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Feb 2 2017

The Year Ahead: 2017 Program Priorities

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Conservation News
The Year Ahead: 2017 Program Priorities

FIGHT  Attacks on our Public Lands Over the next four years our wild lands and waters will be under siege. We expect renewed Congressional attacks on bedrock environmental laws like the Wilderness Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. We also anticipate efforts by the incoming Administration to weaken conservation policies and […]

Feb 1 2017

TAKE ACTION: The War On Public Lands Begins…Stand Up for Our Wild Places!

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News
TAKE ACTION: The War On Public Lands Begins…Stand Up for Our Wild Places!

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 […]

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 […]

Jan 3 2017

Congress Passes New Rule, Makes it Easier to Sell Our Public Lands

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 in Conservation News
Congress Passes New Rule, Makes it Easier to Sell Our Public Lands

Today, the newly elected U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial provision changing the way Congress calculates the costs and economic value of federal parks, forests and national wildlife refuges, making it easier to sell off our Public Lands. The rules package included a provision that states “all transfers of public lands should be treated […]

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 […]