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Dec 13 2016

Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog, Wild Sky
Organizations Back Expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area

Today 17 organizations signed onto a comment letter coordinated by Washington Wild supporting the expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA) by nearly 3,000 acres. The Morning Star is the only NRCA located within Snohomish County and lies adjacent to the recently designated Wild Sky Wilderness. This expansion would effectively extend the […]

Oct 31 2016

Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Conservation, Recreation Groups Support Repair of Key Access Road to Wild Sky Country

After 10 years, Snohomish County Public Works released for public comment a long awaited Environmental Assessment to repair the popular Index-Galena Road. This paved route served as the primary access point to dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and whitewater access points along the North Fork Skykomish River before it was severely damaged by flooding in 2006. […]

Oct 28 2016

Two New Trails Added in Wild Sky Country

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Two New Trails Added in Wild Sky Country

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has announced the decision to add two new trails in Wild Sky Country, Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls, along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor near the town of Skykomish. In September 2014 Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the USFS with 12 other prominent Washington conservation and recreation organizations supporting […]

Oct 24 2016

PAST ACTION: Support Road Repair Accessing Wild Sky Wilderness

PAST ACTION: Support Road Repair Accessing Wild Sky Wilderness

After 10 years, Snohomish County Public Works has released for public comment a long awaited Environmental Assessment to repair the popular Index-Galena Road. This paved route served as the primary access point to dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and whitewater access points along the North Fork Skykomish River before it was severely damaged by flooding in […]

Sep 23 2016

Washington State Offers Alternative to Mountain Bike – Wilderness Debate

Washington State Offers Alternative to Mountain Bike – Wilderness Debate

Several local newspapers including the Bellingham Herald, Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian reported on a national push to support controversial legislation to amend the 1964 Wilderness Act to allow mountain biking within designated Wilderness Areas. However, in Washington State, Washington Wild has helped lead an alternative common ground approach to both preserve mountain bike access and […]

Sep 30 2014

Support for New Trails in Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Conservation News, Recreational Access, Wild Sky
Support for New Trails in Wild Sky Wilderness

Thirteen prominent Washington conservation and recreation organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service expressing support for two new trails, Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls Trails, along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor near the town of Skykomish. The Frog Mountain trail was deemed a high priority as part of a recent trail plan associated […]

Aug 20 2013

Senator Murray, Washington Wild Celebrate Wild Sky 5-Year Anniversary

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Conservation News, Wild Sky
Senator Murray, Washington Wild Celebrate Wild Sky 5-Year Anniversary

More than 60 invited stakeholders, activists and supporters celebrated the designation of the Wild Sky Wilderness five years ago at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Index, WA along the North Fork Skykomish River. Prior to the event, a small group of reporters and supporters including Washington Wild’s Conservation Director Tom Uniack joined Senator Murray on […]

Jul 26 2013

Groups Comment on Geothermal Exploration Near Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Conservation News, Forest Management, Wild Sky
Groups Comment on Geothermal Exploration Near Wild Sky Wilderness

Washington Wild and 12 other conservation organizations sent a letter to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, providing comments on the Environmental Assessment for the Skykomish Geothermal Consent to Lease process. The Skykomish Ranger District is studying the potential impact of allowing leasing of subsurface lands for geothermal exploratory drilling on 12,000 acres of land adjacent […]

Apr 26 2012

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest approved a proposal to decommission and remove 10 miles of old decaying logging roads located adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. These roads no longer provide recreational access but pose aquatic risks to the Harlan Creek watershed. Washington Wild, along with three other organizations, submitted comments on the Environmental Assessment […]

May 8 2008

Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

Posted on May 8, 2008 in Conservation News, Wild Sky
Wild Sky Becomes First New Wilderness in 24 Years

On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Wild Sky Wilderness Act as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, creating the first new national forest wilderness area in Washington State in more than 20 years. Washington Wild and other conservation organizations praised Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray for their unwavering […]