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Monday, December 22, 2014

Apline Lakes Pale Celebration Challenge!

After seven years of hard work, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act passed Congress!  This legislation will protect over 22,000 acres of Wilderness and almost 40 miles Wild and Scenic Rivers.  As a result clean water, native trout, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, and downstream beer will all be protected now and for future generations.

To celebrate this important milestone and achievement years in the making, one of our Brewshed® Partners – Elliot Bay Brewing Company – has offered the beer and conservation communities a celebratory challenge: to raise $2,500 (we have made our Indiegogo goal $1,500 since we have additional internal methods to take donations) to support Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance and our conservation work as a whole.  When we meet this goal they will release a celebratory limited edition batch of beer, the Alpine Lakes Pale!
Donations totaling $2,500 or more will not only ensure the release of this batch but also support Washington Wild’s conservation work for the passage of Wilderness initiatives like Alpine Lakes. But there’s much more to it!  Elliot Bay Brewing Company has offered to generously donate $1 per pint sold of the ENTIRE BATCH of Alpine Lakes Pale, which will be on tap at all three Elliot Bay Brewing Company locations (West Seattle, Lake City, and Burien).  In addition, Country Malt Group and Hops Direct, LLC have both generously donated their product as an in kind donation that Elliot Bay Brewing Company will pass onto Washington Wild.  And if that isn’t enough, Elliot Bay Brewing Company will host a release party on February 19, 2015 in the aptly named Cascade Room at their Lake City Way location to celebrate both achievements!

The Brewshed® Alliance was initiated in 2012 and since then has reached over 2,500 people with the impactful message of the Brewshed® connection: protected water makes superior beer.  Our 28 brewery and beer community partners have joined us to help spread the word, but now they are challenging you saying, “It’s your turn to show that you received the message.”
We’ve seen unprecedented support of the Washington Brewshed® Alliance from the professional beer community.  And now we are celebrating the designation of the addition to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which directly protect the water source for Brewshed® partner Icicle Brewing Company.  This bill represents the quintessential Brewshed® connection, but it also represents a great opportunity: to celebrate a huge success for conservation and great downstream beer!
Help us raise $2,500 today with your tax deductible donation to show the community support of the Brewshed® connection and release the Alpine Lakes Pale in celebration of this great triumph!  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Passes Congress after Seven Years of Effort

Senator Murray hits another benchmark for Washington’s Next Generation of Wilderness

By Tom Uniack, Washington Wild Conservation Director 

After squinting to watch the streaming video on my computer of the U.S. Senate vote, a voice confirms an accomplishment seven years in the making. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act passed the U.S. Congress. Next stop President Barak Obama’s desk.

  The feeling was one of exhilaration, joy and relief after a long campaign resulting in 22,000 acres of additions to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and nearly 40 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers

Little did I know that feeling would nearly be eclipsed by another as my phone rang. On the line was the excited and steady voice of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), our senior Senator and the champion of the legislation in the Senate for the last seven years. “I just wanted to say thank you for all your work,” said Murray, “We would not be here without you."

Strong Congressional Champions
You may not know it by her stature and demeanor, but Senator Murray is arguably the most accomplished Wilderness champion in the U.S. Congress and one of the most patient, unwavering and dedicated champions for public lands our state has ever seen. Having worked with her in a leadership role on the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness (designated in 2008) and the Wild Olympics proposal (introduced into Congress this year), her kind words will resonate with me for years to come.   

On the Alpine Lakes legislation she had bipartisan help from key members of the Washington Congressional delegation.  Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA08) initiated the Alpine Lakes Wilderness additions and has been a tireless and relentless advocate for protecting this special place. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA01) inherited the Alpine Lakes proposal as part of redistricting and has been a passionate champion for Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers during her initial congressional term. Senator Maria Cantwell’s reputation as a strong conservation advocate and leadership role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee has been a great asset.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Rivers Additions
The Alpine Lakes legislation will protect an additional 22,000 acres of wilderness adjoining the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and add 10 miles of the Pratt River and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The legislation will protect clean water, native trout and world-class outdoor recreational opportunities in the closest mountain valley to the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

“With the proximity of the Pratt and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie rivers to the major urban center of Seattle, residents of the region have unparalleled access to an abundance of recreational opportunities on these world-class rivers,” said Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. “As someone who has explored hundreds of river miles across the country and around the world, I can confidently say that we have some of the most spectacular river resources of any place in the world.”

