Boundary Waters Canoe Area History Center
"Minntour" files suit to ban snowmobiles in BWCA.
April 1976, State
Legislature bans mining on waters of BWCA and state lands. Fails to ban logging.
May 1976, Conservationists
Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness formed as coalition of conservation groups. M. L.
Heinselman chosen as Chairman.
8th District Court of Appeals reverses Lord decision, thus permitting virgin timber
June 1976, Congress
Fraser introduces bill in U.S. House of Representatives to give BWCA full wilderness
Feb. 1976, Sec. of Ag.
Butz bans snowmobiling and sets some size restrictions an motor boat horsepower.
Oberstar-Humphrey sponsor amendment to Thye Blatnik Act of $9,000,000.
Dec. 1976, Conservationists
Appeal court logging reversal to Supreme Court and plead that logging be banned until
decision is rendered. (Supreme Court refuses to hold logging in 1977.)
1976, Forest Service
Prepares to permit logging an the six remaining "sales" reactivated by the court
Appeal to logging companies to voluntarily delay cutting until Congress acts.
(Appeal "scorned") Appeal to Congress to request Forest Service delay of sales.
Rep. Fraser initiates letter requesting delay. Rep. Oberstar meets with Loggers and
obtains voluntary six month delay if sale period is extended six months.
Launch campaign to nationalize BWCA issue seeking support in every state.
Dec. 1976, Congress
Fails to act on either Oberstar or Fraser Bills.
Written by H.C. Johnson, M.L.
Heinselman, E.M. Sitz
An outline of Boundary Waters
Canoe Area History
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