A rare forest, endangered wildlife

Some of our most amazing mountains and forests are in the North Cascades. While some of this amazing habitat is protected in North Cascades National Park, there are too many fragile places next to the park that are not protected from logging and mining.

That’s why we’re working to protect over 200,000 acres in the Cascades, including:

• The Baker Rainforest, a rare American temperate rainforest, where visitors can stand at the base of ancient trees 15 feet wide, and

• The incredible Skagit River and its headwaters, where hundreds of salmon, including the endangered Chinook salmon, come to spawn.

Right now, there’s virtually nothing to stop timber and mining companies from clear-cutting and otherwise spoiling these ecologically important areas of the forest.

Critical habitat for salmon, bears and elk

We have the opportunity to permanently protect irreplaceable habitat for salmon, bears, elk, and more. That’s why we’re working with recreation organizations, local conservation groups and elected officials to protect one of Washington’s wildest places. Now we need to build and show our leaders the public support we know it takes to win approval. We're urging Congress to permanently protect 200,000 acres of critical land.

We know we can protect our forests because we’ve done it before. Thanks to our members and activists, we convinced our leaders to protect the Carbon River Valley Rainforest within Mount Rainier National Park, one of the last inland rainforests in North America. And this year, we won our campaign to protect 1,000 acres within the San Juan Islands when President Obama designated the area a National Monument.

Together, we can win

We're working to show Congress broad support from citizens, businesses, and recreationists across the state for protecting the North Cascades. 

Issue updates

News Release | Environment America

Just-Passed House Tax Bill would Doom America to a Dirty Energy Future

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks. Environment America's DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment America

Senate budget sells out our environment, health, and the treasured arctic national wildlife refuge

The Senate just passed their budget resolution for 2018. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America, issued the following statement: “The Senate budget makes drastic cuts to some of our most vital programs that protect our air, water, and families’ health. In addition, the Senate budget attempts to sell out our public lands to polluters by including instructions to the Senate Natural Resources Committee that would ultimately allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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20 Day Left to Act for Land and Water Conservation Fund | John Rumpler

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News Release | Environment Washington

Environment Washington Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Washington, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park are Underfunded, Under Threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Washington Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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