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Sulfide-ore copper mining threatens Northern Minnesota's most important freshwater resources
Sulfide-ore copper mining threatens Northern Minnesota's most important freshwater resources
Sulfide-ore copper mining threatens Northern Minnesota's most important freshwater resources
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Northern Minnesota is home to some of the most pristine wilderness and cleanest water in all of America. People from all over the world have enjoyed the majesty of Lake Superior and the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, an exquisite wilderness kingdom carved out by glaciers that’s persisted for 10,000 years. But now that might change. Two proposed sulfide-ore copper mines threaten the sanctity of these places and may destroy them for future generations. We can’t let that happen. If you’re a lover of adventure, the outdoors, or clean water, then this film is made for you.

We are two experienced filmmakers working to tell the story of this region and these mines in an effort to increase awareness of and public opposition to sulfide-ore copper mining in Northern Minnesota. We are asking for a minimum of $50,000 in order to finance the completion of 7 Generations, a documentary chronicling the story of these mines. We have already made great progress on this film, but need your financial support to cross the finish line and bring this important story to the public. To learn more about this project, sulfide-ore copper mining, and the region threatened by this industry, read below. We thank you for your support!

WHAT WE'RE DOING
We, Tom Deschenes and Andrew Bydlon, are two passionate filmmakers and outdoor adventurers with the spirit of Northern Minnesota running through our souls. We’ve worked together to produce films and advertisements for outdoor brands including Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Kokopelli Packraft, Bedrock Sandals, Bote Boards and Yaktrax. We started this project as a small film to tell the world about the wonders of Northern Minnesota, but learning about sulfide-ore copper mining caused us to flip the script. Now we need to protect, not just celebrate, this place. 

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Saint Louis River
Saint Louis River

For that reason, we are raising funds to produce 7 Generations, a film to increase awareness of PolyMet and Twin Metals, two proposed sulfide-ore copper mines in Northern Minnesota.

Like the recent leasing of public lands to mining companies in Bear’s Ears National Monument or the controversial draining of Lake Michigan by a new FoxConn factory, the construction of these mines represents the next step in a long-standing tradition of elected officials and international corporations leveraging public lands, which all Americans have a right to, in the interest of short-term profits.

What we need now is the financial support to make this film a reality. While we have already made sizeable contributions to developing this project, we need more to do this issue justice. Funds from this Kickstarter will be used to cover travel, insurance, filming, editing, and other related costs. We also plan to tour and submit the work to film festivals all across North America to show thousands of people the beauty of Northern Minnesota and the challenges this region is up against, invigorating all of us to fight for this region.

ABOUT 7 Generations Film
What started out as a smaller passion project to showcase all of the incredible outdoor activities at our fingertips in Northern Minnesota has evolved as we learned more about the proposed mining projects in this region. Conversations with Minnesotans that began by discussing their favorite outdoor places almost inevitably led to a discussion of the threats these mines pose to those places. These conversations made it clear that we needed to tell this story.

The name of our film comes from the “7th Generation Principle” taught by many Native American tribes, including Northern Minnesota's Fond Du Lac Tribe, who have been at the forefront of the opposition to these mines since the mines were first proposed. The principle states that in making every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, we must evaluate how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future. We came to this name through an interview we did with Fond Du Lac Tribal Elder Ricky Defoe. After Defoe described this principle, we immediately connected with it as the name for our film, and Defoe agreed that this name would help to highlight this principle and the efforts of the Fond Du Lac Tribe throughout our film. Most importantly, this names helps to underscore the importance of considering the impact these mines will have in Northern Minnesota seven generations from now.

Mining has been part of Minnesota’s lifeblood forever, with iron ore mining supporting communities for generations. You might say Minnesotans are the world experts on getting iron out of rock without making a mess. But sulfide-ore copper mining has never been done before in Minnesota. While some believe that Minnesota’s long-standing mining history prepares us for this leap, 7 Generations will make clear that the differences between historic mining in Minnesota and modern sulfide-ore mining are vast and insurmountable.

Historic images from taconite mining provided by Ely-Winton Historical Society
Historic images from taconite mining provided by Ely-Winton Historical Society

Sulfide-ore copper mining is more complicated than iron mining. It involves extracting sulfide ore from the surrounding rock, which requires washing the sulfide off with water. When this sulfur mixes with water and air, it creates sulfuric acid, which can have devastating effects to human and environmental health if it leaches into the surrounding groundwater, streams, and lakes. While some see sulfide-ore copper mining as a replacement for the now declining iron mining industry, others see it as a greater threat than it is worth, creating tension even within mining communities.

