Another Dam Removal on the Rogue Moves Ahead

Gold Ray Dam

Conservation Alliance grantee WaterWatch played a key role in securing a $5 million stimulus program grant to remove Gold Ray Dam, a defunct hydropower dam on the main stem of Oregon's Rogue River. With the removal of Savage Rapids Dam this year, Gold Ray Dam remains the last barrier to fish passage and recreation on the lower 153 miles of the river.

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What a Bash!: The Conservation Alliance Celebrates 20 Years

The Conservation Alliance celebrated our 20th Anniversary in style at the Outdoor Retailer trade show last week in Salt Lake City. Thanks to contributions from 21 member companies, we were able to pull together a fun evening event that featured live music from the Outdoor Industry All-Star Band and Pictures And Sound. Participants included Alliance leaders going back to the founding in 1989, representatives from our grantee organizations, and many, many new faces.

Check out photos from the event here.

Thanks for a real good time!

Montana Wilderness Bill Introduced

Conservation Alliance grantee Montana Wilderness Association reports that Senator John Tester introduced legislation on Friday that will protect nearly 700,000 acres of public land in Montana. The proposal would protect special wild areas in three parts of the state, and comes as the result of a stakeholder process that included conservation groups and the timber industry.

 Click here for the full story from the Missoulian.

Portland Backyard Collective: Trail Work in Forest Park


On Friday, July 10 employees from six Portland area Conservation Alliance member companies joined together for a day of trail restoration in Portland's Forest Park.  The work of nearly 50 volunteers from KEEN, REI, Columbia, Lizard Lounge, Horny Toad, Nau created significant results for the Forest Park Conservancy, our host organization.  In addition to these participating companies, this event was supported by Teva, Patagonia and Stanley. 

PByC Photo Collage

* 3 damaged trail signs replaced

* 1.15 miles of routine trail maintenance performed (brushing out, regraded and drainages cleaned)

* 2 turnpikes recrowned

* .35 miles of of old trail opened and reconstructed

* Stepping stones placed and anchored for stream crossing

* 150 native trees cleared of invasives

In addition to this hearty trail work, volunteers enjoyed lunch catered by Elephant's Deli and an after party at the Lizard Lounge featuring Micah Wolf and his kids performing live.  Conservation Alliance grantees Save Our Wild Salmon, Oregon Wild, Oregon Natural Desert Association and WaterWatch also joined in the work party and provided information to all volunteers about the work that is happening all over Oregon to protect our special, wild places.

For more photos from the day, click here to view on Picasa.

This was the final event in a series of four Northwest Backyard Collectives.  Our next Backyard Collective is scheduled for August 21 in Boulder, Colorado.

Way to go, Krissy!!!

photo: Justin Bastien 

Conservation Alliance Program Associate Krissy Moehl placed 2nd among women and 13th overall in the Western States 100 Endurance Race in California last weekend. She's pictured here with her mom just after crossing the finish line with a time of 19 hours, 26 minutes, 2 seconds. For those of you not in the loop, yes, people do run 100-mile races, and people like Krissy do it really fast. Fortunately for us, Krissy brings the same commitment to the Alliance that she does to her running.

 Congratulations Krissy!

Alliance Board, Staff Visit the Arctic

A group of Conservation Alliance board and staff members visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last week, exploring a spectacular Wilderness that is threatened by proposed oil and gas development. The group — including board members Adam Forest, Sally McCoy, and Steve Barker, and staffer John Sterling — floated the Canning River from the Brooks Range north to the Arctic coastal plain. The trip was organized by Zumiez founder Tom Campion, a champion of Arctic protection. The group encountered grizzlies, wolves, musk oxen, thousands of caribou, and a range of birds.

Click here to check out photos and video from the trip.

ANOTHER VICTORY: Oregon’s Metolius Basin Protected

Conservation Alliance grantee Central Oregon LandWatch has succeeded in its campaign to secure a protective designation for the 500,000-acre Metolius River Basin in Central Oregon. The new protections halts two proposed destination resort developments, and ensures a permanent ban on such developments in the future. LandWatch won these protections when the Oregon legislature passed a bill declaring the Metolius Basin an "Area of Critical Statewide Concern." The Metolius is legendary for its fly fishing, and for its headwaters, which literally spring from the ground at the base of Black Butte.

Click here for the full story from The Oregonian.

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