New Conservation Voices
By Tom O'Keefe
As someone who has explored hundreds of river miles across the country and around the world, I can confidently say that we have some of the most spectacular river resources of any place in the world.
While the rivers and cascades that define the cultural and natural heritage of our region are a spectacular resource they also have industrial development.Read more...
Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Passes Congress, Goes to President's Desk
December 12, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act including legislation to protect 22,000 acres of new Wilderness and designate 40 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers near Snoqualmie Pass and designate 14 miles of Illabot Creek, a tributary to the Skagit River as Wild and Scenic. Washington Wild has led efforts for seven years with Sen. Patty Murray, and Representatives Dave Reichert and Suzan DelBene to make the Alpine Lakes additions a reality. The legislative package now moves to the President's desk to be signed into law. Read the press release.
Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Proposals Pass House
December 4, 2014 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act including a handful of bipartisan bills to protect public lands in Washington State. Included in the bill was legislation to protect 22,000 acres of new Wilderness and designate 40 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers near Snoqualmie Pass and designate 14 miles of Illabot Creek, a tributary to the Skagit River as Wild and Scenic. The Senate looks to take up the same bill next week. Read the press release.
Conservation Organizations Comment on Geothermal Leasing near Mt. Baker
November 28, 2014 - Washington Wild and eight other conservation and recreation groups submitted comments to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest on a proposal to lease public lands for geothermal exploration and development. While the organizations support efforts to explore clean and renewable energy sources, the letter calls on the agency to protect the wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities afforded by the rivers and forests near Mt. Baker as well. The Forest Service will decide which of the 83,000 acres being nominated for leasing will be restricted from development before the Bureau of Land Management proceeds with a lease auction. Read the comment letter.
Photo Contest Winners!
November 14, 2014
This year we hosted our third annual Summer Photo Contest. We all know that pictures can’t do justice to being out in the wilderness, but they can be breathtaking all the same. Each year we select from many competitive entries three photo contest winners. The winning photos are professionally printed, framed, and then auctioned off as a key part of Wild Night Out, our annual dinner and auction. Over the last three years this photo contest has raised almost $3,000 for conservation!
The selection process was highly competitive this year with so many more additional breathtaking photographs, but we couldn’t choose them all! Be sure to check back next summer for another opportunity to submit more great photos of why we work so hard to keep Washington wild and green!
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