Acid mine drainage from an abandoned old copper extraction site in Sao Domingos Mine, Portugal
Acid mine drainage from an abandoned old copper extraction site in Sao Domingos Mine, Portugal
Acid mine drainage from an abandoned old copper extraction site in Sao Domingos Mine, Portugal
Acid mine drainage from an abandoned old copper extraction site in Sao Domingos Mine, Portugal

Because the effects of sulfide-ore copper mining are far-reaching, we've spoken with dozens of people from a wide variety of backgrounds about the risks these mines pose. This list includes Native tribal leaders, medical doctors, biologists, chemists, mining industry professionals, and community leaders.

To address this issue with the respect and the thought it deserves, we need to continue holding conversations like these. We intend to interview environmental lawyers, business owners, lawmakers, and others, in addition to extended interviews with those we've already met. Their stories, alongside compelling visuals of Northern Minnesota and archival footage of past mines, will present a multi-faceted picture of the risks sulfide-ore mining poses for Northern Minnesota and the Great Lakes Region and for the way of life of an entire region.

In our film you'll hear from Native tribal leaders, medical doctors, biologists, chemists, mining industry professionals, and community leaders
In our film you'll hear from Native tribal leaders, medical doctors, biologists, chemists, mining industry professionals, and community leaders

THE THREAT 
The two proposed copper-nickel mines are at the headwaters of the St. Louis River, which runs into Lake Superior, home to 10 percent of the world's fresh water, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota's crown jewel and America's most-visited wilderness area. The construction of these mines would endanger some of our planet’s most valuable water resources. Because both of these mines are currently in the permitting process, this film has an opportunity to inform the public at a time when there are still legal challenges to mount and legislative efforts to stall construction.

POLYMET - PolyMet Mining Corporation has proposed their first ever mining project, a sulfide mine called the “NorthMet Project.” A major investor of this mining project is Glencore, a Swiss corporation that has been known for committing human-rights abuses around the world and for anti-labor practices. PolyMet proposes to develop an open-pit mine to extract copper, nickel and other metals. It would be located near the Embarrass and Partridge rivers, which flow directly into the St. Louis River and then Lake Superior.

Wastewater from the PolyMet mine would be kept in open-pit tailing ponds and would need to be treated for an estimated 500 years before it is safe to return to the environment. This treatment could cost as much as $6 million per year. Downstream communities would be protected from these tailings by a 252-foot-tall dam. Both of these design factors were directly attributed to a disaster at another mine, Mount Polley in British Columbia, Canada.

In 2014, a massive tailings dam breach at the modern Mount Polley copper and gold mine in Canada released 4.5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry into the surrounding waterways. (Credit Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press.)
In 2014, a massive tailings dam breach at the modern Mount Polley copper and gold mine in Canada released 4.5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry into the surrounding waterways. (Credit Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press.)

At Mount Polley, an open-pit sulfide-ore mine similar to Polymet, a dam breached and millions of cubic feet of toxic waste from a tailings pond spilled into nearby waterways. Pollutants from this waste settled into the sediment and researchers estimate that these pollutants could persist for thousands of years.

This controversy is why over 58,000 public comments were submitted on the second draft of PolyMet’s environmental review, the largest number of public comments on a Department of Natural Resources project in Minnesota history. This massive response demonstrates just how controversial the Polymet project is to the people that treasure this region.

TWIN-METALS - Twin Metals is the second mine threatening Minnesota's clean water. Twin Metals would be an underground mine proposed to be less than three miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), near the beloved Kawishiwi River and Birch Lake. The over 1 million acres of the BWCA are 20% water and contain 1200 miles of canoe routes, over 1,100 lakes, and nearly half a million acres of old growth forest.

Next door to this, within the Superior National Forest and within the BWCA's watershed, Twin Metals would blast miles of tunnels in search of minerals, creating what they refer to as an "underground city." They intend to store waste from their mining operation in these same tunnels, as well as in above-ground ponds.

Path of Pollution Diagram - Click to view larger / download
Path of Pollution Diagram - Click to view larger / download

The risk of waste from this mine polluting the nearby waters of the BWCA has generated concern among U.S. Forest Service Officials. Also concerning, their ore-processing is now planned to be built on the banks of Birch Lake, where runoff could flow directly into the Boundary Waters.

