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.

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.

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.