Next Generation of Washington Wilderness
While the Alpine Lakes Additions are the most recent cause for celebration, it is part of a focused statewide approach to protect additional Wilderness that began 15 years ago. On the shores of Lake Wenatchee in 1999, Washington Wild held a special meeting for Wilderness activists around the state to discuss and identify opportunities for new Wilderness designations, especially on national forest lands. The last Forest Service-designated Wilderness in Washington came in the 1984 Washington State Wilderness Act. 

Those discussions culminated in a seminal meeting in 2000 between the statewide Wilderness community and Senator Patty Murray about doing the groundwork to develop the first of several new efforts to designate Wilderness in Washington. 

Two years later, Senator Murray introduced flagship legislation to designate the 106,000 acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Ultimately it was signed into law in May 2008 ending a quarter century drought of new Wilderness designations on national forest lands in Washington State.    
In 2007, before Wild Sky was designated, Wilderness advocates worked to develop a proposal with Congressman Dave Reichert to add 22,000 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Later, Senator Murray would join Reichert to add Wild and Scenic Rivers designations for the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers to a bipartisan proposal.

As Alpine Lakes moved through Congress, Washington Wild and a coalition of Wilderness and river proponents on the Olympic Peninsula worked with Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA06) and Senator Murray to develop the Wild Olympics Proposal. The Wild Olympics proposal, which would designate 126,000 acres of new Wilderness on Olympic National Forest and more than 460 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers on the Olympic Peninsula, was most recently introduced into Congress in 2013 by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer. 

Underrepresented low elevation Wilderness
Washington Wild’s leadership on wild lands campaigns over the last decade has focused on protecting low-elevation wild lands that were by and large not protected by past Wilderness designations. Out of all the national forest wilderness areas previously designated statewide, only 6% of the total was considered low elevation (i.e., below 3,000 ft.). These underrepresented low elevation areas are a major focal point in the Next Generation of Wilderness proposals because they include:

         - Mature and old-growth forests.
      -  Salmon spawning streams and critical habitat for fish and wildlife
           - Multi-season recreational opportunities accessible to families spring, summer and fall. 

These critical elements support the unique quality of life we enjoy here in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. They are part of the reason why so many of us choose to live, work and play here in Washington State.
The recently designated Wild Sky Wilderness deliberately included close to one-third of its acreage as low elevation forests. Senator Murray referred to these critical areas as the “heart and soul” of the proposal during the Wild Sky campaign. About half of the acreage of the Alpine Lakes Additions is comprised of forests and watershed below 3,000 feet elevation

Washington’s River Renaissance
While Oregon has 2,000 miles of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, Washington has just 250 miles. Recognizing the potential to increase the number of protected miles through collaboration,  Washington Wild led a one-day workshop on November 8, 2008, to bring statewide Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River advocates together to discuss, understand and commit to the power of pursuing both Wilderness and river protections in public land proposals. Since then, Washington Wild has changed its name to reflect a broader focus on Wilderness and water protection. The Alpine Lakes additions were the first manifestation of this “river renaissance” with its inclusion of Wild and Scenic River designations for the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers. The Wild Olympics proposal, which was introduced into Congress this year, would designate more than 460 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Unbelievably, they would be the first designated rivers on this iconic landscape.

As we celebrate the passage of the second Wilderness bill in Washington State since recent efforts began in 2000, I am filled with hope and optimism for our future. As a result, we have nearly 130,000 acres of underrepresented low-elevation Wilderness and the first Wild and Scenic River designations in the North Cascades in 35 years.

None of this would have been possible without key leaders in our Congressional delegation, and above all the patience and leadership of Senator Patty Murray. Sen. Murray has been a great friend of Washington Wild, as she made clear in a recent video, and we look forward to continuing to work with her on Wild Olympics and other efforts to protect Washington’s wild lands and waters.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

What Does Wilderness Mean

A Reflection on Wilderness by Washington Wild volunteer, Avery Meeker

From the distant ‘kraa’ of the Raven, to the sharp alarm call of the Pica, the sound of the Wilderness is truly the best song I have ever known. In today’s world, wilderness is constantly being redefined because we live in the generation of globalization and rapid human expansion. The reach of air pollution and the faint echoes of human civilization constantly reach farther beyond our borders than ever before. To the settlers, this idea of wilderness was a haunting and scary place full of unknown. Its existence was thought to need taming, like an unpredictable beast, which could only be controlled by the mighty power of human kind. Now that we have harnessed its power, we must use it wisely and recognize its beauty is not everlasting.

