LCO Harvest Camp opposing G-Tac mine facing eviction

By KBJR News 1

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM CDT

Iron Co, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Citizens protesting the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron County, Wisconsin will soon have to find a different place to set up camp.

On Thursday, the Iron County Board unanimously decided to evict the La Courte Oreilles harvest and education camp, located east of Mellen.

Iron County Board members say the camp is in violation of the county's 14 day camping ordinance.

The Iron County Board decided last night that the camp was in violation of their own ordinance, and they needed to follow their own rules.

The camp has been on Iron County land since last May in protest of Gogebic Taconite's proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills.

The camp has served as a gathering place for people to learn about environmental concerns related to mining and has attracted people from across the nation.

Organizers say thousands of people have come in and out of the camp since it was set up.

We have contributed significantly to the economy of Iron County," said camp organizer Paul DeMain. " We have been praised by businesses, both pro–mining and anti–mining. We've gotten to know people up there. We had a good delegation of Iron County citizens last night defending us saying this is not the fight we need to pick."

The Iron County Sheriff's department has been asked by the County Board to serve the eviction notice. Once organizers get the eviction, campers will have six business days to pack up and leave.

Kati Anderson