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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Becoming Washington Wild

Dear Friends,

For 32 years, the Washington Wilderness Coalition – WWC, as we’ve been affectionately known - has been the leading organization working to protect wilderness in Washington State. Over these past 32 years, as new threats have appeared, we’ve continually expanded our efforts to protect roadless areas, which contain the last of our remaining wild National Forests. We’ve worked to combat threats to our wild lands and rivers from poorly conceived and sited mining projects, damaging off-road vehicle use and salmon-killing dams. We’ve worked to ensure sound public policies for our National Forests and to support funding for much needed watershed protection.

In recent years, we’ve worked in coalitions to combine the protections of wilderness with Wild & Scenic Rivers, and National Park additions, in campaigns that will provide permanent protection for our lands and waters while respecting the diversity of interests of those who cherish these lands. We’ve worked to educate the public and build the broadest community possible of those who support protections for our wild lands and waters.

In June of this year, after a lengthy and thoughtful strategic planning process, the Board of Directors agreed that the name “Washington Wilderness Coalition” no longer fully encompassed the breadth of our work and decided to update our name.

I am very pleased to announce that Washington Wilderness Coalition is becoming “Washington Wild” to better reflect the scope of our work protecting our wild lands and waters.

Over the coming months, as you begin to see the name Washington Wild integrated throughout the organization, know that while our name has changed, we will always lead on wilderness preservation in Washington and will continue to work to protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact me at kim@wawild.org or 206.633.1992.

Yours for a Wild Washington,

Kimberly Adank

Membership & Development Director

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