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Wild & Scenic Status Sought for the Nooksack


The Nooksack River is born among the glaciers and snowfields of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and the Twin Sisters Range. Its three forks roll down from the ramparts through shadow-dappled forest and verdant farmlands, sweeping past villages and towns, eventually flowing into the Salish Sea. The river is home to all five species of native salmon as well as steelhead ... Read More »

Reflections on Wilderness

Denali, Reflection, Mt. McKinley, Alaska, AK, Denali National Pa

Wilderness is to me like a home, a place of happiness and comfort. Not so much physical comfort; rather, an emotional comfort. There is a sense of wilderness as the way a place should be, with a natural feeling of everything there working as it should, not needing to be changed or “improved”. That house is in order. It was ... Read More »

Still Wild After All These Years: The Wilderness Act Turns 50


More than one hundred million acres. This is the quantity of designated wilderness lands in the United States of America today. This bounty is the result of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 3, 1964. The Act defines “wilderness” in language unusually poetic for legislation: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where ... Read More »

First Ever NW Run-Archery Classic to Debut in July


It started with what Kelly Kreiger describes as a “lightbulb moment.” Kreiger, who owns Hamster Endurance Running, had just returned from a biathlon at Whistler, full of enthusiasm for multisport events, when she found herself on a run on Galbraith Mountain with a good friend, who happened to be an archer. “Bingo,” she says. The Northwest Run-Archery Classic was born ... Read More »

Time to Play: Discovering Your Inner Ninja


There are great advantages to be reaped when people play together. That’s the simple premise of Adventura, an outdoor adventure playground in Woodinville, where either you’ll find your inner child, or your inner child will jump out and surprise you. Adventura offers activities, many of which revolve around its aerial adventure playground, that include climbing, zip lining, playing tag, obstacle ... Read More »

When Mount Baker Erupts: A Cautionary Tale


Note: This eruption story is one of only several possible scenarios for an eruption of Mount Baker. This one is based on the 6600 year old ‘BA’ tephra eruption, the largest from Sherman Crater in the geologic record. A lahar is generated. Certainly a number of other Baker variations could be told. Much depends on wind direction, height and volume of ... Read More »

Mebee Pass Lookout Restoration: A Labor of Love

photo by Steph Abegg

A group of intrepid volunteers spent this past summer restoring the classic Mebee Pass Lookout, located in the Okanogan National Forest west of Mazama, WA. The 80-year old lookout structure (abandoned by the Forest Service 60 years ago) had been saved from total collapse in 2002 by Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) members Barry George, Doug McKeever and Jerry Huddle, ... Read More »

Autumn Adventures at the Pickford Film Center


Fall has many gifts for us here in Cascadia. In the North Cascades, the alpine meadows are painted with autumn colors and the larch trees display their vibrant orange finery. Down by the shores of the Salish Sea, the nights grow crisp and the quality of light grows more intense as the sun’s arc carries it lower in the sky. ... Read More »