Sunset paddling in the BWCA
Sunset paddling in the BWCA

Funded by Chilean-based Antofagasta, which has been responsible for environmental disasters at similar mines, this mine has the potential to destroy the forests, rivers, and lakes that welcome 250,000 paddlers to the BWCA every year. These tourists contribute $77 million each year to the local economy and sustain the more than 1,000 jobs that make up the tourism and guide industry in the BWCA. In comparison, the Twin Metals Mine promises to provide approximately 650 direct jobs.

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT 
Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters are not just beloved pieces of Minnesota. They are international treasures and are some of the most popular natural areas in the world. These resources need to be preserved for generations to come so that they might enjoy the wonders provided by them.

For this reason, it is crucial that this film is made now. As both mines are currently in the planning and permitting stages, increasing public awareness now is critical. While the risks of these mines have been discussed in Minnesota for some time, they have not yet gained the national attention they deserve.

WHY THIS FILM 
The stark beauty of Northern Minnesota is indescribable. That is why film is the best way to tell this story. Showing audiences around the world the wonders of this region alongside footage of similar mining projects will help us to demonstrate why we must protect the waters of Northern Minnesota.

Documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth, Chasing Ice, and Food Inc show how valuable film is for educating the public and affecting change. 7 Generations’ primary goal is to demonstrate to the world how important this issue is.

7 Generations will gain a regional and national audience through showings across the state and country. We intend to submit our film to the following festivals: Fresh Coast Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, and Banff Mountain Film Festival, among others.

WHY KICKSTARTER 
This project has evolved organically in response to the community that has sprung up around it. Until now, we’ve donated our own time, money and resources to creating content and building the online platforms where we’ve been sharing it. But we cannot continue without your support. We are crowdfunding to raise funds and awareness for this project so we can move forward with creating the film and the supporting website and its content.

We are passionate about this film and the positive impact it could have, but it must be done professionally in order to reach and speak to the audiences we most want to reach. We can’t make this happen without your help.

WHAT THIS KICKSTARTER WILL MAKE POSSIBLE
Your donation will support the production of a comprehensive film. Films are expensive to make, and this Kickstarter will cover travel, insurance, film crews and expenses, editing and other costs necessary to gather all our footage. Incorporated in this budget is Kickstarter’s 5 percent fee, as well as the cost of your rewards. Additional funds will enable this project to go even further.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Tom Deschenes and Andrew Bydlon are dedicated filmmakers and adventurers shaped by time spent canoeing, camping, hiking and exploring Northern Minnesota since childhood. 

Thomas Deschenes behind the scenes on a clean water project near Coatepeque, Guatemala.
Thomas Deschenes behind the scenes on a clean water project near Coatepeque, Guatemala.
Andrew Bydlon making new friends on a project with HEART Africa in Nairobi, Kenya
Andrew Bydlon making new friends on a project with HEART Africa in Nairobi, Kenya

TIMELINE 
Because this issue is so dire, it is important that this film is completed as soon as possible so it can impact as many people as possible before permitting moves forward. We plan for the film to be completed in about six months, with a detailed breakdown below:

July 2018: Kickstarter/Fundraise/Spread the message far and wide 
August/September 2018: Pre-Production/Production 
October/November 2018: Post Production
December 2018: Finish Film/Begin touring film/Entering into film festivals 
January 2019: You get to see the film!

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Kickstarter is all about community—we’re here not only to raise funds, but awareness as well! If you’re inspired by 7 Generations Film, if you want to see more action being taken, or just want to help protect our freshwater, share our project with your friends and family!

Or encourage them to join the cause and community of water protectors:

Instagram - @7GenerationsFilm
Facebook - https://fb.me/7GenerationsFilm
Twitter - @7GensFilm
Website - 7GenerationsFilm.com
Email - 7GenerationsFilm@Gmail.com

LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION
Friends-BWCA.org
SaveTheBoundaryWaters.org
DuluthforCleanWater.org
MNCenter.org
WaterLegacy.org

MEDIA KIT 
PHOTO | VIDEO | LOGO | PRESS RELEASE 
7 GENERATIONS MEDIA KIT 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
7GenerationsFilm.com/FAQ

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Every film project comes with its challenges, and this one will be no different. Accommodating schedules, interweaving complex information, and other logistical challenges will be faced while navigating the divisive nature of this project.

All of those are surmountable challenges, but it takes a lot of work by a lot of people to get there. Our experience in producing thought-provoking and inspiring films across a variety of genres adequately prepares our team to meet all of these challenges.

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    WAAM Industries - Grocery Tote

    Paper or plastic? Neither. Tote along because these reusable market bags have you covered.

