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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.

We’re hiring! Olympic Forest Collaborative Coordinator

Join our team! Washington Wild is looking for a passionate and skilled individual to work with members of the Olympic Forest Collaborative to help support and coordinate their work in restoration forestry and aquatic restoration projects in the Olympic National Forest. The Olympic Forest Collaborative Coordinator provides coordination and facilitation support for members of the […]

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The Department of Natural Resources Closes Eastern Washington Lands to Recreation Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced a temporary closure of all DNR-managed lands in eastern Washington, citing extreme fire danger and ongoing drought. The closure puts a halt to recreational and public access from July 23rd until conditions improve on all DNR-managed state lands, conservation areas, community forests and any associated roads, trails, […]

The Biden Administration Announces Sweeping Protections for Tongass National Forest

In a bold move for a region long reliant on felled old-growth trees, the Biden administration announced a new plan for the Tongass National Forest to restore and implement additional safeguards. Not only will the previous Roadless Rule protections be reinstated (as promised in June) but new safeguards will be added, including $25 million in […]

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