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Nov 9 2021

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Directs Vital Funding to National Forest Roads

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Directs Vital Funding to National Forest Roads

With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, soon to be signed into law by President Biden, national forest roads and trails will finally get much-needed attention. The legislation permanently authorizes the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program and provides vital funding.     Recognizing the need to protect and restore national forest lands […]

Apr 26 2021

Bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails Bill Introduced to Improve Forest Roads and Protect Waterways

Bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails Bill Introduced to Improve Forest Roads and Protect Waterways

On April 22, in honor of Earth Day, U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Mike Simpson (ID-02), and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced the bipartisan Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Act. The bill leverages public and private funding to address water quality and access for threatened and endangered species like the Chinook salmon, bull trout, and steelhead.  The LRT program was first […]

Apr 6 2021
Apr 1 2021

Washington Wild Coordinates Letter Calling for the Legacy Roads and Trails Program to be Reinstated

Washington Wild Coordinates Letter Calling for the Legacy Roads and Trails Program to be Reinstated

Today, Washington Wild sent a letter undersigned by 101 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations, elected officials, and local businesses to Senator Patty Murray urging that the U.S. Forest Service’s Legacy Roads and Trails program be reinstated. The Legacy Roads and Trails program is a national program that has benefitted visitors to national forests and improved […]

Aug 4 2020

Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

Today, the President signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. This is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in recent memory. Not only does it permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but it supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and funds vital maintenance for our public lands. The Great […]

Jul 1 2020

Moving Forward Act, Legacy Roads and Trails Provision Passes House

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Moving Forward Act” (H.R.2) designed to improve green infrastructure and reduce climate impacts. The Act includes a provision called the “The Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program.” Incorporated from legislation previously introduced by U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier (WA-08) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06), this much-needed program […]

Jun 29 2020
Mar 3 2020
Feb 24 2020

Coalition Supports Funding for Legacy Roads and Trail Program

Coalition Supports Funding for Legacy Roads and Trail Program

Today Washington Wild coordinated a comment letter to the Washington Congressional Delegation signed by 58 conservation, recreation, and wildlife organizations, electeds, and businesses. In 2019, the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) program was virtually eliminated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, removing a decade-old dedicated budget line item for this important work. The […]

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 […]