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Dec 17 2019

Media Attention on National Forest Roadless Areas Grows

Posted on Dec 17, 2019 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Roadless
Media Attention on National Forest Roadless Areas Grows

In October, the Trump Administration announced a controversial proposal to eliminate long standing protections for unlogged old-growth forests within Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The ancient forests are part of the last remaining intact temperate rainforest on the planet and are champions of absorbing harmful greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere. Media attention has quickly grown […]

Dec 16 2019

100 Washington Stakeholders Oppose Repeal of Old-Growth Forest Protections Under the Roadless Rule

100 Washington Stakeholders Oppose Repeal of Old-Growth Forest Protections Under the Roadless Rule

Today, 102 local elected officials, businesses, commercial fishermen, faith leaders, hunting and fishing interests and conservation and recreation organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service opposing the elimination of old-growth forest protections under the 2001 National Forest Roadless Area Rule. Washington Wild coordinated the letter which demonstrates broad local support for roadless areas. “The Trump […]

Dec 9 2019

WA Brewing Industry Speaks up for Remaining Old-Growth Forests in AK and WA

WA Brewing Industry Speaks up for Remaining Old-Growth Forests in AK and WA

Today, a coalition of breweries across Washington state joined together to stand up for healthy watersheds after the Trump Administration announced they are moving forward with a controversial proposal to eliminate long-standing protections for old-growth forests in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. A letter signed by 39 brewing industry businesses was the latest evidence of opposition to the […]

Nov 23 2019

Seattle Public Meeting Focuses on Retaining Protections for Roadless Forests

Seattle Public Meeting Focuses on Retaining Protections for Roadless Forests

Today, Washington Wild and a host of conservation and recreation organizations joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to hold a community public meeting at the Seattle REI flagship store to offer local stakeholders an opportunity weigh in on old-growth protections on our national forests. The sentiment from the crowd was palpable: Protect the largest roadless area […]

Oct 15 2019

Trump Administration Targets Remaining Old-Growth Rainforests in Alaska in Extreme Proposal

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 in Conservation News, Roadless, Sustainable Road System
Trump Administration Targets Remaining Old-Growth Rainforests in Alaska in Extreme Proposal

Today, The Trump Administration announced they are moving forward with a controversial proposal to eliminate long standing protections for unlogged old-growth forests in Alaska’s Tongass National Forests. These roadless areas have provided protection for ancient forests, clean water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for nearly two decades. “The Trump Administration announced its extreme plan to […]

Sep 9 2019

Local Media Attention Grows on Effort to Weaken Roadless Forest Protections

Local Media Attention Grows on Effort to Weaken Roadless Forest Protections

The Trump Administration recently released a plan that will roll back protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest against wide-scale logging. Weakening this policy in Alaska will harm local and Indigenous communities, Southeast Alaska’s economy, salmon fisheries and other wildlife. Media attention has quickly grown in opposition to the Trump Administration’s plan both throughout Washington State […]

Aug 11 2019
Jul 30 2019

Organizations Call on Forest Service to Follow Roadless Rule in Monte Cristo Area

Organizations Call on Forest Service to Follow Roadless Rule in Monte Cristo Area

Today Washington Wild joined 12 other conservation and recreation organizations who signed onto a comment letter to the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The letter calls on the Forest Service to decommission a temporary road that was built by the USFS to remove old toxic waste from the once-mining town of Monte Cristo that posed threats […]

May 22 2019

Forest Service Ignores Objection to New Roads in Roadless Areas Near Mt. Baker

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Roadless
Forest Service Ignores Objection to New Roads in Roadless Areas Near Mt. Baker

Today, the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest approved a final decision as part of the Excelsior Mine redevelopment project to allow road construction within the Mt. Baker North Inventoried Roadless Area. The decision comes despite a formal objection by Washington Wild and nine other organizations in January and an earlier joint comment letter signed by 20 […]