Washington Wild has been keeping Washington wild and green since 1979 by engaging diverse local conservation voices in support of protecting our wild lands and waters. Taking a leadership role in coalitions and partnerships, we have worked with a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the years to help protect nearly three million acres of Wilderness.
Our emphasis on engaging various conservation voices was at the heart of the creation of the Brewshed® Alliance in 2012. This initiative provides the opportunity to connect with new stakeholders, business partners and individuals who together represent a powerful economic force in Washington State. The Brewshed® Alliance is a growing initiative that helps Washington Wild gain broader support for our various wilderness campaigns across the state.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness: Washington Wild led a coalition of conservation and recreation groups who worked to develop local support for the second National Forest Wilderness designation in Washington State proposal in 30 years. On December 19, 2014, President Barak Obama signed into law legislation designating 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 and Scenic. 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.
Wild Sky Wilderness: On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Wild Sky Wilderness Act, creating the first new national forest wilderness area in Washington State in more than 20 years. Conservationists praised Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray for their unwavering commitment to designating 106,000 acres of mature and old-growth forests and salmon spawning streams near Stevens Pass. The Wild Sky Wilderness focused on protecting underrepresented low-elevation forests and watersheds as Wilderness for the benefit of current and future generations.
Wild Olympics Campaign: Washington Wild is a founding member of The Wild Olympics Campaign, a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula through new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations. After three years of extensive public process involving stakeholder input, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA06) introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act on June 21, 2012.
On January 16, 2014, the legislation was reintroduced into Congress by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA06). If passed, the bill would designate the first new Wilderness areas in the Olympic National Forest in three decades and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations. To learn more about the campaign, visit the Wild Olympics Campaign website.
Cascades Wild Puget Sound Headwaters Initiative: Cascades Wild is a long-term Puget Sound Headwaters Initiative focused on protecting upper watersheds and the free-flowing rivers that distribute clean, cold water and its benefits to forests, farms, fish, other wildlife, businesses, residents and ultimately the ailing Puget Sound. For more than 30 years, we have worked to protect these ancient forests that were left out of the 1984 Washington State Wilderness. Currently, we continue to move this important work forward.
Mining Threats: Mining has been identified as the nation’s top industrial toxic polluter. Here in Washington, we have several existing and emerging mining threats that could impact our wild lands and waters. Washington Wild is monitoring and working to oppose mining developments near Mt. St. Helens, near Mt. Baker and in the Methow Valley. At the same time we are also leading in creating statewide support for meaningful federal mining reform of the General Mining Law of 1872.