Spring in the Methow Valley is special. In fact, every season in the valley is special, but, spring brings with it a unique euphoric energy.  Balsam root and purple lupines blanket the hillsides, stands of birch and aspen rustle in the breeze, pristine rivers and streams rush and roar.

Anders and I first visited the Methow Valley three years ago and immediately fell in love. The valley runs through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and is a renowned recreation area for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. With epic scenery, flourishing wildlife, a robust agricultural economy, and a strong and close-knit community, it is a truly unique and special place.

In April of 2014, Blue River Resources requested permits to conduct exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land at the North end of the Methow Valley. The proposed mining would irrevocably damage the Methow watershed, a “fragile, complex, and interconnected system of near-pristine streams that support life in the valley. Farmers, recreationists, residents, and a vast array of fish and wildlife are dependent upon the cold, clean water the headwaters provide” ( Methow Headwaters). The community came together and have been fighting the proposed mine and winning. In collaboration with The Wilderness Society, the  Methow Headwaters Campaign produced a beautiful, short film highlighting the threat this mine would pose to life in the valley.

I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did and are inspired to learn more and get involved.

Sadly, the fight in the Methow Valley isn’t unique. Special interests have been lobbying state governments and Congress to seize America’s public lands so they can be privatized or auctioned off for drilling, mining and logging. But “our public lands were created so all Americans, regardless of wealth or social status, would be able to enjoy access to the outdoors in perpetuity. That our public lands should be open to everyone to experience is one of our nation’s proudest and most sacred traditions” (The Wilderness Society).

In honor of this tradition and in celebration of Earth Day, I’ve partnered with a group of other bloggers to raise awareness about the current threat to public lands. Check out the other posts below, spread the word, and fight to keep our public lands wild.

XO SashaThe The Bojon Gourmet:  Hibiscus Berry Smoothie Bowls

Healthy Nibbles and Bits: Leek and Kohlrabi Fritters and Pinnacles National Park

Husbands That Cook: Point Mugu State Park

Brooklyn Supper: Shenandoah National Park

Wholehearted Eats: Happy Trail Bars and Into the Universe

The Broken Bread: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

The Year in Food: A Church in the Wild

Fresh Off the Grid: Weekend Escape: Planning an Impromptu Camping Trip

Eat Your Beets: Cheney State Park

Adventures in Cooking: Olympic National Park

Vanilla and Bean: Lemon Tahini Cashew Granola and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Preserve

Faring Well: Death Valley National Park

The Modern Proper: Trail Mix Pancakes

With Food and Love: Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Sea Salt and Scenes from Joshua Tree

Wu Haus: Joshua Tree

Will Frolic for Food: Glacier National Park