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Posts Tagged ‘wilderness’

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Coyotes maybe the species most adept at adapting to changing habitats, climates and human activities. These tricksters thrive where other predators pass away.   One story stands out in my memory. I don’t remember the exact words—they don’t matter—but the story sticks with me: Long before European settlers touched foot in the Pacific Northwest, back [Continued...]

Sportsmen Descend on DC to Save Bristol Bay

Sportsmen Descend on DC to Save Bristol Bay

The following is a guest post available to all outdoor bloggers who have an interest in the Pebble Mine/Bristol Bay issue. Please feel free to you use it on your blog. Photo by B.O’Keefe Sportsmen fly to DC to tell president and congress to say no to Pebble Mine Starting Monday, April 16, more than [Continued...]

Where the Wild Things Are: Black Bears

Where the Wild Things Are: Black Bears

Now that photographic proof confirms the return of grizzlies to the North Cascades, it’s easy to lose let our other resident bruin slip from our minds. But black bears deserve our full attention. These beautiful beasts inhabit every bit of our state, including many of our most urban neighborhoods. Geographically, Washington is the smallest of [Continued...]

Spring in the Desert

For a Northwesterner, getting away from the late winter rains can be a requirement for continued sound mental health. My work as a Communications Expert (?) with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provided the perfect opportunity for me to escape south into the sunshine this month. The annual National Air Quality Conference (NAQC) – [Continued...]

REVIEW: Apps add to outdoor adventures – Hiking Edition

REVIEW: Apps add to outdoor adventures – Hiking Edition

(First published in Seattle Times NW Weekend October 14, 2010) At times, technology enhances the wilderness experience. Today’s smartphones, for instance, allow me to carry in my pack a wide range of nature guides so I can quickly identify birds, beasts, wildflowers and stars — with minimal weight. Readers seem to agree, with many e-mailing [Continued...]

Glacier Peak Wilderness Gains a Ridge

Glacier Peak Wilderness Gains a Ridge

Start up the Suiattle River Trail and continue on past Sunnybrook Camp. Stay left at the next junction, and after climbing through some of the most spectacular hillside meadows in the North-Central Cascades, you’ll find yourself on Miner’s Ridge, between the old Miner’s Ridge Lookout (6,210-feet) and Image Lake (6,050 feet). That hasn’t changed in [Continued...]

Christmas comes early for conservation program

In a move that would have made Tim Burton’s Jack Skellington proud, Congress gave conservationists a Christmas gift this Halloween! After years of frighteningly low levels of funding, Congress gave an incredible gift this Oct. 30 to the Department of Interior – most notably, the National Parks Service and the vital Land & Water Conservation [Continued...]

Washington’s Wolf Recovery Plan open for comment

Gray Wolf Conservation and Management | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) titled: Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for Washington. This is a non-project review proposal. Non-project review allows agencies and the public to focus on issues that are [Continued...]

Red Rocks Wilderness Act Gains Ground

It seems Utahns may get what they want, despite the stonewalling behavior their own congressional delegation. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representative’s Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands heard testimony concerning America’s Red Rocks Wilderness Act. This comprehensive wilderness designation package would protect sensitive wild areas of Utah [Continued...]

Review: PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

Review: PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

DISCLAIMER: As an historian and outdoor recreation professional, I’m doubly biased here. Still, I firmly believe Ken Burns’ newest documentary series represents his best work ever. The six-part series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” covered the history of the national park service from the creation of the world’s first national park (Yellowstone, established in [Continued...]

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