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Jul 10 2015

New Partnership Launched to Improve Forest Habitat and Strengthen Darrington’s Economic Future

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 in Conservation News
New Partnership Launched to Improve Forest Habitat and Strengthen Darrington’s Economic Future

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Governor Jay Inslee, and leaders from major conservation organizations, local STEM education programs and the community of Darrington announced the formation of a new partnership called the Darrington Collaborative. The goal of the group is to bring together a variety of interests, including those of the local […]

Jun 4 2015

Coalition Cheers Wilderness Act

Coalition Cheers Wilderness Act

The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Jun 4 2015

Wild Olympics Bill Introduced into New Congress

Wild Olympics Bill Introduced into New Congress

The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers. If enacted, the […]

May 28 2015

One Hundred Organizations Oppose Threats to Wild Rivers

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Conservation News, River Management
One Hundred Organizations Oppose Threats to Wild Rivers

Nearly 100 conservation organizations, including Washington Wild wrote a letter to members of the U.S. Congress opposing new legislation (S. 1236) that would overturns a century’s worth of checks and balances over the federal management of water resources, and more than 40 years’ worth of protections for natural resources impacted by hydropower dams. The proposed legislation […]

May 8 2015

Rep. Kilmer Joins Official Launch of Olympic Forestry Collaborative

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Conservation News
Rep. Kilmer Joins Official Launch of Olympic Forestry Collaborative

Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined the official launch of the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative ( Olympic Forestry Collaborative ) in Port Angeles. Kilmer hosted an interactive panel discussion with local stakeholders to detail how the collaborative will seek to benefit the environmental quality of area forests and support sustainable timber harvests on the Olympic Peninsula. […]

Mar 27 2015

Groups Provide Input on Recreation Impacts of Planned Timber Sale near Snoqualmie Pass

Groups Provide Input on Recreation Impacts of Planned Timber Sale near Snoqualmie Pass

Washington Wild and eight other conservation and recreation organizations commented on the draft Environmental Assessment for the Hansen Creek Vegetation Project located north of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest releases a draft environmental assessment for a timber sale that could include as much as 1,500 acres over the next six […]

Feb 25 2015

$1 Million Increase for Repairing Forest Service Roads in WA

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Conservation News, Watershed Restoration
$1 Million Increase for Repairing Forest Service Roads in WA

Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced a $1 million increase for conservation work in Washington State through the U.S. Forest Service’s Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program. The increase for 2015 will go toward repairing or closing aging Forest Service roads that are […]

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 […]