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What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/16/14 2:33 AM


To me, Wilderness means we still have a place to go. A place to go immerse in pure, fresh water, a place to go sit on top of a ridge and watch the sun dip below the horizon, a place to go and enjoy the peaceful quietness of an alpine meadow on a sunny summer day. We still have a place to be us.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/15/14 1:37 AM

As a kid camping in the Wilderness on our annual father-son camping trips to Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, the grandeur of the untrammeled alpine has always been a source of inspiration, reflectiveness, and challenge for me. Since making my career as a Wilderness advocate, I have come to appreciate the Wilderness legacy that has been bestowed upon us by so many great conservation heroes: people like Olas and Mardy Murie, Aldo Leopold, and John Muir. Because of their vision, I can take my children to those same special places that my dad took me, and discover those places anew through their eyes.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/14/14 7:48 AM
Dale Lescher photo
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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/8/14 9:42 AM

I have spent my whole “adult” life guiding in the wilderness! The feeling that we have in this country is beyond words. Aren’t we so lucky that those with insight were able to put aside these lands in perpetuity, where man is “only a visitor?” It just seems incredible that we have these jewels for ourselves and future generations and they will remain essentially untouched. As has often been said, “They aren’t making that any more.”

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship, wilderness, The Wilderness Act, 50th Anniversary

Cutting Out Boxes

By Karly Copeland on 9/10/14 5:44 AM

by Travis Welch, WMI Program & Retail Store Manager

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Sustainable Roads Meetings!

By Tasha Block on 7/23/14 8:43 AM

Your voice was heard by Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest! Hundreds told the National Forest what forest roads matter most to them and they listened. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of public results forms to share the data collected from the sustainable roads public outreach meetings held last summer. Participants helped identify forest roads that mattered to them. The Forest is in the process of creating a sustainable road strategy to maintain the forest road system within budget for safe travel, use, administration and resource protection.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Sustainable Roads

By Tasha Block on 7/1/14 5:29 AM

Forest Service roads provide outstanding access to a breadth of interests from recreation to research to commercial activities. Faced with limited resources to maintain the large network of roads in Western Washington, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Sustainable Roads Cadre united in 2013 to research how the public uses the roads in this National Forest. The groups hosted community meetings in the Puget Sound area that attracted 224 people to speak about the roads they value most. An additional 1800 people filled in the online questionnaire, providing the Mt. Baker Sustainable Roads team with plenty of data with which to make appropriate recreation and stewardship decisions for the future. The groups are hosting a further series of meetings to discuss the results of the research and are inviting interested members of the public to join them. Check out your local event listed below!

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Indigenous Voices Speaking Out for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

By Tasha Block on 6/16/14 9:33 AM

Miho Aida is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and former NOLS field instructor. Please join her on Monday June 30th for the Skagit Valley screening of “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins – Gwich’in Women Speak." The film provides a platform for Arctic indigenous Gwich’in women to speak out and inspire audiences around the country to protect their sacred land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska from oil drilling. The short documentary won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Earth Port Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2013 American Indian Film Festival. Miho is currently doing a west coast tour on her bicycle to share her film!

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Stewarding the Mt. Baker area

By Tasha Block on 6/11/14 10:09 AM

The beautiful Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest lies to the north and east of the NOLS Pacific Northwest campus in Conway, WA. This area of alpine ecosystem wilderness serves as an amazing classroom for our North Cascades Mountaineering and Outdoor Educator Mountaineering Programs. Each summer the Forest Service looks for volunteers to serve as Mountain Stewards to help teach hikers and climbers in the area to look after and protect this beautiful area of the Cascades. For those from the Northwest, check out this amazing opportunity to give back here!

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Topics: Forest Service, Mt. Baker, NOLS PNW, Environmental Stewardship, Pacific Northwest

Third Grade Stewards Reseed Sinks Canyon!

By Caitlin Camilliere on 5/1/14 7:42 AM

Rake poles towered over a parade of third graders as they marched up a path to Sinks Canyon. Oh yes, the Gannett Peak Third Grade Stewards were at it again. This time, they returned to reseed the South-Facing slope of Fairfield Hill that was hit by last July’s forest fire. Lead by our trusty Park Rangers Darrel and Jamie, they headed up the path with rakes, seeds, and seed dispersers in hand.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Earth Day Celebration at Pushroot Community Garden

By Caitlin Camilliere on 4/17/14 8:38 AM

NOLS and Pushroot Community Garden are at it again! For this year’s Earth Day event, Rocky Mountain Intern Marisa OlGrady and Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Intern CC Camilliere are working together with Pushroot for a day filled with volunteering and spring cleaning!

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

NOLS at the LEED Platinum celebration in Billings, Montana!

By Leslie van Barselaar on 4/11/14 4:42 AM

WMI Director Melissa Gray and Assistant Director Shana Tarter represented NOLS at a LEED Platinum celebration hosted by High Plains Architects in Billings, MT. High Plains Architects were the lead designers for the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus. In addition to a recognition certificate from the Montana chapter of the USGBC, representatives for Montana Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh, and a representative for Governor Steve Bullock shared words of support for sustainable building.

* LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. http://www.usgbc.org/leed

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Triple Platinum

By Casey Adams on 4/9/14 6:36 AM

On April 10, High Plains Architects will celebrate the construction of three new LEED Platinum Certified buildings, one of which is our very own Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus!

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

NOLS Invited to D.C. to Support Recreation Enhancement Act

By Caitlin Camilliere on 4/3/14 10:37 AM

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), an act that directly impacts NOLS, is currently up for discussion of reauthorization in the House of Representatives. A member of the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability department is invited to Washington D.C. this week to add an outfitter’s voice to the discussion. As a recreational outfitter that holds many permits through our country’s federal land agencies, NOLS hopes for a swift and smooth passage of this bill.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Climate Change and the Ocean of the Northwest

By Chris Agnew on 3/24/14 3:00 AM

Following up on the glacier research blog post two weeks ago, the National Park Service has also released a video about the impacts of climate change on the coasts and intertidal biological communities of the Northwest. In this video Dr. Steven Fradkin, coastal ecologist at Olympic National Park, explores these communities on shore and by boat and discusses how the stunning breadth of biological diversity are indicators of environmental health.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship, Olympic National Park