February to October 2017
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.
- Signed joint letter supporting retaining the Johnson Amendment that forbids partisan political activity by 501(c) 3 organizations.
- Presented keynote address at the Carhart National Wilderness Training Center for National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Homeland Security Wilderness managers.
- Met with Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, DC to express N3C’s concerns about the new administration and Congress’s threat to public lands.
- Presented public lecture on North Cascades Glaciers to PROBUS, a retirement group.
- Attended public meeting in Chelan to defend the North Cascades National Park’s decision not to rebuild the washed-out road in the upper Stehekin Valley.
- Signed joint letter to the US Senate objecting to Subtitle D, the Critical Minerals subtitle of S.1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017, which loosens permitting requirements for mines threatening fresh water supplies.
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.
- Signed another joint letter to Congress opposing the permitting of bicycles in Wilderness. The bill we opposed last year has been reintroduced.
- Signed joint letter to Congress thanking them for including Legacy Roads and Trails in the FY17 spending bill.
- Signed joint letter to Congress expressing strong objections to the present administration’s proposed drastic cuts in the FY18 budget for the Forest Service and the Park Service.
- Signed joint letter to Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF) objecting to the 8-month closure of the Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls trails to accommodate logging on adjacent private property.
- Two N3C board members attended 5 meetings and 2 field trips to Ashland Lakes and Greider Lakes as members of the citizens’ advisory committee to the Department of Natural Resource’s Morningstar Natural Resource Conservation Area.
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 to the Capitol Projects Advisory Review Board – Project Review Committee in Olympia opposing the Okanogan’s proposal to reenergize the Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River.
- Signed joint letter to the Icicle Work Group raising additional objections to the expanded withdrawal of water from high alpine lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
- Signed joint letter with the Pilchuck Audubon Society to the MBSNF requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period for the Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Stillaguamish Vegetation Project. The extension was not granted.
- Signed joint letter to MBSNF commenting on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed expansion of the Swen Larson Quarry into the Mount Baker Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA).
- Signed joint letter with Pilchuck Audubon to MBSNF commenting on the Stillaguamish Vegetation Project (commercial logging!) EA.
- Signed joint letter to Congress opposing current hydropower bills pending votes in both houses.
- Signed joint letter providing comments opposing the Okanogan PUD’s request for a 2-year Stay by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the expiration of the construction schedule of the Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River. N3C will not file objections as an intervener.
- Signed joint letter with 9 other organizations objecting to MBSNF’s draft decision to the EA allowing expansion of the Swen Larson Quarry into the Mount Baker IRA.
- Signed joint letter to US Bureau of Reclamation citing numerous objections to the Snow Lake Valve Control Structure Draft Environmental Assessment in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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.
- Submitted comments to DNR supporting the Conservation Alternative of Marbled Murrelet plan.
- Signed joint letter to Congress in support of the Endangered Species Act in anticipation of proposed legislation to terminate the act.
- Submitted comments to the Olympic National Park on their Mountain Goat Management Plan. Specifically we cited concerns about the proposed alternative of relocating goats from Olympic NP to the North Cascades.