CWCS - Conservationists With Common Sense


"To educate the public in order to preserve reasonable public access to and sensible recreational multiple-use of public lands and waters (including motorized uses) in Northeastern Minnesota, especially the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), with care for the environment."

CWCS - Conservationists With Common Sense.

CWCS Supports:

  1. Reasonable access to and sensible recreational multiple-use of public lands and waters.
  2. The use of common sense.
  3. Continued multiple uses of our National Forests and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
  4. Caring for our natural environment.
  5. Being environmentally, economically and socially responsible.


Polo and Logo T-Shirts Now Available! That's right - we now have shirts available. Show your support for CWCS by ourchasing either a logo t-shirt (sizes M-XXL) or polo shirts (colors putty, green and navy, sizes L - XXL) today. We also have a new blue denim CWCS cap available.

Upcoming Caucuses

Please consider attending the DFL or Republican caucuses on Tuesday, February 4th at VCC - Vermillion Community College beginning at 7 p.m.

Republican caucus (includes Ely, Winton, Tower, Morse, Fall Lake) in the theater.

Democrat caucus no room designated.

Enter the Classroom building and there should be a notice posted.

Dear CWCS supporter,

Please read CWCSs letter to the Minnesota DNR regarding the PolyMet DSEIS.

Please take time to read through at least some of the massive amount of information about PolyMet and send your comments to the Minnesota DNR. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service have prepared an extensive document (2000+ pages) which is a lot to read. There are also Fact Sheets and a 58-page summary of this document on the DNR website.

An excellent editorial in the Duluth News Tribune with comments from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

PolyMet has also addressed several questions.

Check out some of these resources and then make your comments known to the Minnesota DNR by the March 13, 2014 deadline.

CWCS encourages its supporters and members to comment on the PolyMet draft EIS. The PolyMet EIS is available for comment. Three public meetings will be held. [more...]



needs your help!!!
What can you do?
Pay your dues
Buy a print
Buy a hat
Make a special donation
Write your congressman
Volunteer at the CWCS booth at the Blueberry Arts Festival and the Harvest Moon Festival in Ely

Thank you!!!

Northern Minnesota's way of life & culture again under ATTACK! Are your hunting, fishing and recreation areas next on the list?

Print For Sale!
CWCS Introduces a new release by Thomas R. Anderson - "Boundary Waters Camp". Limited edition of 750. Image size: 12 x 9 plus mat area. [more...]

Why CWCS continues to fight... (We will) embark on a 10 year campaign to get every single motor out of the Boundary Waters.” – Friends of the Boundary Waters lawyer, Brian O’Neill, quoted in May 20, 1998 Star Tribune