent of the BWCA
Wilderness Act, which sought to protect the unique environment of the
BWCAW by reducing motor use.
Increasing motor use on these chains will only further discourage
canoeists from using them and make it more difficult for outfitters
trying to transition from motors to canoes.
A copy of the EA is available from any Superior National Forest Service office.
Comments may be submitted to: District Ranger, Kawishiwi
118 S. 4th Avenue
or by e-mail to email@example.com