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A Legislative Trail Map: Your Guide to Public Lands Bills

With a new Congress comes a new batch of public lands legislation. You may have come across headlines like "Drilling in National Parks" or "Backlash over Bears Ears." There's a lot going on, and it's all important - so we've created a resource we're calling your 2017 Public Lands Bill: A Legislative Trail Map. Read more…

Creating Ideal Trails and Protecting Wildlife Habitats

As longtime hikers and explorers who think a lot about trails in the Cascades, the article “Trails Loved to Death?” by Craig Romano in the November/December 2015 edition of Mountaineer magazine really got our attention.  Read more…

Protect BLM Lands: Public Planning Process Under Threat

UPDATE: This went to the President's desk and was signed, repealing BLM Planning 2.0. 

Planning 2.0 opened a whole new level of public participation, creating a more transparent process that would have given lots of opportunities for the people who love public lands to shape how those lands are managed. Read more…

Grizzly Bear Restoration Options Available for Comment

The National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are seeking public comment as they evaluate options for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades. Read more…

Mount Rainier National Park Will Accept Online Reservations Requests in 2017

On March 15, Mount Rainier National Park will begin accepting reservation requests for wilderness camping and climbing permits, including overnight trips on the Wonderland Trail. You may remember that last year a power failure downed the park's online system, forcing all reservations to be made on a first-come, first-served basis. This year it's all systems go for online reservations! Read more…

Methow Update: Mining Suspended, Public Input Needed

We asked, and our land managers listened. On Friday, December 30, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a two-year segregation notice that temporarily protects 340,000 acres of the Methow Valley from future mining claims. The action blocks the proposed copper claim overlooking the town of Mazama for two years, providing us with a critical period to make the case for the long-term protection of the Methow Valley. Read more…

The Hills are Alive with The Sound of Music And I'm Not Happy About It

There’s nothing like that rush of exhilaration you feel upon cresting a high ridge bursting with wildflowers and surrounded by snow-capped craggy peaks. You stand upon your heavenly perch and gaze out with utter astonishment on how breathtakingly beautiful the natural world is; from the glistening glaciers before you to the fluttering butterflies among a carpet of brilliant blossoms below you. With senses completely overloaded, who among us hasn’t felt the urge to twirl amid the lupines and pull a Julie Andrews?  Read more…

Trail Maintenance Opportunities to Help You Give Back

Our Everett Lookout and Trail Maintenance Committee (LOTM), a “get it done” group that maintains historic fire lookouts and trails and participates in events like National Trails Day, is a great community for anyone looking to get outside and make a difference. In the coming months, 30-year member and stewardship rock star, Louie Coglas, will offer several opportunities to give back to our wild places. Open to anyone who wants to participate! Read more…

House Rules Change Devalues Our Public Lands

The 115th Congress spent the first day of its new session making it easier to sell off our public lands. On Tuesday evening, Congress passed a “rules package,” which contained a provision [Section 3(q)(1) of H.Res. 5 (p. 35)] allowing lawmakers to transfer federal lands to the state without accounting for the economic ramifications. Read more…

Inslee’s Budget Proposal Backs Recreation and Conservation

Last week, Governor Inslee released his proposed 2017–19 operating, transportation and capital budgets. In addition to the proposal’s primary focus – fully funding basic education – the budget demonstrates a strong commitment to conservation and recreation.  Read more…