Huge Victory for Mt. Rainier!

One of the nation’s last rainforests is now protected from logging and development

Located at the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the Carbon River Valley rainforest is one of the last inland temperate rainforests in the world, and is home to many unique and endangered species. For years, logging and development along the park’s borders threatened to cause irreparable harm to the forest — as well as the wildlife that depend on it for survival.

Thanks to a huge outpouring of public support from Environment Washington members, we were able to convince our leaders in Washington to expand Mt. Rainier National Park and protect this rare rainforest.

The rainforest provides critical habitat for Chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead trout, marbled murrelet and the Van Dyke’s salamander. Now, as part of the national park, the Carbon River Valley rainforest will be protected forever, ensuring habitat for the species that call it home.

National parks have been called “America’s best idea,” and Mount Rainier is living proof, providing families and friends with breathtaking vistas, quiet trails, and unique opportunities to connect with the outdoors. 

By extending the park’s protective borders to include the Carbon River Valley rainforest, we have started the creation of a wildlife corridor from the park to Puget Sound. This protects a critical lifeline for several species that travel between these two Washington treassures.