The Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 2 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. We’re America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. 

We're involved in environmental education, conservation, and political issues.  We lead fun outings such as hikes, trail maintenance, snow-shoeing walks, and more. Join in and help us protect our air, land and water throughout our beautiful state!

Legislative Threats to Public Lands

Lost Basin, Olympic National ParkBy Peter Guererro, North Olympic Group

The new Republican-controlled Congress lost no time introducing legislation that, if enacted, would restrict the president’s authority to protect public wildlands under the Antiquities Act.

This attack on wild and culturally significant lands also extends to Olympia, where several bills were introduced this past legislative session to study the return of federal lands to the state, with the notion that the state can better manage these lands. No explanation was provided for how exactly the state would accomplish this as it struggles to fund its own park system and chronically underfunds education and other key areas.

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Washington Legislature Nears its End Game

OIl trainBy Tim Gould, Chapter Executive & Legislative Committees, and Bruce Wishart, Chapter Legislative Affairs Director

The 2015 Washington legislative session has been a busy one for Sierra Club staff and activists. This year, Governor Inslee has elevated the issue of climate change by introducing major legislation on carbon pricing, electric cars, and oil transportation safety. Sierra Club has also been a leader on legislation to phase out the Montana Colstrip coal-fired power plant, along with efforts to protect water supplies in rural areas of the state. ...

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Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery and Explosive

“We’re facing the warmest decade on record and there is a drought declaration in the Yakima Valley where I live. Locking ourselves into 50 years of dirty fossil fuel production is absolutely the wrong way to go” -- Margie Van Cleve, Chair of the Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail. This would be the first west coast refinery constructed in over 25 years, and the largest new refinery in the continental United States since 1976. 

For the rest of the story, see the news release sent on behalf of Sierra Club and other environmental organizations in Washington and Oregon.

South King County Group Restores Habitat and Fights Coal

The South King County Group has a long-term commitment to restoring habitat along Soos Creek.Barred Owl Dan Streiffert

In spring 2014, for example, members of the South King County Group completed two service events at Soos Creek Park to address rebounding invasive flora at their past planting sites. They also helped with a large King County volunteer event in early September in support of our Soos Creek Park work.

The group received a $5,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to support purchase of plants and hog fuel. Two service outings in October and November included plantings and restoration using these new materials.

Here's more news about their volunteer work in south King County -- including what they're doing to fight coal!

Cascades Project Promoting Habitat, Wildlands, Recreation

By Charle Raines, Checkerboard Project Director

The Sierra Club’s Cascade Checkerboard Project works to maintain and restore wildlife habitat and quiet recreation in the Central Cascades. In the past year, there have made considerable progress despite some disappointments and further delays on critical conservation planning.

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Join our campaign for a Coal Free Washington!

Beyond Coal blue dot

Learn about Colstrip, the Northwest’s largest source of carbon pollution and one of the dirtiest power plants west of the Mississippi.

Click Here to read the recent Cascade Crest Winter article about this campaign's work.

Featured Local Group

Mt Baker Group photoLocal Sierra Club volunteers in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties are protecting our environment with their work to prevent coal exports, supporting Governor Inslee’s Climate and Pollution Action plan and more. 

See the Mount Baker Group’s story and how you can help. 

Click Here for details. 


Washington has 10 local groups operated by volunteers. Each group will be featured here in the future. To see the full list of Local Groups click Here.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Protections Bill Passed!

Granite-Bandera forest ALW Addns Sep2010

The Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club applauds the resolve and persistence of Senator Murray and Representatives Reichert and DelBene.

 The U.S. Senate passed the bill to protect vital additions to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness while also adding three new spectacular rivers to the our state’s Wild and Scenic River system. The House passed the package earlier.

Read the full news release. Click HERE.

