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Monday, October 3, 2016

Daniel J. Evans, Bob Lynette, and Pamela Brulotte Receive Awards from Washington Wild in Support of Conservation

 At Washington Wild’s annual fundraiser, WILD NIGHT OUT, former Governor and U.S. Senator Daniel J.  Evans, Olympic Peninsula Activist Bob Lynette, and Leavenworth Brewery owner Pamela Brulotte each received an annual conservation award from Washington Wild in support of conservation efforts in Washington State to protect Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers.  

The Conservation Voices Award, which is given each year to an individual who has lent his or her voice as a compelling messenger in support of protecting Washington’s wild lands and waters, was presented to the Honorable Daniel J. Evans. As a former WA Governor and U.S. Senator, Dan Evans has been a lifelong wilderness champion and played a major role in the creation of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, expansion of the Olympic National Park coastline, passage of the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act that protected more than one million acres of national forest, and the 1988 Washington Park Wilderness Act that protected 90% of Mt. Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks as designated Wilderness. 

The Karen M. Fant Founders Award, which is given each year to a local volunteer activist who has distinguished themselves by their efforts to protect wild places in Washington State, was presented to Sequim resident, Bob Lynette. Bob is a founding member of the Wild Olympics Campaign and has worked tirelessly with Washington Wild as a member of the Wild Olympics Campaign over the last 8 years to build local support for new Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River protections on the Olympic Peninsula, especially in Clallam County.  Bob‘s past efforts supporting clean and renewable energy and his recent efforts supporting the permanent protection of wild lands and waters have distinguished him as an exceptional local advocate. 

The Washington Wild Brewshed® Award was presented to Pamela Brulotte, owner of Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth, for her commitment to protecting clean water, from the top of snow covered peaks to the bottom of your beer glass!  Icicle Brewing Company is a member of the Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance—an outreach program that connects Washington Wild’s mission to protect intact upper watersheds with the delicious end product—superior downstream beer. As a local business owner, Pam advocates for the permanent protection of clean water, wild places, and a natural legacy to hand on to future generations.

This annual event was held at Ray’s Boathouse overlooking Shilshole Bay in Seattle. The program was a celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and Washington’s Wilderness Legacy. Over 150 attendees enjoyed the evening and helped raise over $60,000 to support wild places.

Washington Wild protects wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement.  Founded in 1979 Washington Wild is a member-based, non-profit organization that has played an invaluable role in permanently protecting nearly three million acres of Wilderness throughout Washington State.  www.wawild.org