As a student of both Environmental Science and Sociology at the University of Washington, wilderness to me represents a place of many memories and is the perfect example of the absence of human society. Separated from the social constructs of the city, wilderness doesn't follow the typical beat of societies drum. Wilderness is a land where natural systems write the laws and humans relinquish their power. Yet we give agency to its existence, we have feelings for it and we fight for its protection as if it is part of our families. And our home is exactly what wilderness is. Its harmonies serenade us when we listen with open ears, its colors beg to be observed, and its body breathes with the changing of the seasons. This wilderness constantly entices its viewer to pull out their binoculars and focus in on its majesty. In nature there is little control, which intrigues me beyond belief; it makes me yearn to understand its systems, to glimpse under it’s feathers and to search for its skin.

From my experiences as a volunteer at Washington Wild and as a student who resides in the beautiful cascade lowlands, I have learned the problems we face as stewards of the land are all within our own power to solve. The only one guarding the solution is societies’ own lack of recognition and motivation. We maintain the control over this shared destiny and it is encouraging to know Washington Wild is helping lead this movement. Each and every one of us must pull out our binoculars to search within our communities and ourselves for the answers. Sometimes the costs may seem personal and like a burden; however, I would contend there is no burden to knowing you are doing what is in your own power. We also must understand the rewards are broad, and will serve every generation yet to come. If we can fight these barriers we have imagined the rewards will be felt forever. From its wondrous skylines to its never-ending symphony, this home will always be most recognized by the warriors of the wild.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Capturing Wilderness

This year we hosted our third annual Summer Photo Contest.  We all know that pictures can’t do justice to being out in the wilderness, but they can be breathtaking all the same.  Each year we select from many competitive entries three photo contest winners.  The winning photos are professionally printed, framed, and then auctioned off as a key part of Wild Night Out, our annual dinner and auction.  Over the last three years this photo contest has raised almost $3,000 for conservation!

Before we get to the good part, and show you the photos, we want to offer a special thank you to our Photo Contest Sponsor, Blick Art Materials, who generously donated the framing of all three winning photographs.  Additionally, we would like to thank Panda Lab, Moonphoto, and the Color Group for the donation of printing.  And of course, we want to thank not just our photo contest winners, but everyone that entered this great contest!

First Place:

Second Place:

Third Place:

The selection process was highly competitive this year with so many more additional breathtaking photographs, but we could not choose them all!  Be sure to check back next summer for another opportunity to submit more great photos of why we work so hard to keep Washington wild and green!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wild Night Out 2014 Live Auction Catalog

Check out our amazing live auction line up you can bid on by attending Wild Night Out 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Mountaineers! Get your tickets today!

A Day in the Field with Nature Photographer Andy Porter
The winning bidder and up to two guests experience a day in the field with famed nature photographer Andy Porter along the Lake Anne - Maple Pass Loop.  See nature’s beauty through a new lens on this all day trip, which includes a guided tour and photo lessons!   Guests must provide food and transportation to and from Sedro Woolley (transportation to the trailhead is provided) on a mutual agreeable and weather dependent date.
Donor: Andy Porter
Value: $400

Camano Island Canopy Tour Zip Line Adventure
You’ve never seen the forest like this before! Zip your way through a canopy of the forests of Camano Island! Walking between the zips, you will learn about nature, wildlife and the rich history of the land. Clip in, relax and enjoy the ride with a view! Safety restrictions: weight between 65 and 300 pounds, at least 48 inches in height, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Donor: Canopy Tours NW
Value: $190

The beautiful Long Beach Peninsula offers 28 miles of
sandy beach and surf! 
Long Beach Peninsula One-Night Getaway
The Long Beach Peninsula is unbeatable! Soak in 28 miles of natural beach habitat just outside your hotel door at the dog-friendly Adrift Hotel and take a tour of one of the peninsula’s famed cranberry bogs! Tonight you’ll take home two bottles of Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice. And what goes well with cranberry juice? Delicious, locally and sustainably crafted Bluewater Distillery vodka! Adrift Hotel is a one-night stay, best available room, not valid holidays or event times, valid for stays Sunday through Thursday, must present gift certificate at check in. Expires Sept. 20, 2015.