    Raining?... You're fine, these bags won't rip like that old thing you get at the store. California, we have you covered! These bags will last the test of time. So go ahead, grab a six pack and all of your groceries. This EXTRA large bag is ready for you.

    Specs:
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    Tote Size: 17"h x 12"w x 7"d
    Long Handles: 11" drop
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    Short Handles: 4"
    Made in the USA

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    Backcountry Camping Stove

    Littlbug is donating 6 backcountry camp stoves!

    When it’s time to prepare for your next backpacking excursion, you inevitably have hard decisions on what to bring and what to leave behind. At 19 ounces, the Littlbug Senior Stove provides an incredible amount of cooking and warming power that you will use multiple times per day during your journey. While it does burn alcohol, it also efficiently burns wood, which means you don’t need to carry the additional weight of fuel.

    Part of the secret to packing efficiently is to not waste any space. The Littlbug Senior Stove is designed to wrap AROUND your sleeping pad. Whether you're visiting a State Park, or exploring the wilderness, the Littlbug Senior Stove provides plenty of warmth and capacity to serve you and the entire group.

    The Littlbug Senior Stove is their largest capacity stove. The stove is constructed with durable stainless steel, burns wood or alcohol, provides a stable and versatile cooking platform and is uniquely designed to wrap around a sleeping pad for easy storage and transport. Works with most commercially available alcohol burners (burner not included).

    Weight 19 oz
    Size 9" Tall x 8" Diameter
    Assembly Time less than 15 sec.
    Boil Time 3 to 5 minutes (wood), 4 to 6 minutes (alcohol)

    1 Qt. of Water @50 degrees F

    Times obtained by an experienced user

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    Epicurean Chef Series Utensils

    Featuring sturdy handles, deep bowls, and beveled edges, these tools are made from 3/8″ thick material making them built to last. Epicurean tools won’t scratch non-stick surfaces, and are dishwasher safe making clean-up a breeze.

    Epicurean
    1 - Chef Series Small Spoon. Color: Natural. Retail Value $14.99

    1 - Chef Series Sauté Tool. Color: Natural. Retail Value $14.99

    1 - Hexagon Tool Rest. Color: Natural. Retail Value $14.99

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    MTI Java Life Jacket

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    MTI Life Jackets is donating Java Life Jackets (MSR $89.95)

    A favorite choice of the weekend warrior paddler
    -Open sides and soft body-hugging 3D contoured foam
    -lash tab for river knife, strobe, etc.
    -6 Points of adjustment with padded neoprene adjustable shoulders
    -Daisy Chain Attachment System on back
    -2 Large zippered cargo pockets with stretch mesh
    -Includes attached whistle in left pocket

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    Leave No Trace

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    The Leave No Trace reward is for those who want to help the cause but have chosen to opt out of goods and services.

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    Whitewater Rafting Trip for 2

    SEE THE RIVER. FEEL THE RIVER.
    RIDE THE RIVER.

    Minnesota Whitewater Rafting's mission is to provide a whitewater rafting adventure on the St Louis River to as many folks as possible. MN Whitewater Rafting provides a unique experience and a different perspective of our beautiful natural environment from the St. Louis River. Minnesota Whitewater specializes in team-building experiences for corporate or business groups, school and other youth groups, and anyone else willing to try!

    At normal water levels during the summer months the section above the Thompson Dam, the Upper, is a 4.4 mile stretch with 8 sections of Class I – III rapids.

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    5 day Kevlar 2 Person Canoe Rental

    Piragis Northwoods is donating a 5 Day Kevlar 2-Person Canoe Rental in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

    ($220 value)

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    Loll Designs Modern Bird House

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    Just like Loll Designs furniture, this modern birdhouse will last a long time. A clean and modern approach to what should be simple avian living, their birdhouse were designed by humans with the birds in mind.

    No assembly required with easy mounting and access for cleaning out the old nest.

    Color: Apple Red

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    How-To Fly Fishing course

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    Want to learn how to fly fish? Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop out of St. Paul ,MN is donating a course that will teach you all you need to know to get familiar with the sport.

    During two weeknights in their shop, you’ll cover gear, flies, knots and more. Then on Saturday, you’ll practice casting, spotting fish, reading water, and identifying bugs. This class does not include fishing, but students are welcome to fish after class if they have valid MN/WI fishing licenses. All gear is provided for this class. $120

    -August 22, 23, 25
    -September 12, 13, 15
    -September 26, 27, 29
    -October 10, 11, 13

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    BEDROCK CAIRN ADVENTURE SANDALS

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    Bedrock Sandals Cairn sandal is the lovechild of Freedom and Support, the Cairn 3D is their most advanced sandal to date. From our award-winning Cairn design, we’ve added a sculpted footbed that is secure, lightweight, and loaded for the long haul.

