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Oct 19 2016

Washington Wild Supports New Trail and Safety Improvements for Washington Pass Spires Trail

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
Washington Wild Supports New Trail and Safety Improvements for Washington Pass Spires Trail

Today Washington Wild joined the Access Fund and 12 other conservation and recreation organizations in support of a stewardship project to construct a new climbing trail system and address current safety issues as part of the Washington Pass Spires Access Trail Project. This stewardship project is an extensive collaborative effort with the Methow Valley Ranger District (MVRD) […]

Oct 19 2016

COMPLETED ACTION: Tell the Forest Service to Take Immediate Action to Prevent Mining in the Methow Valley

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining
COMPLETED ACTION: Tell the Forest Service to Take Immediate Action to Prevent Mining in the Methow Valley

TAKE ACTION Nested on the east slope of the North Cascades just outside North Cascades National Park, the Methow Valley and Headwaters region of Washington is one of the state’s most popular destinations. The Methow offers exceptional recreation opportunities, is home to diverse wildlife and is the source of cool, clean waters for famers, residents […]

Oct 13 2016

Proposed Dam on North Fork Snoqualmie River Withdrawn

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Conservation News, River Management
Proposed Dam on North Fork Snoqualmie River Withdrawn

Black Canyon Hydro LLC announced that it was withdrawing its application for the Black Canyon Hydropower Project. This project would have constructed a new dam on the North Fork Snoqualmie River, severely impacting native rainbow and cutthroat trout, posing a risk to the City of Snoqualmie’s water supply, and irreversibly harming a world-class kayak run. […]

Oct 12 2016

Conservation Groups and Local Businesses Question Olivine Mine Expansion near Mt. Baker

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining, Roadless
Conservation Groups and Local Businesses Question Olivine Mine Expansion near Mt. Baker

Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 19 conservation, recreation and local business leaders expressing concern over a proposed expansion of an olivine mine/quarry in Whatcom County. United Western Supply has proposed a 10-acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine Quarry into an inventoried roadless area on Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The […]

Oct 7 2016

COMPLETED ACTION: Proposed Quarry Expansion Threatens Ancient Forests, Wildlife and Drinking Water

COMPLETED ACTION: Proposed Quarry Expansion Threatens Ancient Forests, Wildlife and Drinking Water

TAKE ACTION United Western Supply has proposed expanding an existing olivine rock quarry onto national forest lands including the Mt. Baker West inventoried roadless area in Whatcom County. Located north of the Twin Sisters, the proposal would expand into intact old-growth forests that serve as part of the municipal watershed for the City of Bellingham. […]

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 […]

Jul 29 2016

Balanced Decision Supports Restoration and Recreation in Nooksack

Balanced Decision Supports Restoration and Recreation in Nooksack

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest announced a decision on their plan for road maintenance levels in the Nooksack basin near Mt. Baker. The draft decision took to heart many of the recommendations outlined in a comment letter by 18 conservation and recreation organizations in March 2016. Changes include significantly increasing the miles of roads to […]

Jul 14 2016

Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes Senate

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Conservation News
Bill to Rename Olympic Park Wilderness after Daniel J. Evans Passes Senate

Today the U.S. Senate 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 and will be honored this year with Washington Wild’s 2016 Conservation Voices […]

Jun 30 2016

Destination Wild Olympics Recreation Map Released

Destination Wild Olympics Recreation Map Released

The Wild Olympics Campaign, outdoor recreation groups, REI, and Patagonia unveiled a new “ Destination Wild Olympics ” MAP, highlighting some of the great recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal. The map was designed with extensive input from local Olympic Peninsula business owners, economic development leaders and local elected officials, who announced their support […]

May 27 2016

Balanced Comments provided on Forest Service Roads in Greenwater Watershed

Balanced Comments provided on Forest Service Roads in Greenwater Watershed

WA Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 12 conservation and recreation organizations to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest prioritizing key forest service roads providing recreational access for continued maintenance while identifying old decaying logging roads for decommissioning and watershed restoration. The balanced comments were focused on national forest road system adjacent to Mt. […]