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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bainbridge Island Brewshed Connecting Generations through Wilderness

Taproom at Bainbridge Island Brewing during the Brewshed® Happy Hour.
A Reflection: By Lyndsay Gordon, Washington Wild Outreach Coordinator

On February 27, the Washington Brewshed® Alliance visited Bainbridge Island Brewing, giving Washington Wild an opportunity to reach a more remote portion of our membership.  The Brewshed® event at Bainbridge Island Brewery allowed us to meet with the community.  We were thrilled to have both members and volunteers come out and join us for a few pints and support both the Washington Brewshed® Alliance and our conservation work.   The event successfully updated people on the Wild Olympics bill in Congress, raised money for our conservation work, engaged members and continued to build Brewshed® relationships.

View of Bainbridge Island from the ferry with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
 However, this event offered even more to me as an individual than it did as Washington Wild’s Outreach Coordinator.  It gave me a reason to visit the community my dad grew up in and the island he grew up on for the first time in my life.  I have lived in Washington State all my life, but only one of my parents grew up here.  My mom is from Colorado, and despite the distance, I saw her childhood home at a very young age. Until the Brewshed® Happy Hour for Washington Wild last month, I had never even set foot on Bainbridge Island, let alone seen the house my dad called home as a kid.  This event gave me the excuse that I apparently needed to call him up and ask him to finally show me around the beautiful island community where he grew up.

View of the Olympic Mountains from my Dad's childhood home.
My dad went to college in the seventies and has rarely been back to the island since.  In that time, the community and the physical structures have changed dramatically, but some aspects of the island are still the same.  There are still beautiful stretches of forest along the sides of the road, but his high school was replaced by a superior building.  The house he grew up in is still standing, but the lot next door that used to be a park is now someone’s home.  The most striking part for me that remains, however, is the view from my father’s childhood living room.

When I was growing up, my dad would often mention the view from the home he grew up in, and his voice would be wistful as he lost himself in the picture it brought to mind.  It took him over 25 years to show me, but he frequently mentioned wishing that I could see it -- because only then would I understand.  He described how the sunset would sparkle off the water at low tide and how, as kids, they’d chase after the light in the muddy shallows close to shore.  He spoke of the mountain in the distance that towered over the water as a constant backdrop, almost like a guardian.  I have an overactive imagination, but when I was standing there looking at the Olympic Mountains across the water, I realized even my imagination couldn't capture what his words tried to describe.  He grew up with a view that can hardly be captured in pictures or words.

Staring out across the water at the breathtaking mountains with blue herons flying overhead, the inter-generational aspect of Washington Wild and all other conservation organizations truly struck me.  Since my dad left the island, so much had changed about this small island community.  Now there is a lavish shopping center, small homes like his have been taken down and replaced with bigger ones, vacant lots are now occupied, a closed off bunker area is now a park, and of course, the island now has its very own high-quality brewery.  But one thing was the same.  The wilderness across the water was still there, providing the beautiful and breathtaking view. 

I go backpacking with my father annually, so we have shared some amazing experiences in beautiful landscapes together.  But this was different, because I was seeing something that enchanted him regularly as a child.  For once I could actually see what my father’s eyes saw as a child, quite literally.  That astonishing landscape-view of a mountain over the water that defied both words and pictures was part of my family history.  For the first time, sharing a view of nature was truly between generations, because the view was from my dad’s life before I existed, yet it became part of mine in that shared moment.  In that shared experience we communicated between generations.
Board walk during Lake Ozette hike on the Olympic Peninsula.  This trip was a week later and displayed the wilderness.  On this trip we saw deer, elk, blue herons, oyster catchers, bald eagles, and a fox in addition to the beautiful forest and coast.
Wilderness, like that across the water from Bainbridge Island on the Olympic Peninsula, is the legacy we leave behind for future generations.  By permanently protecting over 100,000 acres of Wilderness, the Wild Olympics bill, if passed, will protect the opportunity for parents to share with their kids the amazement they also felt as a child.  It’s not just about protecting Wilderness for the next generation, but also to protect a way of connecting between generations.  What humans build we regularly take down, the buildings get remodeled and replaced.  However, the Wilderness we protect today will still stand connecting generations through time.
Great Blue Heron on the coast.



