The Wilderness Society’s work in the North Cascades focuses on three key wild areas that are critical to the health of the landscape and nearby communities. We are working in the following focus areas to:
- Protect wild lands for people and wildlife to use and enjoy
- Support recreation access and opportunities
- Garner broad-based support for long-term conservation
Three wilderness areas totaling 600,000 acres form the backbone of wild lands along this corridor: Henry M. Jackson and Wild Sky to the north and Alpine Lakes to the south. These areas offer important natural resources and unique opportunities to experience the beauty and wild lands of the North Cascades. Our work along the Highway Two corridor aims to meet the recreational needs of the region and demonstrate the benefit of wilderness to local communities.
While many think of the eastern half of Washington state as a dry and dusty place, the Methow Valley is home to impressive rivers like the Methow, Twisp and Chewuch, all of which drain into the region’s largest river, the Columbia. We’re building on the Methow’s rich conservation legacy to further protect the wild lands and waters of the region and enhance recreation access and opportunities on these public lands.
The Yakima Basin is one of the most diverse watersheds in Washington state, from the wet, alpine forests of the Cascades to the arid, sagebrush-studded Yakima Valley. The basin is home to the Yakima River, which sustains fish, families and farms as it makes its way to the Columbia River. We are working to protect the headwaters of the basin, restore critical fish and wildlife habitat and enhance recreation access and management.
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Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Friday, January 30, 2015
The Wilderness Society commends the U.S. Forest Service for completing directives to implement the 2012 National Forest Planning Rule. The directives supplement the 2012 Planning Rule by providing detailed policy direction that Forest Service planners will use to revise and amend land management plans for all national forests and grasslands.
- Friday, January 30, 2015
The Wilderness Society released the following statement today regarding a close vote on a conservation amendment (S.A. 92) attached to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill that--had it passed--would have enabled the 50-year old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to receive full funding for land protection projects around America:
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Today, several measures aimed to roll back protections on our nation’s public lands were defeated in the Senate as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. These amendments would have, among other effects, dismantled permanent protection for millions of acres of wilderness quality lands (S.A. 166) that await protection and weakened the Antiquities Act (S.A. 132), a law used by 16 presidents to protect places such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.