Action Alert! House to Vote On Wild Olympics Protections

This Wednesday Feb 12, the US House of Representatives will take up the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as part of a larger lands package. After more than a decade of work, we’re excited to see this bill up for a vote in Congress. We need your help to get it over the finish line - contact your representative today!
The Mountaineers The Mountaineers
February 11, 2020

Tomorrow, the US House of Representatives will take up an incredible lands package, Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, which includes additional protections for the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act here in Washington State. The act will protect over one hundred thousand acres around the Olympic National Park where outdoor enthusiasts, including Mountaineers, hike, camp, and more. We need your support to get this important bill passed in Congress!

Please help by voicing your support to members of Congress!

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Over the past decade, we have worked with a diverse group of partners and coalition members, from conservation advocates to local business groups, to support Congress in creating more protections for wildlands and scenic rivers surrounding the Olympic National Park. Our Mountaineers community leads many trips to the Olympics, including hiking, backpacking, and stewardship activities, and we believe protecting these beloved areas will ensure that all visitors can enjoy the lush natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula now, and for generations to come.

Learn more about Wild Olympics’s vision of long-term protection for these sensitive forest and river watersheds, and the partners working together to push this bill through with our partners at Wild Olympics.

The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act includes protections for the Wild Olympics in Washington, the central coast and redwoods in California, and Wilderness throughout Colorado. In all, this bill brings together six long-standing efforts that Outdoor Alliance, our partners, and the outdoor community have worked on for years. If passed, this will protect 1.3 million acres and 12,000 miles of rivers where recreationists like you hike, climb, kayak, camp, and enjoy nature.

  • (H.R. 2642) – Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • (H.R. 2546) – Colorado Wilderness Act of 2020 
  • (H.R. 2250) – Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act
  • (H.R. 2199) – Central Coast Heritage Protection Act
  • (H.R. 2215) – San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act
  • (H.R. 1708) – Rim of the Valley

Please help by providing your support to lawmakers. You can use the tool below to send a message expressing support for more protected public lands and waters. And it’s not just outdoor recreation or the places themselves that stand to benefit: more protected land and waters are also key in protecting our climate. 

The House needs to hear from you now, particularly in support of the Wild Olympics. Please join the more than 12,000 Olympic Peninsula residents who support this bill and 800 businesses, farms, faith leaders, sports groups, elected officials, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, and civic groups in strong support of Wild Olympics. 

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Main Image: A group of Mountaineers hiking in Olympic National Park. Photo by Tim Nair.


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