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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 experiences they provide to our community.

When people speak on behalf of the places they care about, policy makers listen. With more than 12,500 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 in a way that facilitates access for responsible human-powered recreation. 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.

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If you're interested in learning more about protecting our public lands, consider taking our Protecting Public Lands 101 eLearning course. It's free and takes less than 2 hours. Become a proficient public lands advocate today!


Public Lands Package Signed into Law!

2019 has been an exciting year in public lands advocacy. With the passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (originally called the public lands package), The Mountaineers checked off three of our top priorities.

The package includes measures to:

  • Permanently protect the Methow Headwaters from mining claims. Learn more about this campaign.
  • Designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway a national heritage area. Learn more about this campaign.
  • Permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (please note that Congress still needs to fully fund the program). Learn more about this campaign.

There’s one last thing we can do to ensure future conservation successes: Thank our legislators for a job well done and for protecting public lands. Use the easy action tool below to send your representatives a note of appreciation.



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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Our monthly enewsletter Conservation Currents  allows you to stay informed with our work and get plugged into advocacy campaigns.