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Dec 11 2017

Preserving the Magic of the Pacific Northwest

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Preserving the Magic of the Pacific Northwest

By Jim Whittaker, 1st American to Summit Mt. Everest and former CEO of REI Washington State’s public lands are a legacy worth protecting. I should know as someone who grew up in West Seattle and graduated from Seattle University before taking the opportunity to explore the world. I have looked down from the top of […]

Dec 10 2017

Wild Profile: Bob Brenlin

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Wild Profile: Bob Brenlin

Thanks to his exceptional commitment to protecting Washington’s wild lands and watersheds, Bob Brenlin was presented with the 2017 Brewshed® Award at last year’s Wild Night Out.  A Washington Wild Brewshed Alliance partner since 2014, Bob has found creative ways to bring awareness to public land issues and develop fundraisers to support Washington Wild’s conservation […]

Dec 10 2017

Wild Profile: Brad Meissner

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Wild Profile: Brad Meissner

Seattle-area attorney Brad Meissner recently wrapped up seven years on Washington Wild’s Board of Directors.  Brad, a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, grew up hiking and backpacking on the uncrowded trails of Central Montana’s “island” mountain ranges.  “In rural Montana, we had wilderness-quality lands close to home, and it wasn’t uncommon to hike all day without seeing […]

May 16 2017

Defending Our Public Lands

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Conservation News, Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Defending Our Public Lands

By Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) President Theodore Roosevelt told us, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.” These words remain as true today as they were a hundred years ago. But this message bears repeating […]

Dec 6 2016

Protecting Washington’s Wilderness Legacy

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Protecting Washington’s Wilderness Legacy

By Daniel J. Evans, Former WA Governor and U.S. Senator Tucked in the Northwest corner of the continental United States, Washington State is often forgotten by the rest of the country. However, after a visit to witness the snow-capped peaks of Rainier, ancient forests of the Cascades and coastline of the Olympic Peninsula, most carve […]

Jun 1 2016

An Outdoor Life Well Lived

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
An Outdoor Life Well Lived

By Marc Berejka, Director of Government & Community Affairs at REI Two young fish say “hello” as they swim past an older one.  Smiling, the older one says, “the water sure is nice today, isn’t it?”  They smile back, swim on, and then look at each other wondering, “what’s water?” Sometimes you can be so […]

Oct 1 2015

Finding Common Ground

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Finding Common Ground

By Dan Rankin, Mayor of Darrington The town of Darrington is in my soul. My grandfather settled in the valley in 1920. My father was raised skiing and hiking the mountains. I was raised fishing the same creeks as my grandfather. My children and I now explore the same mushroom patches, following generational history. Nestled […]

Mar 18 2015

A Business Plan for Washington’s Wild Lands

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
A Business Plan for Washington’s Wild Lands

The strong response from business leaders in support of protecting local Wilderness and public lands through Washington Wild is not a philanthropic act. It is rooted in sound economics and good business. Recent research has confirmed what business owners in Washington have known for some time, that quality of life issues, like access to wild lands and waters or historic destinations, are key to attracting top talent to our region.

Apr 1 2014

Brewshed Connection in Action

Brewshed Connection in Action

By Pamela Brulotte, Owner of Icicle Brewing Company Sitting on a sunny patio amidst the beautiful, wild scenery of Leavenworth drinking a local craft beer makes it easy to appreciate the benefits of wild lands and waters. From here, we can’t see our water source that helps create the craft beer of Icicle Brewing Company, […]

Oct 1 2013

Our Public Lands Legacy

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Conservation Voices, WA Wild Blog
Our Public Lands Legacy

By Congressman Dave Reichert On September 28th, our nation celebrated National Public Lands Day, showing appreciation for all public lands that offer recreational opportunities to our families and an economic boost for our communities. Our great outdoor spaces and activities are one of the many benefits of living in this beautiful state. It is up […]