Donate Now! Subscribe
Nov 21 2012

Happy Anniversary to Washington’s Wild & Scenic Rivers

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in WA Wild Blog
Happy Anniversary to Washington’s Wild & Scenic Rivers

This November, five Washington State rivers are celebrating their anniversary of being designated as Wild & Scenic Rivers.   On November 10, 1978, the Sauk, Suiattle, and Cascade Rivers of the Skagit River system were designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers under the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. This marked the first Wild […]

Nov 16 2012

Wilderness Campaigns Are Wildlife Campaigns, Too! PART 1: Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in WA Wild Blog

Washington Wild works hard to protect the wild lands and water of Washington State. In 2008, WW led a coalition that succeeded in designating the first National Forest Wilderness area in Washington in more than 20 years. The Wild Sky Wilderness Act, enacted into law in 2008, covered more than 100,000 acres of forest land […]

Nov 8 2012

A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 in 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.  So I began researching and writing my own guidebook, published by Mountaineers Books (1987, 1992, 1996): Washington Whitewater. In the course of researching my guidebook, I discovered that […]

Oct 1 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Roadless Rule

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Roadless
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, Roadless, 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.