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Threatened Status Proposed for West Coast Fisher after Poisonings with Rodenticides

News from Beyond Pesticides - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:01pm
(Beyond Pesticides, October 21, 2014) Due in large part to the use of rodenticides in the cultivation of illegal marijuana grow operations, earlier this month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to list fishers, medium sized carnivores of the weasel family, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are the […]

#Coffeeneuring: It’s on a Roll in Washington State

The perfect bike challenge for Washington state? Coffeeneuring, of course!

Simple concept: Ride your bike to 7 stops over 7 weekends, documenting the trips. If you’re not a coffee drinker, go for tea, hot chocolate, cider — anything in keeping with the spirit of taking a bike ride to a local venue and hanging out a while.

We kicked it off a couple of weeks ago and it’s rolling right along. Participants bike, sip, and tweet/blog/tell the world they’re doing it with the #coffeeneuring hashtag.

Read on for your chance to win, a list of the blog posts to date, and the Twitter action in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

Share Your Posts and Pictures and Be Entered to Win!

Writing your rides? Send your blog post our way to Don’t wait until the end to send it to us. We’ll share posts along the way to inspire others. We’d love to have a map, too, if you’ve put together a nice route someone else might enjoy.

Everyone who submits a blog post or Instagram picture to us will be entered into our prize drawing to win one of several oh-so-appropriate WA Bikes coffee mugs. Tag your photos with #coffeeneuring #WAbikes.

Name * First Last name * Last Email Address * Address 1 * Address 2 City * ZIP code * Optional: tell us about your biking interests (check all that apply): Travel Rides/Events Safety Education Policy/Advocacy Infrastructure/Connections Other (describe below) If other, please describe Business Name Website Phone Number What Makes Your Business a Great Coffeeneuring Destination Suggestions: Mention bike parking, adjacency to bike routes/lanes/trails, and any special offers for biking customers. Recognized as a Bicycle-Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists? Tell us! (If you're not, ask us how you can be.) We send e-news, action alerts, and emails asking for your support of our work Check here if you prefer not to receive emails asking for your financial support of our work. Check here if you do not want us to exchange your email information with other organizations whose missions complement ours By filling out this form, you opt in to receive email updates about bicycling events and issues in Washington State. Blog Posts Twitter Round-up

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Practice Your Navigation Skills ... In a Corn Maze

News from Washington Trails Association - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:40am

Corn mazes are a fall tradition in my family. They're pure fun. But they can be something more: a great way for a family to practice the route-finding skills that translate to trail on family hikes.

This year's maze proved to be doubly educational.

Thru-hike Washington's PCT in 10 minutes

The Farm at Swan's Trail's in Snohomish provides a unique opportunity to hike Washington State via a corn maze. This giant map of Washington is a 12-acre corn field with 4.5 miles of path for you to explore. You make your way from one of the four starting points in Eastern Washington toward Gray's Harbor, the maze's exit, by navigating the state's road system.

Along the way, you pass towns and local landmarks including a cutout of the Grand Coulee Dam and tiny versions of Washington's Stonehenge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. You can stop and read short histories of these places as navigate towards the exit or take your time and try to find every landmark in the maze.

My group even thru-hiked the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail—or at least we tried to. In true corn maze fashion, there are some dead ends, but they just added to the challenge of finding the next feeder trail.

Find a corn maze adventure near you

Whether they are shaped like Washington state or a pirate ship, corn mazes can be a great way to cultivate your family's hiking skills. They are a fun and interactive way to help beginning navigators read a map, hone their sense of direction and foster that shared sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing an adventure. If you want to get technical about it, you can even bring a compass along.

Find a corn maze near you or share your favorite corn maze in the comments below.

Colorado’s River Economy

News from American Rivers - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00am
Rafting the Eagle and upper Colorado River Blue Trail | Brett Hockmuth

Rivers are key economic drivers here in the United States. Not only do we rely on them for shipping channels, power, and agricultural irrigation, but we also rely on them significantly for recreation and the associated economic benefits that communities receive. River related recreation – whether it’s paddling and fishing, or camping and wildlife watching along the banks – is a way of life for many communities across the country.

Here in Colorado, river related recreation is worth over $9 billion and maintains over 79,000 jobs for Coloradans across the state. Maintaining a strong connection to rivers and the recreation that occurs on them is a critical component of life in Colorado. More than one million adults use the Colorado River and its tributaries each year for a wide variety of recreational activities, which allow for local communities to feel economic benefits from visitors and tourists alike.