                

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brewsheds Starting Strong in 2014!

Washington Wild's Washington Brewshed® Alliance is starting off strong for 2014!  It should be a great year for the Brewshed® Alliance as it continues to take shape.  We have several plans to expand the Washington Brewshed® Alliance initiative for both our brewery partners and our beer loving members.  If you are interested in getting added to an event and update list specific to the Washington Brewshed® Alliance please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lyndsay at lyndsay[a]wawild.org to be added to the electronic mailing list.
January 30th from 4pm - 9pm (open to close!) at Peddler Brewing
1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107
Peddler Brewing LogoThe first Brewshed® event of the year is back to one of our already supportive brewery partners!  We filled the room last time and really enjoyed both the beer and the folks at Peddler and are aiming to do all that yet again.  Come back out and visit them with us again.  As usual, $1 per pint will be donated to Washington Wild, but this time it is graciously for their entire open to close of that Thursday.

February 27th is Bainbridge Island Brewing from 5:30-7:30pm
9415 Coppertop Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Bainbridge Island Brewing LogoWe are excited to be adding new Brewing partners to the Washington Brewshed® Alliance starting with Bainbridge Island Brewing in February.  Bainbridge Island Brewing recommends folks take the 4:40pm ferry over for the event.  There are easy public transit options from the ferry to the brewery on the way there, however, the way back may involve carpooling or other means of transportation to the ferry.  We will keep you posted as we organize further for transportation.  Come out and see an absolutely beautiful part of Washington State and enjoy some absolutely fabulous beer (you know it will be worth the trek)!  All pints bought during the two hour event will earn Washington Wild a $1 donation.  
March 20th is back to Reuben's Brews
1406 NW 53rd St #1A, Seattle, WA 98107
Reuben's Brews Logo

Again we are excited to be meeting up again with our partners from 2013 and carrying the initiative forward into 2014.  If you didn't make it out the first time, or if you did, join us this time at this small, family owned brewery in Ballard.  Cheers to, as they say, bloody good beer!  All three events will be donating $1 per pint sold during the event time to Washington Wild!  So cheers to good water making even better beer!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brewshed Updates!

Big News! 

Washington Wild has adopted a Brewshed® Alliance logo, courtesy of designer Kate Hourihan. Kate entered Washington Wild’s Brewshed® logo contest and then patiently worked with us to make it absolutely perfect.

A bit more about Kate:
Kate has worked as graphic designer for almost three years and has a background in Fine Arts. She has a strong passion for all things outdoors, particularly backcountry skiing. Her favorite "wild" place in Washington is anywhere on Mt Rainier or Mt Baker- as long as skis are under her feet. Kate feels there is no better way to end a long day in Washington's beautiful backcountry than with a cold local brew. This contest was right up her alley! You can learn more about Kate on her website katehourihan.com

Thank you to all of the designers who entered the Brewshed® logo contest!


BREW Seattle

Washington Wild will be joining the crowd at the inaugural BREW Seattle beer tasting event on November 14th to talk up our Brewshed® project. Hosted by Seattle Magazine, this event will showcase 21 breweries at the forefront of the local indie brew boom. Tickets are on sale here.
When: Thursday, November 14th 6:00-9:00pm
Where: AXIS in Pioneer Square, 1st Avenue South


Brewshed® Happy Hours

Brewshed® Happy Hours are going strong! Every month we partner up with a different Washington microbrewery to highlight the fact that our State’s clean water makes delicious beer. In October we met a super crowd at Black Raven Brewing Company in Redmond and we’re tremendously grateful to them for hosting us.

Brewshed® Happy Hours on Tap:

Kulshan Brewing Company  
Date: Sunday November 3rd
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Kulshan Brewing Company (2238 James Street, Bellingham, WA 98225)

Fremont Brewing
Date: Thursday December 12th
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Fremont Brewing (3409 Woodland Park Ave N Seattle, WA 98103)

$1 for every pint sold during the Brewshed® Happy Hours is donated to Washington Wild for watershed protection work!

Many thanks to those who've joined us for a pint at a Brewshed® Happy Hour over the past year - the Brewshed® project is gaining momentum because of you!

Last but not least...

