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Opportunities to engage in national and state public lands planning processes, as well as stewardship-related opportunities.

Heads up! Washington State Parks wants to hear from Larrabee State Park hikers  for planning and trail use information. Click here to to give your input. 

May 9
Morning Star NRCA Spring 2019 Meeting, 6-7:30pm - Marysville Public Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville, WA



We work to protect our public lands and the outdoor experiences they provide.

When people speak on behalf of the places they care about, policy makers listen. With 14,000 members, we speak for the trails we wander, the mountains we climb, and the waters we paddle. We are Washington’s leading voice for protecting the outdoor experience in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Our goal is to conserve public lands and facilitate responsible recreational access to these landscapes. We target issues that affect the public lands our members so passionately explore. Our efforts include:

  • Working with legislators and land managers to shape policy.
  • Uniting with  partner organizations to build support.
  • Empowering recreationists to make their voices heard.

We've been advocating for our wild places for over a hundred years. From the formation of Olympic National Park in 1938 to the recent expansion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, we've seen the impact we can have when our members speak up.

legislative trail map for 2019-2020

We've put together a trail map for you to learn about current issues, and what you can do to support them. We've provided the information you need, and links to take action. We'll give you updates on these bills as well as action alerts as they arise. To stay in loop, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our  Conservation Currents enewsletter.

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Current issues

dedicated funding for lwcf

Hailed as America’s best conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been vulnerable to a lack of funding and re-authorization from Congress. This past March, LWCF was permanently reauthorized, meaning this important conservation and recreation program will be around for the long haul. However, this does not actually guarantee it will receive funding every year. Since being established over 50 years ago, more than half of its intended funding - over $22 billion - has been diverted for other, non-conservation purposes.


help get groups outside with the Soar act

This bill will improve the recreational permitting systems of federal land agencies so more people can experience public lands through volunteer-based clubs (like The Mountaineers!), with an outfitter, guide, non-profit outdoor leadership organizations, or university outdoor programs. We are stoked to see a bill that will help fix the current inefficient, unpredictable recreational permitting system that create barriers for people to experience the outdoors through these types of outdoor programs. 

The SOAR Act addresses an integral piece of  who we are as Mountaineers: our volunteer-led trips, courses, and youth programs allow us to introduce people to the wonders of outdoor places through facilitated outdoor experiences. 


A far reaching campaign is underway to weaken and eventually privatize our public lands. Hundreds of millions of acres across the Western U.S hang in the balance. Take a stand for our public lands.

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Learn more about how our national public lands are managed, what laws protect these landscapes, and how to advocate on these issues by taking our Protecting Public Lands 101 eLearning course. It's free and takes less than 2 hours. Become a proficient public lands advocate today!