Public Comment Period Open for U.S. Forest Service

Methow Headwaters Campaign Supporters, The Methow Headwaters Campaign hit another major milestone on October 5, 2017, when the U.S. Forest Service announced the public scoping open for the Methow Headwaters mineral withdrawal. The USFS will accept comments during the scoping phase of an environmental analysis for 30 days, ending November 6, 2017.  Our goal during this public comment period is to make the case for the 20-year withdrawal. Take Action! Sign our Campaign Letter Submit a Personal Comment Letter Donate to the campaign As always - we ...

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Thank you and join us!

Wow! A huge thank you to the 500 + Methow Valley admirers who came out and packed John Doran's Walking D Ranch for our community festival and campaign evening.  We are continually blown away by the support we receive from all of you who care so deeply about the future of the Methow Valley and protecting its critical headwaters!  Our weekend celebration of music and community was made even better with the news that legislation to protect the Methow Headwaters took another step forward in congress. Introduced recently, Senator Cantwell's bipartisan energy and natural ...

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Student Project to Protect Methow Headwaters

Meet Nicholas Fitzmaurice!  Nicholas is 16 years old and has lived in Mazama, Washington for over 10 years.  He loves the outdoors, and in the fall he'll be starting his Junior year at Liberty Bell High School.  For Nicholas's Civic Action Project at Liberty Bell he chose to research Methow Headwaters Campaign and enlist the help of his peers to support the campaign through petition signatures, comment postcards and handing out stickers to help spread the word and encourage people to get involved.  Nicholas also wrote a personal letter of support to the ...

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Flying Copper Mountain

Flying Copper Mountain Benjamin Drummond Last week I had the opportunity to collect new aerial photographs that make a particularly powerful case for why industrial-scale mining threatens the Methow. Mazama lies at the southern end of the Quesnel Trough copper belt that stretches for 2000 miles up into British Columbia. The trough is thought to be one of the most productive copper resources in the world and it currently has eight active mines. Only 50 miles north of the Methow is Copper Mountain, an 18,000-acre open-pit near Princeton, BC. It’s estimated to ...

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Film Screening May 10th at Ascent Outdoors

Supporters! Join Methow Headwaters Campaign, Ascent Outdoors, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Northwest, and Wild Steelhead Coalition for an evening of conservation, advocacy and entertainment! Methow Headwaters will present their new short film Methow Headwaters: Too Special to Mine, telling the story of why a mountain community in the North Cascades of Washington is not the place for an industrial-scale copper mine. Get involved and help protect this incredible place! We'll also be joined by an expert recreation and conservation based panel - don't miss this ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Methow Headwaters: Too Special to Mine

Methow Headwaters is proud to present our new film showcasing the unique beauty of the Methow Valley and the powerful story of why this place deserves permanent protection. A Canadian mining company wants to conduct exploratory drilling for copper at the headwaters of the Methow River. This is the story of a mountain community coming together to share why the Methow Valley, in the heart of the North Cascades, is too special to mine. “It’s become a more unique place the more it’s stayed the same,” says local farmer Sam Lucy. “Right?” The Methow Headwaters ...

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Film premiere rocked, thanks to our supporters!

Wow! A huge thank you to the 400 + Methow Valley admirers who came out and packed The Barn at our film premiere and community celebration this last Sunday.  We are continually blown away by the support we receive from all of you who care so deeply about the future of the Methow Valley and protecting its critical headwaters! Thanks to you, we were able to collect 148 comment letter signatures, well over 200 post cards to submit to the BLM and a steady stream of petition signatures, personal letters of support and addition support comments that have been coming in ...

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