Protect the North Cascades
The North Cascades are one of the most rugged and wild places in the country: jagged peaks, old growth forests, and pristine wildlife habitat. This part of the state is precious, and it should always remain wild. However, much of the forest around North Cascades National Park is not protected from clear-cutting and mining. Environment Washington is working to protect 200,000 acres of forest and wildlife habitat that are currently unprotected.
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.
- 200,000 acres of forest in the North Cascades, including critical habitat for wildlife, are at risk of mining and clearcutting. We're working to protect these forests for good.
- Preventing logging and mining in this region will protect the headwaters of the Skagit River, including spawning grounds for endangered Chinook salmon.
- We can protect a rare American rainforest, with old growth trees that are 15 feet wide.
- Citizen support recently helped us expand Mount Rainier National Park and designate 1,000 acres within the San Juan Islands as a National Monument.