About the Wisconsin Mining Association
The economy of Wisconsin was founded on mining, as depicted in our state flag by the Wisconsin miner. Interest in mining Wisconsin’s vast mineral resources has increased significantly over the last few years. The numerous mines that are being considered — from iron ore, to sand, to gold, to copper — can be done in an environmentally responsible fashion and the Wisconsin Mining Association wants to ensure our regulatory framework encourages both economic development and environmental protection.
Our Beliefs
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes that the development of mineral resources, the appropriate protection of environmental resources, and the need to protect public health and safety must, and can be, complementary rather than conflicting responsibilities.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes that most people in Wisconsin support the development of mining operations that create jobs, adhere to best practices, take advantage of modern science and technology and support the economy while also respecting Wisconsin’s commitment to public health and safety and responsible environmental protection.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes that Wisconsin is not currently in a position to compete effectively for the investments needed to responsibly develop its mineral resources.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes that the timely passage of appropriate, competitive ferrous mining legislation would significantly enhance Wisconsin’s ability to attract investment in the responsible development of its mineral resources.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes public dialogue serves an essential role in the development of sound, responsive public policy, but also believes opinion leaders and policy makers have a responsibility to distinguish those who bring legitimate concerns to the public discussion from those whose goal is obstruction and abuse the process to that end.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association believes that facts matter.
Our Mission
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association seeks to enhance public awareness of, and appreciation for, the important role mining has played in Wisconsin’s past; the critical role it plays in Wisconsin’s current economic viability, and the massive potential it holds for creating good jobs and re-energizing the state’s economy in the years to come.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association seeks to enhance public understanding of the transformational scientific, technological and administrative advances that have changed and improved modern mining.
  • The Wisconsin Mining Association seeks to create good jobs, strengthen support for public infrastructure, and energize the economy by improving Wisconsin’s ability to encourage the responsible development of its important mineral deposits.