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Nov 6 2017

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Mining Ban in the Methow Valley

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining, WA Wild Blog
Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Mining Ban in the Methow Valley

The Forest Service is currently considering a proposal for a 20-year mineral withdrawal in the Methow which would protect the area from mining interests for the next two decades. Today, Washington Wild joined 12 other conservation and recreation organizations on a joint comment letter to the Okanagon-Wenatchee National Forest expressing their support to protect the […]

Oct 7 2017

Groups Object to Decision on Mining Expansion into Mt. Baker Roadless Area

Groups Object to Decision on Mining Expansion into Mt. Baker Roadless Area

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has issued a draft decision to move ahead with the Swen Larsen Quarry Expansion into the Mt. Baker West Inventoried Roadless Area in Whatcom County. Washington Wild coordinated and objection letter signed by 8 other organizations stating their concerns with the project moving forward. The 10-acre mining expansion will have […]

Aug 25 2017

PAST ACTION: Oppose Forest Service Decision to Support Mining at Mt. St. Helens

PAST ACTION: Oppose Forest Service Decision to Support Mining at Mt. St. Helens

The comment period for this opportunity has closed. For current opportunities see our Take Action Page. The Forest Service has just issued a decision allowing a foreign mining company, Ascot Resources, to conduct exploratory drilling in the pristine Green River valley near Mount St. Helens. This is the first step toward developing a large copper, gold, and […]

Aug 3 2017

Recreation & Conservation Groups Oppose Legislation to Facilitate Mining on Federal Lands

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Conservation News, Mining
Recreation & Conservation Groups Oppose Legislation to Facilitate Mining on Federal Lands

Today Washington Wild joined 34 local businesses, conservation and recreation organizations who sent  a letter to Chair Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee concerning the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017. The letter expresses grave concerns on the critical minerals section of the legislation which […]

Jun 30 2017

Conservation, Recreation Groups Oppose Mining Expansion in North Cascades Roadless Area

Conservation, Recreation Groups Oppose Mining Expansion in North Cascades Roadless Area

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a letter signed by 21 conservation and recreation organizations and local businesses to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The letter expressed concern over the draft Environmental Assessment for the 10 acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine quarry on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. Read the Comment […]

Jun 28 2017

PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining, WA Wild Blog
PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

United Western Supply has proposed a 10-acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine quarry on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. The expansion area is entirely within the Mt Baker West Inventoried Roadless Area, which is afforded protection from new road construction and related development under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of […]

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

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 […]