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.

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.

Protect the Roadless Rule and Our Wild Backcountry

Protect the Roadless Rule and Our Wild Backcountry

Recent provisions - that could be solidified as soon as the end of the week -  would weaken or eliminate the Roadless Rule, putting backcountry recreation at risk of inappropriate development like road building, logging, or extraction. 

State Lawmakers Hear Us Loud and Clear on SB 6140: Keep Public Lands Public

State Lawmakers Hear Us Loud and Clear on SB 6140: Keep Public Lands Public

After hearing from hundreds of Washingtonians, state lawmakers removed bill provisions that would have made it easier to sell off our state's public lands.

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

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

The new leader of Mount Rainier National Park, Chip Jenkins, brings years of experience working with Washington State stakeholders.

National Park Service Board Resignations a Red Flag for Public Lands

National Park Service Board Resignations a Red Flag for Public Lands

After being frozen out of meetings and decisions for over a year, 10 out of 12 NPS board members quit in frustration. Their resignation raises serious concerns about the future of our national public lands.

Liberty Bell Needs Climbers’ Support!

Liberty Bell Needs Climbers’ Support!

We're working with partners to restore, reconstruct, and reroute the trail to the Liberty Bell climbs in Washington Pass. Learn how you can help the cause.

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

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

Recently the president signed a proclamation to drastically reduce two of our national monuments in southeast Utah. Check out what this means for The Mountaineers, public lands, and the outdoor experience.

Lake Serene Fundraising Goal Met!

Lake Serene Fundraising Goal Met!

Outdoor enthusiasts raised $275,000 to save a section of the Lake Serene Trail from logging. Thanks to everyone who joined us and our partners in this effort!

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

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

The National Park Service is considering a fee increase in 17 parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. Under the proposal, vehicle entrance fees would rise from $25 to $70 per day. A public comment period is underway.

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

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

We’re at a critical juncture in the march to protect the Methow Valley from mining. The Forest Service has opened a public comment period and needs to hear from you.

New Bill Aims to Dismantle the Antiquities Act

New Bill Aims to Dismantle the Antiquities Act

Congress is fast-tracking a bill that would tear down the Antiquities Act, the bedrock conservation law that presidents from both parties have used to protect many of our most beloved wild places.

Leaked Report Kicks Off Whirlwind Week for National Monuments

Leaked Report Kicks Off Whirlwind Week for National Monuments

The Secretary of the Interior's leaked memo reveals recommendations to alter or reduce ten National Monuments, drawing criticism from a variety of stakeholders.

A Legislative Trail Map: Your Guide to Public Lands Bills

A Legislative Trail Map: Your Guide to Public Lands Bills

2017 greeted outdoors lovers with a dizzying flurry of public land bills - most of which are quite troubling. Here's an overview of the 2017 legislation we're tracking, and how we can stand together to protect our public lands.

Forest Service Shifts towards “Yes” for Recreation

Forest Service Shifts towards “Yes” for Recreation

Plans to streamline outfitter and guide permitting will go a long way towards opening up our public lands to all Americans.

5 Things You Should Know About the Public Lands Heist

5 Things You Should Know About the Public Lands Heist

A campaign to transfer public lands to state control threatens hundreds of millions of acres of national forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and historic sites across the Western US.