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Mar 16 2017

2017 Guide to Legislative Threats

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
2017 Guide to Legislative Threats

As 2017 began, within days it became clear that wild places on federal lands were going to be attacked on two fronts. The new Republican led Congress wasted little time in targeting regulations and facilitating legislative strategy to weaken protections for or dispose of federal lands. The Trump administration has also signaled that the next four […]

Mar 14 2017

WA’s Dave Reichert is one of 17 House Republicans to Speak Up on Climate Change

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
WA’s Dave Reichert is one of 17 House Republicans to Speak Up on Climate Change

Amidst a constant stream of negative news from Congress and the Trump Administration relating to climate change, a ray of hope materialized from an unlikely source. 17 House Republicans cosponsored a resolution (H. Res. 195), “expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship.” Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA08), who represents a district […]

Mar 13 2017

Save the Environmental Protection Agency! NO to H.R. 861!

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
Save the Environmental Protection Agency! NO to H.R. 861!

On February 2nd Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced H.R. 861, a bill that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. This agency, responsible for clean air and water, is increasingly important as the pace of climate change quickens and legislative attacks on environmental regulations abound. In an interview Gaetz has said the regulations and rules set […]

Mar 7 2017

Methow Headwaters Protection Act Reintroduced!

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining
Methow Headwaters Protection Act Reintroduced!

Today we cheered the reintroduction of S.566, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2017 by Senators Cantwell and Murray!! This is an important milestone for the Methow Headwaters Campaign. The bill calls for permanent protection of about 340,000 acres of public land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from new industrial-scale mine development. In May of 2016 Senators Patty Murray […]

Mar 7 2017

Conservationists Raise Concerns over Navy, Forest Service Training Projects in Olympics

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Conservation News
Conservationists Raise Concerns over Navy, Forest Service Training Projects in Olympics

Ten conservation organizations, including Washington Wild, sent a joint comment letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee and members of the Washington Congressional delegation raising concerns about the public process and environmental analysis of military training projects by the U.S. Navy on Forest Service lands. At issue is a recent Forest Service draft decision would enable the […]

Mar 1 2017

Local Endorsements Grow as Wild Olympics Legislation Reintroduced

Local Endorsements Grow as Wild Olympics Legislation Reintroduced

The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the reintroduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild […]

Feb 16 2017

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Representatives to Support Public Lands (H. Con. Res. 27)

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
TAKE ACTION: Urge your Representatives to Support Public Lands (H. Con. Res. 27)

The Issue URGE your member of Congress to support public lands and oppose mounting attacks on our national parks, forests, and refuges! An all out war on our public lands has already begun. On their FIRST day the newly elected U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial provision (H.R. 5) devaluing our federal parks, forests and national wildlife […]

Feb 10 2017

TAKE ACTION: Protect the Methow from Industrial-Scale Mining

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining
TAKE ACTION: Protect the Methow from Industrial-Scale Mining

Recently, mining interests have targeted the Methow Valley for exploratory drilling near Flagg Mountain as a preliminary step to developing a mine in the watershed. Mining in the area could have harmful effects on clean water for fish and residents, as well as have negative impacts on recreation and tourism in the Methow Valley which […]

Feb 8 2017

Groups Support Balance between Recreation and Conservation for Pack and Saddle Guiding Permits

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
Groups Support Balance between Recreation and Conservation for Pack and Saddle Guiding Permits

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 10 conservation and recreation organizations concerning Pack and Saddle permits on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The joint comment letter expressed their support for a balanced approach that supports horse related outfitting and guiding opportunities on Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest while mitigating ecological impacts and preserving Wilderness […]

Feb 3 2017

TAKE ACTION: Defend Your Ability to Speak Up for Our Public Lands!

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
TAKE ACTION: Defend Your Ability to Speak Up for Our Public Lands!

Rep. Lynne Cheney (R-WY) has introduced House Joint Resolution 44 and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-KA) introduced House Joint Resolution 15 under the Congressional Review Act that would repeal recently completed planning regulations that increase transparency and provide more public input on resource management plans for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. These regulations were the […]