Secretary of the Interior Signs Public Land Order to Protect Wilderness from Mining

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Public Land Order 7917, which withdraws approximately 225,504 acres in the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota from disposition under the United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws for a 20-year period. The order aims to curtail the potential impacts of mining on the area’s watershed, fish and wildlife, Tribal and treaty rights, and recreation economy.