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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.

Feb 8 2017

Groups Support Balance between Recreation and Conservation for Pack and Saddle Guiding Permits

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
Groups Support Balance between Recreation and Conservation for Pack and Saddle Guiding Permits

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 10 conservation and recreation organizations concerning Pack and Saddle permits on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The joint comment letter expressed their support for a balanced approach that supports horse related outfitting and guiding opportunities on Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest while mitigating ecological impacts and preserving Wilderness […]

Nov 7 2016

22 Organizations Back New Non-motorized Recreation Opportunities near Wenatchee

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
22 Organizations Back New Non-motorized Recreation Opportunities near Wenatchee

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the Wenatchee River Ranger District signed by an additional 21 recreation, conservation and local business leaders supporting the Number Two Canyon Trails project. The project, proposed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, would construct or improve nearly 30 miles of non-motorized trail, add two trailheads, create a downhill and […]

Oct 31 2016

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

After 10 years, Snohomish County Public Works released for public comment a long awaited Environmental Assessment to repair the popular Index-Galena Road. This paved route served as the primary access point to dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and whitewater access points along the North Fork Skykomish River before it was severely damaged by flooding in 2006. […]

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