Boundary Waters Canoe Area Swap to get Environmental Study
Comment Period to Open in 2016
The U.S. Forest Service is planning an environmental review on a proposal to swap state-owned land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for national forest system land elsewhere.
The Forest Service said in a news release Monday that a draft environmental impact statement would be published in early 2016 and be available for public comment.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area has about 83,000 acres of state-owned “school trust land.”
The state could use the federal land in the proposed swap to generate revenue for public schools through logging, mining or other development.
A public comment period on the proposal was held earlier this year.
The Forest Service says it got more than 1,600 comments, and that additional comments can be submitted through Sept. 30.