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Oct 1 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Roadless Rule

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 in Conservation News, Forest Management
Supreme Court Upholds Roadless Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal that challenged the legality of the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule. This action, by the highest court in the land, effectively ends a legal battle that began in 2001, and upholds the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule. After both the 9th and 10th Circuit Court of […]

Sep 19 2012

A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

When I began canoeing and rafting Washington’s rivers in the 1980s, I quickly realized there was no consistent source of information about routes and good water levels. In the course of researching my guidebook, I discovered that hydropower developers had plans for projects on many of the rivers I paddled. They were planning to dam up my rivers! So, I formed the Washington Rivers Council in 1984 and began organizing river recreationalists to create a constituency to oppose these projects.

Sep 14 2012

New Wilderness in Washington – Thunder Creek

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Conservation News, North Cascades
New Wilderness in Washington – Thunder Creek

Washington State welcomed its newest Wilderness addition to the Stephen M. Mather Wilderness this month – 3,559 acres within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area known as Thunder Creek. Thunder Creek was originally identified for designation as “Potential Wilderness” in the Washington Parks Wilderness Act of 1988 because of its wilderness character, but with an […]

Apr 26 2012

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest approved a proposal to decommission and remove 10 miles of old decaying logging roads located adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. These roads no longer provide recreational access but pose aquatic risks to the Harlan Creek watershed. Washington Wild, along with three other organizations, submitted comments on the Environmental Assessment […]

Oct 11 2011

Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Washington State’s wild spaces are among our most precious assets. Due to the foresight of past leaders, we have permanently protected some of the most special places in the United States. I believe we must continue to build upon the strong base of conservation efforts that have made our state what it is today.

Sep 1 2010

A Case for Mining Reform

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A Case for Mining Reform

Hardrock mining has left a legacy of pollution across the West that continues to burden our groundwater, surface waters, wildlife, vegetation, soils, air, and human health today. This reality poses a challenge for those of us who care deeply about our natural environment.

Aug 1 2009

Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

Posted on Aug 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

The 2 million acres of roadless forests here in Washington State are a critical part of the quality of life we have come to expect. Roadless forests provide much of our clean water and safe drinking water, besides protecting fish and wildlife.

Apr 1 2009

Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Over the last sixteen years, Earth Ministry has been a significant partner in conservation efforts within Washington State and at the federal level. Through Earth Ministry’s partnership with Washington Wilderness Coalition and other conservation groups, the faith community has added their voice to the collective call for action on issues such as the Roadless Rule, the creation of the new Wild Sky Wilderness, and the ongoing effort to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Aug 1 2008

The Spirit of Index

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
The Spirit of Index

Those of us that call the modest but scenic town of Index home have gone through quite a bit over the past six years. Through passion, diligence and hard work, our small community of about 150 has taken Index’s future into its own hands. A number of individuals in our community worked tirelessly with the Washington Wilderness coalition in support of the recently approved Wild Sky Wilderness, which is literally our back yard.

May 8 2008

Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

Posted on May 8, 2008 in Conservation News, Wild Sky
Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Wild Sky Wilderness Act as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, creating the first new national forest wilderness area in Washington State in more than 20 years. Washington Wild and other conservation organizations praised Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray for their unwavering […]