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Oct 17 2017

Over Two Dozen Groups Question Water Projects in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Over Two Dozen Groups Question Water Projects in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Today, Washington Wild was one of 25 local businesses, recreation and conservation groups who signed a comment letter to the Bureau of Reclamation for a water project taking place within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Groups expressed concern that the proposed project requires more substantive review and should be considered in the same analysis as several other […]

Oct 11 2017

2017 Photo Contest Winners!

Posted on Oct 11, 2017 in Events, WA Wild Blog
2017 Photo Contest Winners!

With fall in full swing, we love to look back at all the spectacular photos of everyone’s adventures from the past year. This year’s photo contest was a success with over double the amount of photos we have had in the past. With so many incredible entries, it was difficult to narrow it down to […]

Oct 7 2017

Groups Object to Decision on Mining Expansion into Mt. Baker Roadless Area

Groups Object to Decision on Mining Expansion into Mt. Baker Roadless Area

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has issued a draft decision to move ahead with the Swen Larsen Quarry Expansion into the Mt. Baker West Inventoried Roadless Area in Whatcom County. Washington Wild coordinated and objection letter signed by 8 other organizations stating their concerns with the project moving forward. The 10-acre mining expansion will have […]

Oct 5 2017

Conservation Groups Support Translocation of Mountain Goats from the Olympics to North Cascades

Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in Conservation News, North Cascades, WA Wild Blog
Conservation Groups Support Translocation of Mountain Goats from the Olympics to North Cascades

Today, Washington Wild coordinated a comment letter signed by 6 other conservation organizations to the Olympic National Park Superintendent regarding their Mountain Goat Management Plan. Mountain goats are not native to the Olympics and their presence has raised concerns for both ecological impacts to the habitat, including soil erosion and displacement of native species, and visitor […]

Sep 18 2017

Jim Whittaker, Matt Perkins, and Robert Brenlin to Receive Awards from Washington Wild in Support of Conservation

Jim Whittaker, Matt Perkins, and Robert Brenlin to Receive Awards from Washington Wild in Support of Conservation

At Washington Wild’s fundraiser, WILD NIGHT OUT, Jim Whittaker, Matt Perkins, and Robert Brenlin will receive an annual conservation award from Washington Wild for their conservation efforts to protect public lands and wild places in Washington State.   The Conservation Voices Award, given each year to an individual who has lent his or her voice […]

Aug 25 2017

Washington Wild Welcomes Jordan French!

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in WA Wild Blog
Washington Wild Welcomes Jordan French!

Hi there! I’m so excited to take on the position of Membership and Events Coordinator here at Washington Wild. Growing up in Olympia, I would spend all my summer days walking by the water, exploring our many forests, or simply “camping out” in my backyard. I always loved helping my grandma garden and swimming in […]

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 […]