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Looking up at Rainier from the trail (photo: Bryn Fluharty)

A Break in the Clouds? Run for the Hills in Seattle

7/18/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Living in Seattle will teach you one thing: when the sun breaks through the clouds you take advantage of it and get outside! As most of the country swelters in record-breaking heat, here in Seattle we are experiencing what has seemed […] Read more >

Affiliate Program Aims to Empower Returning War Veterans Through Conservation and Angling

7/16/2012 // By Les Welsh

National Wildlife Federation’s Oregon affiliate, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS), is preparing to launch an exciting and innovative program that aims to help returning war veterans develop new skills and ways of responding to stress while learning to preserve […] Read more >

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You Ask, We Answer: Why Pebble Mine is Bad News

7/13/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

We’ve been getting some really good questions about the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine, which poses unacceptable risks to the wildlife of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here we do our best to answer them. Q: What sort of mining process […] Read more >

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Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train Has Hauled It Away…

6/27/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

This week, Peabody Energy—the world’s biggest coal company—will be hauling away a massive taxpayer subsidy when they secure the rights to mine the North Porcupine Coal Tract in the Powder River Basin from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This […] Read more >

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195 People to Thank: How Hard Work and Dedication Combat Climate Change in the NPLCC Region

6/22/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

For the last nine months, I have been inspired and impressed by 195 hard-working, dedicated, thoughtful, and intelligent people. These people hail from Alaska and British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and California. They work for our federal, state, provincial, and […] Read more >

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Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to Take Your Breath Away

6/21/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Spectacular rainforests are closer to home than you might think. The entire North American coastline from southern Alaska to central California is home to some of the last intact coastal temperate rainforests in the world. It is a stunning landscape, […] Read more >

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Happy Birthday Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness!

6/15/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

    First tribally designated wilderness in the country is 30 years old! You talk to any Montanan about the most beautiful, breathtaking view in the state, and most would put the Mission Mountains in the top 10. It is […] Read more >

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Montana economic report pushes Big Coal’s agenda; ignores environmental, social and taxpayer costs

6/14/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) released a study of the potential economic impacts of developing the Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana entitled, “The Impact of Otter Creek Coal Development on the Montana Economy.” […] Read more >

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Protecting the cultural and historic values of the Powder River Basin

6/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

  Yesterday, in the beautiful Rosebud valley in southeastern Montana, hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor an important and sacred place, Deer Medicine Rocks, as a National Historic Landmark. Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, ranchers, historians, and others came to this […] Read more >

Wanapum dam and reservoir on the Columbia near Vantage, WA (Photo by Bryn Fluharty)

Coal Exports Compromise the Clean History of the Pacific Northwest

6/11/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

The wind whips around me as I gaze out at the Columbia River from high atop a bluff. The setting sun illuminates the red rock walls that soar up from the river in a soft red light. The air is […] Read more >