Donors: Adrift Hotel, Starvation Alley Farms, Bluewater Distillery
Value: $285

WILD Weekend in Index 
Get in touch with your wild side in Index and experience the area just outside the Wild Sky Wilderness. This package includes one night of lodging in the Historic Bush House Inn, North Fork Skykomish River Whitewater Rafting (Class II-III), and a guided hike. It will be a weekend of adventure to remember while you also remember why Wilderness matters even more 50 years after the Wilderness Act!
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $599

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 18, 2015.
Donor: Sound Spirits Distillery
Value: $250

Hike in Wilderness with a Team of Pack Goats
This is a one-of-a-kind day hike to get on your 2015 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 2015 on a Saturday or Sunday; can accommodate up to six hikers; no minimum age; Donna will offer the winning bidder a choice of hikes closer to the hike time frame. Expires October 18, 2015.
Donor: Donna Ruelas-Semasko
Value: $240

(Bag in auction is not the bag in this picture)
Women’s Alchemy Goods Mystery Bag
Not only do you take home an Alchemy Goods bag made completely of recycled materials, but just wait until you peek inside! Treat yourself to top-of-the-line hair care products from Aveda, outdoor gear from Kavu and Love Bamboo and two-day passes for full entry to the women-only Ladywell’s Spa and Sauna in Greenwood which include access to soaking tubs, heat therapy rooms, the relaxation lounge, towels, lockers and filtered water! Ahhhhh! You’ll find over $100 worth of other surprises inside as well.                   

Donors: Alchemy Goods, Aveda, Chinook Book, Kavu, IanFitness, Nikwax, Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna, Love Bamboo
Value: $336

Smartwool Men’s Head to Toe Kit
This gift card is good for getting the perfect size for one men’s baselayer top and bottom, a pair of socks, a hat and gloves. Stay warm and cozy on the slopes, in the backcountry, on the trail or just in the comfort or your own home this winter with top-of-the-line thermal attire from Smartwool!
Donor: Smartwool
Value: $350

Smartwool Women’s Head to Toe Kit  
This gift card is good for getting the perfect size for one women’s baselayer top and bottom, a pair of socks, a hat and gloves. Stay warm and cozy on the slopes, in the backcountry, on the trail or just in the comfort or your own home this winter with top-of-the-line thermal attire from Smartwool!
Donor: Smartwool

Banya5 puts the "aaaaahhhh!" in spa!
Value: $350
Seattle Staycation Getaway
Begin your evening with a $100 gift card toward dinner at Seattle’s premier Asian restaurant, Wild Ginger. After enjoying a delicious dinner, head over to use your Banya5 Urban Spa pass good for five visits for a healthy hot and cold soak! Finish your night with a one-night stay in a luxurious room at W Seattle Hotel, good for two people any Friday or Saturday night. Wild Ginger gift card does not include tip or alcohol.
Donors: Wild Ginger, W Seattle Hotel, and Banya5 Urban Spa
Value: $700

Davenport Cellars 
Attention, wine lovers, wine snobs, wine aficionados! You don’t want to miss this! Win a private wine tasting party with wine and cheese or wine and chocolate pairings for up to 12 of your friends at Davenport Cellars located in Woodinville. Davenport Cellars is committed to crafting quality wines using the following tenets in winemaking. They source the highest quality grapes available; use a minimalist approach; pay attention to the details; handle the fruit and wine as gently as possible; and maintain traditional practices. The winning bidder also takes home a bottle of Davenport Cellars 2009 Continuity tonight to build the anticipation!
Donor: Davenport Cellars
Value: $329

