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Oct 26 2020

Virtual Happy Hour: Defend Roadless Protection Areas in the Tongass & Our Backyard

Posted on Oct 26, 2020 in Conservation News, Roadless, WA Wild Blog
Virtual Happy Hour: Defend Roadless Protection Areas in the Tongass & Our Backyard

Last week we learned about one of the rarest ecosystems in the world—Alaska’s Tongass National Forest—and the current threat to its Roadless Protection Areas. Acclaimed photographer and author Amy Gulick took us on a visual journey to the Tongass, a  17-million acre rain forest where the sea meets the trees. We saw humpback whales, orcas, […]

Sep 25 2020
Apr 24 2020

Earth Week Virtual Happy Hour: Our Roadless Forests

Earth Week Virtual Happy Hour: Our Roadless Forests

For our fourth and final Earth Week Virtual Happy Hour session, we learned about the importance of roadless forests in the United States and the ongoing threats to the 2001 Roadless Rule. In Washington state, we have some of the most pristine Roadless areas in the country – places like South Quinault Ridge, much of […]

Apr 23 2020
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 […]