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Dec 20 2017

Bill to Open Wilderness Act to Mechanized Use Passes House Committee

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Bill to Open Wilderness Act to Mechanized Use Passes House Committee

Today, H.R. 1349 the “Wheels in Wilderness Act” passed the House of Natural Resources Committee with a vote of 22-18. The bill will now head to the House Floor for a full vote. This legislation would weaken the 1964 Wilderness Act by allowing mechanized uses inside Designated Wilderness Areas for the first time ever. This […]

Dec 15 2017

15 Groups Send Letter to Secretary Zinke Opposing National Park Fee Increase

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
15 Groups Send Letter to Secretary Zinke Opposing National Park Fee Increase

Today, Washington Wild joined 14 other conservation and recreation organizations on a letter to the Department of Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, opposing the current proposal to drastically increase entry fees for the nation’s most popular National Parks. The letter expressed concern that this proposed plan would have negative impacts on rural gateway communities who depend […]

Dec 11 2017

Conservation Voices: Preserving the Magic of the Pacific Northwest

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in Conservation Voices
Conservation Voices: Preserving the Magic of the Pacific Northwest

By Jim Whittaker, 1st American to Summit Mt. Everest and former CEO of REI Washington State’s public lands are a legacy worth protecting. I should know as someone who grew up in West Seattle and graduated from Seattle University before taking the opportunity to explore the world. I have looked down from the top of […]

Dec 4 2017

President Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments in Utah by Nearly 2 Million Acres

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
President Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments in Utah by Nearly 2 Million Acres

Today, while in Salt Lake City Utah among thousands of protesters, President Trump announced that he would be reducing Bears Ears National Monuments by nearly 1.1. million acres (85%) and Grand Staircase Escalante by 800,00 acres (46%). This is the largest reduction of protected public lands in U.S. History. Immediately following, two lawsuits were filed. […]

Dec 2 2017

PAST ACTION: Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
PAST ACTION: Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

Today, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 with a vote of 51-49. The bill includes an amendment that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for the first time in history. Members of the Senate tried to protect the Arctic Refuge with an Amendment to strike the […]

Dec 1 2017

New Mining Roads Proposed in Mt. Baker-North Roadless Area

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining, North Cascades, WA Wild Blog
New Mining Roads Proposed in Mt. Baker-North Roadless Area

Washington Wild joined 14 other groups on a letter to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest raising concern for the redevelopment of the Excelsior Mine. In addition to opposing new road building in an Inventoried Roadless Area, the project could have potential negative impacts on Spotted Owl critical habitat and riparian reserves.  

Nov 21 2017

National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Increased Entrance Fees at 17 Parks

National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Increased Entrance Fees at 17 Parks

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.

Nov 20 2017

Senator Maria Cantwell Hosts Rally Opposing National Park Fee Increase

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, WA Wild Blog
Senator Maria Cantwell Hosts Rally Opposing National Park Fee Increase

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 […]

Nov 17 2017

Groups Support Forest Service Road Repairs for Recreational Access in Darrington Ranger District

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 to the Forest Service signed by 13 organizations supporting these repairs that keep important recreation areas accessible. During Washington’s winters many Forest Service Roads suffer damage […]

Nov 17 2017

Defend Washington’s Public Lands!

Posted on Nov 17, 2017 in WA Wild Blog
Defend Washington’s Public Lands!

  Your support is needed NOW, more than ever, to defend Washington’s public lands.  This past year has been deeply disappointing for many; especially for Americans who value the environment – and our cherished public lands. A historically anti-environmental Congress and the Trump Administration threaten our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. The latest attack […]