Date Event More Information
Tue, 06/09/2015 Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

1124 2nd Avenue South, Edmonds, WA 98020
Wed, 06/10/2015 National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

180 Nickerson Street #202, Seattle, WA 98109
Fri, 06/12/2015 Hike Upper Dungeness River
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Upper Dungeness River, Olympic National Forest, Buckhorn Wilderness
Sat, 06/13/2015 to Sun, 06/14/2015 Chapter ExCom Retreat
10:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Vancouver WA
Sat, 06/13/2015 Spring Birds at Soos Creek Park
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

26432-26548 148th Avenue Southeast, Kent, WA 98042, USA
Wed, 07/01/2015 National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

180 Nickerson Street #202, Seattle, WA 98109
Sun, 07/12/2015 Outing: North Sauk River
10:00 AM

North Sauk River Trail, Carpool Options TBD
Wed, 07/22/2015 Chapter ExCom Meeting
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

180 Nickerson Street #202, Seattle, WA
Wed, 07/22/2015 Hike to Sourdough Gap
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

From Chinook Pass on Pacific Crest Trail
Fri, 08/21/2015 Hike Crystal Ridge
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Crystal Ridge on Crystal Mt Ski Resort Road off Hy410

North Olympic Exec Committee Meeting (Sequim)

Snohomish Group Meets (REI Lynnwood)

Water & Salmon Committee

Savor Your Soil: Know Your Compost!

South King County Group General Mtg

Soos Creek Park Restoration Event

Snohomish Group Meets (REI Lynnwood)

North Olympic Group Executive Committee Meeting

The Wilderness Act Led by Ruth Scott of Olympic National Park

Water & Salmon Committee (Seattle)

Free Screening of DamNation Film (Seattle)

South King County Group General Meeting

Soos Creek Park Restoration Event

Holiday Party (Seattle)

Snowshoe Walk (Stevens Pass)

Volunteers' meeting

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)

Beyond Coal Washington Task Force Meeting (Seattle)

The Extraordinary Ecology & Conservation of Marbled & Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Seattle)

Water & Salmon Committee meeting (Seattle)

Presser and House Hearing on the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act (Olympia)


Birding Walk (Conway)

Seattle Legislative Climate Action Forum

Olympia Legislative Climate Action Forum

Legislative Hearing: Oil Transportation Safety Act (Olympia)

The Wisdom to Survive: A Movie Night for Climate Justice (Tukwila)

Film Screening of Dryland (Spokane)

Mt Baker Volunteer Meeting (Bham)

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)

House bill hearing: SB 5874 / HB 2002 “The Closure of Coal-Fired Electric Generation Facilities”(Olympia)

North Olympic Group Executive Committee Meeting

Canceled Water & Salmon Committee meeting (Seattle)

Seattle ICO Volunteers and Supporters Night Out

Winter Waters 2015 – Restoring the Upper Columbia River (Spokane)

Captain Charles Moore, 'A Month in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

Soos Creek Park Restoration Event (Kent)

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)

North Olympic Group Board Retreat (Sequim)

Mt Baker Volunteer Meeting (Bham)

Water & Salmon Committee meeting (Seattle)

Stand Up to Oil trains public meeting (Camas)

SnoCo Together Community Skills Fair (Everett)

Meadowdale Park--Lund's Gulch Trail (Edmonds)

Free Movie Screening: Return of the River (Monroe)

Wallace Falls (near Gold Bar off US Hwy 2)

National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)

Monthly Leaders/Activists Meeting

North Olympic Group Executive Committee Meeting (Port Townsend)

Lake Ozette Outing (Olympic Peninsula)

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Everett)

Train Watch Planning Meeting (Everett)

Coal and Oil Train Count (Everett)

Wallace Falls (near Gold Bar off US Hwy 2)

Water & Salmon Committee meeting (Seattle)

Great Environmental Issues Slam (Seattle)

Diobsud Creek Rainforest Trail Maintenance, North Cascades

Shell NO: Seattle Draws the Line

Meet and Greet for volunteers and members (Spokane)

30th Annual Green River Cleanup

Soos Creek Park Restoration Event (Kent)

National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)

Juniper Dunes Wilderness Walk

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)

NOG Executive Committee Meeting (Sequim)

Water & Salmon Committee meeting (Seattle)

Chapter ExCom Meeting

Snohomish Group Volunteer's meeting (Edmonds)

National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)

Hike Upper Dungeness River

Spring Birds at Soos Creek Park

National Forest Committee Meeting (Seattle)

Outing: North Sauk River

Chapter ExCom Meeting

Hike to Sourdough Gap

Hike Crystal Ridge