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Field Notes: Seattle Backyard Collective

July 25, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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The sun was shining for the third Backyard Collective event of 2014 held Friday, July 18, in Seattle, Wash. The Conservation Alliance and its Seattle area member companies teamed up with Forterra to organize a day of trail work and restoration in beautiful Discovery Park.

More than 100 volunteers representing Conservation Alliance member companies, including: Brooks, Eddie Bauer, Filson, Nikwax, Patagonia, Perpetual Motion NW, REI, Stanley, and The North Face came together for a day of intense trail work, while learning about Conservation Alliance grantees, including American Rivers, American Whitewater, Save Our Wild Salmon, The Wilderness Society, and Washington Wild during a lunchtime volunteer fair along with other local organizations Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Washington Trails Association.

"The Conservation Alliance member companies are consistently some of the most productive volunteers we work with all year, and we always look forward to this event," said Andrea Mojzak, Forterra's Green Cities Project Manager.  "This year the volunteers removed over 5,000 square feet of thick blackberry, spread burlap and mulch over 3,300 square feet, decommissioned 100 feet of trail, created over 30 feet of new trail, and replaced rotting steps.  The volunteers accomplished all of this of this with big smiles and most importantly, having fun.  A big thanks to all of the volunteers from Green Seattle Partnership, Seattle Parks, and Forterra." 

 

As part of their Don't Drip and Drive campaign to test 10,000 vehicles for engine leaks, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance conducted leak testing during the event and provided results to participants as well as provided incentives to get their leaks fixed to reduce engine leaks on roadways, a major contributor to polluted runoff in Puget Sound.

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"As the owner of Conservation Alliance member Perpetual Motion NW, representing member companies Black Diamond, Gregory, Farm to Feet and Ibex, it was an honor to participate in the Seattle Backyard Collective last week," said David Egan. "We had a productive day at Discovery Park, and it was a great opportunity for my staff and me to give back to the local community, and to work alongside other Conservation Alliance member companies. Our collective efforts are an investment not only in the outdoor places where we play, but also in the sustainability of our industry."

The Alliance launched the Backyard Collective Program in 2008 to connect individuals in the outdoor industry with the work of organizations that receive financial support from the group. The Backyard Collective moves that action to the field, and gives people a venue to get their "hands dirty" for the sake of conservation.

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"As first time attendees, Eddie Bauer was thrilled to be working alongside our peers in the Seattle outdoor community," said Damien Huang, Senior Vice President of Design and Merchandising for Eddie Bauer.  "The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective event series reinforces everything positive about the outdoor industry and our commitment to maintaining open spaces for people to enjoy."

The Conservation Alliance plans to organize additional Backyard Collectives this year in Bend, Portland, and Boulder, Colo. For more information about this event, please contact events coordinator, Brook Hopper brook@conservationalliance.com, or 805-340-5034.

Success: 320 Acres on the Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River

July 24, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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This grantee update is courtesy of Patricia McCleary from the Smith River Alliance.

On July 18th, the Smith River Alliance and the Six Rivers National Forest secured permanent protection of 320 acres along the Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River for public recreation access and habitat protection.

The Siskiyou Fork is a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Smith, located about 10 miles upstream of the town of Gasquet, California. The project protects spawning and rearing habitat for salmon, steelhead, and Coastal cutthroat trout, which are Forest Service Sensitive Species. The project also provides new public access within the Smith River National Recreation Area.

The project is part of an eight-year campaign to add 5,300 acres to the Smith River National Recreation Area, known as the Hurdygurdy Project. With the completion of this phase, the total number of acres secured is 3,705. Hurdygurdy Creek is a significant spawning and rearing tributary for salmon and steelhead and it's one of the most productive salmon streams in the Smith River National Recreation Area.

A special acknowledgement to our partners, including the American Rivers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Trout, California Wilderness Coalition, Del Norte County Fish and Game Advisory Commission, National Wildlife Federation, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Salmon Restoration Federation, Save The Redwoods League, Sierra Club, The Conservation Alliance, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, Trout Unlimited, the Wild Salmon Center and individual supporters! www.smithriveralliance.org

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014 Events

July 22, 2014 by Serena Bishop

Headed to Outdoor Retailer in August?  Support The Conservation Alliance and get great deals on gear from our member companies at the show. Download a copy of the event schedule here.

 

Protection of 320 Acres along the Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River

July 22, 2014 by Smith River Alliance
On July 18th, the Smith River Alliance and the Six Rivers National Forest secured permanent protection of 320 acres along the Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River for public recreation access and habitat protection. The Siskiyou Fork is a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Smith, located about 10 miles upstream of the town of Gasquet, California. The project protects spawning and rearing habitat for salmon, steelhead, and Coastal cutthroat trout, which are Forest Service Sensitive Species. The project also provides new public access within the Smith River National Recreation Area. The project is part of an eight-year campaign to add 5,300 acres to the Smith River National Recreation Area, known as the Hurdygurdy Project. With the completion of this phase, the total number of acres secured is 3,705. Hurdygurdy Creek is a significant spawning and rearing tributary for salmon and steelhead and it’s one of the most productive... Read More

Write to President Obama

July 21, 2014 by Tuleyome
PLEASE SIGN A POSTCARD OF SUPPORT ASKING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PERMANENTLY PROTECT THE BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN REGION!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN!  ... Read More

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs into Stiff Opposition

July 16, 2014 by Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
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The Klamath-Siskiyou region in northwest California and southwest Oregon is home to the largest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the U.S., outside of Alaska. The rivers and streams of this unique landscape are its circulatory system - pumping the lifeblood that is water - to all edges of the region. Headwater streams to two of the region's most iconic Wild and Scenic Rivers - the North Fork Smith and Illinois - are at risk of being turned into an industrial wasteland where open-pit mines, haul roads and smelters mar the landscape.