Check out the sweet Brewshed write-up on the Washington Beer Blog!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Scenery at Mt Adams Wilderness: Backpacking to High Camp

Trail to High Camp
This post is comes to you from a Portland, OR teen, Jayson S.  Jayson submitted the powerful narrative, photos, and video below as part of Washington Wild's Youth Voices program.  We have no doubt that Jayson is poised to be a positive influential force in the conservation and recreation worlds (or, heck, wherever he chooses to end up) and we hope that he continues to explore wild places and share his stories. 

From Jayson:

I am a 16 year old High School student from CCS in Portland, Oregon. I value good education. I am an outdoor enthusiast and love hiking in Washington State, including the South Cascades, Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, Olympic Mountains, Enchantment Lakes, and the North Cascades. I am in full support of wilderness designation of the Dark Divide as well.

During the summer of 2013, I went camping with my family and friends to Takhlakh Lake, in the beautiful South Cascades of my favorite state, Washington. I compiled a video to show to others the scenic beauty found at the Mount Adams Wilderness.
Link to video: Beautiful Scenery at Mount Adams: A Spectacular Hike To High Camp 


Why I think Mount Adams needs protection:

Windswept High Camp below Mt Adams
Mount Adams, one of Washington great volcanoes of the Cascade Range, is often left in the background behind its more well-known neighbors, Mount Hood, St. Helens, and Rainier.  This is most likely because Mount Adams is apparently located just a little too far east of any major population centers, like the Seattle-Tacoma and Portland-Vancouver metro areas.  Nevertheless, Adams is a very impressive mountain, and I believe it ranks with volcanoes all around the world.  Adams stands at 12,281 ft, making it the second highest mountain in the Cascades north of California; and, when measured in terms of eruptive volume, it is the second biggest volcano in the Cascade Range, second only to California’s Mount Shasta.  Adams is characterized by brilliant, colorful, flower-filled meadows that even rival the famous wildflower displays found at Mount Rainier.  Mount Adams is the source of many tumbling creeks and waterfalls, and dense, old growth forests on it's gentle, lower slopes.  Numerous varieties of species of wildlife call this mountain their home, and many of these animals are endangered too.



Mount Adams, undoubtedly a trophy of the Pacific Northwest, a spectacular icon towering over its surrounding landscape, looks like long ago it should have received national recognition, yet apparently only about a third of Mount Adams’ entire volcanic bulk is safe inside the protective boundaries of the Mount Adams Wilderness Area.  I would like to see in future years that the Mount Adams Wilderness be expanded to include some highly important and critical areas to hikers, the flora and fauna, and the source of clean water sources surrounding the mountain.  What I hope to see in the future is that some of the high-elevation, old growth forested areas directly to the north of the mountain around the lower Adams Creek, Takh Takh Lava Flow, Green Mountain, and Potato Hill be permanently protected.  I also hope to see that the Mount Adams Wilderness boundary be expanded all the way down to Forest Road 23; and a separate section of wilderness protecting the (already heavily logged) Sleeping Beauty Peak area.  Let’s not forget the High Lakes Area centered around Takhlakh, Horseshoe, Olallie, Council, and Chain of Lakes, which I believe should be designated officially as the "High Lakes Scenic Area," thereby recognizing its scenic nature critical to recreational activities, including camping, hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, berry picking, and fishing.  One other concern is the vast old growth forests on the southern slope of the mountain, already impacted by logging, insect infestations, and forest fires---the most recent, the Cascade Creek Fire, burned over 20,000 acres of old growth, beetle-infested trees and subalpine forest up to the timberline level, adding on to the previous 6,000 acre Cold Springs Fire in 2006 that burned the south side as well.  The south side is very special---the “Big Tree” is a huge ponderosa tree, one of the biggest trees of its type in the world. It has a diameter of seven feet and stands at a lofty 202 feet tall.


Probably the best step in moving towards the future protection of this mountain is allowing people better access to exceptionally scenic areas that they might otherwise never see. (i.e. the east side, or “The Gap.”  Seeing pictures is one thing, but when someone sees it with their own eyes, they will end up caring for it with a much stronger vigor and passion.  So building more trails within the Mount Adams Wilderness, such as exploring key areas around High Camp and that lake just above it, Adams Glacier-Lewis River Meadows, Crystal Lake, as well as trails exploring the incomparable and rugged east side of the Mountain, within the Yakima Nation Mount Adams Recreation Area, and building short viewpoint hikes along the upper Lewis River area would be a huge benefit to not only thousands of hikers who hike Mount Adams every year, but also it would help pave the way for future projects, making it a great step forward in the current, and future advancement of environmental protection on Washington’s second tallest volcano, Mount Adams.


