One powerful way you can take action is to write and submit a personal letter to the Bureau of Land Management. These letters go a long way to showing lawmakers why the Methow Headwaters is special and unique, and deserves this level of protection.

We appreciate the time you take to do these – thank you!

Written comments should be sent to:

Bureau of Land Management
Oregon State Office
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208-2965

Or electronically to BLM_OR_WA_WITHDRAWALS@blm.gov and cc: methowheadwaters@gmail.com so we can keep a copy.


Here is some guidance to get you started:

  1. Share your personal connection to the Methow Valley – what you do for a living, how did you come here, why did you stay…
  2. Share why you think the Methow Valley is worth protecting – what do you love about the Methow, do you ski, hike, bike, fish or hunt in the Methow Headwaters area?
  3. Share your concerns about mining activities in the headwaters – water pollution, critical habitat disturbance, new road infrastructure through trails you use…
  4. State what you want to see happen in the headwaters. Consider using the following statement: “I support a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters. Ultimately, I would like to see this place permanently protected through a legislative mineral withdrawal.”

Here is more information about Methow Headwaters, and material you may find useful in writing a personalized letter in support of the withdrawal. Some important ideas to include:

  • Support for the effort comes from a broad and diverse group representing the business community, civic leaders, local organizations, recreation and conservation groups, agriculture, tribes, and a large number of individuals that include full- and part-time residents and valley visitors.
  • The negative impact that large-scale mining would have on the area’s resources, including water.
  • The conflict and damage that large-scale mining would cause to the local economy, which depends on clean water, scenic landscapes and a thriving tourism and recreation-based economy.

Here is some additional background on the Methow Valley and the resources at risk.