New Conservation Voices
by Gordon Orians
The extent and nature of the world’s ecosystems changed more rapidly during the last century than at any other time in human history.Read more...
WA Business Leaders Support Public Lands Legacy
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 - Dozens of local CEO's and executives of Washington-based companies sent a letter to the key House and Senate Committees and the Washington Congressional delegation in support of a handful of public lands bills pending in Congress. The letter supported enacting a public land legacy for Washington State including legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate two Wild and Scenic Rivers near Snoqualmie Pass. The result is an impressive and powerful collection of 45 executives from around the state including leadership form the Seattle and Kittitas County Chambers of Commerce, The Tri Cities Economic Development Council, the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, Alaska Air Group, Tully's Coffee and many more. Read the final letter.
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Past Hikes Recaps
Saturday August 31st - Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail... with PACKGOATS!
Trip leaders Donna and Steve Semasko of Edelwiess Acres in Olympia outdid themselves on this trip! Bringing three pony-sized packgoats along, the group was entertained and charmed by the friendly ruminants from start to finish.
Saturday June 15th, 2013
This hike was great! Check out this feedback:
"My friends and I had an absolutely AMAZING time on the hike! The Lower Gray Wolf Trail was so beautiful. Tim was a wonderful guide. He was so patient with us, as this was the first hike for two of us. He was such a nice guy and he made us feel completely comfortable. There was not one single thing I would change. Everything was honestly perfect. I would really love for you to continue to email me with upcoming hikes. Thank you and I look forward to continuing on with these hikes."
"... about the hike- It was GREAT and that was because Tim is a fabulous guide. He is a walking encyclopedia of local knowledge, botany, wildlife, simply outstanding. My daughter and I had a great time. Please encourage Tim to guide more hikes, he is great!"
This hike followed the lower Grey Wolf trail through second-growth and old-growth forests. The group visited some ancient trees and hiked along a beautiful stretch of the wild lower Gray Wolf River. Lunch was next to the river, with the option of continuing past a high overlook and rejoining the river at Cliff Camp. Total distance was 5 to 8 miles round-trip (depending on group choices). It was hilly; elevation gain was 800 to 1,500 feet. Click here for a hike flyer.
The hike was led by Tim McNulty-Tim is a poet, nature writer, and longtime wilderness activist. He lives in the shadow of Gray Wolf Ridge.
Saturday May 25th, 2013 This hike was great! See our facebook page for photos.
This hike followed the recently refurbished Pratt Connector Trail in the proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness addition area. It starts by crossing the impressive arch bridge over the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and then heads southwest, following the Middle Fork downstream. This hike featured deep river pools, cliffside views, and an 8-foot diameter old-growth Douglas Fir! There were many spectacular lunch and rest stops on the river or under the thick mossy canopy, weather depending. Total distance was 5 to 8 miles round-trip (depending on the group's preferences). This was a relatively flat to slightly rolling hike. Click here for a hike flyer.
Court Says Mt. St. Helens Is No Place For A Mine
July 3, 2014 – A federal district court struck down the federal government's approval of a controversial mining exploration project on federal public lands adjacent to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The court found that the government's approval of the 900-acre project, which included 63 drill holes and would use 5,000 gallons of groundwater per day, violated numerous federal public land and environmental laws and was not consistent with the purpose for which the land was purchase by the Forest Service – namely conservation and recreation. Read more.
Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee
July 30, 2014 - The House Natural Resources Committee passed by voice vote the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361). The committee action marks the next step in a bill's road to becoming law after a companion bill passed the full Senate last year. However, a handful of unnecessary and problematic amendments were added to the bill in Committee. Read More.
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