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Jun 15 2017

Groups Urge Forest Service to Say No to Mining Near Mt. St. Helens

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining, Recreational Access

Washington Wild joined 18 other conservation and recreation organizations on a letter to the Forest Service opposing mining operations in the Green River valley and Goat Mountain near Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The mining proposal has been challenged and delayed at least three times over the last  decade. It threatens to devastate the Green River […]

Mar 7 2017

Methow Headwaters Protection Act Reintroduced!

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining
Methow Headwaters Protection Act Reintroduced!

Today we cheered the reintroduction of S.566, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2017 by Senators Cantwell and Murray!! This is an important milestone for the Methow Headwaters Campaign. The bill calls for permanent protection of about 340,000 acres of public land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from new industrial-scale mine development. In May of 2016 Senators Patty Murray […]

Feb 10 2017

TAKE ACTION: Protect the Methow from Industrial-Scale Mining

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining
TAKE ACTION: Protect the Methow from Industrial-Scale Mining

Recently, mining interests have targeted the Methow Valley for exploratory drilling near Flagg Mountain as a preliminary step to developing a mine in the watershed. Mining in the area could have harmful effects on clean water for fish and residents, as well as have negative impacts on recreation and tourism in the Methow Valley which […]

Dec 30 2016

Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in Conservation News, Mining
Methow Headwaters Receives Two Year Protection from Mining Interests

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially announced the segregation notice for 340,000 acres in the Methow Headwaters region of Washington State. This essentially protects the Methow from mining for a two-year period in which these lands are off limits to mining interests while the BLM studies whether permanent protection is warranted. This is […]

Oct 19 2016

Organizations, Citizens Support Mining Ban in the Methow

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Conservation News, Mining
Organizations, Citizens Support Mining Ban in the Methow

Today Washington Wild, a member of the Methow Headwaters Campaign, joined 8 other conservation and recreation organizations urging the Forest Service to take immediate action upholding their commitment to a mineral withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters region of Washington State. You can still make your voice heard! Take Action here and urge the Forest Service to prevent […]

Oct 19 2016

PAST ACTION: Tell the Forest Service to Take Immediate Action to Prevent Mining in the Methow Valley

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining
PAST ACTION: Tell the Forest Service to Take Immediate Action to Prevent Mining in the Methow Valley

TAKE ACTION Nested on the east slope of the North Cascades just outside North Cascades National Park, the Methow Valley and Headwaters region of Washington is one of the state’s most popular destinations. The Methow offers exceptional recreation opportunities, is home to diverse wildlife and is the source of cool, clean waters for famers, residents […]

Oct 12 2016

Conservation Groups and Local Businesses Question Olivine Mine Expansion near Mt. Baker

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining
Conservation Groups and Local Businesses Question Olivine Mine Expansion near Mt. Baker

Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 19 conservation, recreation and local business leaders expressing concern over a proposed expansion of an olivine mine/quarry in Whatcom County. United Western Supply has proposed a 10-acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine Quarry into an inventoried roadless area on Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The […]

Oct 7 2016

PAST ACTION: Proposed Quarry Expansion Threatens Ancient Forests, Wildlife and Drinking Water

PAST ACTION: Proposed Quarry Expansion Threatens Ancient Forests, Wildlife and Drinking Water

TAKE ACTION United Western Supply has proposed expanding an existing olivine rock quarry onto national forest lands including the Mt. Baker West inventoried roadless area in Whatcom County. Located north of the Twin Sisters, the proposal would expand into intact old-growth forests that serve as part of the municipal watershed for the City of Bellingham. […]

May 25 2016

Legislation Introduced to Protect Methow Valley from Mining Threats

Posted on May 25, 2016 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining
Legislation Introduced to Protect Methow Valley from Mining Threats

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 […]

Jul 3 2014

Court Says Mt. St. Helens Is No Place For A Mine

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Mining
Court Says Mt. St. Helens Is No Place For A Mine

A federal district court struck down the federal government’s approval of a controversial mining exploration project on federal public lands adjacent to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The court found that the government’s approval of the 900-acre project violated numerous federal public land and environmental laws and was not consistent with the purpose for […]