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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 […]

May 3 2019

Senator Cantwell Introduces Legislation to Permanently Protect Nearly 60 Million Acres of Public Forests

Senator Cantwell Introduces Legislation to Permanently Protect Nearly 60 Million Acres of Public Forests

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would codify administrative protections for about nearly 60 million acres of ancient forests, salmon spawning streams and sources for safe and clean drinking water on national forest lands protected by the 2001 National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Rule (Roadless Rule). The Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2019 comes after […]

Jan 12 2019

WA Wild Brings Together 25 Groups in Support of Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

WA Wild Brings Together 25 Groups in Support of Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter signed by 25 conservation and recreation groups on a letter to the Forest Service in support of their proposed alternative for the Baker Lake Road to Trail Project.  The letter expressed support for the Forest Service’s proposed alternative which avoids a violation of the 2001 Roadless Rule, […]

Jan 7 2019

115th Congress In Review: What Did it Mean for Washington’s Wild Places?

115th Congress In Review: What Did it Mean for Washington’s Wild Places?

The first two years of Trump’s Presidency have just come to a close and with it the end of the two-year 115th Congressional Session. Washington Wild responded to our members who told us that it was confusing and difficult to follow the mounting congressional threats to our national parks forests and other public lands. We […]

Nov 28 2018

Spokesman Review Features Inadequate Wilderness and River Protections in Colville National Forest Plan

Spokesman Review Features Inadequate Wilderness and River Protections in Colville National Forest Plan

Today, The Spokesman Review, a local Spokane newspaper, featured an article “Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan.” Recently the US Forest Service (USFS) released their decision for the Colville National Forest Plan. The USFS chose an alternative that does not balance the need for more recommended Wilderness […]

Nov 6 2018

Washington Wild Objects to Inadequate Wilderness and River Protections in Colville National Forest Plan

Washington Wild Objects to Inadequate Wilderness and River Protections in Colville National Forest Plan

Today, Washington Wild sent an objection letter to the US Forest Service (USFS) on their decision for the Colville National Forest Plan. The USFS chose an alternative that does not balance the need for more recommended Wilderness with other management goals. The forest plan revision is the first time ever to identify additional Wilderness protections […]

Oct 26 2018

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a comment letter signed by 25 conservation and recreation groups to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest supporting the proposed action to Baker Lake Road to Trail conversion project. The Forest Service is currently looking for input on alternative trail locations near Baker Lake, aiming to balance the goals of enhancing and restoring fisheries habitat […]

Oct 22 2018

Conservation, Recreation, Wildlife Groups Oppose New Roads in Roadless Areas Near Mt. Baker

Conservation, Recreation, Wildlife Groups Oppose New Roads in Roadless Areas Near Mt. Baker

Today Washington Wild coordinated a joint comment letter joined by 20 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations to the Forest Service concerning a proposed plan of operations for the Excelsior Mine, located in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Wells Creek. Redevelopment of the mine would directly impact the Mt. Baker North Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) by building […]