Peaceful Mt Adams reflection
Here are some photographs I took, found at my photo gallery:
http://fluttershyismagic.deviantart.com/gallery/ 

Thank you for taking your time to read this. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!



Acknowledgements
Jayson was inspired by a map pamphlet, Washington's Mount Adams Area Map (c)2001, by Darryl LloydLearn more about Mr. Lloyd's work here: http://www.longshadowphoto.com

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wild Night Out 2013: Live Auction Items!

Check out our live auction catalog! Make your wish list and get that bidding arm ready for the big night, October 19, 2013!


Steven Fey Framed Wild Sky Photography
Wild Sky Wilderness protects 106,000 acres of forests, rivers, valleys and mountains, and Washington Wild made it happen! Celebrate the five-year anniversary of Wild Sky Wilderness by taking home a framed Steven Fey original of the West Cady Ridge in Wild Sky Wilderness. Wild Sky is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream! One hour outside of Seattle and surrounding cities, it offers world-class rafting, fishing, rock climbing, and many miles of hiking trails. Hang this print in your home to celebrate and enjoy Wild Sky when you aren’t out there experiencing it first-hand! Size: 24” X 28” framed, 16” X 20” image.
Donor: Steven Fey Photography
Value: $625




Explore San Juan’s Whale Getaway
Begin your journey with four guest passes to Friday Harbor’s Whale Museum and an orca adoption package. Then you’re off for a three-hour whale-watching tour for two where you could also see not only orcas, but also porpoises, seals and perhaps even a gray whale! Enjoy a two-night stay in a water-front cabin at beautiful Lonesome Cove Resort, one of the best hidden treasures of the San Juan Islands! San Juan Safaris whale watching tour is not valid June 5, 2014 – September 5, 2014. Lonesome Cove Resort stay is good for October – March only, redeem in 2013 or 2014.
Donors: Lonesome Cove Resort, The Whale Museum and San Juan Safaris
Value: $587






Orvis Clearwater 5-Weight 9” Fly Fishing OutfitWith all-new profiles and tapers taken directly from award-winning Helios technology, the 9-foot 5-weight Clearwater combines lightweight power with exceptional line control, resulting in a true multipurpose rod for trout bums and beyond. Rod outfit includes: Clearwater 905-4 Fly Rod; Clearwater LA II Reel – Black; Clearwater Fly Line weight 5 – Yellow, 125 yards of 20lb Dacron backing, Cordura rod tube.
Donor: Orvis
Value: $295




Register Your Trademark and Protect Your Brand!
Are you a small business owner who has never gotten around to protecting the name of your company with a state or federal trademark registration?  Do you have dreams of starting your own business but have no idea how to select a trademark and register it for protection?  Look no further! The winner of this item receives trademark procurement services and counseling from one of the area’s top lawyers practicing in this evolving area of the law.  WA Wild Board member, Mark Walters, will conduct a “knock-out” search of US Trademark filings providing preliminary clearance for your name.  Depending on the search results, Mark will also file a trademark application seeking to register your trademark with the appropriate state or federal registry.  Furthermore, Mark can provide advice if the search turns up a conflicting trademark. This item includes one government filing fee for one class of goods and services using standard goods and services descriptions ($275) as well as time required to complete the search and application for trademark (about 1.5 hours of time).   Expires October 19, 2014.
Donor: Mark Walters
Value: $1,000


WINE FRENZY!
1. 2006 Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California, and 2006 Saint Aubin 1ER Cru Grand Vine de Bourgogne
Donor: Roger Mellem
Value: $125

2. 2006 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Napa Valley, California, and 2006 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. You also receive a Lifetime Membership in The Vintage Select Club at McCarthy and Schiering Wine Merchants!
Donor: Roger Mellem
Value: $225

