Anchored by three national parks, the Pacific Northwest is home to a stunning array of wildlife and ancient old-growth forests that provide clean water and invigorating recreation opportunities, and support vibrant local economies. These trees were already giants when Lewis and Clark rafted down the Columbia River in 1805 and will still be standing tall 200 years from now.
Though known for its historic salmon runs, the region has recently seen the return of wolves, grizzly bears, even wolverines. But the local flora and fauna are suffering from the pressures of ill-advised development, degraded habitat, increased flooding, and escalating fire threats on the east side of the Cascades.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Secure protections for critical habitat in the Olympics, Cascades, and Okanogan-Wenatchee Forests;
- Secure habitat designation for endangered and threatened wildlife and incorporate climate change impacts into the management plans and habitat designations;
- Protect critical floodplain habitat and reduce polluted stormwater runoff in the Puget Sound basin;
- Acquire key private lands in the “checkerboard” landscape in the Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 2 corridors to create connected, safe pathways for wildlife;
- Secure a stronger recovery plan for Snake and Columbia River salmon runs; and
- Acquire key private forest lands and help keep private forests from being developed by working with local land trusts and communities.