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Aug 15 2017

TAKE ACTION: Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Public Lands

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News

Members of Congress representing Washington State have lead the way in voicing the importance of our nation’s public lands. To date, a total of 24 Republicans and Democrats representing 11 states have signed on to Co-Sponsor a pro public lands bipartisan resolution: one-third are from the Washington State alone. However, two members of the Washington […]

Aug 12 2017

Washington Congressional Delegation Leads on Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Public Lands

Posted on Aug 12, 2017 in Conservation News
Washington Congressional Delegation Leads on Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Public Lands

Eight of the ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington State have cosponsored a resolution pushing back on recent congressional efforts to weaken protections for our public lands.   As 2017 began, within days it became clear that wild places on federal lands were going to be attacked on two fronts. The […]

Aug 3 2017

Recreation & Conservation Groups Oppose Legislation to Facilitate Mining on Federal Lands

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining
Recreation & Conservation Groups Oppose Legislation to Facilitate Mining on Federal Lands

Today Washington Wild joined 34 local businesses, conservation and recreation organizations who sent  a letter to Chair Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee concerning the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017. The letter expresses grave concerns on the critical minerals section of the legislation which […]

Jul 24 2017

Nearly 50 Groups Encourage Transparency, Public Input, Efficiency in BLM Planning Process

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in BLM Wild Lands, Conservation News
Nearly 50 Groups Encourage Transparency, Public Input, Efficiency in BLM Planning Process

Earlier this year in March, President Donald Trump signed legislation into law (H.J. Res. 44) that repealed recently completed planning regulations that were meant to increase transparency and provide more public input on resource management plans for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The Planning 2.0 regulations were the first updates since 1983 for the […]

Jul 13 2017

Cantwell, Murray Help Save Hanford Reach National Monument, but Others Still at Risk

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Conservation News
Cantwell, Murray Help Save Hanford Reach National Monument, but Others Still at Risk

Today, Secretary Zinke has announced that both Idaho’s Crater of the Moon and Washington’s own Hanford Reach National Monument will not be touched by the review process instigated by President Trump’s Executive Order in April of this year.  Read the DOI Press Release here. Both Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell spoke on Wednesday, July 12th […]

Jul 12 2017

Photography Tips from WA Wild Honorary Chair, Art Wolfe

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Events, WA Wild Blog
Photography Tips from WA Wild Honorary Chair, Art Wolfe

It is officially summer! The perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful public lands that make Washington State such a remarkable place to live, work, and play. Make sure to take your camera while hiking, climbing, and exploring and submit your best shots to enter our 2017 WA Wild Summer Photo Contest! For inspiration and […]

Jul 11 2017

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

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, WA Wild Blog
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 […]

Jul 6 2017

Wild Profile: Bret Wirta, Olympic Peninsula Business Owner

Wild Profile: Bret Wirta, Olympic Peninsula Business Owner

With roots originally from Lake Sunapee, NH, Bret grew up hiking in the woods, fishing, and camping on the beach. His grandparents were the caretakers of Soo-Nipi Lodge, a 400-acre lake resort. It was a defining moment for Bret when the hotel was torn down, the property sold, and access to that outdoor space lost. […]

Jun 30 2017

Conservation, Recreation Groups Oppose Mining Expansion in North Cascades Roadless Area

Conservation, Recreation Groups Oppose Mining Expansion in North Cascades Roadless Area

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a letter signed by 21 conservation and recreation organizations and local businesses to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The letter expressed concern over the draft Environmental Assessment for the 10 acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine quarry on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. Read the Comment […]

Jun 28 2017

PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining, WA Wild Blog
PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

United Western Supply has proposed a 10-acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine quarry on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. The expansion area is entirely within the Mt Baker West Inventoried Roadless Area, which is afforded protection from new road construction and related development under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of […]