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Preserving and Enhancing Recreational Access
Barclay Lake Trail, Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Deehr

Barclay Lake Trail, Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Deehr

Protecting wild places is often seen as at odds with recreational access, but it doesn’t have to be. Washington Wild focuses both on permanently protecting wild lands and waters while also preserving and enhancing recreational access to those same wild places. Access is a major reason we work so hard to protect places like the Wild Sky Wilderness , the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions, and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Wild & Scenic Rivers is so that current and future generation can continue to enjoy these incredible places.

Washington Wild has led efforts with like-minded conservation and recreation organizations to proactively preserve and enhance recreational access on federal lands statewide. As part of our coalition building efforts we work hard to bring all sorts of Conservation Voices to our work including mountain bikers, paddlers, back country horsemen, and many others.

Dosewallips River, Photo Courtesy of Tom O'Keefe

Dosewallips River, Photo Courtesy of Tom O’Keefe

Since 2012, Washington Wild has coordinating more than 20 sign-on letters from more than 200 conservation and recreation signatories supporting recreational access in the following categories:

  • Prioritizing maintenance of roads important for recreational access
  • Maintaining trails and existing recreational infrastructure
  • Creating new trail opportunities
  • Opposing threats to recreational opportunities
  • Supporting balanced recreational management

For a closer look at specific efforts to support recreational access in the North Cascades and Olympic Peninsula view our 2016 Recreational Access Map detailing the access work.

Groups Call on Congress to Improve on Trump Budget Cuts for Trails and Recreation

In a  letter to Washington’s Congressional delegation, 23 conservation and recreation groups including Washington Wild advocated for preserving funding for recreation and trails. The letter expressed deep concerns about dramatic budget cuts to our agencies like the Forest Service and National Park Service and conservation and recreation safeguards. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced […]


Groups Urge Forest Service to Say No to Mining Near Mt. St. Helens

Washington Wild joined 18 other conservation and recreation organizations on a letter to the Forest Service opposing mining operations in the Green River valley and Goat Mountain near Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The mining proposal has been challenged and delayed at least three times over the last  decade. It threatens to devastate the Green River […]


Forest Service Releases Improved Roads Decision on Greenwater Watershed

After a more than a year of input from local conservation and recreation groups, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest released a final decision notice on efforts to maintain and right size the road system on the Greenwater watershed adjacent to Mt. Rainier National Park. Washington Wild coordinated three different joint comment letters signed by 13 […]

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