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    Bass Fishing Fly Kit

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    Great Lakes Fly Shop has donated a kit of 12 hand tied bass bugs that are perfect for fishing the BWCA and the St. Louis River.

    MSRP - $160

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    2 night stay at Big Bear Lodge for 2

    Big Bear Lodge on the Gunflint Trail is donating a 2 night stay for two people in one of the Big Bear Lodges guest rooms.

    Subject to availability, rooms include:
    -Window view of Poplar Lake
    -Compact coffee maker and essentials
    -Compact refrigerator
    - Free Wifi
    -Free Canoe/Kayak use
    -Free firewood

    Sorry no dogs allowed in lodge rooms.

    Dates available:
    August 21st, 2018-Oct. 29th, 2018
    May 10th, 2019-June 30th 2019

    Send email to 7generationsfilm@gmail.com after securing reward and we will send you your confirmation code.

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    Loll Designs Dewey Stool

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    Donated by Loll Designs, the Dewey Stool is manufactured with reclaimed and recycled plastic in the USA. Unlike other Loll products that are created from 100% recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the Dewey Stool uses polyethylene (PE) bags and weighs only 9 lbs.

    Millions of pounds of plastic bags end up sitting in landfills every year. We think it’s better if instead we sit on the plastic and this product is made possible because people like you recycle – thank you.

    Color: Pacific Blue

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    50" Premium Canoe Paddle

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    Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service is donating a Bending Branches 50” Premium Canoe Paddle

    This is Bending Branches’ lightest all-wood canoe paddle, reinforced with Rockgard and fiberglass, with a bent shaft for a relaxed grip and efficiency on flat water.
    The Java premium canoe paddle has a strong solid basswood shaft and an eye-popping “pinstriped” blade of basswood and dark, roasted basswood that you have to see to believe. The overall design of this new paddle makes the Java light, durable, and distinctive. It will make you the envy of other canoeists.

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    Trout Wading Fly Fishing trip

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    Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop is donating a fly fishing day trip!

    When someone imagines fly fishing, this is what they picture. The Driftless Area is characterized by spring creeks, limestone bluffs, and beautiful forests. Experience wildflowers in the spring, cool, foggy sunrises in the summer, and vibrant foliage in the fall. There are several different fisheries to choose from in MN and WI with remarkable trout populations, all available by foot. Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop guides will lead the way to rainbow, brown, and brook trout.

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    Wintergreen Northern Wear Shell Pants

    These year-round rugged pants are designed for hardy people who enjoy the outdoors. Many local canoe, hiking, dogsledding, and ski guides don’t go to work without them. Windproof, bug proof, and breathable. Made of quick-drying durable 3-ply Supplex® nylon with DWR (Durable Water Repellency). Features zippered fly with double Wintergreen snap closure. Two cargo pockets, double seat and knees. Removable web belt. Elastic leg bottom with Velcro® tab. Wear over thermal layer or alone.

    Available in both M’s and W’s. Hand made in Ely, MN.

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    Dam Goods, Dam Good Custom Fly Rod

    DAM Goods values sustainability and being good stewards of the environment, striving to use locally sourced and salvage materials in their products and packaging. They believe that the smaller they can keep their footprint, the more we can all enjoy the abundant gifts from Mother Nature.

    They also believe in paying it forward, sharing their good fortune to support others and leaving the earth better than we found it. And for that we thank them.

    Fly rods...what can we say other than everyone has an opinion on which style is best. DAM Goods' stance on the whole topic is "to each their own" - they'll build it to your desired specs. They have the ability to get a wide variety of blank brands in many different styles and weights, so you have the opportunity to create your best rod, whatever that happens to be.

    The DAM good Fly rod signature setup uses a Temple Fork Outfitters Finnesse series blank in 1-5 weight and BVK series blank for 5-10 weight. They also use snake eye guides and a 7" Wells style cork handle with reel seat.

    DAM Goods offers multiple options to make your rod truly one of a kind - let them know what you have in mind. Depending on upgrades selected the price and availability of the rod will vary:

    Rod blank
    Brand (e.g. Sage, Orvis, Lamiglas)
    Length
    Weight
    Number of pieces
    Guide style (e.g. ceramic ring, specific colors)
    Handle style (e.g. size, material)
    Reel seat (e.g. material, brand, color)

    After making your pledge for this item, email us at 7generationsfilm@gmail.com for more information about how Dam Goods can create your custom rod.

