Requested Rainy-River Watershed Withdrawal

The Superior National Forest is proposing to recommend to the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw approximately 225,378 acres of National Forest System lands in the Rainy River Watershed, Minnesota, from disposition under the United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws, for a 20-year term, subject to valid existing rights.

Pursuant to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulations (43 CFR 2310.3-2(b)(3)), the Forest Service, as an applicant for the withdrawal, is tasked with preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, in addition to six other reports to be submitted with the NEPA document to the BLM. All of those documents will be used by the Secretary of Interior when considering the merits of the Forest Service?s withdrawal application.

Location Summary

The Federal lands are located within a portion of the Rainy River watershed, outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the BWCA Mining Protection Area. See application Map.

District: Superior National Forest All Units

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