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Washington Wild successfully led a coalition of conservation and recreation groups to develop local support for permanently protecting more than 22,000 acres of rare low-elevation forest land as Wilderness adjacent to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and 10 miles of the Pratt Rivers as Wild & Scenic. This legislation was signed into law on December 19, 2014.

Now, Get Out & Explore Your Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions using the recreation map linked below!

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These additions are the second national forest Wilderness designation in Washington State in 30 years, and we have deep gratitude to our congressional partners.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA08) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA01) introduced and passed legislation through both the House and Senate, and it was ultimately signed by President Barack Obama. To the right you can see the commemorative art artwork created by local artist Roy Hughes in honor of the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions.  

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions passed in December of 2014. Click to see full resolution PDF.

Bessemer Mountain in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Photo Courtesy of WA Wild.

Bessemer Mountain in Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photo Courtesy of WA Wild.

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Washington Wild Convenes Campaign Leaders to Celebrate 5th Anniversary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions

Today, Washington Wild hosted a celebration for the 5th anniversary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions at Elliott Bay Brewing Company. In 2014, Washington Wild successfully led a coalition of conservation and recreation groups to develop local support for permanently protecting more than 22,000 acres of additions to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and designating nearly 40 miles of […]

More than 30 Local Businesses, Recreation, Conservation Groups Stand up for the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Washington Wild joined 30 other groups on a joint comment letter to the Chelan County Natural Resources Department expressing their deep concern for the egregious projects that are illegal and a clear violation of the Wilderness Act. In June, Chelan County put forward a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (DPEIS) on a number of projects […]

Washington Wild Mobilizes More than 300 Washingtonians to Stand Against Dams in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

As a result of Washington Wild advocacy efforts over 318 individuals stood against a water project that would allow new dam development in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. In addition, Washington Wild joined 30 other groups on a joint comment letter to the Chelan County Natural Resources Department expressing their deep concern for the egregious projects that […]

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