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Jan 17 2017

2016 Washington Wild Conservation Accomplishments

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
2016 Washington Wild Conservation Accomplishments

    Wild Olympics Legislation Receives First Congressional Hearing In April, the Wild Olympics legislation had its first congressional hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In advance of the hearing, the Wild Olympics Campaign announced an additional 100 elected officials, local businesses and other stakeholder endorsements, bringing the total to 550. The […]

Jan 5 2017

PAST ACTION: Urge Forest Service to Say No to Navy Jet Training over Olympic National Park and Wilderness Areas

PAST ACTION: Urge Forest Service to Say No to Navy Jet Training over Olympic National Park and Wilderness Areas

A new Forest Service draft decision would enable the U.S. Navy to surround Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest with electromagnetic emitter trucks, resulting in high decibel jet training flights over ancient forests, popular trails and remote peaks on the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy has done a poor job of informing local stakeholders about […]

Dec 30 2016

Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in Conservation News, Mining
Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially announced the segregation notice for 340,000 acres in the Methow Headwaters region of Washington State. This essentially protects the Methow from mining for a two-year period in which these lands are off limits to mining interests while the BLM studies whether permanent protection is warranted. This is […]

Dec 16 2016

80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Conservation News, River Management
80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Today Washington Wild joined 79 other organizations on a joint letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) coordinated by Hydropower Reform Coalition concerning the economical, ecological,and social impacts of new dam construction. The letter was sent in response to the DOE’s November 2016 Request for Information “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Hydropower in […]

Dec 13 2016

Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog, Wild Sky
Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Today 17 organizations signed onto a comment letter coordinated by Washington Wild supporting the expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA) by nearly 3,000 acres. The Morning Star is the only NRCA located within Snohomish County and lies adjacent to the recently designated Wild Sky Wilderness. This expansion would effectively extend the […]

Dec 7 2016

Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Conservation News
Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the U.S. House passed legislation that would rename the Wilderness area within Olympic National Park as the “Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.” Former U.S. Senator and Washington Governor Evans led efforts to designate much of Olympic National Park as Wilderness in 1988. The legislation passed the Senate in July and now moves to President Obama’s […]

Nov 7 2016

22 Organizations Back New Non-motorized Recreation Opportunities near Wenatchee

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
22 Organizations Back New Non-motorized Recreation Opportunities near Wenatchee

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the Wenatchee River Ranger District signed by an additional 21 recreation, conservation and local business leaders supporting the Number Two Canyon Trails project. The project, proposed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, would construct or improve nearly 30 miles of non-motorized trail, add two trailheads, create a downhill and […]

Oct 31 2016

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

After 10 years, Snohomish County Public Works released for public comment a long awaited Environmental Assessment to repair the popular Index-Galena Road. This paved route served as the primary access point to dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and whitewater access points along the North Fork Skykomish River before it was severely damaged by flooding in 2006. […]

Oct 28 2016

Two New Trails Added in Wild Sky Country

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Two New Trails Added in Wild Sky Country

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has announced the decision to add two new trails in Wild Sky Country, Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls, along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor near the town of Skykomish. In September 2014 Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the USFS with 12 other prominent Washington conservation and recreation organizations supporting […]

Oct 28 2016

Conservation and Recreation Groups Oppose Timber Sale adjacent to Wallace Falls State Park

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 in Conservation News, Forest Management
Conservation and Recreation Groups Oppose Timber Sale adjacent to Wallace Falls State Park

Eight organizations, including Washington Wild, submitted a letter to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) opposing a planned timber sale that would clear cut up to the boundary of Wallace Falls State Park. The controversial Singletary sale is located north of Highway 2 in Snohomish County near the towns of Gold Bar and […]