Yakima Basin: Work We Are Doing

Fly fishing in the Yakima River
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The Wilderness Society is working in the Yakima Basin to address the needs of its people, fish and wildlife.

Our work in the Yakima Basin aims to protect the headwaters of the basin and restore critical fish and wildlife habitat through the successful implementation of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.

We envision the Yakima Basin as a place where fish, wildlife, farms and families have access to cold, clean water and land is protected for everyone to enjoy now and into the future. To accomplish this, we are working with a broad coalition on the Yakima Conservation Campaign, which aims in the next three years to:

  • Protect more than 20,000 acres of pristine public land as wilderness areas and more than 140,000 acres as national recreation area.
  • Protect about 200 miles of river as wild and scenic.
  • Conserve more than 70,000 acres of private land threatened by development.

We will develop a public lands protection proposal that includes national recreation areas in the Teanaway and Manastash-Taneum regions, as well as wilderness areas in the Teanaway and Bumping Lake regions to protect wildlife habitat and exceptional recreation experiences forever.

Designate more than 200 miles of wild and scenic river corridors.

We will protect wild and scenic rivers for fisheries and recreational use. These include the Upper Cle Elum, Waptus, Cooper, American, Rainer Fork, South Fork of the Tieton, the Teanaway River’s North, Middle and West forks as well as South Fork of the Indian, Rattlesnake and Deep Creeks.

Lead the process for voluntary land conservation of more than 70,000 acres.

We will work to gain protection of privately owned lands located next to wild public lands in the Teanaway River basin, the headwaters of the Taneum and Manastash Creeks and the shrub-steppe of the Yakima Valley.