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    Glørud Design Slekt Paddle

    Glørud Design is donating a their beautiful Slekt paddle. (Retails $190)

    Slekt is the Norwegian word for family. Josh's family immigrated from Norway to North America with the last name Glørud. The name was changed when they arrived. This one's for them...

    14° Bent Shaft Paddle
    Shaft: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut
    Blade: Aspen, Cedar; fiberglassed blade with resin rock guard to provide strength and durability for all paddling conditions.
    Handle: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut

    21-22 oz. average weight, based on 50" paddle.

    The Slekt paddle comes in a 50" length. The paddle can also be sent in 48", 52", 54" or custom lengths.

    Reach out to us at 7generationsfilm@gmail.com with which size paddle you'd like after you secure this reward.

    Allow up to 4 weeks lead time before shipping.

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    Glørud Design Innsjø paddle

    Glørud Design is donating a their beautiful Innsjø paddle.

    Innsjø is the Norwegian word for lake. Just off the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota's BWCAW, there is a campsite on Long Island Lake that faces west where Josh and his wife have caught many sunsets. This paddle is modeled after the paddle he made for her and the paddle that began Glørud. It also reminds them of Long Island Lake sunsets.

    14° Bent Shaft Paddle
    Shaft: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut
    Blade: Aspen, Cedar, Maple, Walnut; fiberglassed blade with resin rock guard to provide strength and durability for all paddling conditions.
    Handle: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut

    21-22 oz. average weight, based on 50" paddle.

    The Innsjø paddle comes in a 50" length. The paddle can also be sent in 48", 52", 54" or custom lengths.

    Reach out to us at 7generationsfilm@gmail.com with which size paddle you'd like after you secure this reward.

    Allow up to 4 weeks lead time before shipping.

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    St. Louis River white water rafting trip

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    Swiftwater Adventures is donating a white water rafting trip on the upper St. Louis River. Approx. Total Trip Time 2-2 1/2 hours

    This trip takes you through a semi-wilderness area with rugged outcrops, tall pines, abundant wildlife, and challenging rapids.

    Typical summer flows change, but still supply challenging rapids as you ease into the river experience with class II+ rapids building into class III/III+ rapids in the second portion of the trip.

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    Sea Kayaking Day trip for 4 people

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    Day Tripper of Duluth is donating a sea kayaking adventure for 4 people on either Lake Superior or the St. Louis River.

    Sitting at the far western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth has some of the best paddling right in town! With everything from rocky beaches, forested islands full of wildlife, and the historic Duluth harbor there is something for every paddler to get excited about.

    Day Tripper's most popular departure location is Brighton Beach. With the rocky shoreline and often clear water it's easy to see why! If birding or wildlife view is more your style, check out their St. Louis River tour. To get some great views of historic Canal Park and the Ariel Lift Bridge, the Park Point departure location will be ideal.

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    St. Louis River Float Tour

    Minnesota Whitewater Rafting is donating a Float Tour for Four!

    Let their guides take you for a 3 to 3-1/2 hour relaxing and scenic Float Tour on the St. Louis River. Trips start and end at our Whitewater Outpost and run concurrently with the Whitewater Tours.

    Float Tours offer the whole family or group an opportunity to enjoy the river at their comfort level.

    Transportation to and from the river provided.

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    North Shore Cottages - 2 nights

    North Shore Cottages

    2 Night stay

    1 bedroom cabin

    The North Shore is known for its combination of stunning scenery and charming hospitality. Our cottages are located on the North Shore Scenic Drive, the gateway to eight State Parks, the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, yet we are less than ten minutes from downtown Duluth with its museums, parks, restaurants and entertainment.

    Mid-week availability - NorthShoreMotel.com

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    Glørud Design Rød Wave Paddle

    Glørud Design Rød Wave Paddle

    14° Bent Shaft Paddle
    Shaft: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut
    Blade: Aspen, Cedar, Maple, Walnut; fiberglassed blade with resin rock guard to provide strength and durability for all paddling conditions.
    Handle: Aspen, Cedar, Walnut

    21-22 oz. average weight, based on 50" paddle.

    The Innsjø paddle comes in a 50" length. The paddle can also be sent in 48", 52", 54" or custom lengths. Please include the paddle size in the 'Add a Note' section in the cart.

    Allow up to 4 weeks lead time before shipping.

    https://gloruddesign.com/products/wave

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    Clearwater Historic Lodge B&B Room

    2-Night stay at the standard Bed and Breakfast.

