The beautiful Methow Valley is carved up by emerald-colored rivers that are home to struggling populations of wild steelhead. Now these already threatened fish are facing another imminent threat – a proposal to conduct exploratory copper drilling in the headwaters of the Methow, which is the first step toward the development of an industrial-scale mining operation.
Mining is a large part of the Methow Valley’s past, but it should not be part of the region’s future. Legislation has already been introduced to permanently protect the 340,000-acre Methow Headwaters region from mining, but we need the U.S. Forest Service to act swiftly to make the Methow Headwaters off-limits in the short term to mining. Please take action today and tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to take immediate action to make the headwaters off-limits to mining.