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Sep 30 2014

Support for New Trails in Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Support for New Trails in Wild Sky Wilderness

Thirteen prominent Washington conservation and recreation organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service expressing support for two new trails, Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls Trails, along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor near the town of Skykomish. The Frog Mountain trail was deemed a high priority as part of a recent trail plan associated […]

Sep 12 2014

WA CEOs, Business Leaders Support Public Lands Legacy

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Alpine Lakes Additions, Conservation News
WA CEOs, Business Leaders Support Public Lands Legacy

Dozens of local CEO’s and executives of Washington-based companies sent a letter to the key House and Senate Committees and the Washington Congressional delegation in support of a handful of public lands bills pending in Congress. The letter supported enacting a public land legacy for Washington State including legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness […]

Jul 25 2014

Conservation Groups Seek Stronger Protections for NW Rivers

Thirty-six conservation organizations, including Washington Wild and American Whitewater submitted comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on its Draft Amended Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program is the largest fish and wildlife recovery program in the U.S., designed to protect and enhance fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin, […]

Jul 3 2014

Court Says Mt. St. Helens Is No Place For A Mine

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining
Court Says Mt. St. Helens Is No Place For A Mine

A federal district court struck down the federal government’s approval of a controversial mining exploration project on federal public lands adjacent to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The court found that the government’s approval of the 900-acre project violated numerous federal public land and environmental laws and was not consistent with the purpose for […]

May 30 2014

Shining a Spotlight on Darrington’s Iconic Recreation Destinations

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Conservation News, Recreational Access
Shining a Spotlight on Darrington’s Iconic Recreation Destinations

A coalition made up of ten leading conservation and recreation groups and the outdoor retail companies, Outdoor Research and REI, have produced a free “Destination Darrington” map highlighting the world-class fishing, hiking, camping, biking, rafting and other recreational opportunities near the scenic town of Darrington, WA. On March 22, 2014, a mudslide devastated the small […]

May 19 2014

Washington Wild Raises Concerns over Flagg Mountain Mining Proposal in Methow Valley

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Conservation News, Mining
Washington Wild Raises Concerns over Flagg Mountain Mining Proposal in Methow Valley

Washington Wild submitted comments to the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest expressing concerns about a new proposal to green light exploratory drilling as a preliminary step to a potential open pit mine in Okanogan County. A Canadian mining firm has put forward the request, which is moving forward under a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy […]

Apr 28 2014

Buckhorn Mine Expansion Withdrawn

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Conservation News, Mining
Buckhorn Mine Expansion Withdrawn

Echo Bay/Kinross mining company  announced they are withdrawing a 2010 proposal to pursue exploratory drilling over more than 9,000 acres of public land near Tonasket and Chesaw in Okanagan County. The company asked to build up to 72 miles of new roads and 675 new drill pad sites, and drill 965 exploration holes on state, […]

Jan 7 2014

Senator Murray and Rep. Kilmer Introduce Wild Olympics Legislation

Senator Murray and Rep. Kilmer Introduce Wild Olympics Legislation

Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 in the Senate and House of Representatives. This legislation would designate more than 126,000 acres of existing federal land as Wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate more than 460 river miles on the […]

Dec 3 2013

New Partnership Aims to Improve Environmental Quality and Economic Vitality of Olympic National Forest

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Conservation News
New Partnership Aims to Improve Environmental Quality and Economic Vitality of Olympic National Forest

Representative Derek Kilmer and a group of conservation, timber and local government stakeholders today announced the formation of new partnership called the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative. The Olympic Peninsula Collaborative, modeled on similar partnerships elsewhere in Washington state and around the country, is a grassroots, stakeholder driven partnership and the first of its kind to be […]

Aug 20 2013

Senator Murray, Washington Wild Celebrate Wild Sky 5-Year Anniversary

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Conservation News, Wild Sky
Senator Murray, Washington Wild Celebrate Wild Sky 5-Year Anniversary

More than 60 invited stakeholders, activists and supporters celebrated the designation of the Wild Sky Wilderness five years ago at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Index, WA along the North Fork Skykomish River. Prior to the event, a small group of reporters and supporters including Washington Wild’s Conservation Director Tom Uniack joined Senator Murray on […]