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.
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 […]
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 […]
Organizations Support Balance of Watershed Restoration and Recreational Access on Olympic National Forest
Washington Wild helped coordinate a letter signed by 10 conservation and recreation organizations preserving and enhancing recreational access and supporting watershed restoration on the Dungeness Watershed. The letter expressed support for addressing an oversized and under-maintained road system that causes high aquatic risk to our watersheds and fish while balancing important recreation opportunities. The groups […]