Rivers and the land surrounding them pulse through the veins of Coloradans around the state. Not only is there a deep cultural connection with the many rivers and streams that flow throughout the state, but also a critical tie that binds the love of the outdoors with the economic benefits of the river and river based recreation.

The Rainforest Speaks — and Costa Rica Listens

News from Conservation International - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00am
My country can be a powerful model for countries that still aren't listening to what their rainforests have to say.

Paddle Event Celebrates One of Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

News from American Rivers - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am
Paddling on the Verde River | VRVNO

We recently partnered with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) to host a paddle event on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. This annual event coincides with Verde River Day, which celebrates the Verde River and its role as an important natural, historic, cultural, and economic asset for the communities along its bank. This scenic stretch of river within the City of Cottonwood is lined with native cottonwood stands and provides critical habitat for several threatened and endangered species that are found in and along the river. My favorite part of the morning was getting to experience several local folks’ first paddle trip on their hometown river and listen to their excitement as they learned more about what makes the Verde River such a special place. Events like these serve as great examples of how, by providing opportunities for people to experience and enjoy rivers, it helps grow the next generation of stewards.

Visit American Rivers’ new Blue Trails Guide to learn more about how water trails and recreation can serve as a tool to build support for river protection.

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments To Be of Little or No Benefit

News from Beyond Pesticides - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:01pm
(Beyond Pesticides, October 20, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report Thursday that soybean seed treatments with neonicotinoid insecticides provide little or no overall benefits in controlling insects or improving yield or quality in soybean production. While pesticide manufacturer Syngenta has petitioned EPA to raise the allowable levels of another systemic pesticide thiamethoxam on […]

Farm Policy Roundup – October 17, 2014

News from American Farmland Trust - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:55am

AFT Supports Vision for Cover Crops and Soil Health American Farmland Trust has joined a diverse coalition of agriculture and conservation groups in delivering ”A Common Vision Statement on Cover Crops and Soil Health” to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to urge further work on cover crops and soil health across relevant department agencies […]

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Snow in the High Country: Are You Prepared?

News from Washington Trails Association - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:50am

As we head into the heart of autumn, much of Washington is ablaze in fall color, with red huckleberry bushes, bright yellow larches, and deep blue skies. But at high elevations, those vivid colors are being accented by a stark white background.

Trip reporters have been surprised by snow from Lake Ingalls to the Enchantments to High Pass in the Central Cascades. While fall hiking can be some of the best Washington has to offer, it's good to go into the backcountry prepared for a variety of conditions. Use some of our resource pages listed below to prepare for whatever weather you might come across out there.

Resources for fall hiking Lake Ingalls - Headlight Basin

Read nnylyssim's full trip report

A flurry of snow caught nnylyssim and her hiking buddy at Lake Ingalls recently. Photo by nnylyssim.

Heather-Maple Pass

Read Sean P.'s full trip report

Larches glow vibrantly against new-fallen snow in Maple Pass. Photo by Sean P.

Enchantement Lakes - Aasgard Pass

Read joejoezz's full trip report

Trip reporter joejoezz caught the changing of the seasons as he neared the top of Aasgard Pass. Photo by joejoezz.

Upper Enchantments Basin

And once he arrived at the summit, snow created an even more otherworldly appearance. Photo by joejoezz.

Buck Creek Pass - High Pass

Read LDistel's full trip report

Sir-Hikes-A-Lot takes a moment out of a 34-mile trail run to enjoy the incredible peaks near High Pass. Photo by LDistel.

Watch Today – Webinar on new tools for improving recreation and protecting rivers

News from American Rivers - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:00am
Ashley Chapman

Missed the October 14th webinar on new tools and resources available in the Blue Trails Guide that can help improve recreation and protect hometown rivers? Not to worry – the recorded webinar is posted here on the Blue Trails Guide and waiting for you to view.

This webinar was the first in a new monthly webinar training series. We would love your feedback on webinar topics that are of most interest to you. Please send your suggestions to

Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, November 11th at 11 am MT/1 pm ET for a training webinar on building and maintaining a successful corporate sponsorship program. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Legislation Helps Communities Benefit from Botanical Treasures

News from Conservation International - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:00am
Historically, communities have rarely benefited from the use of their natural resources by the outside world — until now.

