For the last 40 years, Washington Wild has worked to protect mountains, forests, rivers and coastlines throughout Washington State because of their beauty, benefits and inherent value. However, for thousands of years native Tribes have revered, stewarded and relied on wild places and native plants and animals. These Tribal peoples have always lived here and will remain present and culturally vibrant for many generations.
In recognition of the shared interest in our wild places and wildlife, Washington Wild’s board of directors has passed a resolution supporting the tribal treaty rights and tribal lifeways to guide and enhance our work and conservation efforts.
Over the past several years, Washington Wild has joined Tribes in the support of several proposals including the translocation of mountain goats to the North Cascades, restrictions on harmful in-stream suction mining, support for Orca recovery efforts, preservation of the Skagit River headwaters and salmon habitat restoration.
We look forward to continuing to explore the common ground around protecting our natural resources and wild places and sharing the story of tribal rights and lifeways.