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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 […]

Jul 26 2013

Groups Comment on Geothermal Exploration Near Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Wild Sky
Groups Comment on Geothermal Exploration Near Wild Sky Wilderness

Washington Wild and 12 other conservation organizations sent a letter to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, providing comments on the Environmental Assessment for the Skykomish Geothermal Consent to Lease process. The Skykomish Ranger District is studying the potential impact of allowing leasing of subsurface lands for geothermal exploratory drilling on 12,000 acres of land adjacent […]

Jul 11 2013

Hunting, Fishing, Biking and Recreation Support Rolls in for Wild Olympics

Hunting, Fishing, Biking and Recreation Support Rolls in for Wild Olympics

More than 50 new hunting, fishing and recreation groups and outdoor businesses have joined the Wild Olympics Campaign in calling for permanent protection of our great outdoors. This announcement is a huge step forward for the Wild Olympics legislation, which was introduced for the first time last summer and now awaits reintroduction. The bill would […]

Jul 11 2013

100 More Businesses & CEOs Announce Support for Wild Olympics

100 More Businesses & CEOs Announce Support for Wild Olympics

More than 100 new businesses and CEOs on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas announced their support for the Wild Olympics legislation. They cite the quality of life on the Olympic Peninsula as a driving force behind economic growth and job creation in the local economy, and understand that the Wild Olympics legislation would protect that […]

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 […]