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 5 – Mid-Atlantic/Northeast

News from American Rivers - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:00am

Welcome to the fifth and last part of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries.

This week is the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions! Previous posts: Southwest/Southeast, California, Northern Rockies, and Pacific Northwest

127 miles of habitat for migrating fish re-opened in Virginia: Virginia’s Appomattox River, before and after the removal of Harvell Dam | DGIF

It was a great victory for Virginia’s migratory fish when the Harvell Dam was removed on the Appomattox River near Petersburg this past July. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest priority sites for migratory fish restoration in Virginia. The removal re-opened 127 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish, such as American and Hickory Shad, American Eel, and river herring. Access to spawning and rearing grounds within the watershed is a critical component in the effort to restore these valuable migratory fish species. Read more

American Rivers helping to restore Chesapeake Bay:

American Rivers helped craft a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement — a multi-state agreement to restore the health of the Bay and its tributaries—which was signed in mid-June. Signatories are charged by 2025 to:

  • Restore historical fish migratory routes by opening 1,000 additional stream miles, with restoration success indicated by the consistent presence of alewife, blueback herring, American shad, hickory shad, American eel and brook trout.
  • Restore and sustain naturally reproducing brook trout populations in Chesapeake headwater streams with an eight percent increase in occupied habitat.

This is a tremendous step forward for the Bay and the rivers that feed it. Read more

Opening passage for spawning herring in Connecticut and habitat for brook trout in Vermont: Moosup River | Laura Wildman

Summer is “dam removal season” and American Rivers continues to lead the nation’s movement to take out outdated dams, with roughly 50 removed each year. Removal of Moosup Dam #1 on the Moosup River in Plainfield, CT, was completed in late June. This is the first in a series of eight dams to be removed as part of a collaborative effort with Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Millennium Power to restore fish passage in the Moosup system, as a critical step in restoring populations of forage fish such as herring.

Wells River | Amy Singler

Another New England dam removed this summer was the Franconia Paper Co. Dam on the Wells River in Groton, Vermont. We were pleased to partner the CT River Watershed Council on this project by securing funding to complete the removal. Removal of this partially breached dam opens access to 22 miles of habitat, including 6 miles of great habitat for brook trout and other cold water species.

Father’s Day on the Haw River; S. White

On a personal note, my father and I used to hunt and fish the Haw River. At the age of 17, I presented to the NC General Assembly on why it should not be dammed. I take my family fishing on this beautiful river, and am hopeful that we and our partners can keep up the pressure to further clean up the Haw. People all over the country connect with “their” rivers like I connect with the Haw, which is why American Rivers’ efforts to improve the Haw reflect the strong connections so many people feel between our work and their fishing.

We certainly appreciate and thank you for those connections.

American Rivers has created the Anglers Fund for anglers who understand the importance of healthy rivers and want to support them. Visit the Anglers Fund website for more information on our work.

EPA’s Rules on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Miss the Mark on Health and Climate Protection

News from NRDC - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:00pm
WASHINGTON (October 17, 2014) – David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this comment on a final rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency limiting the use of HCFC-22, used in air conditioners and refrigeration. It is the most powerful ozone-depleting chemical still in widespread use and traps nearly 2,000 times more heat than carbon dioxide.

GMO Labeling Movement Marches Forward with Vermont Release of Draft Rules

News from Beyond Pesticides - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:01pm
(Beyond Pesticides, October 17, 2014) The Vermont Attorney General’s Office, as part of a continuous effort to label genetically modified organisms (GMO) and increase transparency for consumers, released a draft of the rules written to govern the state’s law to require the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. The nine page rulemaking, describe a […]

NW Energy Coalition conference to feature consumer protection panel

News from NW Energy Coalition - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:05am
Please join us for the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference Nov. 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Ore. Top energy experts from across the Northwest will address some of the region's most pressing energy issues. The consumer protection at the grid edge panel will look at safeguarding home and business owners' off-grid energy investments and preventing potential rate and bill increases for customers - especially low-income families - who remain on the grid.

Cycle sharing hits Seattle

Internal feed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:34am

Those odd high-tech bike racks finally got some bikes this week in Seattle as Pronto's cycle sharing system starts up. If you need a bike to get somewhere fast, but don't want to take your bike everywhere you go or keep up on maintaining your own bike, then cycle sharing could be a great way for you to reduce your carbon footprint and get around town.

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