In the past decade, Outdoor Alliance has united the human-powered outdoor recreation community to defend public lands, improve access for human-powered adventure, and conserve landscapes. Click on any of the issues below to learn more.
Land And Water conservation fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) directs a portion of royalties derived from off-shore oil and gas leasing to fund recreation and conservation projects across the country. This essential program has funded recreation and conservation projects for more than 50 years in all 50 states yet it expired twice in the past decade.
Outdoor Alliance worked to reauthorize the program in 2015, and again to reauthorize it permanently in 2019.
The Methow Valley, located in the foothills of the North Cascades, is one of the Northwest's most popular recreation destinations. The valley is perhaps most famous for cross-country skiing, boasting North America’s largest groomed cross-country ski trail system. A proposed large-scale copper mine in the heart of the Methow Valley near Flagg Mountain threatened this treasured landscape.
Outdoor Alliance worked to secure a mineral withdrawal for this region.
Mountains to Sound Greenway
Extending from the Seattle waterfront to Ellensburg, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is an outdoor paradise with 1,600 miles of trails, the stunning Cascade Crest, excellent whitewater runs, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, rock climbing routes, and mountain biking.
Outdoor Alliance worked to protect the Greenway as a National Heritage Area.
The Oregon Wildlands Act, passed in the 2019 public lands package, brought together longstanding efforts to protect some outstanding rivers and wild landscapes in Oregon. It designated 30,621 acres of Wilderness in Devils Staircase, and protected 256 new Wild and Scenic River miles. It includes Wild and Scenic River protections for tributaries of the lower Rogue River, which alone accounts for $30 million in annual economic output, as well as the Nestucca River, Molalla River, Jenny Creek, Wasson Creek and Franklin Creek, and several important tributaries of the Elk River.
Outdoor Alliance worked to protect this special landscape and the outdoor experiences it offers.