3. One mixed case of wine from Columbia Winery, Washington’s oldest premium winery.
Donor: Columbia Winery
Value: $192

4. Bottle of Davenport Cellars (Woodinville) wine with a private wine tasting for 12: includes a winery tour, barrel samples and choice of artisan cheese or chocolate truffles.
Donor: Davenport Cellars
Value: $324

5. Seattle Magazine One-year Subscription and Wine
Donor: Seattle Magazine
Value: $150

Sound Spirits Distillery: Ebb and Flow Bottle of Gin and Distillery Party
Take home a tasty bottle of Sound Spirits gin, amazing to sip but also crafted to bring out the best in classic cocktails, with a rich balance of flavors: herbal, citrus and spice. But you aren’t just taking home one of the best bottles of gin on the market. You also get a PRIVATE PARTY for 15-20 people at the distillery including a tour, tastings and a few mixed drinks! Guests must be 21+. Party will be held on a mutually agreed upon date, Sun-Thurs, 5pm to 8pm. Expires October 31, 2014.
Donor: Sound Spirits Distillery
Value: $250



Mazama Country Inn and Ski Lessons ($950)
Enjoy three nights for two at this mountain lodge, located at the edge of the Pasayten Wilderness. You will be surrounded by half a million acres of virgin timberland and mountains offering a wide variety of recreational activities and a place to retreat deep into nature. In keeping with the peaceful setting, there are no phones or television sets in in guest rooms although wireless internet is available throughout the lodge. Who will need WiFi though, when you are taking ski lessons for two from at the Methow Valley Ski School? Whatever your activity, you will enjoy an excellent restaurant, hot tub/sauna, pool and other facilities. Restrictions: Not usable during holidays. Expires October, 2014.
Donor: Mazama Country Inn and Methow Valley Ski School
Value: $950




Skis Gift Certificate from K2

No matter what your skiing style, K2 has the gear for you! Whether you’re into groomers, freeride or backcountry, experienced or novice – this certificate will ensure that you have the best gear on the mountain. Details: Gift certificate is redeemable only for one pair of either men’s or women’s flat skis. Product, size, color, etc. are subject to availability.
Donor: K2
Value: $700





Leavenworth Getaway
Enjoy a two-night stay in a Leavenworth Vacation Home right on the banks of the Wenatchee River! This modern home on two acres has a gourmet kitchen and over 100 feet of low-bank river frontage! It is two miles from downtown Leavenworth, is easy access to trailheads in the Enchantment Lakes wilderness and sleeps up to eight guests. Relax in your beautiful riverfront home, and then get ready for a Class III whitewater rafting adventure for two people and barbeque beach party with Osprey Rafting Company! For dinner, enjoy $50 to spend on fine Germany-style food and Northwest-style draft beer at München Haus and Icicle Creek Brewing Company!  No expiration dates for the München Haus gift card, Osprey Rafting Company. Leavenworth Vacation Home expires and does not allow smoking or pets.
Donors:  Tim and Liz Overland, Osprey Rafting Company and Munchen Haus/Icicle Creek Brewing Company
Total Value: $350



Mushroom Foraging Expedition with Professional Mushroom Hunter
If you don’t fancy yourself a mycophile now, you certainly will be one by the end of this lucrative excursion into the woods! Journey into a local Washington forest professional mushroom hunter, Jon Hall, where you’ll search for a bounty of regional, indigenous mushrooms like the coveted morels or scrumptious chanterelles! You’d have to pay top dollar for these in a restaurant or at the store, but Jon will show you how to find them on your own. Transportation is included. Trip can accommodate up to four people. Gift certificate is valid for fall or spring mushroom season at a mutually agreeable time.  
Donor: Jon Hall
Value: $400




San Juan Getaway
Treat yourself to a peaceful two-night retreat for two on San Juan Island at Inn at the Woods Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy lovely rooms, private baths, outdoor hot tubs and complete breakfasts in a location perfectly situated for island exploration. Then you are off for a three-hour guided kayak tour (gift certificate is for one person) with Crystal Seas Kayaking! Enjoy the beautiful sights of the island from beyond the shoreline. You could see bald eagles, seals, porpoises and maybe even an orca! Inn at the Woods expires May, 2014. Crystal Seas Kayaking expires August 31, 2014.
Donors: Inn at the Woods and Crystal Seas Kayaking
Value: $485





