BWCAW Land Exchange Legislation Passes the House

By KBJR News 1

BWCAW Land Exchange Legislation Passes the House

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources voted to pass Representative Chip Cravaack's Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act, through the House for consideration.

The legislation would finalize the bipartisan plan to give the state-owned land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the federal goverment in exchange for giving Minnesota an equal amount of federal land outside of the BWCAW.

"While much work remains, today we have never been closer to resolving this 30 year problem then we are now. As I have said, it is my promise to do my very best to move H.R. 5544 through the House of Representative and pass the baton to our Senators. With continued diligence, and support of out senators, I have no doubt that we will bring this win for our state across the finish line," said Rep. Cravaack.

Almost 86,000 acres of inaccessible state-owned school trust lands remain locked within the borders of the BWCAW.

Due to their location in a federal wilderness area, these school trust lands cannot be managed to generate Minnesota public education funding and job growth, according to Cravaack.