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Jul 12 2017

Photography Tips from WA Wild Honorary Chair, Art Wolfe

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Events, WA Wild Blog
Photography Tips from WA Wild Honorary Chair, Art Wolfe

It is officially summer! The perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful public lands that make Washington State such a remarkable place to live, work, and play. Make sure to take your camera while hiking, climbing, and exploring and submit your best shots to enter our 2017 WA Wild Summer Photo Contest! For inspiration and […]

Jul 11 2017

Groups Call on Congress to Improve on Trump Budget Cuts for Trails and Recreation

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, WA Wild Blog
Groups Call on Congress to Improve on Trump Budget Cuts for Trails and Recreation

In a  letter to Washington’s Congressional delegation, 23 conservation and recreation groups including Washington Wild advocated for preserving funding for recreation and trails. The letter expressed deep concerns about dramatic budget cuts to our agencies like the Forest Service and National Park Service and conservation and recreation safeguards. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced […]

Jul 6 2017

Wild Profile: Bret Wirta, Olympic Peninsula Business Owner

Wild Profile: Bret Wirta, Olympic Peninsula Business Owner

With roots originally from Lake Sunapee, NH, Bret grew up hiking in the woods, fishing, and camping on the beach. His grandparents were the caretakers of Soo-Nipi Lodge, a 400-acre lake resort. It was a defining moment for Bret when the hotel was torn down, the property sold, and access to that outdoor space lost. […]

Jun 28 2017

PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, Mining, WA Wild Blog
PAST ACTION: Oppose Mining Expansion Impacts to Ancient Forests and Bellingham’s Drinking Water

United Western Supply has proposed a 10-acre expansion of the Swen Larson olivine quarry on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. The expansion area is entirely within the Mt Baker West Inventoried Roadless Area, which is afforded protection from new road construction and related development under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of […]

Jun 27 2017

TAKE ACTION: Lawless Logging Bill Passes House Committee, Threatens National Forests

TAKE ACTION: Lawless Logging Bill Passes House Committee, Threatens National Forests

Today the controversial  Resilient Forests Act of 2017 (H.R.  2936) passed the House Natural Resources Committee and is headed to the House floor. This bill, introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR-4] is a dangerous attack on our national forests and other public lands. If passed the bill would allow unprecedented unregulated logging, weaken protections of […]

Jun 19 2017

Nearly 40 Groups Voice Concerns for Water Projects in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Nearly 40 Groups Voice Concerns for Water Projects in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Today, Washington Wild was one of 39  local businesses, recreation and conservation groups who signed  a comment letter to the Chelan County Commissioner and the Washington State department of Ecology expressing concerns for the Icicle Creek Water Resource Management Strategy. The Icicle Creek Working Group (IWG) has proposed several construction projects in the Alpine Lakes […]

Jun 14 2017

A Gathering Storm Against Our Public Lands

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
A Gathering Storm Against Our Public Lands

Last summer, Scoutmaster Bill Dunnell led a group of about 30 boy scouts along the eastern shore of Baker Lake within Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the North Cascades. These scouts from Troop 100, based in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, are no strangers to public lands. In just the past year the troop has been day hiking in […]

Jun 2 2017

TAKE ACTION: Protect our National Forests from Mandated Logging! NO to H.R. 2613

TAKE ACTION: Protect our National Forests from Mandated Logging! NO to H.R. 2613

H.R. 2613, also known as the Forests Act of 2017, was introduced in the house this past May by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA-5]. This bill would make timber production the dominant use of nearly 50 million acres of national forest land. Our national forests are amazing places that provide opportunities for all Americans to get […]

Jun 1 2017

Four Newspapers Serving Eastern Washington Support Hanford Reach National Monument

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Four Newspapers Serving Eastern Washington Support Hanford Reach National Monument

This past April President Trump issued an executive order that directs the Department of Interior to review all previous national monument designations since 1996. Washington’s own Hanford Reach National Monument, designated in 2000 by President Clinton, is among the more than two dozen  national monuments currently under review. Since then four Eastern Washington newspapers, The […]

May 23 2017

President’s New Budget is Bad News for the Environment and Public Lands

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
President’s New Budget is Bad News for the Environment and Public Lands

Today the President released his proposed budget for FY 2018 which adds to his record of attacking or defunding many of the programs that are key to protecting our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management lands.   Back in March, the Trump administration proposed a “skinny budget” with historic budget  cuts […]