Read more about why people are passionate about Washington Wild and the Wilderness Legacy we protect.
Kristen Proctor Washington Wild Volunteer Growing up in the Everett Area, hiking and camping in Washington have always been a part of Kristen’s life. These experiences led her to continue to be an advocate for nature and public lands as she grew up. This is one of the reasons why Kristen chose to work closely […]
Teri Howe Washington Wild Member Teri has been an all–star Washington Wild member since 2008. Over the past ten years, she has been a regular participant at our Wild Night Out annual dinner and auction. She spent her childhood growing up between both the Los Angeles and Houston metropolitan areas until she moved to the Skagit Valley at age […]
By Jim Whittaker, 1st American to Summit Mt. Everest and former CEO of REI Washington State’s public lands are a legacy worth protecting. I should know as someone who grew up in West Seattle and graduated from Seattle University before taking the opportunity to explore the world. I have looked down from the top of […]
Thanks to his exceptional commitment to protecting Washington’s wild lands and watersheds, Bob Brenlin was presented with the 2017 Brewshed® Award at last year’s Wild Night Out. A Washington Wild Brewshed Alliance partner since 2014, Bob has found creative ways to bring awareness to public land issues and develop fundraisers to support Washington Wild’s conservation […]
Seattle-area attorney Brad Meissner recently wrapped up seven years on Washington Wild’s Board of Directors. Brad, a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, grew up hiking and backpacking on the uncrowded trails of Central Montana’s “island” mountain ranges. “In rural Montana, we had wilderness-quality lands close to home, and it wasn’t uncommon to hike all day without seeing […]
By Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) President Theodore Roosevelt told us, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.” These words remain as true today as they were a hundred years ago. But this message bears repeating […]
By Daniel J. Evans, Former WA Governor and U.S. Senator Tucked in the Northwest corner of the continental United States, Washington State is often forgotten by the rest of the country. However, after a visit to witness the snow-capped peaks of Rainier, ancient forests of the Cascades and coastline of the Olympic Peninsula, most carve […]
By Marc Berejka, Director of Government & Community Affairs at REI Two young fish say “hello” as they swim past an older one. Smiling, the older one says, “the water sure is nice today, isn’t it?” They smile back, swim on, and then look at each other wondering, “what’s water?” Sometimes you can be so […]
By Dan Rankin, Mayor of Darrington The town of Darrington is in my soul. My grandfather settled in the valley in 1920. My father was raised skiing and hiking the mountains. I was raised fishing the same creeks as my grandfather. My children and I now explore the same mushroom patches, following generational history. Nestled […]
The strong response from business leaders in support of protecting local Wilderness and public lands through Washington Wild is not a philanthropic act. It is rooted in sound economics and good business. Recent research has confirmed what business owners in Washington have known for some time, that quality of life issues, like access to wild lands and waters or historic destinations, are key to attracting top talent to our region.