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Nov 9 2017

Groups Encourage Thoughtful Approach Around Access Issues in the Enchantments

Recently there has been a push to institute day use permits in the Enchantments, located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and one of the most popular destinations for hiking in Washington State. Overnight permits are already required for trips in the area to mitigate recreational and ecological impacts to the fragile alpine environment. Washington Wild […]

Oct 17 2017

Over Two Dozen Groups Question Water Projects in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Over Two Dozen Groups Question Water Projects in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Today, Washington Wild was one of 25 local businesses, recreation and conservation groups who signed a comment letter to the Bureau of Reclamation for a water project taking place within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Groups expressed concern that the proposed project requires more substantive review and should be considered in the same analysis as several other […]

Jun 19 2017

Nearly 40 Groups Voice Concerns for Water Projects in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Nearly 40 Groups Voice Concerns for Water Projects in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Today, Washington Wild was one of 39  local businesses, recreation and conservation groups who signed  a comment letter to the Chelan County Commissioner and the Washington State department of Ecology expressing concerns for the Icicle Creek Water Resource Management Strategy. The Icicle Creek Working Group (IWG) has proposed several construction projects in the Alpine Lakes […]

Sep 23 2016

Washington State Offers Alternative to Mountain Bike – Wilderness Debate

Washington State Offers Alternative to Mountain Bike – Wilderness Debate

Several local newspapers including the Bellingham Herald, Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian reported on a national push to support controversial legislation to amend the 1964 Wilderness Act to allow mountain biking within designated Wilderness Areas. However, in Washington State, Washington Wild has helped lead an alternative common ground approach to both preserve mountain bike access and […]

Feb 16 2016

On all fronts: Army and Navy forge ahead with training plans for Northwest forests despite loud opposition

Washington Wild works hard to protect the lands and waters of Washington State, which sometimes includes lending our voice to oppose military expansions.  We understand the military needs places to train and we support our troops, but the wild places of our country are an integral part of the American dream, an envy of the […]

Aug 3 2015

Key Provisions Dropped From Controversial Timber Sale

Key Provisions Dropped From Controversial Timber Sale

Washington Wild led efforts by conservation and recreation organizations in raising concerns about the Hansen Creek timber sale proposed by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest adjacent to the recently designated Alpine Lakes Wilderness additions. Proposals for a naturally regenerated 120-year old stand for thinning and the use of a popular hiking trail (Ira Spring Trail) […]

Mar 28 2015

The Alpine Lakes Pale: Drinking in the Success

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 in Alpine Lakes Additions, Brewshed

By: Lyndsay Gordon, Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance Program Manager On February 19, as guests walked into Elliott Bay Brewing Company’s Lake City Way location, they noticed something different. Celebratory voices carried up the stairs from the Cascade Room below. Downstairs, a party was well underway to celebrate a major Wilderness victory: passage of the Alpine Lakes […]

Dec 22 2014

Apline Lakes Pale Celebration Challenge!

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Alpine Lakes Additions, Brewshed, WA Wild Blog
Apline Lakes Pale Celebration Challenge!

After seven years of hard work, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act passed Congress!  This legislation will protect over 22,000 acres of Wilderness and almost 40 miles Wild and Scenic Rivers.  As a result clean water, native trout, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, and downstream beer will all be […]

Dec 19 2014

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

On December 19, 2014, President Barak Obama signed into law legislation adding more than 22,000 acres of underrepresented low-elevation forest to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designating nearly 40 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In the same omnibus legislation a separate bill to designate 14 miles […]

Dec 12 2014

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Passes Congress after Seven Years of Effort

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Alpine Lakes Additions, WA Wild Blog
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Passes Congress after Seven Years of Effort

Senator Murray hits another benchmark for Washington’s Next Generation of Wilderness By Tom Uniack, Washington Wild Conservation Director  After squinting to watch the streaming video on my computer of the U.S. Senate  vote, a voice confirms an accomplishment seven years in the making. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers […]