Who We Are
We are a coalition of local residents, business owners, and organizations working to make federal lands in the upper watershed of the Methow Valley “off limits” to industrial-scale mining. Public support is critical to the campaign’s success, as we work to secure a “mineral withdrawal” for the federal lands that compose the headwaters of the Methow watershed. Learn more about our proposal to protect this beautiful green valley and clean waterways, what's at stake, and why we need your help! Read More  
Campaign Updates

U.S. Forest Service Commits to Mineral Withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters

Last week, the Methow Headwaters Campaign achieved an important milestone when the U.S. Forest Service voiced support for a mineral withdrawal to protect 340,000 acres of Forest Service land in the headwaters of the watershed from industrial-scale mining. The U.S. Forest Service’s testimony at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing states the agency “believes a mineral withdrawal is the best path toward mitigating any impacts to the ecological, cultural and economic significance of the Methow Valley to the surrounding community.” Read Our Blog


Water sustains life in the Methow. 90% of the watershed is in public ownership, and is the source for nearly all water, making water quality tied closely to public land management.


People come to the Methow to play—it is home to the nation’s largest Nordic ski trail system and is a gateway to North Cascades National Park and vast wilderness areas.


The Methow supports a rich diversity of wildlife and is home to 7 federally protected fish and wildlife species, 5 of which have designated critical habitat.


The Methow is critical to Upper Columbia salmon recovery. Nearly $100 million has been invested in recovery and restoration in the Methow alone.

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