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Jun 7 2021

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Bill into Law Preventing Seabed Mining

Posted on Jun 7, 2021 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog

On May 3, Washington became the second state in the country to prohibit seabed mining, providing permanent protection to the marine environment from this destructive practice. Senate Bill 5145 was introduced by Senators Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) and Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) on January 12 during Washington’s 2021 Legislative session.  “Seabed mining is bad […]

Jun 2 2021

Conservation Voices: It takes an ecosystem – how and why conservation coalitions work 

Conservation Voices: It takes an ecosystem – how and why conservation coalitions work 

By Michelle Connor, President and CEO, Forterra    Recently, Washington Wild’s Executive Director Tom Uniack invited me to offer my response to the not infrequent question we each get from our supporters who are passionate about the Pacific Northwest and about nature, but wonder how to provide resources to support us all: “Why do we need so many environmental groups?”     The missions of […]

Jun 1 2021

Opposition to Mining in the Skagit Headwaters Grows to Over 275 Entities

Posted on Jun 1, 2021 in Conservation News, Skagit Headwaters, WA Wild Blog
Opposition to Mining in the Skagit Headwaters Grows to Over 275 Entities

The month of May brought a groundswell of opposition to a pending mining permit in the Skagit River Headwaters by Imperial Metals Corporation. Local government leaders downstream in Washington cite health, safety, and quality of life as reasons for formalizing their opposition. The headwaters of the Skagit River are located in British Columbia. In May, […]

May 17 2021

Governor Inslee signs the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act into Law

Posted on May 17, 2021 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Governor Inslee signs the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act into Law

Today, in a community gathering at the Duwamish Tribe’s Longhouse and Cultural Center, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act into law. The legislation will put environmental justice at the forefront of the state’s strategic plans, programs, community engagement, and spending decisions. It will also require state agencies to conduct environmental […]

May 10 2021

Wild Profile: Craig Nobly and Lighthouse Roasters

Posted on May 10, 2021 in Conservation News, Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Wild Profile: Craig Nobly and Lighthouse Roasters

Lighthouse Roasters has been producing fine artisan coffees in Seattle since 1993.  They create consistently great coffee in small batches of the freshest premium beans, roasted in their vintage cast-iron roaster each day.  Lighthouse has established a following of coffee lovers through their commitment to treating coffee roasting as a craft.    Washington Wild was able to connect with […]

May 10 2021

Hot Cakes Forest Cake Raises Vital Funds for Wild Lands and Waters

Posted on May 10, 2021 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Hot Cakes Forest Cake Raises Vital Funds for Wild Lands and Waters

Our Earth Month fundraiser with community partner Hot Cakes was a huge success! For the entire month of April, 10% of Forest Cake sales went to Washington Wild.  Sales from this special cake-of-the-month brought in just over $1,000 dollars, with the owners of Hot Cakes contributing a personal match for a total donation of just […]

May 10 2021

A collaboration is Brewing with new Brewshed® Alliance Member Fair Isle Brewing!

Posted on May 10, 2021 in Brewshed, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
A collaboration is Brewing with new Brewshed® Alliance Member Fair Isle Brewing!

The days are getting longer, vaccine roll-out is happening, and a fresh beer is brewing with one of our newest Brewshed® Alliance members: Fair Isle Brewing!  The brewing and conservation communities have a shared interest in protecting our waterways. Right now, one of our state’s most beloved and vital waterways is facing a mining threat: the […]

May 5 2021

Local Skagit County Governments and Tribes Join Growing Opposition to Mining in Skagit Headwaters

Posted on May 5, 2021 in Conservation News, Skagit Headwaters, WA Wild Blog
Local Skagit County Governments and Tribes Join Growing Opposition to Mining in Skagit Headwaters

Opposition to Imperial Metals mining permit grows to more than 250, led by downstream stakeholders in Washington State concerned about impacts to drinking water, irrigation, salmon habitat, and orca whale recovery. Today, six local governments in Skagit County, Washington joined an international coalition of more than 250 conservation, recreation, and wild wildlife groups, as well […]

Apr 26 2021

Bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails Bill Introduced to Improve Forest Roads and Protect Waterways

Bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails Bill Introduced to Improve Forest Roads and Protect Waterways

On April 22, in honor of Earth Day, U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Mike Simpson (ID-02), and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced the bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Act. The bill leverages public and private funding to address water quality and access for threatened and endangered species like the Chinook salmon, bull trout, and steelhead.  The LRT program was first […]

Apr 22 2021

Virtual Happy Hour Recap: Working Together for a Greener Washington

Posted on Apr 22, 2021 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Virtual Happy Hour Recap: Working Together for a Greener Washington

In this special Earth Week Virtual Happy Hour, we talked with community partners from Lighthouse Roasters, Big Time Brewery, and Hot Cakes about recent collaborations.    As a small conservation organization, our community partners provide incredible support and impact as we work to protect Washington’s wild lands and waters.   Whether they are signing onto […]