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Dec 19 2014

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

On December 19, 2014, President Barak Obama signed into law legislation adding more than 22,000 acres of underrepresented low-elevation forest to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designating nearly 40 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In the same omnibus legislation a separate bill to designate 14 miles […]

Nov 28 2014

Conservation Organizations Comment on Geothermal Leasing near Mt. Baker

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 in Conservation News, Forest Management
Conservation Organizations Comment on Geothermal Leasing near Mt. Baker

Washington Wild and eight other conservation and recreation groups submitted comments to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest on a proposal to lease public lands for geothermal exploration and development. While the organizations support efforts to explore clean and renewable energy sources, the letter calls on the agency to protect the wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities […]

Oct 1 2014

Preserving Our Wilderness Legacy

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Conservation News
Preserving Our Wilderness Legacy

By: Congresswoman Suzan Delbene  October 2014 One way to measure the strength of a generation is what they leave behind for the generations that follow. Thanks to the Wilderness Act of 1964, Washington State has shaped a powerful legacy by protecting and preserving some of our most beautiful remaining pristine forests, snow-capped peaks, and free-flowing wild rivers. The […]

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, […]