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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.

Aug 1 2009

Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

Posted on Aug 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Preserve Washington’s Roadless Forests

The 2 million acres of roadless forests here in Washington State are a critical part of the quality of life we have come to expect. Roadless forests provide much of our clean water and safe drinking water, besides protecting fish and wildlife.

Apr 1 2009

Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Earth Ministry: A Faithful Conservation Partner

Over the last sixteen years, Earth Ministry has been a significant partner in conservation efforts within Washington State and at the federal level. Through Earth Ministry’s partnership with Washington Wilderness Coalition and other conservation groups, the faith community has added their voice to the collective call for action on issues such as the Roadless Rule, the creation of the new Wild Sky Wilderness, and the ongoing effort to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Aug 1 2008

The Spirit of Index

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
The Spirit of Index

Those of us that call the modest but scenic town of Index home have gone through quite a bit over the past six years. Through passion, diligence and hard work, our small community of about 150 has taken Index’s future into its own hands. A number of individuals in our community worked tirelessly with the Washington Wilderness coalition in support of the recently approved Wild Sky Wilderness, which is literally our back yard.

Dec 1 2007

Common Ground for Bike and Wilderness Advocates

Posted on Dec 1, 2007 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Common Ground for Bike and Wilderness Advocates

At times mountain bikers like me have a complicated relationship with what we call designated Wilderness proposals, as mountain bikers are excluded from using Federally designated Wilderness. It is with smart planning and an open dialogue, that mountain bikers can support Wilderness bills that protect our land and preserve our human-powered recreation opportunities.