The Methow Valley, located in the foothills of the North Cascades, is one of the Northwest's
most popular recreation destinations. It is surrounded by public lands that provide year-around
opportunities for outdoor recreation including whitewater paddling on rivers like the Methow,
Lost, and Chewuch.
A current threat to the valley and the recreational opportunities available is a proposed
large-scale copper mine in the heart of the valley near Flagg Mountain, located immediately above
the town of Mazama. If developed, this copper mine would irreversibly damage the river and
surrounding landscape, while bringing noise, heavy truck traffic, and industrial activity to the
forest gateway communities of Mazama, Winthrop, and Twisp.
Many of our members and supporters have previously filed comments on this project, but the Forest
Service has just opened a new comment period. To make it easy this round we are collecting
signatures on a letter we will deliver to the Forest Service from the whitewater paddling
community on the afternoon of November 6th. If you wish to add your name to our letter, please
follow our Take Action link to fill out your information. The letter is a response to a request
for input from the Forest Service on a proposed action to declare the Methow Headwaters
off-limits to any new mining activities while Congressional leaders work on a permanent solution
to protect this landscape.
Deadline November 6th, Noon