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Jul 6 2013

Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would Be Economic Loser

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Conservation News, River Management
Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would Be Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated […]

Mar 25 2013

New National Monument Designated for San Juan Islands

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in BLM Wild Lands, Conservation News
New National Monument Designated for San Juan Islands

President Obama formally designated the San Juan Island National Monument, which protects 970 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands on Patos, Lopez, and surrounding Islands. These areas are being protected for their cultural and historical values and their natural beauty. Washington Wild has been working to highlight similar gems around the state […]

Dec 3 2012

Forest Service Approves Exploratory Drilling Near Mount St. Helens

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining
Forest Service Approves Exploratory Drilling Near Mount St. Helens

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest authorized plans to explore for minerals near Mount St. Helens. Ascot Resources Ltd., a mining company based in Canada, applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and USFS to conduct exploratory drilling on approximately 900 acres of land, 217 acres of which they own a 50% interest. The exploratory […]

Oct 1 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Roadless Rule

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 in Conservation News, Forest Management
Supreme Court Upholds Roadless Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal that challenged the legality of the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule. This action, by the highest court in the land, effectively ends a legal battle that began in 2001, and upholds the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule. After both the 9th and 10th Circuit Court of […]

Sep 14 2012

New Wilderness in Washington – Thunder Creek

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Conservation News, North Cascades
New Wilderness in Washington – Thunder Creek

Washington State welcomed its newest Wilderness addition to the Stephen M. Mather Wilderness this month – 3,559 acres within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area known as Thunder Creek. Thunder Creek was originally identified for designation as “Potential Wilderness” in the Washington Parks Wilderness Act of 1988 because of its wilderness character, but with an […]

Apr 26 2012

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest approved a proposal to decommission and remove 10 miles of old decaying logging roads located adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. These roads no longer provide recreational access but pose aquatic risks to the Harlan Creek watershed. Washington Wild, along with three other organizations, submitted comments on the Environmental Assessment […]

May 8 2008

Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

Posted on May 8, 2008 in Conservation News, Wild Sky
Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Wild Sky Wilderness Act as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, creating the first new national forest wilderness area in Washington State in more than 20 years. Washington Wild and other conservation organizations praised Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray for their unwavering […]