Preserving and Enhancing Recreational Access
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.
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.
Today, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced that they will be extending the public comment period for the National Park Entry Fee Increase until December 22, 2017. The deadline, originally November 23, has been pushed back to overwhelming public interest. Over 65,000 comments have already been submitted. Read the NPS Press Release here.
Today, Washington Wild attended a rally held by Senator Maria Cantwell who was joined by Washingtonians, outdoor and recreation enthusiasts, and local businesses to oppose the proposed entry fee increase to 17 National Parks. She called on the Trump Administration and Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, to withdraw the National Park Service Proposal to nearly […]
The Forest Service is in the process of instituting a road repair project on the Darrington Ranger District that would restore access to key recreation opportunities. Washington Wild coordinated a letter (link to letter) to the Forest Service signed by 13 organizations supporting these repairs that keep important recreation areas accessible. During Washington’s winters many Forest Service […]