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Chip Jenkins, Longtime Friend of The Mountaineers, Named Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park has a new leader: Chip Jenkins, a 31-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), will serve as the park’s superintendent beginning in mid-March. He takes over for Randy King, who retired in January. Read more…

National Park Service Board Resignations a Red Flag for Public Lands

The recent resignation of nearly the entire National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board raises serious concerns about the Department of the Interior, the office in charge of overseeing about 500 million acres of our national public lands. Read more…

Liberty Bell Needs Climbers’ Support!

The Liberty Bell Group, a cluster of five granite spires at Washington Pass outside Mazama, is home to some of the most popular and iconic alpine climbing in Washington State, including classic Fred Beckey first ascents like the Beckey Route on Liberty Bell and the West Face of North Early Winter Spire. Over the last decade, the area has become increasingly popular among alpine climbers. This rapidly expanding use has led to deteriorating trail conditions, severe erosion, and unsafe approaches to and from the climbs. Read more…

National Monuments: Where We’re At and What’s Ahead

You’ve likely heard the news: the president signed a proclamation to shrink two of our national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante, located in southeast Utah. In total, the proclamation cuts 2 million acres from the monuments. So what do these drastic reductions mean for The Mountaineers, public lands, and the outdoor experience? Read more…

The Mountaineers Is Fighting for Public Lands and We Need Your Help

As you’ve probably heard, the president recently signed a proclamation to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah. This unprecedented action undermines the 1906 Antiquities Act, the law granting presidents the authority to create national monuments to protect cultural, natural and scientific resources. Read more…

Lake Serene Fundraising Goal Met!

Last month, we invited you to join us in contributing funds to save a section of the Lake Serene Trail from logging. This month we’re happy to report the goal was met! Together with Forterra and other organizations we raised $275,000 to purchase the land from the timber company, ensuring that the area is conserved and recreational access is never again restricted. Read more…

Speaker Series Will Explore the Natural World - Feb 14

Each year, the Seattle Naturalist Committee provides a lecture series designed to delve into phenomena of the natural world. The events are open to everyone and no registration is required - just pay $5 at the door. Attendance is free for members of the Naturalist Study Group. Check out this season's talks! Read more…

Speak Up: Proposed National Park Fee Increase Would Price Out Many

What happens if visiting national parks becomes prohibitively expensive? Fewer people have the opportunity to fall in love with and become champions of wild places – and our public lands suffer as a result. Read more…

About That Friction Slab Project

Several have asked (and many others no doubt have wondered), "What is going on with the Friction Slab Project?" Read more…

Methow Update: Public Input Needed to Secure Protection from Mining Threats

The march to protect the Methow Valley from industrial-scale mining continues to move forward, and we’re at a critical juncture. We need your support! The Forest Service has opened a public comment period on a mineral withdrawal that would protect the Methow Watershed for twenty years. Comments are due by November 6. Read more…