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Jan 28 2013

Wilderness campaigns are wildlife campaigns, too! PART 3: Wild Olympics

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 in WA Wild Blog

Washington Wild works hard to protect the wild forests and rivers of Washington State. WW led a coalition that succeeded in designating the first national forest Wilderness in Washington in more than 20 years. The Wild Sky Wilderness Act, enacted into law in 2008, covered more than 100,000 acres of forestland in Western Washington, helping […]

Dec 21 2012

Celebrate International Mountain Day

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 in WA Wild Blog
Celebrate International Mountain Day

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, was International Mountain Day. This day was created by the United Nations to generate awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. According to the UN, “Mountains are […]

Dec 10 2012

Wilderness Campaigns are wildlife campaigns, too! PART 2: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Expansion

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 in WA Wild Blog

Washington Wild works hard to protect the wild forests and rivers of Washington State. WW recently led a coalition that succeeded in designating the first national forest Wilderness in Washington in more than 20 years. The Wild Sky Wilderness Act, enacted into law in 2008, covered more than 100,000 acres of forestland in Western Washington, […]

Dec 3 2012

Wild Night Out 2012 – the Best Yet (thanks to you!)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 in WA Wild Blog

We had a great time at this year’s Wild Night Out event – our ninth annual dinner and auction! Held on November 10th at the Mountaineers Club in Magnuson Park, we hosted 130 guests, including many of our long-time members, board members, staff, and friends & family. This was our most successful Wild Night Out […]

Nov 21 2012

Happy Anniversary to Washington’s Wild & Scenic Rivers

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in WA Wild Blog
Happy Anniversary to Washington’s Wild & Scenic Rivers

This November, five Washington State rivers are celebrating their anniversary of being designated as Wild & Scenic Rivers.   On November 10, 1978, the Sauk, Suiattle, and Cascade Rivers of the Skagit River system were designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers under the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. This marked the first Wild […]

Nov 16 2012

Wilderness Campaigns Are Wildlife Campaigns, Too! PART 1: Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in WA Wild Blog

Washington Wild works hard to protect the wild lands and water of Washington State. In 2008, WW led a coalition that succeeded in designating the first National Forest Wilderness area in Washington in more than 20 years. The Wild Sky Wilderness Act, enacted into law in 2008, covered more than 100,000 acres of forest land […]

Nov 8 2012

A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 in WA Wild Blog
A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

When I began canoeing and rafting Washington’s rivers in the 1980s, I quickly realized there was no consistent source of information about routes and good water levels.  So I began researching and writing my own guidebook, published by Mountaineers Books (1987, 1992, 1996): Washington Whitewater. In the course of researching my guidebook, I discovered that […]

Sep 19 2012

A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A History of Protecting Washington’s Wild Waters

When I began canoeing and rafting Washington’s rivers in the 1980s, I quickly realized there was no consistent source of information about routes and good water levels. In the course of researching my guidebook, I discovered that hydropower developers had plans for projects on many of the rivers I paddled. They were planning to dam up my rivers! So, I formed the Washington Rivers Council in 1984 and began organizing river recreationalists to create a constituency to oppose these projects.

Oct 11 2011

Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Priorities for a Wilder Washington

Washington State’s wild spaces are among our most precious assets. Due to the foresight of past leaders, we have permanently protected some of the most special places in the United States. I believe we must continue to build upon the strong base of conservation efforts that have made our state what it is today.

Sep 1 2010

A Case for Mining Reform

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A Case for Mining Reform

Hardrock mining has left a legacy of pollution across the West that continues to burden our groundwater, surface waters, wildlife, vegetation, soils, air, and human health today. This reality poses a challenge for those of us who care deeply about our natural environment.