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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wild Profile: Gray Madden, Filson

Gray Madden

President at Filson

The Pacific Northwest is well known for its abundance of wild places and easy access to world class recreational opportunities. Not surprisingly a number of outdoor industry leaders call Washington State home. One such company is Filson which has developed, sampled, cut and sewn its unfailing outdoor gear from their headquarters in Seattle’s SoDo district since 1897.

The President of Filson, Gray Madden, understands the connection between protecting wild places and outdoor recreation. “Wild places inspire us to achieve, appreciate and respect. These values are part of Filson’s century old heritage which started right here in Seattle,” said Madden. “Supporting Washington Wild is a natural fit for us—they serve to protect the stunning landscapes and world class recreational opportunities that contribute to the high quality of life of our region.”

Filson’s commitment to protecting wild places is demonstrated through its membership in the Conservation Alliance, a coalition of outdoor industry companies that fund and partner with organizations like Washington Wild to protect wild places. Through the Conservation Alliance, Filson has supported efforts to designate the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness in 2008. The outdoor company also hosted Wild Rivers Night in 2014, an evening of inspirational films about Washington’s wild rivers and the threats they face. Over 200 river enthusiasts attended the event at Filson’s headquarters, coordinated by Washington Wild and other conservation organizations.

In 2015, after the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions was signed into law, Filson hosted a celebration of new protections for 22,000 acres of additions to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and nearly 40 river miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers near Snoqualmie Pass. Washington Wild and partnering organizations celebrated the victory with Senator Patty Murray and Representative Suzan DelBene, both sponsors of the act. Over the years, Filson has become a strong supporter of Washington Wild’s work, sponsoring our 2015 Wild Night Out event and helping us celebrate our new Executive Director with friends and supporters at an event this Spring.

Tour the flagship store of this iconic U.S.- made brand that is committed to protecting wild places.