    Our bed and breakfast suites and rooms in our historic lodge are the perfect place to enjoy to your vacation. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and then head out to explore the beauty of the area. Or simply relax on the porch and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Clearwater Lake.

    Gunflint Trail Bed and Breakfast
    Our breakfasts can include practically anything, but normally we serve: flapjacks, sausage, french toast, bacon, and whatever else piques our interest. We have staff members on hand to prepare your meals fresh daily. We know that filling your belly is the best way to ensure that your day is started off right.

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    Cheeky Boost 400 Fly Reel

    Cheeky Fishing is donating their Boost 400 Fly Reel.

    Performance Fly Reel Design for Both Freshwater and Saltwater Applications.

    LINE WEIGHT: 7-8

    Targeted Species: Large Trout, Bass, Steelhead, Salmon, Carp

    You don’t need to make a choice between owning a performance fly fishing reel and saving for your next big fishing trip. The Boost Series combines lightweight fly reel design with the affordable price you’d expect from a pro-deal. You can count on the award winning Boost fly fishing reel when you need it most.

    Checking in at 4” in diameter and only 7.0 oz, the Boost 400 is the ultimate all-around fly reel for larger fresh water applications. Packing away well in excess of 200 yards of backing and retrieving up to 12.5” of line per revolution, the Boost 400 will help you land more fish, period.

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    5 day Kevlar 2 Person Canoe Rental

    Sawbill Canoe Outfitters is donating a
    5 Day Kevlar 2-Person Canoe Rental
    in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

    Paddles and Life Jackets included.

    ($235 value)

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    Sponsor a day of filming

    Pledge $250 or more

    Sign up to sponsor a day of filming! In thanks, the 7 Generation crew will send you exclusive behind the scene photos and videos from your selected day. The 7 Generation crew will also do a personal shout out / thank you on Instagram Story.

    7 Generations backer updates
    THANK YOU on digital donor wall

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    2 nights on the shore of Lake Superior

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    Nestled on the shore of Lake Superior just outside the picturesque town of Grand Marais, Anderson's North Shore Resort offers you your own home away from home while visiting the North Shore.

    Cabin availability: November 1st, 2018-May 1st, 2019 availability.

    All cabins have full bathrooms, full kitchens, and lake views. Cabins 3 and 4 are right on the lake shore and cabins 5 and 6 have wood-burning stoves.

    2 night stay valued at $240

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    2 night stay at Big Bear Lodge for 2

    Big Bear Lodge on the Gunflint Trail is donating a 2 night stay for two people in one of the Big Bear Lodges guest rooms.

    Subject to availability, rooms include:
    -Window view of Poplar Lake
    -Compact coffee maker and essentials
    -Compact refrigerator
    - Free Wifi
    -Free Canoe/Kayak use
    -Free firewood

    Sorry no dogs allowed in lodge rooms.

    Dates available:
    August 21st, 2018-Oct. 29th, 2018
    May 10th, 2019-June 30th 2019

    Send email to 7generationsfilm@gmail.com after securing reward and we will send you your confirmation code.

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    1/2 day Fly Fishing Float Trip

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    Far out Fly Fishing is donating a 1/2 day Fly Fishing float trip for 1-2 people on the Cloquet and upper St. Louis River.

    Float trips can accommodate up to two anglers per boat and include lunch, water and all necessary fishing equipment. Anglers are welcome to bring their own gear if they prefer, as well as any other snacks and beverages they would like to have along.

    For an additional $150 you can make it a full-day and spend the entire day out on the water as well. You'll need to line this up directly with Far Out Fly Fishing after you receive your reward and are scheduling your fishing/rafting trip.

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    Seek Outside Cimarron Shelter

    The Cimarron is the classic pyramid shelter reimagined, strengthened, and redefined. Carefully built from top quality, resilient 30 Denier Cordura Nylon, the Cimarron is the one shelter for all your human powered backcountry needs. Capable of fitting four adults, and luxurious for two with lots of gear and a wood stove, the Cimarron pitches fast and easy, sheds weather, and will be a reliable companion for many years.

    FEATURES:
    Dual zippered doors with storm flaps
    Single peak vent
    Ultra robust stake loops - big enough for cut or improvised stakes, twist a time or two to tighten up on standard stakes
    Interior hang loops for tying clothes line or hanging gear
    External guyout loops - use to steepen walls, or pitch the shelter down in tight spots
    6” Sod skirt for sealing out drafts

    INCLUDED EXTRAS:
    Stove Jack, Carbon Pole and Seam Sealer provided

    https://seekoutside.com/cimarron/

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    2 night, 4 person cabin on edge of BWCA

    Bearskin Lodge is donating a two night, 4 person, WINTER cabin stay at Bearskin Lodge on the edge of the BWCA on the Gunflint Trail. (Total Value $650)

    Offer excludes Christmas, New Year's and President's Day Weekend.

