Current Issues

The Mountaineers is Washington’s leading voice for protecting the outdoor experience in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To achieve our goals we partner with a number of environmental and outdoor industry groups and coalitions and work closely with land managers and lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level. Our strength comes from our members who are inspired by the wild places they explore everyday. 

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Below you will find information on a few of the most pressing issues where we're currently engaged. To read all of our official statements and comment letters, visit our comment archive. You can view an archive of all of our conservation and stewardship pieces here.

A Week of Public Lands Advocacy in D.C.

A Week of Public Lands Advocacy in D.C.

Several times a year we head to Washington D.C. to advocate for public lands on behalf of our community. Learn about the issues we focused on, the organizations we partnered with, and the stories we shared.

Action Alert: Recreation Legislation Update!

Action Alert: Recreation Legislation Update!

Following the House Committee on Natural Resources' hearing on the SOAR Act, we encourage you to let your legislators know that improving access and permitting is important!

The Public Lands Heist: What's Happening In 2019

The Public Lands Heist: What's Happening In 2019

Efforts to transition national public lands to other entities and effectively take the ‘public’ out of public lands, a intentional process known as the Public Lands Heist. The strategies have shifted, but the battle is still ongoing. Learn about what the public land heist looks like now, in 2019.

Action Alert! Defend the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

Action Alert! Defend the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

NEPA allows us to have a voice in how our public lands are managed and provides foundational environmental protection. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing significant changes to its regulations. Take action to protect how NEPA is used in Forest Service decision making!

Action Alert! SOAR Act

Action Alert! SOAR Act

The SOAR Act has been introduced in both the House and Senate. Now it's time to contact your legislators to talk about the importance of this bill!

Conservation Currents | Celebrating the Public Lands Package, A Multi-Year, Bipartisan Effort

Conservation Currents | Celebrating the Public Lands Package, A Multi-Year, Bipartisan Effort

In this piece from Mountaineer magazine, we celebrate the passing of the Public Lands Package and explain just why it's so important to the preservation of the outdoors.

Action Alert! Dedicated, Full Funding Needed for  the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Action Alert! Dedicated, Full Funding Needed for the Land & Water Conservation Fund

In March, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was permanently reauthorized as part of the passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Though authorized, the LWCF needs dedicated, full funding to operate!

Key Funding Takeaways in New State Budget

Key Funding Takeaways in New State Budget

Funding for key WA State conservation and recreation programs is a 'win' but support for state lands is disappointing.

SOAR Act to Help Groups Get Outside

SOAR Act to Help Groups Get Outside

We are thrilled to share that the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act has been introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives. This bill will make it easier for more people to experience public lands through outdoor programs.

Action Alert! DNR & State Parks Funding Under Threat

Action Alert! DNR & State Parks Funding Under Threat

In just a few weeks, the final Washington state budget will be on the desk for the Governor to sign. In the current proposal, state lands are underfunded, and we need your voice to encourage change.

It's Official: Public Lands Package Signed into Law!

It's Official: Public Lands Package Signed into Law!

Over the years, members of our greater community took action 5,237 times to help champion causes included in the public lands package. These measures have now become law. Thank you for making your voice heard and staying the course!

Public Lands Package Passes the House - Set to Become Law!

Public Lands Package Passes the House - Set to Become Law!

The outdoor experience scored a major win with the passage of the public lands package. Check out what this sweeping legislation means for Washington State and beyond.

Take Action: Public Lands Package Passes the Senate, Moves on to the House

Take Action: Public Lands Package Passes the Senate, Moves on to the House

The Senate passed a sweeping public lands package, which includes key measures for the Pacific Northwest. Now it's time to ask the House of Representatives to move the package forward.

2019 State Budget: Step Up for Washington’s State Lands

2019 State Budget: Step Up for Washington’s State Lands

Washington legislators are negotiating the state's budgets - which includes funding for our state land management agencies and outdoor programs. Learn more about what's at stake and how you can help champion the outdoor experience.