Jefferson Public Radio recently profiled the mining threats to the pristine waterways in the Kalmiopsis wildlands.  KS Wild is working with a coalition of conservation groups to protect more than 60,000 acres of wildlands on the outskirts of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness from mineral exploration. The Conservation Alliance has played a big part in this campaign and has been extremely helpful in supporting KS Wild's grassroots organizing efforts. Just last month we delivered more than 6,000 signatures to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's office in Portland, asking him to introduce legislation to protect the headwaters of the North Fork Smith and Illinois Rivers. If you haven't yet signed on, please consider doing so today

This photo is courtesey of Nathaniel Wilson from the Northwest Rafting Company. The photo was taken on the North Fork of the Smith River. One of its headwaters is Baldface Creek, which has one of the more pressing mining threats. 

Wild Olympics Campaign featured on "This American Land"

July 09, 2014 by Serena Bishop

 

The Wild Olympics Campaign and the local effort to safeguard clean water and old growth forests are highlighted in a new episode of "This American Land", a national TV program on PBS. The segment features interviews with a number of Olympic Peninsula community members working to permanently protect ancient forests and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers.  

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have introduced legislation to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of ancient and mature forests on Olympic National Forest as wilderness, and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and major tributaries as Wild and Scenic. The bill is aimed at permanently safeguarding critical salmon habitat, outdoor recreation and sources of clean drinking water for local communities. Backed by over 450 sportsmen organizations, local elected officials, business owners, conservation & outdoor recreation groups, and members of the faith community, the measure was crafted with considerable local stakeholder involvement over several years.

Thomas O'Keefe, the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director at American Whitewater, helped roll out the Wild Olympics Campaign in 2010. Our members have supported Tom and AW's effort with two grants in the last four years.

Watch and share the Wild Olympics segment on the American Whitewater Facebook page before it airs on PBS in August.

25th Anniversary Celebration: August 7, 6-10 PM

July 08, 2014 by Serena Bishop

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Live Music, Dinner + Drinks

The Conservation Alliance turns 25 this year, and we are celebrating by throwing a party for our friends in the Outdoor Industry.  Yes, that's you! Please join us for live music by The Infamous Stringdusters, and dinner and drinks from Caffe Molise on Thursday, August 7, from 6-10 p.m. at The Lot (115 S. West Temple), directly across the street from the main entrance to the Salt Palace.

The first 500 people to the event will get a 25th anniversary trucker hat, produced and donated by Patagonia, and a stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glass with our 25th anniversary logo.

Pick up your invitation at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast on Thursday morning, August 7. 

Wilderness Haiku Slam! 

Poetry? At a party?  Heck yeah! We challenge you to participate in the festivities by submitting a crowd-pleasing 5-7-5 about Wilderness. A panel of carefully-selected haiku experts will choose the top three submissions and the audience will choose a winner. Merrell will contribute $1,000 to the Conservation Alliance grantee of the winner's choice.

Get your haiku on!

California's public lands are economic engine for our state

July 07, 2014 by Tuleyome
 Guest commentary: California's public lands are economic engine for our state By Kevin Cleary, guest commentary © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted:   07/05/2014 California's public lands hold a very important place in my life. I have spent many days riding my bike, hiking and celebrating special occasions with family and friends in places like Muir Woods and Tahoe National Forest. Built into these naturally beautiful areas are invaluable memories created over my lifetime. From Mt. Shasta to Death Valley and from the coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the redwood forests, these special places are part of every Californian's way of life, contribute to our economy, and make our state a great place to live and raise a family. That is why the protection of public lands is personally important to me, both as a businessman and as a husband, son and father. While California is widely recognized... Read More

Lake Berryessa deserves protection

July 03, 2014 by Tuleyome
 Lake Berryessa deserves protection By Andrew Fulks Yes, Lake Berryessa should be protected. Many people are not aware of the ecological importance of Lake Berryessa and why the lake is worth protecting as part of a National Conservation Area or national monument.A study prepared by the Nature Conservancy shows that Napa County, including the Lake Berryessa area, is a biodiversity hot spot within California. To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot, a region must be threatened, meaning it must have 30 percent or less of its original natural vegetation, and it must also have at least 1,500 endemic plants found nowhere else on the planet. In other words, Lake Berryessa is part of a landscape which is irreplaceable.In addition, the lake lies between the U.C. Quail Ridge Natural Reserve to the south, Cedar Roughs Wilderness to the west, Knoxville BLM lands to the north, and the BLM Berryessa Peak unit to the... Read More