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Backyard Collective brings some sunshine to Seattle

July 26, 2011 by Deanna

 

The sun was shining and volunteers were all smiles on Friday July 22nd at The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective in Seattle’s Westcrest Park. More than 60 volunteers came out for the day from Outdoor Research, Nikwax, Brooks, Filson, Cascade Designs, Stanley, a brand of PMI, Clif Bar, Patagonia, and Runner Girl Races.

This great group of volunteers removed over 12,000 square feet of invasive ivy plant and created 23 tree survival rings.

 

 

 

The Conservation Alliance partnered with the Cascade Land Conservancy and The Green Seattle Partnership to organize the service project. After a day of park restoration, the volunteers celebrated their hard work with a picnic lunch and volunteer fair. Representatives from Conservation Alliance grantees, Cascade Land Conservancy, American Whitewater and Washington Wilderness Coalition shared additional ways these volunteers could support environmental efforts in their backyards.

 

Be sure to check out the next Backyard Collective in Portland on August 19th.

TAKE ACTION - OPPOSE THE WILDERNESS & ROADLESS AREA RELEASE ACT!

July 22, 2011 by Serena Bishop

TAKE ACTION - OPPOSE THE WILDERNESS & ROADLESS AREA RELEASE ACT!

Visit Trout Unlimited online action center and urge Congress to oppose the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011, a harmful bill which would damage fishing and hunting opportunities by releasing millions of acres of pristine backcountry to road development.

WHY WE CARE
Backcountry habitats on national forests and BLM lands are extremely important to achieving Trout Unlimited’s mission. Across the West, we have found that a significant portion of trout and salmon habitat is found in unroaded, pristine habitat.  Read the fact sheet (pdf). This bill would remove the protections for these vital habitats and open them up to road building and development.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1.         Please visit the Trout Unlimited online action center today and write to your Representative and Senators to urge them to reject HR 1581 and S. 1087.

2.        Also please consider calling your Representative and Senators, via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, and ask the switchboard operator to connect you to your Member’s office. Please tell the receptionist at your member's office that you oppose HR 1581, and S. 1087, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act and urge him/her to oppose it.

Update from Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests at 07/20/11 8:20 PM

July 20, 2011 by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  The Forest Society gratefully appreciates the $25,000 grant from the Conservation Alliance and its member companies for supporting our protection of a critical 52-acre property on Mt. Monadnock, in Jaffrey, NH, that is surrounded on three sides by conservation land, and provides key access to the Monadnock State Park. This easement permanently protects a trailhead and trail entering into the southeastern flank of Mt. Monadnock. Owner Charlie Royce is the former manager of the Monadnock State Park, and he and his wife Ann have dedicated their lives to the preservation of this mountain. 335 New Acres to be added to Mt. Monadnock conservation!The Forest Society has made an agreement with the Stowell Family to purchase two additional parcels totaling 335 acres not far from the Royce property, on the western side of Mt. Monadnock. The 248-acre Jaffrey parcel abuts the Forest Society's existing land which contains the trailhead for... Read More

The Peace Needs Your Help!

July 07, 2011 by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initative
The Peace River needs your help. As one of the most ecologically important and culturally rich valleys of the Y2Y region, the Peace River in northeast British Columbia provides critical habitat for wildlife, as well as a beautiful setting and productive agricultural land for its residents. Unfortunately, the Peace River is under threat. BC Hydro is proposing to put a third dam on the Peace River, at a location known as "Site C", which would have serious biological, environmental, agricultural and social ramifications on the wildlife, fisheries and communities that depend on the river. The consequences of implementing this dam are potentially going unnoticed. BC Hydro requested a provincial environmental assessment (EA) for the project. Unfortunately the scope of the provincial process does not adequately assess the issues associated with this mega-project. A federally-conducted environmental assessment with a joint federal-provincial panel review will, however, ensure that all of the issues... Read More

Update from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initative at 07/07/11 8:16 PM

July 07, 2011 by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initative
  On July 9, the Peace River will be bobbing with colorful canoes, kayaks, motorboats and other assorted watercraft. This year marks the 6th anniversary of Paddle for the Peace - staged upstream from Fort St. John, B.C., and designed to raise awareness about the threat posed by BC Hydro's proposed Site C dam. The historic Peace River rises in the Rocky Mountain Trench, carves its way through the Continental Divide into Alberta, and eventually forms part of the mighty Mackenzie River system. Already extensively flooded by the existing W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams, the stretch of river flowing from Hudson's Hope into Alberta is the only valley bottom that remains available to wildlife moving east and west along the river, and north and south through tributary canyons. Y2Y fears that a third dam will create cumulative impacts that could sever connectivity for large mammals in this narrow waist... Read More

Update from Deschutes Land Trust at 07/06/11 9:00 PM

July 06, 2011 by Deschutes Basin Land Trust
Skyline Forest: A work in progressJuly 2011The Deschutes Land Trust is currently working to conserve a massive block of land near Bend and Sisters, Oregon called Skyline Forest. This 33,000 acre former tree farm was historically known as the Bull Springs Tree Farm, and is one of several commercial timberlands in central Oregon threatened with conversion to residential development. Surrounded by state and federal lands, Skyline Forest contains important wildlife habitat, tremendous recreation opportunities and protects the scenic green foothills that set off the Central Oregon Cascades.  If protected, Skyline Forest would be the Northwest’s largest community forest devoted to sustainable production of forest products, jobs, wildlife, scenic views, and recreation.Skyline Forest is currently owned by Fidelity National Financial, through a holding company and these owners are engaged in long-term discussions with the Land Trust on the future of Skyline Forest.  Although we’ve been working to acquire the property since... Read More