Protect The Methow Valley

Protect The Methow Valley

One of Washington's most iconic wild places needs our help to protect it from industrial-scale mining claims. Join The Mountaineers as we work in partnership with the Methow Headwaters Campaign to safeguard the region's towering peaks, weaving tributaries, and expansive forests from open pit mining. 

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The Game Plan

Securing protections requires working with land managers and lawmakers on both short and long term solutions. Here's where we're at and what's next. Thanks for joining us every step of the way!

BUILD BROAD SUPPORT - SUCCESS!

  • Thousands have come together on this issue and our voices are being heard.

SECURE A 2-YEAR MINERAL WITHDRAWAL - SUCCESS!

  • Land managers issued a two-year “time out” on mining, while they consider longer term protections. This is a big win. Thank you for your support!

SECURE A 20-YEAR MINERAL WITHDRAWAL – IN PROGRESS

  • Thousands wrote the Forest Service, requesting twenty years of protection. Our comments have been delivered, and we’ll keep you posted.

PERMANENTLY PROTECT THE METHOW VALLEY - IN PROGRESS

  • Senators Murray and Cantwell have introduced legislation to permanently safeguard the Methow Valley from mining. We’ll continue to work with Congressto pass legislation.


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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.

Two Key Washington State Public Lands Bills Advance in Senate

Two Key Washington State Public Lands Bills Advance in Senate

Good news for the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Methow Valley! Bills to protect these landscapes passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senators Cantwell and Murray Re-introduce Methow Headwaters Act

Senators Cantwell and Murray Re-introduce Methow Headwaters Act

Washington's senators keep pushing to permanently protect the Methow Valley's lands and waters from mining threats.

Methow Update: Mining Suspended, Public Input Needed

Methow Update: Mining Suspended, Public Input Needed

The Bureau of Land Management issued a two-year "timeout" on mining in the Methow Valley. Now, that agency wants public input as they evaluate an extension that would make the area off-limits to mining for 20 years.

Campaign to Protect the Methow Valley from Mining Forges Ahead with Senate Hearing

Campaign to Protect the Methow Valley from Mining Forges Ahead with Senate Hearing

With its first Senate committee hearing in the books, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act comes one step closer to safeguarding the region's treasured lands and waters.

Cantwell Staffers Hike Goat Peak to Learn More About the Methow Headwaters Campaign

Cantwell Staffers Hike Goat Peak to Learn More About the Methow Headwaters Campaign

The campaign to protect the Methow Valley from mining recently had the opportunity to share their land and perspectives with Senate staffers.

Campaign Seeks to Fend Off Mining in the Methow Valley

Campaign Seeks to Fend Off Mining in the Methow Valley

Concerns over a proposed industrial mining site have prompted citizens, businesses, and organizations to form the Methow Headwaters Campaign, which aims to halt mining on the watershed's U.S. Forest Service lands.

* Photo courtesy of Methow Headwaters Campaign