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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Today, Washingotn Wild cheered the introduction of the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016 by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), to protect 340,000 acres of National Forest in the Methow Valley from potential development of a large-scale mine. The legislation would restrict potential mining related development (including near Flagg Mountain) in order […]
The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Protection Act was the subject of its first congressional hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In advance of the hearing, the Wild Olympics Campaign announced and additional 100 elected officials, local businesses and other stakeholder endorsements for the legislation bringing the total to […]
After hearing from more than 2,000 individual and organizational stakeholders, the U.S. Army announced that they were going to reassess controversial landing sites as part of their proposal to allow combat helicopter training on public lands in Washington State. Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter in November from 67 diverse local stakeholders raising concerns […]
Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday toured the site of a proposed aquatic restoration stewardship project with leaders from conservation organizations, the local timber industry and the Darrington community who are members of the newly formed Darrington Collaborative. He announced a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to support the group’s work restoring critical habitat, […]
A new study found that local Washington communities near federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management benefited from millions of dollars in spending in 2014 as the result of visitors who came to enjoy non-motorized recreation, such as hiking, hunting, and camping, or “Quiet Recreation.” Read the Press Release and One Page Summary.
WA Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 18 conservation and recreation organizations calling for a balance between recreation and road restoration in the Nooksack Watershed. The groups called for decommissioning old decaying logging roads while preserving access and continued maintenance to road leading to trails, campgrounds and other infrastructure as part of the Upper […]
Washington Wild is leading efforts statewide to provide meaningful protections for Washington’s unheralded wild lands in eastern Washington. As the largest single land manager of sagebrush habitat in Eastern Washington, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a critical opportunity this summer to provide meaningful protections through their Resource Management Plan for lands with Wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat and year round recreational opportunities.