Week-long Stay at Mount Baker Condo
Bask in the beauty of Mount Baker for ONE FULL WEEK at the closest accommodations to the Mount Baker Ski Area.  Your proximity will enable you to easily explore Mount Baker, Bellingham, or even Vancouver, B.C. with ease.  The condominium amenities include two heated pools, jacuzzi, sauna, four outdoor tennis courts, racquetball, squash courts, handball courts, wally ball courts, basketball courts and a fitness room.  You can choose to explore, or just stay in and relax. Weeks available include 12/12/14, 6/5/2015, and 8/28/15 and must be booked by November 1st to ensure availability. 
Donor: Andrea Matzke
Value: $850

K2 Sports Skis Gift Certificate
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 and does not include bindings.
Donor: K2 Sports
Value: $700

K2 Sports Snow Shoes Gift Certificate
Hit the trail this winter with a pair of Tubbs Showshoes! Explore the snow-covered forest and mountain air and stay in shape all winter long. Wild Sky Wilderness, the Olympics and Cascades, Methow Valley – enjoy the winter wonderland snowy splendor of 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 Sports
Value: $260

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.  Washington 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 18, 2015.
Donor: Mark Walters
Value: $1,000

Mazama Ski Excursion Getaway
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, 2015.
Donor: Mazama Country Inn and Methow Valley Ski School
Value: $950

Andy Porter Photography
Andy Porter Photography: Sahale Glacier Camp Smithsonian Museum Print
The Wilderness Act turns 50 years this year and the Smithsonian Museum, as part of the Wilderness 50 Celebration, is displaying the best pictures of protected areas under this powerful Act!  This autographed 15" x 20" canvas-wrapped print of Sahale Glacier Camp in the Steven Mather Wilderness, North Cascades National Park is on display in the Smithsonian - and could be on display in YOUR home!
Donor: Andy Porter
Value: $200

Mount Rainier Snowshoe Escape for Two
This full-day escape offers opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning and having fun! Old growth forests, frozen waterfalls, wildlife and river valleys connected to glaciers – you’ll see it all! Led by a naturalist guide, you will be driven from downtown Seattle in a bio-fueled Mercedes van or crossover and treated to morning tea and pastries on the way up the mountain. Enjoy a seasonal Cascadian lunch with local wine and afternoon snacks! Park entry fees, snowshoes and poles are included. All you need to do is show up and have fun! Expires May 14, 2015. Restrictions apply. Confirmation is subject to availability. No rescheduling within seven days of departure.
Donor: Evergreen Escapes        
Value: $450

Columbia Backpack Mystery Bag
This Columbia backpack that just keeps on giving! The winner of this Treadlite Performance Backpack has quite the surprise in store for them when they open it up! Inside you’ll find outdoor gear, a Mount Rainier hiking guide and credit for a session with one of Seattle’s best personal training facilities to help you get ready to tackle the outdoors! Also includes over $100 of surprises!
Donors: Columbia, Patagonia, Nikwax, IanFitness, Chinook Book, Ecosocks, Sasquatch Books, Petzl
Value: $320

Mariners Tickets and Dinner at Elliot’s Oyster House
Mariners and fresh local oysters? What a perfect Seattle day! Fill up on a delicious meal at the restaurant where Seattle goes to for seafood (valet parking included!), and then hit the ball game! These Charter Seats are just the first row behind the Diamond Club 9 rows back behind the on deck circle.  You are right in the middle of the action with great views of home plate and both dugouts. Seats are in section 132, row 9, seats 15 & 16. 
Donors: Michael Barcott and Elliot’s Oyster House           
Value: $295

X-Box One + Kinect and Project Spark
Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One. And now, Kinect has been completely re-engineered to take full advantage of all that Xbox One can do. It's more precise. More responsive. More intuitive. Its unparalleled voice, vision, and motion technology lets you reach into games and entertainment like never before. Automatically sign in when you enter the room. Accelerate through a game with subtle gestures. Or navigate through your favorite TV shows with the sound of your voice. It's an entirely new Kinect for a new generation of entertainment. To get you started, play “Project Spark.” “Project Spark” unlocks imagination and creativity like never before. It’s a powerful gaming destination where creation and play live seamlessly together. Build the supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games and worlds and share them with a global community. Dive in to the community’s collective imagination and start playing. If you dream of creating your own games and love to build your own stories, “Project Spark” provides a powerful creation engine that unlocks world building through intuitive sculpting tools to shape and paint a new world, as well as a simple yet incredibly powerful visual programming language to make anything happen. Be a part of the never-ending evolution of creation. Access the frontier of game creation. “Project Spark” is where players create and creators play.
Donor: Carla Villar
Value: $570

