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Salmo-Priest Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Tucked amongst the Selkirk Mountains in the northeasternmost corner of Washington, the U-shaped 43,348-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness borders Idaho and British Columbia. A vast network of streams and creeks flow throughout, eventually draining into the Pend Oreille River and Idaho’s Priest River. The largest remaining growth of virgin forest in eastern Washington, western red cedar, western hemlock, Douglas fir, grand fir, and larches, this place is home to mule and white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, cougars, bobcats, badgers, pine martens, lynx, bighorn sheep, and moose.  

The Salmo-Priest Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the goal of building a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 


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