Protecting Washington’s Methow Headwaters and the Green River Valley from Industrial Mining Operations

Resolution 2018-08 WHEREAS, the Methow River headwaters and Green River Valley in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, both of which drain into the Columbia River, are ecologically rich and are at risk of large industrial open-pit copper and gold mining, and attendant development, because both of the regions are subject to mineral entry under the General Mining Act of 1872 and the Green Rive ...[Read More]

Support for Beaver Restoration in Western Watersheds as a Practical Response to Climate Change

Number 2018-09 WHEREAS, climate change is expected to increase drought and reduce snow pack in the western U.S., where the majority of rivers are snow- and glacier-fed; and WHEREAS, lower streamflows and higher-temperature water will negatively impact coldwater fish and other aquatic organisms, and reduced wetlands and changes in vegetation will impact mammals and birds, and these changes will lim ...[Read More]

Establishment of the National Wildlife Corridors System

Number 2018-10 WHEREAS, native fish, wildlife and plant species in the U.S. are a significant basis of the outdoor economy and component of the natural heritage we wish to pass on to future generations; and WHEREAS, many terrestrial and aquatic species in the U.S. are facing unprecedented declines from new and changing threats including, but not limited to, climate change, habitat fragmentation an ...[Read More]

Strengthening State Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Number 2018-11 WHEREAS, our system of fish and wildlife management, developed over the last century, has been built on a foundation of state agencies as the primary entities responsible for conserving and managing fish and wildlife, working cooperatively with federal fish and wildlife agencies, federal land management agencies, non-governmental organizations and private land owners; and WHEREAS, t ...[Read More]

Promoting Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic

Number 2018-07 WHEREAS, globally, more than 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste has been produced as of 2015. The vast majority of this plastic waste remains in the system by being moved through various waste streams. “Leaks” in these waste streams consequently input an estimated 8 million metric tons of land-based plastic waste into the ocean each year. Because commonly used plastic does not ...[Read More]

Nutrient Pollution

Number: 2017-01   WHEREAS, nutrient pollution has been shown to play a significant role in causing algae blooms which cause harm to human health, hypoxic dead zones in major ecosystems – disrupting wildlife within and dependent upon such ecosystems, negatively impacting outdoor recreation opportunities, fishing industries, property values, and Americans’ enjoyment of natural spaces; and ...[Read More]

Renewable Fuel Standard

Number: 2017-03   WHEREAS, Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to expand our nation’s renewable fuels sector, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and reduce America’s reliance on imported oil by requiring that an increasing amount of renewable fuel replace or be blended into transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel each year; and WHEREAS, the R ...[Read More]

Establishment of Wildlife Disease Trust Fund

Number: 2017-05   WHEREAS, fish and wildlife diseases present a serious risk to the nation’s native and naturalized wildlife populations; and WHEREAS, responses to outbreaks of fish and wildlife diseases require the mobilization of people, resources, and communications assets by the state and its partners; and WHEREAS, the funding for fish and wildlife disease response is primarily borne by h ...[Read More]

Support of North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery

Number: 2017-07   WHEREAS, grizzly bears are an iconic species of the West, an indicator of ecosystem health and human tolerance for wildlife, and a species that millions of Americans care about passionately; and WHEREAS, whereas grizzly bears were eliminated across most of their range in the lower 48 states through uncontrolled hunting, persecution and habitat loss between the late 1800s and ...[Read More]

Promoting and Advocating For Soil Health Management Systems

Number: 2017-04   WHEREAS, building soil health is fundamental to life on earth by sustaining soil, plant, animal, and human health; and WHEREAS, with rising world populations, only by building soil health can we address the world’s increasing demands for fuel, food, and fiber; and WHEREAS, the soil health principles include: keeping the soil covered as much as possible, disturbing the soil a ...[Read More]