Two-Day San Juan’s Sea Kayaking Trip      
Washington offers many gems, some of which are islands.  Come visit the San Juans and learn to appreciate them- through camping, kayaking, and biking the San Juan Islands.  Come experience these beautiful islands like you never have before.  Restrictions apply – see gift certificate for details.      
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $699

A Bike For the City and Adventure
This bike is perfectly suited for your next commute to the office or trip to the beach. The sturdy cantilever frame and fun, modern graphics are distinctly Felt and will turn some heads wherever you are going. The balloon tires and upright handlebars make for a smooth ride and allow you to take in the scenery as the miles pass by. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination!Donor: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Value: $300

Apple Pressing and Dutch Oven Experience in Index
Traditionally seen as a campfire method of cooking, Dutch Ovens have become popular for home cooking as well, and once you've had some basic instruction and a chance to try it, you'll be preparing great dishes in no time! Heating coals, seasoning the cast iron, and calculating heating temperatures can put even an experienced cook out of their comfort zone, but we'll get you off and cooking in no time!   If that’s not enough you will also learn about apple pressing!  Come visit Index and learn a thing or two that will change you for back home!  See certificate for details and restrictions.
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $150

Brewshed® Growler and WABL Membership
Take home this one-of-a-kind growler celebrating the Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance! And don’t forget to bring it with you when you’re joining Washington Wild for a Brewshed® happy hour at one of our brewery partners’ tap rooms in the upcoming year! Fill it up with tasty, locally crafted beer made from clean pure water that flows out of wilderness areas Washington Wild works to protect. You also get a one-year membership to Washington Beer Lovers (WABL)! WABL’s mission is to build a community of local craft beer enthusiasts while pursuing an active, responsible, and social lifestyle built around Washington beer.
Donor: Fresh NW Design and WABL
Value: $135

Monday, September 29, 2014

4th Annual Craft Beer + Food Recap

Kendall Jones, Lyndsay Gordon (Washington Wild's Brewshed® Program
Manager), and Kim Jones celebrating a hugely successful event! 
This year Kendall and Kim Jones of the Washington Beer Blog chose Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance as the beneficiary of their 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food event.  We were happily overwhelmed by the support of people for this event, by the breweries and restaurants that attended, and for the enthusiasm displayed for our mission to protect Washington’s wild lands and waters. 

Taster glasses ready for the 300 event participants!

The event was a huge success and sold out in just four days!  Over 300 people arrived at Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle to sample superior local beer and bites from popular Seattle restaurants.  Guests were offered twelve different and exquisite pairings of local food from restaurants designed to accentuate and compliment their local craft beer counterpart.

Guests cast votes, at a dollar per vote, for their favorite pairings offered throughout the evening.  At 8:00 PM, voting jars were collected and people flooded to the Washington Wild table to tender their last minute votes for their favorite pairings.  The first place winner of the 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food People’s Choice award was Beardslee Public House, to open soon in Bothell, which provided both the food and beverage for their pairing.  Coming in as runner-up was Brewshed® Partner, Reuben’s Brews and Dahlia Bakery.
The tip jars for voting!

Craft Beer + Food raised over $10,400 for Washington Wild in one evening!  We offer a heartfelt thanks to all the people that made this event not only possible, but a huge success including: Kendall and Kim Jones, all of the volunteers, the Palace Ballroom staff, the participating restaurants, and of course the participating breweries, Brewshed® partners or not, alike!

Thank you to everyone for a great event!  

Our Brewshed® Volunteers during the 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food Fest.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Why Protecting Wilderness Matters

-->By Washington Wild TIPS Intern Evelyn Newman

We all have our own predisposed notions of the world. When we are young our minds are molded by those around us; our parents, our mentors. The ideas and beliefs are others, not ours.  It is not until we are older that we truly start understanding the world for ourselves.  
I first became concerned about our planet at the age of twelve. I always knew about global warming and deforestation, but it didn’t really hit home for me until such time.   
During that point of my life, I was obsessed with Orangutans. I can’t exactly explain why I felt such a powerful connection to them. Maybe it is the fact that they are so human like in their emotions and actions; Orangutans share roughly 97 percent of our DNA. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that there are now less than 6,600 left in Sumatra, and less than 54,000 in Borneo ( It is thought that these amazing creatures are to become the Great Apes to go extinct; I felt like it was my duty as an individual to protect them.