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    Layne Kennedy framed 20x24 giclee' print

    Educated in fine art photography, LAYNE KENNEDY is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as Pink Dolphins in the Amazon River to traveling with Polar Inuit hunters by dogsled.
    His feature work appears in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands, Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek , National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, GEO, Forbes, Business Week and other magazines.

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    loll Designs Adirondack Chair Flat

    The modern 4-Slat Flat Adirondack Chair has more comfort than you would expect from an outdoor chair, and even more so when you factor in that you will never have to work on it.
    • Seat height of 12 inches
    • Flat back
    • Made of 5/8 thick, durable, recycled plastic
    • Approximately 50 pounds – it’s not blowing around
    • Hidden fasteners
    • Eleven environmentally friendly colors
    • Stainless steel bottle opener below right arm
    Add a matching 4-Slat Ottoman and the whole world will smile at you.

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    1 Hour Photo Portfolio Consultation

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    Make a photo consultation call / hangout with Andrew Bydlon - Founder of Caveman Collective. Send him your portfolio to be reviewed and critiqued, as well as talk about industry trends, marketing strategy, and best practices for being a successful outdoor photographer.

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    Dogsled Day Trip for 2

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    Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge is donating a day trip for 2.

    Wintergreen dogsled day trips are "hands-on" experiences on which you'll be driving your own dogsled powered by a team of friendly, handsome Canadian Inuit dogs. Wintergreen guides will accompany you on skis to help out as needed, point out signs of wildlife and sights of scenic interest and share northwoods lore. No experience is needed. Persons ages 5-75 have enjoyed these trips.

    Half-day morning (9-1) and afternoon (1-5) options. *Limited to any Sunday December (2018) thru March (2019).

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    KOKOPELLI Rogue Packraft

    Pledge $500 or more and save $500 on the brand new 2018 KOKOPELLI Rogue Packraft with Spraydeck & Tizip!

    Includes packraft, inflatable seat, kayak style backband, inflation bag, and repair kit.

    http://www.kokopellipackraft.com/packrafts/rogue-packraft

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    North Shore Photography Workshop

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    Bryan Hansel Photography has donated an all day Photography Workshop ($1000 value) on the ever-changing beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior.

    (https://www.bryanhansel.com).

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    4 Day BWCA Expedition Package for 2

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    Piragis Northwoods Company is donating 4 day Fully outfitted BWCA canoe/camping package for 2 people.

    Includes Kevlar canoes, paddles, lifejackets, camping gear and food for two people.

    You can add more days or people for additional costs.

    Does not include permit, lodging, guide, shuttles or tows. These are additional costs if needed.

    Call us to schedule your trip and reserve your permit!!

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    3 night, 8 person cabin on edge of BWCA

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    Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is the original outfitter and lodge on the Gunflint Trail, on the edge of the beautifully pristine BWCA of NE Minnesota.

    Cabin eight is a two level one-bedroom cabin that sits on the bay. It is perfect for those who want more solitude and privacy. The large upstairs bedroom is set up with one queen and one double bed. The cabin has a hand scraped diamond willow stair rail and a private dock and fire pit area.

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    Two loll Designs Norm Bar Stools

    Two loll Designs Norm Bar Stools in Leaf Green

    Barflies should be able to sit outside, too. In fact, it might even help their
    complexion. This modern outdoor bar stool features a classy round top.
    Made from 100 percent recycled plastic, it’s sturdy and will hold up to
    hours of posting up..

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    3 day Fully outfitted/guided BWCA trip

    Pledge $900 or more and Women's Wilderness Discovery will take you on an Outfitted/Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Camping Trip for Two
    ~ 2 Nights/3 Days in the wilderness for two campers
    ~ $900 Value
    ~ Valid for use May 1-Sept 30, 2019.
    ~ Contact Women’s Wilderness Discovery early to schedule your trip dates & receive complete information

    Experience the beauty and solitude of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in North Eastern Minnesota. Departing from Ely, MN, Women’s Wilderness Discovery will completely outfit all food and light-weight gear, and professionally guide your custom-crafted wilderness canoe adventure. You may wish to invite others to join your trip at our very affordable rates! Please refer to website for details.

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