Posted by: Michael Lanthier
Last week myself and Conservation Director Tom Uniack joined roadless advocates from across the country for a Roadless Summit at our nation's capital. Organized by the Pew Charitable Trust, the summit included scientists, economists, faith leaders, local elected officials and representatives from conservation as well as hunting and fishing organizations. It was an opportunity to better organize the efforts across the country to ensure protections for the almost 58 million acres of roadless national forest land.
It was also an opportunity to thank the many roadless champions in the House and Senate who have been instrumental in working towards finalizing roadless protections. Thankfully Washington State has two leaders on roadless. Rep. Jay Inslee and Sen. Maria Cantwell have led the efforts to introduce legislation to protect roadless areas. To thank them they were awarded Roadless Champion boxes with their picture (similar to the Wheaties box) at a breakfast reception. You can send a personal thank you to Cantwell and Inslee HERE.
While in Washington DC we met with our Washington State delegates to talk about current and future opportunities to protect our state's national treasures. We were joined by Tom O'Keefe from American Whitewater, a key ally from the recreation community.