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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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 ...

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Methow Headwaters Process Update

Photo: Benjamin Drummond of Flagg Mountain and the Methow Valley during sunset Dear Supporters, A huge thanks to all of you who came out to The Grange back in November for our community update meeting.  Over one hundred Methow Valley community members joined us for a campaign update, helped fill out postcards thanking U.S. Forest Service leadership for advancing our proposal and requesting Secretary Jewell to sign off on that request.  Your voices are integral to the success of our campaign, and we're grateful to have you stand with us and stand up for the ...

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Winthrop Town Council Passes Resolution of Support for Methow Headwaters Campaign

The Town of Winthrop 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 wildlife, the local economy, the wellbeing of all citizens and for future generations. Read the PDF here.

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Methow Headwaters Community Meeting

Dear Supporters, Thanks to you, the Methow Headwaters Campaign has made great strides in the last few months, but our work is not done. We now have a very limited window to lock in agency commitment to a mineral withdrawal before the clock runs out on the Obama administration. Please join us this Thursday evening at the Twisp Valley Grange to hear a campaign update, enjoy fun activities, and learn how you can help us protect the headwaters from large-scale mining. The U.S. Forest Service will also attend to update us on its withdrawal efforts. We are ...

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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 ...

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