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Nov 23 2019

Seattle Public Meeting Focuses on Retaining Protections for Roadless Forests

Posted on Nov 23, 2019 in Conservation News, Sustainable Road System
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 16 2019
Oct 15 2019

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

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 in Conservation News, 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 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 […]

Mar 25 2019

More than 60 Conservation Organizations Support Funding for Legacy Roads and Trails Program

More than 60 Conservation Organizations Support Funding for Legacy Roads and Trails Program

Today Washington Wild coordinated a comment letter to Senator Patty Murray signed by 67 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations as well as many local 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 […]

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 4 2019

COMPLETED ACTION: Support Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

COMPLETED ACTION: Support Baker Lake Road to Trail Project

The comment period for this opportunity has closed. See our Take Action Page for more opportunities! 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 in the channel migration zone of the Baker River while also retaining recreational and Tribal […]