Clean Up Day 2011: Eastern Mountain Sports

On September 13th, 2011, more than 100 volunteers from Eastern Mountain Sports, Briggs & Riley Travelware, EarthTec, NEMO Equipment, Jetboil, and Polartec came out to support the East Coast Backyard Collective.  This event was organized in conjuction with Eastern Mountain Sports' annual Anniversary Clean Up Day.

This great group of volunteers partnered with several local environmental organizations and spread out through the Monadnock region of New Hampshire to work on a variety of conservation and restoration projects.  To get an inside look at the work accomplished, check out this short video, thanks to our friends over at EMS.

Wilderness Bills Clear Senate Committee

Projects funded by The Conservation Alliance took an important step forward yesterday when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved five bills to protect more than 125,000 acres of Wilderness. Among the bills were three initiatives that would protect Wilderness in Washington, Oregon, and Tennessee, as follows:

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to add 22,100 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate parts of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers as Wild and Scenic.

The Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of 2011, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (both D-Ore.), to safeguard nearly 30,000 acres on Wassen Creek in Oregon’s Coast Range (map).

The Tennessee Wilderness Act, introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.), to protect nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest.

These bills now go to the full Senate for a vote, and then on to the House. While the politics for Wilderness in Washington are tricky right now, we are pleased that three of the campaigns we have supported have made progress.

The Condit Dam Breach: A Time-Lapse Video

Last Wednesday, the Condit Dam, on the White Salmon River in southeastern Washington, was breached. For more than 98 years, this 125-foot dam choked off passage to salmon and created a reservoir.  Work to remove this dam began 20 years ago.  In 1992, The Conservation Alliance provided funding to American Whitewater to start the process.  

Filmmaker and Conservation Alliance member, Andy Maser, captured this amazing time-lapse footage of the magnificent breach and the river’s primal tendency to return to its pervious form.

Ecologists are hopefully that the dam breach and resulting increase in water flow will restore the White Salmon River to the habitat it once was for fish, aquatic organisms, birds and mammals.

To learn move about this dramatic breach and the efforts put forth to make it possible, visit White Salmon Restored and American Whitewater.

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