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Oct 1 2015

Finding Common Ground

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Finding Common Ground

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 […]

Mar 18 2015

A Business Plan for Washington’s Wild Lands

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A Business Plan for Washington’s Wild Lands

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.

Apr 1 2014

Brewshed Connection in Action

Brewshed Connection in Action

By Pamela Brulotte, Owner of Icicle Brewing Company Sitting on a sunny patio amidst the beautiful, wild scenery of Leavenworth drinking a local craft beer makes it easy to appreciate the benefits of wild lands and waters. From here, we can’t see our water source that helps create the craft beer of Icicle Brewing Company, […]

Oct 1 2013

Our Public Lands Legacy

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Our Public Lands Legacy

By Congressman Dave Reichert On September 28th, our nation celebrated National Public Lands Day, showing appreciation for all public lands that offer recreational opportunities to our families and an economic boost for our communities. Our great outdoor spaces and activities are one of the many benefits of living in this beautiful state. It is up […]

Sep 19 2012

A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

When I began canoeing and rafting Washington’s rivers in the 1980s, I quickly realized there was no consistent source of information about routes and good water levels. In the course of researching my guidebook, I discovered that hydropower developers had plans for projects on many of the rivers I paddled. They were planning to dam up my rivers! So, I formed the Washington Rivers Council in 1984 and began organizing river recreationalists to create a constituency to oppose these projects.

Oct 11 2011

Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Washington State’s wild spaces are among our most precious assets. Due to the foresight of past leaders, we have permanently protected some of the most special places in the United States. I believe we must continue to build upon the strong base of conservation efforts that have made our state what it is today.

Sep 1 2010

A Case for Mining Reform

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A Case for Mining Reform

Hardrock mining has left a legacy of pollution across the West that continues to burden our groundwater, surface waters, wildlife, vegetation, soils, air, and human health today. This reality poses a challenge for those of us who care deeply about our natural environment.

Aug 1 2009

Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

Posted on Aug 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, Roadless, WA Wild Blog
Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

The 2 million acres of roadless forests here in Washington State are a critical part of the quality of life we have come to expect. Roadless forests provide much of our clean water and safe drinking water, besides protecting fish and wildlife.

Apr 1 2009

Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Over the last sixteen years, Earth Ministry has been a significant partner in conservation efforts within Washington State and at the federal level. Through Earth Ministry’s partnership with Washington Wilderness Coalition and other conservation groups, the faith community has added their voice to the collective call for action on issues such as the Roadless Rule, the creation of the new Wild Sky Wilderness, and the ongoing effort to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Aug 1 2008

The Spirit of Index

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
The Spirit of Index

Those of us that call the modest but scenic town of Index home have gone through quite a bit over the past six years. Through passion, diligence and hard work, our small community of about 150 has taken Index’s future into its own hands. A number of individuals in our community worked tirelessly with the Washington Wilderness coalition in support of the recently approved Wild Sky Wilderness, which is literally our back yard.