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. By taking action online, you can join our growing call to protect these precious forests and wilderness habitats.

Issue updates

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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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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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Administration, Businesses, and Public Celebrate San Juan Islands

Yesterday, elected officials, conservation groups, business leaders, and community members celebrated Washington’s newest national monument, the San Juan Islands National Monument. The monument will permanently protect close to 1,000 acres of land in the San Juans, on Monday with the designation of the San Juan Islands National Monument. The region, which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encompasses nesting grounds for bald eagles, shorelines where visitors can spot passing seals and orcas, and stands of old growth forest.

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President Obama Protects Islands within the San Juans

President Obama is expected to permanently protected close to 1,000 acres of land in the San Juans, on Monday with the designation of the San Juan Islands National Monument. The region, which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encompasses nesting grounds for bald eagles, shorelines where visitors can spot passing seals and orcas, and stands of old growth forest.

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