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Washington’s national forests and national parks are part of the amazing natural heritage we eagerly pass on to future generations. Washington Wild supports sound management of these public lands that support healthy ecosystems, natural beauty and recreational opportunities. While much of our national parks are protected as Wilderness, national forests are mandated to consider multiple uses including mining, logging, ranching and motorized off-road vehicle use.

Goat Rocks Wilderness, Photo Courtesy of Andy Porter

Goat Rocks Wilderness, Photo Courtesy of Andy Porter

We work with coalition partners to oppose mining, logging and management decisions that threaten key conservation, recreation or wildlife values. As an organization we also prioritize advocating to promote and restore recreational access to the wild places we work so hard to protect. We engage a diverse group of stakeholders and mobilize individuals to comment on these proposals. You can hear some of their opinions directly by checking out our Conservation Voices section.

See the updates below for more information on how Washington Wild defends our state’s Wilderness Legacy.

Washington Wild Coordinates Letter Requesting Funding for Legacy Roads and Trails

On March 16, Washington Wild sent a letter to Senator Patty Murray requesting additional funding be allocated to the recently reinstated Legacy Roads and Trails program to jumpstart the backlog of repairs and improvements needed for watershed protection. The letter—undersigned by 183 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations, elected officials, and local businesses— expresses gratitude for […]

Biden Administration announces steps to restore National Forest Roadless Area protections for nine million acres of old-growth forest

Proposal to protect ancient forests and address climate impacts in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest relevant to Washington State WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, the Biden Administration announced steps to restore national forest roadless area protections in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The proposal is a repeal of the Trump Administration’s 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule, which stripped away long-standing […]

Aerial image of a forest with a road and river running parallel to one another

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Directs Vital Funding to National Forest Roads

With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, soon to be signed into law by President Biden, national forest roads and trails will finally get much-needed attention. The legislation permanently authorizes the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program and provides vital funding.     Recognizing the need to protect and restore national forest lands […]

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