Letter to the Editor:
U.S. Steel was willing and ready to sell the conservation rights on 16,000 acres of land along the Penokee Range through negotiation with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2003, including their mineral rights.
This is the same land Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) wants to mine. The same land for which GTAC has secured an option to obtain the mineral rights from current owners RGGS Land and Minerals of Texas and La Point Mining Company of Minnesota. The same land that drove the “Mining for Jobs” bill, SB1 and AB1.
In 2003, TNC applied for Forest Legacy Program funds to help