The Aquatic Invasive Species Boundary Waters Collaborative (ABC)

The Aquatic Invasive Species Boundary Waters Collaborative (ABC) is a collective of dedicated stakeholders who share a profound passion for the preservation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Founded in 2019, our mission is to safeguard this pristine wilderness and its surrounding watershed for future generations by preventing the introduction of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS).

We believe that every individual, whether a seasoned wilderness explorer or a first-time visitor, plays a crucial role in safeguarding this natural treasure. Guided by the Civic Organizing standard — “those impacted by a problem help define the problem in light of common civic principles and the real economic, political, social, and spiritual situation in which the problem occurs” — we involve stakeholders in identifying gaps in knowledge, resources, and implementation, and provide the necessary capacity to address them. Together, we strive to uphold the natural beauty and ecological health of the BWCAW through effective grassroots communication and collaborative action.

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