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The Wilderness Act Led by Ruth Scott of Olympic National Park (Port Angeles)

Friday, November 14th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Nov 14th 2014

Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM: The Wilderness Act led by Ruth Scott of Olympic National Park

This fall, the Port Angeles Main Library is offering an educational presentation series to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic Wilderness Act with a discussion of the Wilderness Act led by Ruth Scott of Olympic National Park. During her presentation, America’s Enduring Legacy of Wilderness, Scott will summarize how and why the Wilderness Act came about, its legal implications, and what we can learn from wilderness-protected areas. Scott will also examine the diversity of wilderness throughout the nation, including the Olympic Wilderness in our backyard. A natural resource specialist at Olympic National Park, Scott began working with the National Park Service in 1972, has worked at six park areas, and spoken about wilderness stewardship at a variety of venues, including the World Wilderness Congress in Bangalore, India, and the European PAN Parks Conference in Bulgaria. Her current responsibilities at Olympic National Park focus on wilderness monitoring, planning, and re-vegetation with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers throughout the country.

2014 Washington State Chapter Executive Committee Election

The Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club annually holds elections for at-large members of the chapter’s Executive Committee (ExCom).

Background: The ExCom is comprised of nine elected at-large members and one representative from each of the ten regional groups, for a total of 19 members. Four at-large members are elected on even years and five members are elected on odd years. Terms are for two years.

The ExCom meets monthly and is responsible for finances, planning, committees, staff management, and operations. The Conservation, Outings, Communications, and Political committees report directly to the Executive Committee. There are three ExCom committees: Fundraising, Operations and Management, and Leadership and Development.

Washington’s Wolves at Risk

By Rebecca Wolfe, Wolf Advisory Group, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The last two weeks of August were very tense for defenders of the Gray Wolf in Washington State.  After a sheep rancher, David Dashiell, put his 1800 head of sheep on Hancock Timber’s private land in known “wolf country,” several sheep (22 reported) were attacked and killed. At least 17 of those have been attributed to wolves. One female wolf has been shot by the WDFW and three more may be killed soon. The pack includes about 12 wolves.

Now the questions are many: Why would someone graze sheep in wolf country that is steep and difficult for herders to protect the sheep? Why would the rancher refuse to participate in a WSU research project designed to prevent depredations? Will the WDFW follow the guidelines passed in 2011, directing the Department to employ all possible and reasonable non-lethal measures before resorting to killing wolves?

Goodbye Monte Cristo Hike (Mtn Loop Hwy, East of Granite Falls)

Saturday, September 13th, 6:45 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 13th 2014

Come join us for a fall hike to see and learn about the historic gold mining town of Monte Cristo and enjoy the autumn colors one last time before this area is "improved" by the USFS. After this Fall, Monte Cristo will be closed to the public for several years.

Over 120 years ago, the 1890’s gold rush miners left behind mine tailings that are still leaching heavy metals today. The USFS has decided to remediate the mining area as part of a massive excavation project. To do this, they are building a new road into Monte Cristo through an inventoried roadless area in an old growth forest that is prime low elevation Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet habitat. They will build roads into the old mine sites, even to mines located within the HMJ Wilderness Area on unstable steep slopes using large excavators and bull dozers; and then haul the tailings several miles with dump trucks from above the town site and burry them in an 18,000 CY disposal pit near the Hap's Hill Campground. The USFS is not even sure that the disposal pit construction is even feasible given the steep, rocky terrain; but they are building the road anyway.

Pasayten Wilderness: 100 Mile Backpack

Saturday, September 20th, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sep 28th 2014


The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy! This sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States. Many long trails, mostly lightly used, explore this backcountry, and solitude and wildflowers are ample reward for the long miles. Trails connect to form 100 mile loop, and this loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness.

HIKE to Wallace Falls, Gold Bar Off US Hwy 2

Sunday, September 14th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sep 14th 2014

The summer crowds are gone! This is a great time to enjoy the beauty of nine falls, one of which drops 265 feet. About seven miles round trip at a slow pace, suitable for beginners who are reasonably fit. Wear sturdy waterproof hiking boots, bring rain gear, extra clothes and a snack. Washington State Discover Pass required for parking. Park info: www.parks.wa.gov/289/Wallace-Falls

Tentative carpool from the Lynnwood Transit Center Park & Ride at 8 am. Carpool stop at the Monroe Smokestack at 8:30 am. Other carpool stops will be scheduled as requested.

Coal Free PSE Campaign Concert (Bellingham)

Monday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sep 22nd 2014

Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Bellingham.

Dana Lyons performing and an update on the Coal Free PSE Campaign

Naches Peak Loop (Pierce Co Group)

Thursday, September 25th, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 25th 2014

One of my favorite fall hikes, the Naches Peak Loop is accessed from Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and circles Naches Peak. It's a fairly easy hike -- you start high and stay high. About 4.5 miles. elevation gain 600 feet.

Two Screenings of the Film "DamNation" (Tacoma) 2 PM & 7 PM

Tuesday, September 30th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sep 30th 2014

"DamNation" is the first great film about America's growing movement to restore healthy rivers by removing costly, out-dated dams. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel of experts to discuss issues and answer audience questions. 

Location: Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma 98402

Times: 2pm and 7 pm

Cost: $9.50 General Admission with matinee, military, student and senior discounts

$7.50 Members Admission with matinee, military, student and senior discounts

For details, please contact Joseph Bogaard, mailto:joseph@wildsalmon.org 206-300-1003 or Elaine Packard.

Seattle Wild Rivers Night (Seattle)

Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Oct 1st 2014

Seattle Wild Rivers Night is a celebration of Washington's rivers, featuring short films, stunning photography, compelling information, humorous stories, a silent auction, socializing and fun--all centered around the rivers of Washington.


Emceed by Professor David Montgomery, UW professor of Earth and Space Sciences and head of the Geomorphological Research Group. He is the renowned author of 8 books and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship.

Location: Filson Headquarters, 1741 1st Ave. S, Seattle

Cost: FREE

Parking: FREE

Appetizers will be served; beer and wine is complimentary with your pint cup from your favorite river conservation organization that you can acquire for $10 at the event. Cash is encouraged.