Conservationists with Common Sense (CWCS) is a true grassroots organization!
CWCS is a 501c(3) non-profit educational organization established in 1989 to disseminate accurate information about public lands and environmental issues.
CWCS’s Mission Statement is: 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.
1. Reasonable access to and sensible, multiple-use recreation of public lands and waters. Public lands should be managed in a manner conducive to supporting a wide variety of traditional recreational uses including: hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, camping, hiking, biking, trapping, skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and ATV use as well as forest management. This does not mean that every use at all times is desirable. It does mean seeking ways to accommodate various user groups based on common sense and mutual respect.
2. The use of common sense, the best available scientific data, objective analysis, and broad public input on the part of government agencies and elected officials when making and implementing land management and environmental policies.
3. Continued multiple-use of our National Forests and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the return of trucks to Four Mile Portage, as they have been on Prairie and Trout Lake Portages. (A 70-year tradition, trucks were returned to these two portages in 1999 after a seven-year absence).
4. Caring for our natural environment. A healthy natural environment, including clean air, water and soil is essential to present and future generations.
5. Being environmentally, economically and socially responsible. The human factor must be put back into land management policies. The needs of local communities and all users can and must be balanced with the conservation of sensitive natural environments. Common Sense is needed in addressing economic development for the betterment of all.
Other issues CWCS has been involved with and educated people about:
• 1992 BWCAW Management Plan
• Voyageurs National Park (VNP) Management
• BWCAW User Fees
• Re-Opening the Lost Lake SNA to hunting
• Vermilion River Plan
• Roadless Area Policy
• Opposed Little Alfie Logging Protest with Pro-Logging Rally
• Supports logging in National Forests
• Supported ESA De-listing of the timberwolf
• Opposed VNP Bay Closures
• Opposed Blanket Ban of Jet-Skis in National Parks
• American Land Sovereignty Protection Act
• State-wide Land Use Conferences
• Instrumental in obtaining designated ATV trails and Gilbert OHV Park
• Re-Licensing of the Winton Hydro Electric Plant
• Isle Royale Management
• Canadian Lynx Study
• Supported Apostle Islands wilderness proposal allowing established uses
• Opposed Snowmobile ban in National Parks
• Returning vehicle use to Prairie & Trout Lake Portages, Maintenance of Four Mile Portage
• Management & Maintenance of Trout Lake Portage
• Superior/Chippewa National Forest Revision Management Plan
• Superior National Forest/Boundary Waters Management post 1999 blowdown
• Rainy River Basin Plan
• On Community Readiness Committee supporting safer economic development of Mining Projects/Coal Gasification Plants
• Opposes the Friends of the Boundary Waters proposal for 90,000 acres of more wilderness in northeastern Minnesota
• Supports Chain of Lakes Permit Quota Lawsuit, Appeal & recalculation
• Oppose Roadless Areas, Buffer Zones & SPNM Areas including Big Lake & Vegetable Lakes SPNM
• Supports northern South Fowl Lake Snowmobile Trail Re-route & South Fowl Lawsuit
• Supports Echo Trail Timber Management Plan • Supported AT&T cell phone tower
• Supports the EIS process & permitting of PolyMet
• Supports the EIS process & permitting of Twin Metals
CWCS opposes any more designation of wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota.
Our country has a backlog of unhealthy forests, including the Boundary Waters with 500,000 acres of downed trees from the 1999 Blowdown. ‘Hands off’ management that bans logging and other land management tools raises the risk of wildfires. CWCS opposes more restrictions of Common Sense public land management & multiple use recreation! Preservation groups delay projects by saying they are ‘too close to the Boundary Waters’. There is NO BUFFER ZONE! Let your Senators and Congressmen know – Enough is enough!
Units adjacent to the BWCAW
Agassa Lake – 2,356 acres (north of Ely, southeast of Big Lake)
Baldpate Lake – 1,625 acres (north of Ely, northeast of Big Lake, bordering the Echo Trail)
Big Lake/Portage River – 1,194 acres (northeast of Ely, northwest of Big Lake, bordering the Echo Trail)
Brule Mountain – 1,650 acres (north of Grand Marais, northeast of Two Island Lake)
Cucumber Lake – 4,770 acres (between the Gunflint Trail & Greenwood Lake)
Eagle Mountain – 4,400 acres (northwest of Grand Marais, north of Road 153 between Tomash & Two Island Lakes)
East Otter Lake – 556 acres (north of the Gunflint Trail, between Birch & Moss Lakes)
Echo River – 3,900 acres (running west & south of Crane Lake along Echo River to just west of Echo Lake)
Gunflint Lake SE – 1,300 acres (southeast end of Gunflint Lake, north of Loon & Crap Lakes)
Homer Lake – 5,687 acres (north of Lutsen, south of Brule Lake to Road 153, west of Cascade Lake)
Lake Jeanette – 1,933 acres (east of Buyck, north of Jeanette Lake)
Lima Mountain – 2,540 acres (north of Grand Marais, west along Rd 315 near Expressway Snowmobile Trail to Rd 325)
Magnetic Lake – 1,133 acres (west of Gunflint Lake, southwest of Magnetic Lake to the Gunflint trail)
Meander Lake – 1,560 acres (north of the Echo Trail & Meander Lake)
Mine Lake – 1,209 acres (southwest of the Gunflint Trail & Magnetic Rock)
North Arm, Burntside – 3,243 acres (north of Ely, remaining portion along North Arm of Burntside Lake, west of Camp du Nord & northwest of West Arm of Burntside Lake)
Urho Creek – 5,013 acres (north of Tower and northeast of Trout Lake, south of the Echo Trail)
Willow Creek – 1,360 acres (north of Lutsen, north of Hwy 153 and Crescent & Bouder Lakes)
Wolf Lake – 2,920 acres (north of Lake Vermilion proper, between Wolf Bay & Trout Lake)
Units separate from the BWCAW
CabinCreek – 8,360 acres (east of Isabella, northeast of Finland & west of Schroeder, just west of Crooked & Nine Mile Lakes and along Hwy 7)
Hog Lake – 7,369 acres (north of Schroeder, east of Hwy 7 and west of the Sawbill Trail)
Mississippi Creek – 5,670 acres (north of Lutsen, along Hwy 4 to the west, Hwy 153 to the north and the Mississippi Creek to the south)
Picket Lake – 5,280 acres (south east of Buyck, east of the Vermilion River, near Little Alfie)
Seven Beavers – 14,200 acres (east of Hoyt Lakes, northeast of Fairbanks, east of the North Shore Mining railroad)