November 2015 to April 2016
Advocacy carried out by dedicated NCCC volunteers in the last six months to protect and preserve the North Cascades lands, waters, plants, and wildlife.
EXPANDING, ESTABLISHING, and PROTECTING WILDERNESS AREAS
Why it matters: federal land designation as Wilderness and Park is the gold standard of ecosystem protection, precluding most damaging industrial and commercial exploitation.
- Attended public meeting of the Icicle Work Group, a Chelan County Department of Natural Resources and Ecology effort to increase irrigation water storage in eight lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
- Met with staff of the North Cascades National Park to discuss issues of joint concern and organizational relationships.
- Joined Wilderness Watch in signing joint letter to all members of Congress opposing amendment to the Wilderness Act to allow bicycles in congressionally designated Wilderness.
PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND RECREATION IN WILD AREAS
Why it matters: balancing access with economics and Wilderness preservation, we evaluate motorized use and places where it needs to be limited to reduce land impacts and recurring road repair costs.
- Participated in a discussion panel at the University of Washington Film Club/Scarecrow Video presentation of Chasing Ice, a film about climate change and the retreat of glaciers.
- Presented a lecture at the University of Washington at Bothell on the retreat and measurement of North Cascade Glaciers.
- Submitted comments to the Darrington Collaborative supporting some elements of their proposals and opposing others.
- Published an article on the retreat and measurement of North Cascade Glaciers in The Mountaineer magazine.
PROTECTING ANCIENT FORESTS AND PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Why it matters: like real estate, they’re just not making ancient forest anymore. We seek to restore watersheds and fisheries damaged from decades of heavy logging and road building and protect significant forests from degradation.
- Signed joint letter commenting on the scope of the environmental impact to be evaluated, project area of 65,000 acres, 6,700 acres to be thinned, of the proposed South Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project.
- Submitted scoping comments on the proposed Greenwater River Access Travel Management (ATM) to the Snoqualmie Ranger District of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
- Commented on the Draft ATM for the Upper North Fork of the Nooksack River on the Mount Baker District of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest—the first ATM issued under the Sustainable Roads Strategy. NCCC advocated keeping open and maintaining only the mileage of roads with the available budget.
- Signed joint letter to the U.S. Senate opposing inclusion of Senate Bill S-1694 (promoting the Yakima Integrated Plan) to the Energy Omnibus Bill.
- Submitted comments on the Chewuch Transportation Plan draft Environmental Assessment to the Methow Valley Ranger District.
- Submitted comments on salvage logging in the Methow Valley and Tonasket Districts.
PROTECTING WILDLIFE AND HABITAT
Why it matters: from microscopic fungi to top predators, the wilderness ecosystem’s living members are interdependent, so keeping viable populations of each species is essential to preserve the ecosystem for future generations.
- Signed joint letter to the WA State Department of Ecology opposing revision of the instream flow rule for Snohomish Public Utility’s proposed Sunset Falls hydroelectric plant on the Skykomish River.
- Signed joint letter to the WA State congressional delegation supporting funding for the Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) program.
- Attended meeting of the Washington Watersheds Group to discuss LRT distribution of the $40 million 2015 appropriation and future request.
- Joined the Washington Forest Law Center and other conservation organizations in signing joint letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging strong protections for remaining marbled murrelet habitat.