Crown Bees Farming Kit
Pollinate your garden and help the bee population with this bee farming kit by Crown Bees! You will receive a Chalet Mason Bee House Kit to position in your yard and raise your bees. In the spring, you’ll meet a Crown Bees Bee Expert at your local location to receive your year's supply of bees. Your love for bees doesn't have to stop at one year, five, or even ten; with Crown Bees, you have the opportunity to farm bees for however many years you desire. Bidder requirements: Must live between Arlington, Puyallup, Bremerton and Port Townsend. Must use no pesticides in yard. Must place the house on the southern wall of house, barn or shed. Must have exposed clayey-mud (a simple hole in the ground will suffice). Must be willing to pick up and drop off bees and/or equipment at prearranged location nearby.
Donor: Crown Bees
Value: $400



Seattle Staycation Getaway
Begin your evening with a $100 gift card toward dinner at Seattle’s premier Asian restaurant, Wild Ginger. Then, travel to Banya 5 Spa with five guest passes! Treat yourself five times or invite four friends for a unique blend of old world wellness of Turkish steam rooms and Russian saunas in a modern setting. Finish your night with a one-night stay at W Seattle Hotel, good for two people any Friday or Saturday night. Wild Ginger gift card does not include tip or alcohol. Hotel gift card expires October 19, 2014, and is not good New Year’s Eve or on other special events.
Donors: Wild Ginger, Banya5 Spa, and W Seattle Hotel
Value: $700





Snowshoes Gift Certificate from K2
Snowshoeing in the wilderness is the perfect way to get outside and chase away the doldrums of winter! Explore the peaceful snow-covered forest and mountain air and stay in shape all winter long. Wild Sky Wilderness, the Olympics and Cascades, the Methow Valley – enjoy the winter-wonderland snowy splendor of all these places this winter! Details: Gift certificate is redeemable only for one pair of Tubbs Snowshoes. Product, size, color, etc. are subject to availability.
Donor: K2
Value: $260










Hike in Wilderness with a Team of Pack Goats
This is a one-of-a-kind day hike to get on your 2014 hiking calendar! Explore the outdoors with Donna Ruelas-Semasko and her team of pack goats. These sure-footed, furry friends are both charming and helpful on the trail! Lunch will be included. Hike should be scheduled for spring or summer in 2014 on a Saturday or Sunday; can accommodate up to six hikers; no minimum age; Donna will offer the winning bidder a choice of hikes and items closer to the hike time frame. Expires October 19, 2014.
Donor: Donna Ruelas-Semasko
Value: $240




Car Camping Package from Coleman
This package has it all for the car camper enthusiast! You’ll get a four-person instant set-up tent, two warm-weather sleeping bags, one propane Instastart camp grill, a 40-quart wheeled cooler, a pair of chairs to relax in and a set of grilling utensils. All you need is the vacation time to get your trip started!
Donor: Coleman Outdoor Company
To
tal Value: $555

RESTAURANT FRENZY!

1. Space Needle ($125)
2. Elliot’s Oyster House ($200)
3. Poppy ($100)
4. John Howie Restaurants ($150)
5. Veraci ($100)


Washington Wild Growler
Take home this one-of-a-kind growler that celebrates your favorite wilderness and river-protecting organization in the state, Washington Wild! Washington Wild is taking the lead in working with micro-breweries around the state to be stewards of clean water since their tasty product depends so heavily on healthy rivers and watersheds. Be a part of the Brewshed Alliance by taking home this beautiful growler and filling it up at any of our Brewshed partners’ taprooms!
Donor: Fresh Northwest Design
Value: $90

Monday, August 12, 2013

International Youth Day

What is your first memory of being in a wild place? How old were you when this memory was created? Who was with you? Do you remember certain smells or what the weather was doing?

For many of us, these memories impact our behavior as adults, which is why Washington Wild is working hard to protect the “next generation of wilderness” in Washington: the low elevation forests and wild rivers that were left out of the initial round of wilderness protection in the 1970’s and 80’s. The potential to experience wildness in Washington’s forests and rivers is exceptional, and future generations deserve to have these wild places available to them.