The Government Is Temporarily Reopened – Let’s be Patient as Land Managers Get back to Work

The Government Is Temporarily Reopened – Let’s be Patient as Land Managers Get back to Work

Following the 35-day shutdown, land managers will need time to get public lands up and running again. Learn more about what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

The Government Shutdown and Its Impact on Public Lands

The Government Shutdown and Its Impact on Public Lands

Wild places, gateway communities, small businesses, land managers, and recreationists are all hurting under the government shutdown. Check out what's at stake and what you can do about it.

What the New Congress Means for Public Lands

What the New Congress Means for Public Lands

We enter 2019 with a new Congress, a new House majority, and new committee leaders. Check out how all this will affect our outdoor advocacy efforts in the New Year and beyond.

Introducing Outdoor Advocates Network!

Introducing Outdoor Advocates Network!

The Mountaineers is thrilled to launch Outdoor Advocates Network, a resource where you can get the run-down of how our public lands work and what you can do to protect them. Take our eLearning course and start engaging in advocacy efforts today.

Support the Methow Headwaters’ 20-Year Mineral Withdrawal

Support the Methow Headwaters’ 20-Year Mineral Withdrawal

Efforts to protect the Methow Headwaters from industrial-scale mining claims are at a critical stage: The BLM has reopened its public comment period and wants to hear from you. Please join us in asking the agency to move forward with a 20-year mineral withdrawal to protect this one-of-a-kind area.

The Mountaineers Endorse I-1631: Investing in a Healthy Outdoors and Clean Energy for Washington

The Mountaineers Endorse I-1631: Investing in a Healthy Outdoors and Clean Energy for Washington

The Mountaineers endorses Initiative 1631, a ballot measure that will benefit outdoor recreation and public lands through investing in a healthy environment. Learn more about why we support this initiative.

New Legislation to Help Groups Get Outside

New Legislation to Help Groups Get Outside

The Public Lands Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. This new bill will reduce bureaucratic barriers in outfitter-guide permitting on federal lands, helping more people get outside. The Mountaineers has helped lead efforts to improve outfitter-guide permitting on public lands for over half a decade. This legislation is a major step in the right direction.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Set to Expire (Again) – Take Action!

Land and Water Conservation Fund Set to Expire (Again) – Take Action!

Since its establishment in 1964, the LWCF has invested more than $16 billion towards conservation and recreation. Please join The Mountaineers in asking Congress to save this critical program.

Speak Up for the Enchantments

Speak Up for the Enchantments

A broad water management proposal could have negative impacts for outdoor enthusiasts in the Enchantments Lakes Area. We encourage you to learn more about the proposal, check out our concerns, and use the public comment period to make your voice heard.

U.S. Senator Proposes to Eliminate National Public Lands

U.S. Senator Proposes to Eliminate National Public Lands

Senator Mike Lee of Utah intends to introduce legislation that would do away with national public lands by transferring them to states. In response, we're working with our partners at Outdoor Alliance to deliver a petition to Lee and other key lawmakers. Help us reach 25,000 signatures!

The Mountaineers Climb the Hill in Washington D.C.

The Mountaineers Climb the Hill in Washington D.C.

From professional climbers to local nonprofits to national clubs, the climbing community came out in force to talk public lands with our nation's leaders as a part of the annual Climb The Hill event in Washington D.C.

What You Need to Know about the National Park Fee Increase

What You Need to Know about the National Park Fee Increase

The Department of Interior scaled back their original fee proposal, but concerns remain about how our parks are funded, how access is prioritized, and how the public is allowed to weigh in.

What Does the Omnibus Spending Bill Mean for Public Lands?

What Does the Omnibus Spending Bill Mean for Public Lands?

In the recently passed omnibus spending bill, Congress funds wildfire disaster relief, the Land & Water Conservation Fund, and some of our biggest land management agencies. Also, the Roadless Rule is protected - for now.