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Conservation Alliance grantee Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) announced final success yesterday in its campaign to expand the boundaries of Nahanni National Park Reserve in Canada's Northwest Territories. Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced that the park's boundaries would be expanded by 7 million acres, the size of Vancouver Island. The Conservation Alliance twice funded the Nahanni campaign, and are pleased to celebrate this success with CPAWS.
The Governor of California is proposing to eliminate the general fund support of State Parks. This will have a devastating effect on California State Parks. It is anticipated that well over 200 parks will close after this summer if their proposal is put into effect – 80% of our great State Park systems. The closure will affect major parks including both parks and state beaches: Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Cuyamaca Rancho SP, Castle Crags SP, Humboldt Redwood SP are just a few. The economic, environmental and recreational impacts will be profound and long-lasting.
When the sun shines in Seattle it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Last Friday ConservationNEXT pulled together the third in a series of four Northwest Backyard Collectives on a beautiful, sunny Seattle day. Nearly 100 volunteers met in West Seattle's Lincoln Park for a full day of park restoration. The crews from Cascade Land Conservancy and Seattle Green Project organized us into two hard working groups.
Seattle Green Project had this to say about our group:
Conservation Alliance volunteers worked together to move 15 yards of mulch to help more than 250 far reaching newly planted native trees and shrubs retain more water to survive the summer. The group also made a huge dent in Lincoln Park's South Beach restoration project. They removed ivy and blackberry (roots and all) to restore a high value Madrone and conifer forest. It was a tough site with lots of ivy mass but the volunteers were persistent, enthusiastic, and most of all they did high quality work. In all, the group cleared about 5000 sq.ft. (just over 1/10th of an acre).
We couldn't have hauled the mulch that great distance or attacked so much ivy with out Conservation Alliance! Thank you.
We had a great showing of volunteers from a variety of Seattle based Conservation Alliance member companies. Those companies represented included Filson, Brooks, Stanley, Nikwax, Outdoor Research, Cascade Designs, Patagonia, REI, Teva and Clif Bar. All of the hard work was rewarded mid-day with a lunch sponsored by each of the participating companies, music by Micah Wolf and the opportunity to interact with local Conservation Alliance grantees. Folks from Cascade Land Conservancy, Alaska Wilderness League, American Whitewater, American Rivers and Washington Wilderness Coalition provided action alerts and updates to this hearty group and shared information about additional projects that are happening all over the state of Washington.
The next Backyard Collective is schedule for July 10 in Portland, Oregon's Forest Park. Stay tuned for details! Additionally to see more photos from the Seattle Backyard Collective on Flickr – click here and to see a bit of our media coverage you can link to the West Seattle Blog and KOMO 4 News.