Basswood and Birch Mission

At Basswood and Birch, we have three Core Values that are the foundation to why Basswood and Birch was founded. We like to think of them as our North Star. They are:

•    Share our love of the outdoors,
•    Protect our wild places, and
•    Leave No Trace.

Basswood and Birch is committed to promoting the enjoyment, sustainability and protection of the forests, rivers and lakes of the Boundary Waters. To do our part, we are committed to giving a portion of our profits to organizations that align with our core values, including protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. In addition, we pledge to support organizations that create and develop the love of the outdoors in the next generation and organizations that teach and promote Leave No Trace principles. 

Why Protect the Wilderness

Critical Habitat
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness covers more than 1,100,000 acres in northern Minnesota, and includes an eco-system of more than 1,000 lakes and streams. The wilderness is void of road, structures and other man-made improvements, creating a critical habitat for wildlife including: moose, lynx, bear, wolves, beaver, bald eagles, otter, deer, walleye, bass, trout, pike, grouse, and waterfowl

Enjoyment & Memories
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the nation’s most visited wilderness. Every year, families and friends travel from across the country to canoe, camp, explore and hike through the wilderness. Trips into this pristine environment create a lifetime of memories, a love for nature, and a curiosity to explore our nation’s wild place. We must support and defend the wilderness so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the clean waters of the wilderness for years to come.

Past Donations Have Been made to:

The Campaign to Save The Boundary Waters 

The Campaign, led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, was organized by local residents in and around Ely, Minnesota, who are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution caused by mining copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide-bearing ore.