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May 23 2017

President’s New Budget is Bad News for the Environment and Public Lands

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
President’s New Budget is Bad News for the Environment and Public Lands

Today the President released his proposed budget for FY 2018 which adds to his record of attacking or defunding many of the programs that are key to protecting our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management lands.   Back in March, the Trump administration proposed a “skinny budget” with historic budget  cuts […]

May 16 2017

Defending Our Public Lands

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Conservation News, Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Defending Our Public Lands

By Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) May 2017 – President Theodore Roosevelt told us, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.” These words remain as true today as they were a hundred years ago. But this […]

May 11 2017

Congressional Threats to Public Lands Expire As Deadline Passes

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Conservation News
Congressional Threats to Public Lands Expire As Deadline Passes

Today, a number of threats to our Public Lands are expiring! The deadline for Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation, May 11th, has just passed. This ensures that any legislative attack on our public lands that was a CRA resolution, including drilling on our National Parks, can no longer be put through the House or the […]

May 11 2017

Beers Made by Walking and Washington Wild Team Up for the 2017 Seattle Hike Series

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Brewshed, Conservation News
Beers Made by Walking and Washington Wild Team Up for the 2017 Seattle Hike Series

Now in its sixth year, Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) returns to Seattle! BMBW invites brewers to go on nature hikes led by volunteer naturalists and brew beer inspired by plants found on the trail. All the breweries participating are Partners of the Brewshed Alliance, which currently has over 50 Washington breweries on board. This […]

May 10 2017

Senate Bi-Partisan Vote Protects Key Rule on Methane Emissions

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Conservation News
Senate Bi-Partisan Vote Protects Key Rule on Methane Emissions

Today, in an unexpected bit of good news, the Senate has narrowly voted (51 to 59) to keep a key environmental regulation, H.J. Resolution 36, a BLM Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. Three Republicans joined every Democrat to secure this environmental victory to preserve the rule.  The Congressional Review Act Resolution to repeal this rule […]

Apr 26 2017

TAKE ACTION: President Trump Targets over 50 National Monuments in New Executive Order

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
TAKE ACTION: President Trump Targets over 50 National Monuments in New Executive Order

Today, President Trump issued an executive order that directs the Department of Interior to review all previous national monument designations since 1996. Washington’s own San Juan Islands National Monument, designated by President Barak Obama in 2013 is among the more than 50 national monuments at risk. Since its enactment over a hundred years ago, the Antiquities Act […]

Apr 17 2017

Organizations Support Balance of Watershed Restoration and Recreational Access on Olympic National Forest

Organizations Support Balance of Watershed Restoration and Recreational Access on Olympic National Forest

Washington Wild helped coordinate a letter signed by 10 conservation and recreation organizations preserving and enhancing recreational access and supporting watershed restoration on the Dungeness Watershed. The letter expressed support for addressing an oversized and under-maintained road system that causes high aquatic risk to our watersheds and fish while balancing important recreation opportunities. The groups […]

Apr 17 2017

Conservationists, Recreationists Question Re-Investment in Century-old Dam on Similkameen River

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Conservation News, River Management
Conservationists, Recreationists Question Re-Investment in Century-old Dam on Similkameen River

In advance of a public hearing, Washington Wild joined ten conservation and recreation groups who signed onto a letter to the Okanogan Public Utility District raising concerns about the economic, legal and conservation impacts of the re-investment in this century-old dam on Similkameen River. The project would cost $40 million to build, would cost more to operate […]

Apr 3 2017

Congress, President Allow for Controversial Killing of Wolves and Bears in National Wildlife Refuges

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Conservation News
Congress, President Allow for Controversial Killing of Wolves and Bears in National Wildlife Refuges

On April 3, 2017, President Donald Trump continued his attack on our environment, wildlife and public lands by signing legislation into law (H.J. Res. 69) that would repeal recently finalized regulation by the U.S. Fish an Wildlife Service. As a result federal National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska will be subject to aggressive hunting practices against […]

Mar 27 2017

Congress, President Repeal Improvements to Public Land Management

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in BLM Wild Lands, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Congress, President Repeal Improvements to Public Land Management

On March 27th, President Donald Trump signed legislation into law (H.J. Res. 44) 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. The Planning 2.0 regulations were the first updates since 1983 for the Bureau of Land Management […]