By concerning myself with protecting Orangutans, I unknowingly propelled myself into the bigger picture of protecting the wilderness. It made me realize how much the planet offers us and how I couldn’t stand idly by and watch it degrade. Washington Wild is trying to stop that very thing.

Washington Wild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement. By educating, empowering and mobilizing our communities, Washington Wild builds powerful grassroots networks that help protect wild lands throughout the state.  Washington Wild is the only conservation organization for Washington State and since our founding 1979, we have protected over three million acres of wilderness.

Though Washington Wild is a locally focused organization, their mission can still be understood on a larger global scale. My time with the organization and seeing the work they do to protect our wild lands and waters in Washington state has shown me that we cannot keep living the way we live without consequences, that something has to be done to better our future. Washington Wild is making this happen.

Friday, May 30, 2014

First Annual Brewshed Alliance Pub Crawl Was a Huge Success!

Washington Wild held its first annual Seattle Beer Week pub crawl on May 15, 2014, with Brewshed®
WA Wild Outreach Coordinator with Mike Hale of Hale's Ales
Alliance partners, Peddler Brewing, NW Peaks Brewing and Reuben’s Brews. At nearly 40 people, the event was a resounding success! 

Beer lovers and wilderness fans alike turned out for the “crawl” through the breweries of our Ballard Brewshed® Partners. Participants ranged from out-of-towners who were happy to get a walking tour the Seattle brewery scene, to beer aficionados and aspiring brewers such as those from Flying Lion Brewing Company opening this summer in Columbia City, to longstanding successful pioneers of the local brewing industry in the state, such as Mike Hale of Hale’s Ales.

Beer and cake!
Others, like Evan Escamilla, saw the opportunity as a trifecta of fun: support a good cause, drink beer with good friends and celebrate a birthday! (This definitely called for cake.)

He said, “For myself and many of my friends, [the pub crawl] was our first exposure to the organization. I'm hopeful that some will remain active and consider donating or participating in a Brewshed® pub crawl again in the future. Thank you for being a great cause.”

We started at Peddler Brewing Company with discounts and cake.  Then we moved to NW Peaks Brewing where owner Kevin Klein created a specialty brew in honor of Washington Wild, and we ended at Reuben’s Brews where some crawlers shut the place down.

All three breweries have been enthusiastic supporters of Washington Wild’s efforts to educate the
These pub crawlers are opening Flying Lion Brewing this summer!
public on the direct link between the protection of Washington’s water sources and the protection of the state’s high quality beer.  Haley Woods of Peddler Brewing Company recorded a testimonial this month that summarized the valuable partnership between Washington Wild and Peddler that ran on the Seattle-based radio station KEXP.

Haley stated, “Breweries might be a nontraditional ally in conservation, but we’re a completely natural one.  Like all brewers, Peddler Brewing Company is highly dependent on clean water, because clean water makes better beer. [Washington Wild’s] work to protect headwaters in wilderness also protects downstream water quality.”

The Washington Brewshed® Alliance continues to grow in momentum and popularity.  Our Outreach
Crawlers enjoying a beer at Peddler!
Coordinator Lyndsay Gordon whose job allows her to combine her two passions in life – beer and wilderness conservation – is working around the state to engage Washington brewers and their patrons in joining the Brewshed® Alliance and supporting the work of Washington Wild. The Brewshed® Alliance currently consists of 16 breweries and two beer community partners and still growing.

If you missed the pub crawl in May, you can more than make up for it by attending Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Beer Festival on Thursday, July 31, at Hales Ales in Fremont. With our Brewshed® Alliance brewery partners pouring at the event, this is an event for beer lovers that is not to be missed, so get your tickets today! We will have a raffle and other surprises to come.  To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming Brewshed events, sign up to receive the monthly update. Email Lyndsay Gordon at

The crowd ends the evening at Reuben's Brews.