 

Monday, August 12, 2013, is International Youth Day, an awareness day designated by the United Nations that happens every year on August 12th. It is an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. Thus, we are drawing attention to the youth issue of involving young people in wild land and water protection.

In Washington Wild’s Spring 2011 newsletter, then 20-year-old Aberdeen native Levi Olden expressed his thoughts on wildlands protection,

“In wilderness, you get to learn about your friends, about yourself, and about what it is you really care about. It is my time in these wild places that helped me realize what I wanted to do with my life. This is an issue that should matter to my generation, because if we protect these places now, before they are lost, they will be there for our future children and their children. I want my future generations to have the same experience that I did."

  It is clear that youth learn in wild places: they learn about themselves and gain a sense of reverence and understanding about the places they visit. They create lasting memories, form bonds with wild places and want to get out there more often. This alone is cause for celebration! In many instances, trips to wild places also create a natural connection to taking ownership of one’s environmental impact during “in town” life. Ultimately, personal connections to wild places lead all of us, young and old, to a desire to protect these places for future generations to enjoy.

To demonstrate how youth enjoy nature and to engage them now in thinking about why Washington’s wild places are worth protecting, Washington Wild has started a new Youth Voices Project. We ask that youth between the ages of 5-21 go into the wild with their friends and family and have fun. Go hiking, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, backpacking, climbing, or whatever activities they like to do in the wild. Then, once they’re home, we would like them to create something that shows how amazing the trip was. We would like to see paintings, drawing, poetry, stories, photography, and other displays of creativity that show how much fun you had and why the place you visited is worth protecting. 

There are millions of wild acres to explore in Washington and boundless ways to express how special those places are – the Youth Voices Project has no limits!  
To submit work to the Youth Voices Project, email your work (or a photo of your work if you sculpted, sewed, or built something) to christine@wawild.org. Please include your age, phone number, the town you live in, and a brief description of your work.

All photos in this article are from 16 year-old Youth Voices participant, Erikka O. A resident of Burlington, WA, she recently captured all of these photos while backpacking and canoeing through North Cascades National Park as a participant in a program with the North Cascade Institute that focused on developing leadership and stewardship skills. These photos were taken in Mazama Campground and on Baker Lake.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

To Catch a Wolverine in Washington’s Wilderness

by Teddi McFall

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, but to me, a summer intern here at Washington Wild, the pictures I help collect leave my friends speechless. This summer as a hobby with my boyfriend, I set up cameras to capture pictures of wildlife around Washington State.

A common interest in environmental science and the outdoors brought Rob Holbrook and me together. We both enjoy being in and studying nature, as we are both working towards bachelors degrees in Environmental Science at UW and WWU.

Edmonds Community College’s LEAF school program taught Rob how to track and set up wildlife cameras. These cameras use motion sensors as well as infrared light to take pictures of moving animals in day or night. Rob soon bought his own wildlife camera and included me in creating a blog to post the pictures we wanted to capture.

A bear wanders into the view of the camera
Our blog, “Wolverines of Washington,” is a fun project we are doing this summer aimed at collecting pictures of fauna that we normally cannot see while hiking. The ultimate goal is to capture a picture of a wolverine, a muscular hunter-scavenger of the weasel family that under a current proposal, may be declared an endangered species. This animal is adapted to snowy, high elevation regions and is facing large threats due to climate change. Therefore, we make finding one of these rare animals the ultimate accomplishment for our blog.

In order to find the large, charismatic fauna that we are looking for (bears, wolves, wolverines, etc.), we use research reports to find the ranges of the animals and at what elevations to find them. Using this information, we find areas that will give us the best results and hike up the camera, bait (chicken legs), a bait casing (made of chicken wire and zip ties), a hammer, nails, and red fox urine to work as lure. We usually look for signs animals have been in the area like tracks, fur, or tree markings. After nailing down or hanging the bait and casing, we attach the camera to a tree and leave it there for at least 2 weeks.

The massive anticipation while hiking back up to retrieve the camera is what makes this project so exciting. It’s after you actually see these animals in their habitat that you realize how important protecting them really is. We hope to spread awareness of species’ habitat depletion as well as wildland protection through the pictures we collect. Not everyone wants to find bear markings or take pictures of mountain beavers, but it is something I am proud of and am learning a lot from this summer.