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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015 Year-End Campaign Update

Washington Wild Board Member, Carla Villar, with a group of #WildernessAdvocates enjoying a hike.

We did it! OVER 500 supporters stood alongside Washington Wild to Create a Big Tent for Conservation!!

Washington Wild’s special appeal to Create a Big Tent for Conservation was a huge success –
we nearly doubled our goal to raise $25,000 and reached OVER 500 supporters throughout the campaign!

With the help of volunteers, supporters, members and stakeholders we are able to work tirelessly to protect a wild Washington. Over the past year, Washington Wild made over 1,000 connections with local elected officials, business owners, recreation organizations and sportsmen to support the permanent protection of wild lands and waters throughout the state. In looking at the broad array of those who stand with us, we can imagine a "Big Tent for Conservation" under which we work together to achieve a common purpose.

As we wrap up a successful year-end campaign, we can also celebrate some of the highlights from 2015:

  • On June 4, 2015 U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA08) introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Protection Act which has the potential to protect more than 126,000 acres of new Wilderness on Olympic National Forest and more than 460 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
  • This past December was the 1 year anniversary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions which protected an additional 22,000 acres of Wilderness and nearly 40 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers!
  • Washington Wild continuously monitored threats to Wilderness areas, including the Army proposal to establish helicopter training areas in the North Cascades and Southwest Washington. We led a joint comment letter comprised of 67 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations as well as local businesses to address potential impacts to Wilderness Areas, trails, wildlife and local economies.
Reflecting back on the past year is rewarding, but we need to keep looking ahead to the future! The success of our campaign to Create a Big Tent for Conservation will help us continue to protect the wild lands and waters of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Thank you to everyone who joined us under the tent.

For a Wild & Green Washington,
The Staff, Board, and Volunteers from Washington Wild

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