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Methow Headwaters Protection Act clears important Senate hurdle

On March 30, S. 566, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act cleared an important hurdle in Congress: It was passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (SENR) Committee and will now be ready for action on the the floor of Congress. This is a great step forward thanks to our Senate champions, Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray. While Congress works on passing legislation, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are working to protect the Methow Headwaters through a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal. The process was kicked off on December 30, 2016. There are several opportunities for the public to engage in the two-year ...

Senators Cantwell and Murray Re-introduce Methow Headwaters Legislation

We are pleased to announce that on March 7, 2017 Senators Cantwell and Murray introduced S.566, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2017 - an important milestone for the Methow Headwaters Campaign. The bill calls for permanent protection of about 340,000 acres of public land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from new industrial-scale mine development. The senators originally introduced the legislation in 2016, and the bill was heard in September before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, of which Senator Cantwell is the ranking member. The re-introduction in the new congress continues the senators’ commitment to ...

Success! Mineral withdrawal process officially initiated for the Methow Headwaters

The Methow Headwaters Campaign is pleased to announce that on Friday, December 30,2016 the Department of the Interior filed a segregation notice in the Federal Register, officially kicking off a two-year planning period to evaluate the potential for a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal for the 340,000-acre Methow Headwaters region in support of S. 2991, The Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016. The segregation notice marks the beginning of a two-year planning period during which the U.S. Forest Service will work with the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a public outreach and environmental planning process to evaluate the withdrawal ...

Agency Commits to Mineral Withdrawal, Methow Headwaters Requests Action Now

On October 12, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack sent a letter to Senators Murray and Cantwell expressing support for S. 2991, The Methow Headwaters Protection Act, and commitment to safeguarding the ecological and economic resources of the Methow Valley through a mineral withdrawal in aid of legislation: “I support S. 2991 and believe 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 communities.” Secretary Vilsack goes on to say that it will take a "year or more" for the agency to prepare and submit the required mineral withdr...

U.S. Forest Service Commits to a 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.” Senator Cantwell describes S. 2991, The Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016, as about “two ...

Summer Updates

METHOW HEADWATERS CAMPAIGN 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! The Methow watershed is a fragile, complex, and interconnected system of near-pristine streams that support life in ...

Twisp Town Council Passes Resolution in Support of Methow Mineral Withdrawal

The Town of Twisp has passed a resolution requesting the withdrawal of lands within the Methow River Headwaters in Okanogan County, Washington, from the operation of the General Mining Act of 1872. The resolution requests that the United States Secretary of the Interior and Congress use their authority to protect the Methow Valley's clean water for the wellbeing of citizens, the health of the natural environment, and the local economy. View PDF: Resolution of the Twisp Town Council Read more in Methow Valley News: Methow Valley News, "Exploratory mining decision delayed because of tribal concerns" Published 08/05/2016  

Homegrown festival rocked, thanks to our supporters!

Thank you to everyone who made our homegrown music festival  - Let's keep our valley green and our rivers clean - a huge success last Saturday, July 2. Over 500 people joined in the fun at John Doran's Walking D Ranch Adventures, and over 300 postcards were signed in support of halting the development of mining operations in the upper headwaters of the Methow during the celebrations. We were so grateful to celebrate not only the special qualities that make the Methow Valley a wonderful place, but to enjoy the festivities with those who live, work, and recreate in and around this treasured gem. It was the efforts of many that made this ...

Music Festival: Help keep the Methow Valley green and our rivers clean

July 2nd Music Festival and River Restoration Tours Celebrates Clean and Green Headwaters A festival in celebration of the Methow Valley and its headwaters will offer performances by several local musicians, as well as a pig roast and BBQ, on July 2nd at John Doran’s Walking D Ranch Adventures, 200-88 Highway 20 in Twisp, Wash. The free event runs from 4 to 10 p.m and is open to the public. ****************************************** In addition to the music festival, tours of salmon habitat restoration work on the Methow River will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours will leave on the hour from Community Covenant Church, 710 Hwy 20 ...

Senator Murray’s Legislation Boosts Methow Headwaters Campaign

Download PDF May 25, 2016 For Immediate Release: Contact: Maggie Coon Methow Headwaters Campaign 509.997.2669 info@methowheadwaters.org Senator Murray’s Legislation Boosts Methow Headwaters Campaign Winthrop, Wash. -- The Methow Headwaters Campaign said today that its efforts to protect the rural character and diverse economy of the Methow Valley has received significant support with the introduction of the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016 by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The act proposes a “mineral withdrawal” to make 340,000 acres of National Forest lands ...