Methow Valley

Due to the hard work of tireless conservation advocates, the Methow Valley has a strong legacy of protection for its wild lands and waters.

The Wilderness Society’s work aims to build on this community’s rich conservation legacy to gain further protection. We are working to ensure the community continues to have recreational access to wild lands and to enhance the valley’s ecological health. 

Why the Methow Valley

The Methow Valley is beloved by nearly all who live or have passed through this incredible place.

Work we’re doing

We're working in the Methow Valley to protect its wild lands and waters and facilitate sustainable recreation on the land.

Our partners

The Wilderness Society’s diverse partnerships are crucial to the success of our work in the Methow Valley.

See also:

Highway Two

Yakima Basin

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.