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Jan 17 2017

2016 Washington Wild Conservation Accomplishments

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
2016 Washington Wild Conservation Accomplishments

    Wild Olympics Legislation Receives First Congressional Hearing In April, the Wild Olympics legislation had its first congressional hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In advance of the hearing, the Wild Olympics Campaign announced an additional 100 elected officials, local businesses and other stakeholder endorsements, bringing the total to 550. The […]

Jan 5 2017

PAST ACTION: Urge Forest Service to Say No to Navy Jet Training over Olympic National Park and Wilderness Areas

PAST ACTION: Urge Forest Service to Say No to Navy Jet Training over Olympic National Park and Wilderness Areas

A new Forest Service draft decision would enable the U.S. Navy to surround Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest with electromagnetic emitter trucks, resulting in high decibel jet training flights over ancient forests, popular trails and remote peaks on the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy has done a poor job of informing local stakeholders about […]

Dec 30 2016

Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in Conservation News, Mining
Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially announced the segregation notice for 340,000 acres in the Methow Headwaters region of Washington State. This essentially protects the Methow from mining for a two-year period in which these lands are off limits to mining interests while the BLM studies whether permanent protection is warranted. This is […]

Dec 16 2016

80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Conservation News, River Management
80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Today Washington Wild joined 79 other organizations on a joint letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) coordinated by Hydropower Reform Coalition concerning the economical, ecological,and social impacts of new dam construction. The letter was sent in response to the DOE’s November 2016 Request for Information “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Hydropower in […]

Dec 13 2016

Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog, Wild Sky
Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Today 17 organizations signed onto a comment letter coordinated by Washington Wild supporting the expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA) by nearly 3,000 acres. The Morning Star is the only NRCA located within Snohomish County and lies adjacent to the recently designated Wild Sky Wilderness. This expansion would effectively extend the […]

Dec 7 2016

Photographer Art Wolfe stands with Washington Wild to protect wild lands and waters

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Uncategorized, WA Wild Blog
Photographer Art Wolfe stands with Washington Wild to protect wild lands and waters

I am thrilled to be the Honorary Chair for Washington Wild. As a West Seattle based photographer who is constantly traveling the world to capture some of the most magnificent landscapes, I always look forward to coming home to the Evergreen State. Old growth forests, iconic peaks, crystal clear lakes—some of nature’s most stunning wild places […]

Dec 7 2016

Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Conservation News
Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the U.S. House passed legislation that would rename the Wilderness area within Olympic National Park as the “Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.” Former U.S. Senator and Washington Governor Evans led efforts to designate much of Olympic National Park as Wilderness in 1988. The legislation passed the Senate in July and now moves to President Obama’s […]

Dec 6 2016

Protecting Washington’s Wilderness Legacy

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Conservation Voices
Protecting Washington’s Wilderness Legacy

By Daniel J. Evans, Former WA Governor and U.S. Senator October 2016 – Tucked in the Northwest corner of the continental United States, Washington State is often forgotten by the rest of the country. However, after a visit to witness the snow-capped peaks of Rainier, ancient forests of the Cascades and coastline of the Olympic […]

Nov 28 2016

One Hike, Two Hike(s), Red Hike, Brew Hike

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Brewshed, WA Wild Blog
One Hike, Two Hike(s), Red Hike, Brew Hike

Autumn is here and with it comes the sublime reds, yellows, and oranges of the seasonal changes. But in a sense, despite the falling leaves, fall in Washington is a sign of new beginnings. The thirst of the area’s trees, mosses, and shrubbery is being quenched by the persistent rain, bringing with it a wild […]

Nov 21 2016

The Other Side of the Table: Volunteering with WA Wild

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Brewshed, WA Wild Blog
The Other Side of the Table: Volunteering with WA Wild

When I approached a table at the Washington Cask Beer Festival last year (delicious Washington beer sample in hand), the most I expected was to snag one of the eye-catching stickers. A blue ribbon of clean water poured over jagged green peaks and into a frothy mug of beer. “WA Wild Brewshed® Alliance,” the sticker […]