North Cascades National Park and the surrounding Wilderness Areas have provided us an initial stake to ensure that this wild bounty will be around for generations to come.

But this region will not stay wild without continued attention and stewardship from everyone who lives nearby or travels there to explores its peaks and valleys. Resource extraction, power development and unchecked motorized recreation are just of a few of the threats this ecosystem faces, particularly as the surrounding region’s population grows.

More than 20 grassroots organizations groups helped Braided River to shape our book. These advocacy partners all use The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby while they are working collectively to advance a particular proposal, or while they are proposing alternative approaches to solving complicated problems, to help ensure that this natural ecosystem remains intact.

In our book and website, we hope you’ll see why the natural value of the North Cascades should be preserved; and we leave it to you to determine how.

You’ll find the most current active campaigns in this region listed below, along with links to more information to help you participate in this conservation conversation.

Many wild places lay outside the boundaries of protected areas. Photo and illustration by Ethan Welty.

Pending Legislation

Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 1785)

  • Highlights the national significance of the Mountains to Sound Greenway 
  • Enhances funding opportunities
  • Encourages partnerships and cooperation between private public entities and land managers
  • Documents the historic, cultural, educational, ecological and recreational resources of this unique landscape

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Successful Legislation

These proposals succeeded in December 2014.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions & Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361; S. 112)

  • Designates more than 22,000 acres of low-elevation forest land as Wilderness, adding to the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness area
  • Designates nearly 40 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner Washington Wild.

Ilabot Creek Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 829; S. 383) 

Designates 14 miles of Illabot Creek as a Wild and Scenic River, ensuring that it remains wild and free-flowing forever.

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner American Rivers. 

More Proposals and Campaigns

Nooksack River Wild & Scenic Campaign 

Seeks to protect approximately 100 river miles in the upper Nooksack basin, including portions of the three forks and eight tributary streams, under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner American Rivers.

American Alps Legacy Project 

Seeks to add more than 237,000 acres to National Park Service management on the east and west side of the North Cascades National Park.

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner American Alps Legacy Project.

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan 

Proposed land and rivers designations in the Yakima Basin would protect 160,000 acres of public land and 200 miles of rivers. 

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner The Wilderness Society.

Some conservation organizations oppose the plan because it includes new water storage projects that would flood old growth forests and shrub-steppe habitat, in addition to the conservation measures.

Read the position of one of the opponents, our partner the Sierra Club.

Cascades Wild 

Seeks to protect the upper watersheds, rivers, and streams that supply cool, clean water to fish and wildlife farms, businesses, and local communities of the growing Puget Sound region.

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner Washington Wild.

Protect Flagg Mountain

Preventing industrial mine exploratory activity at Flagg Mountain in the Mazama area.

Learn more from a proponent of this proposal, our partner Protect Flag Mountain.

Our intent here is not to advocate a specific course of action, nor to endorse a particular campaign, nor is it to present all potential points-of-view on these campaigns, but to provide a central access point to the many campaigns that our partners are engaged in that hold a common vision to protect the beauty, wildness, scenic landscapes, clean water, and other natural systems that define and sustain life in this region.

We invite you to visit the websites of our grassroots conservation partners to research these proposals further.