The Stash Blog

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Backcountry Musings from Idaho's Smokey Mountains

Winter Wildlands Alliance and friends venture deep into the Smokey Mountains of Idaho for pristine powder, spiritual renewal and to support our Keep Winter Wild campaign.
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March 2018 Policy Update: Hard Work Paying Off

Spring in the air, hut trips, winter travel planning in the Sierra Nevada and on the Shoshone NF, protecting the Roadless Rule and fixing wildfire funding. All in a month's work!

Field Update: Central Idaho Gets SnowSchooled!

Winter in central Idaho was a bit slow to arrive this year.  A strong La Nina pattern sent its polar jet stream with cold temperatures and precipitation in abundance to Montana and Idaho's Panhandle.  Meanwhile, the mountains to the south waited in earnest...

Winter Recreation Survey

Help Winter Wildlands Alliance and our land management partners better understand what kinds of human-powered recreation are happening on public lands in winter. Three quick questions! Win a sweet gear package!
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Congress Considering Rolling Back the Roadless Rule: Act Now!

[UPDATED] In early March, Congress was considering the first ever legislative attempt to allow road construction and logging in roadless national forest lands, undermining a key 2001 conservation rule. Your efforts and comments turned the tide!
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February Policy Update: From D.C. to California

Outdoor Alliance policy summit in D.C., meetings with congressfolks, forest planning in Montana and California, possible grant funding for trails! Check it out!
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SnowBall for SnowSchool Galvanizes Education, Recreation and Science Communities

As part of our annual SnowSchool Support Week WWA threw two SnowBall benefit concerts in Boulder CO and Boise ID in Feburary.  These winter themed galas included bluegrass music, dancing, libations, ski-flare costumes, Arctic Theater Royale,…

Bill Will Make Idaho Parks & Rec Director Political Appointee, Forfeit Harriman State Park

If you live in Idaho and appreciate and support professional management of our natural areas and want to keep this Idaho gem in public hands, please contact your State Legislators and ask them to vote no on House Bill 496.
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Comment Now on the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision

The Forest Service is currently in the early stages of planning for how it will manage the Custer Gallatin National Forest for the next 20-30 years.The Custer Gallatin stretches across 400 miles – from West Yellowstone, MT to Camp Crook, SD – and encompasses 9 different mountain ranges, including the highest peaks in Montana. The forest offers every kind of skiing imaginable and it’s home to some of the finest ice climbing in the country.
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A New Look at NEPA? Sounds Good. But Let's Not Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water.

The Forest Service is taking a  new look at what they do to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, and they’re accepting preliminary comments through the end of this week. The vast majority of comments submitted thus far in the process are from the extractive industry – it’s time for the outdoor recreation community to speak up.
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