Refuge Outdoor Festival helps to broaden outdoor spaces

Refuge Outdoor Festival helps to broaden outdoor spaces

A backyard connection point for People of Color and allies founded in community and admiration for the outdoors By Kurt Hellmann, Advocacy Associate The Refuge Outdoor Festival is a multi-day combination of workshops and activities meant to bring People of Color (POC) together to share, learn and connect in nature. Painting, music, bird watching, biking, … Continued

Conservation Northwest participates in state e-bike policy advisory committee

Diverse stakeholder group met throughout 2021 to discuss the emerging issue of electric-powered bicycle access on Washington’s public lands BY KURT HELLMANN, ADVOCACY ASSOCIATE AND WILDLIFE-RECREATION COEXISTENCE PROGRAM LEAD Electric-powered bicycles (e-bikes) are a rapidly growing form of recreation in the outdoors. While great for carbon-free transit up steep city streets, where else can e-bikers … Continued

Learn about the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement

Read about how to support lands that the Snoqualmie Tribe have lived on and cared for since time immemorial. Editor’s note: This content was written and shared by the Snoqualmie Tribe. As Conservation Northwest works to protect, connect and restore wildlands and wildlife, we are glad to help amplify the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement … Continued

Investing in nature creates thriving communities and economies

The recently-signed Great American Outdoors Act and a new report show the numerous benefits healthy public lands provide to Washingtonians By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate A recent report by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) found our state’s outdoor recreation economy to be on par with its aerospace industry. That’s a big … Continued

Tips for social distancing and the outdoors

Suggestions for preventing the transmission of coronavirus while spending time in nature The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting policies continue to change rapidly, even many months after this blog was first published in March 2020. Please check for local agency, county or state restrictions before heading outdoors. Let’s do our part to keep our communities healthy … Continued

Tips for hiking in wolf country

While tense encounters can happen, Washington’s wild canines pose no serious threat to humans on the trail Related post: July 2018: Understanding wolf behavior—for your safety and theirs The Pacific Northwest is hiker central, with hundreds of trails from the Olympic coast to the Cascades and Columbia Highlands. With thousands of people hitting the hills … Continued