Posted by: columbiahighlands | April 8, 2011

Poll Shows Strong Local Support for Wilderness in the Columbia Highlands

Kettle Crest

A recent poll of 552 likely voters in Spokane, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties proves what many of us have long suspected: there’s strong support for the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition’s balanced plan for the Colville National Forest that includes new wilderness areas, increased forest thinning and restoration, and new trails and recreation opportunities.  What may be surprising to some, is that 57% of the people polled support the plan, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, rural and urban voters, hunters, and even ORV riders. 

The Columbia Highlands is home to some of the most amazing rare wildlife, like the mountain caribou and Canada lynx, and most beautiful and diverse wildlands found anywhere in the Northwest, yet only 1% of Washington’s designated wilderness is in the northeast corner of the state.  With strong public support and an active Coalition of partners working together to move this plan forward, now is the time to protect the Columbia Highland’s crown jewel wild country like the Kettle Crest for future generations.

Read the full story in the Spokesman Review or visit for more info on the poll.



  1. great news and beautiful picture!

  2. I’d love to see as much of that are protected as possible! Beautiful photo!

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