Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park planning occurs tomorrow

Lots of fine planning—ecological restoration, trails, information kiosks, access for handicapped persons and small children—has gone into what the park’s future will be. You can learn and contribute to that future by attending the third public meeting on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan, which will be held as a webinar on 29 Sep. at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Please go to http://portgambleforestpark.com/ to see details and to register for the webinar.

Parks in many states

We hear of the big parks: Yellowstone, Glacier, Crater Lake, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain—and I had a misguided prejudice that most of the special lands are in the West. And then we began our year-long trailer travel journey east from Washington State, and I saw how each state has its parks, forests, wildernesses, wildlife refuges, national lakeshores, national seashores, national historical and cultural sites, and national battlefields.

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Richard Brocksmith to be awarded by Washington Wild on 30 Sept.

[Note: The following is pasted from a 22 Sep. 2021 e-announcement from Washington Wild.]

Each year Washington Wild presents the Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award to a volunteer activist who exemplifies the organizing passion and spirit of our co-founder, Karen Fant.

Past recipients include Olympic Peninsula activist Connie Gallant, Climbing advocate Matt Perkins, and Washington Outdoor Women Founder Ronnie McGlenn. This year, we are very excited to honor Richard Brocksmith with this award.

     Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award Winner
     Richard Brocksmith, Executive Director, Skagit Watershed Council

As a valued member of the Skagit Watershed Coalition, coordinated by Washington Wild, Richard made a significant impact in 2021 by spearheading the coalition’s effort to reach out to local Skagit County government and land use authorities to oppose the pending mining permit in the Skagit Headwaters. He volunteered his time to successfully organize 10 resolutions and letters from the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, Skagit Public Utility District, Port of Skagit, Samish Tribe, and the cities of Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro Wooley, Concrete, Hamilton, and La Connor.

We just over a week away from Wild Night Out! Your support and contributions to Washington Wild keep our state wild and green for all of us. We hope to see you next Thursday, September 30th at 6pm

You can learn more about Washington Wild’s Wild Night Out annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony (virtual this year) at https://wawild.org/wno.

News deserts: bad for America

Save our communities and our country’s democracy: subscribe to a local newspaper and to a credible national/international news source.

As my wife and I trailer-travel about the country, I make it a point to read the local paper from the towns where we stay to see what the local concerns are and to see what the local journalism is like.

Local news is so different than national/international news (which has its own value).

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Aldo Leopold’s Center and shack—for those touring the history of conservation greats

I’d not realized the significance of Aldo Leopold until my recent exploration of the Leopold Center and the Aldo Leopold shack near Baraboo, Wisconsin. I’d read commentators who said that his book A Sand County Almanac was a pivotal book in American environmental writing, along with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and I’ve enjoyed my way through three quarters of the pleasant-to-read and conversationally insightful Almanac.
     But it was at the Leopold Center where

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Port Gamble Forest Planning, 29 Sept.


WEDNESDAY, 9/29 | 6:00-8:00 PM

You are invited to join the Kitsap County Parks Department for the third virtual community meeting to discuss the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan Project. This meeting will focus on alternative park and trail plans that have been developed. The plans include recreational and educational facilities that were identified during the master planning process and ongoing community engagement. The event will include a presentation followed by breakout groups in which attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

To register for this event, please visit

⸺source: 14 Sep. 2021 e-announcement from Judy Sawin, Senior Project Coordinator, E: jsawin@oacsvcs.com, D: 206.384.6815, http://www.oacsvcs.com

Gray Green: that’s me!

I love it—a term for who I am. An identity that provides me and others of my generation another means to act for Earth during this double-whammy time of climate change and mass extinction.
     Newspapers recently reported (see references below) about gray-haired folks standing next to young people during their Extinction Rebellion climate protests.
    Also, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, recently announced that he is putting together a gray-green climate advocacy group called the Third Act (see the article and the website below) that will be made up of “experienced” (another term I love) Americans.

Yay for climate-protesting, extinction-rebelling gray greens! If I had hair, I’d be waving it proudly now.


2021-09-06 Karla Adam, “Meet the ‘Grey Greens’ joining Extinction Rebellion on the streets,” Independent, 6 Sep. 2021, Meet the ‘Grey Greens’ joining Extinction Rebellion on the streets

2021-09-04 Karla Adam, “‘Gray greens’: Grandparents are being arrested in London climate protests,” Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021, “‘Gray greens’: Grandparents are being arrested in London climate protests,”  

2021-09-02 Emma Cotton, “Bill McKibben launches ‘Third Act’ to rally older Americans around climate change,” VTDIGGER, 2 Sep. 2021, https://vtdigger.org/2021/09/02/bill-mckibben-launches-third-act-to-rally-older-americans-around-climate-change/

Welcome to Your Third Act. See https://thirdact.org/ (accessed 14 Sep. 2021)

Climate Protest in Bremerton, 25 Sept.

When: 25 Sept. 2021, 11 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, WA.
What: speakers, music, booths and more. Plan to march from the Manette Bridge to Evergreen Park.

(addendum: See this letter to the editor about climate action and the upcoming climate march in Bremerton: Marty Bishop, letter, “Join our efforts to promote climate action,” Kitsap Sun, 15 Sep. 2021, Join our efforts to promote climate action)

More information: This from 350 West Sound Climate Action
“Fridays For Future is hosting a Global Climate Strike on September 24. https://fridaysforfuture.org/september24/  In solidarity, Sunrise South Kitsap, 350 West Sound Climate Action, and Mason County Climate Justice are planning a Global Day of Climate Action on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 on the Manette Bridge with a march to Evergreen Park.  At Evergreen Park we’re planning on having music, speakers, and booths.”

Bison success, a new mindset, and climate success

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near Medora, North Dakota, 2021-08

Bison: they’re here. They weren’t going to be, but they are!
Bison restoration represents a great conservation success story, and it should inspire us as we battle to transform our greenhouse gas making ways. Bison—the big mammal that filled North America prairies and forests in the millions—were within a whisper of extinction, but then they were saved, and now their numbers are growing. Bison’s salvation occurred because Americans in the early 1900s evolved a new way of thinking about the natural world, and then they took action to save large mammals and their habitat. That new view continues per our continuing creation of national and other parks, wildlife reserves, wild and scenic rivers, and other habitats.

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Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park

I love the national parks, and I agree that they are America’s Best Idea. I greatly appreciate the tough but wonderful job that the National Park Service does.

It pains me to hear of the current proposal to start commercial overflights of Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and other parks.

Planes and helicopters shouldn’t be buzzing our parks. We need places for quiet and introspection. We’re trying to get away from cities, highways, and airports. Planes—as you know—monopolize large areas of territory with their noise. When a plane or helicopter is overhead, everyone for miles around knows it.

If you’d like to protest this proposal, your comment must be submitted by 28 August 2021. For more information, please go to https://wawild.org/take-action-tell-the-national-park-service-to-protect-our-parks-from-commercial-overflights-and-noise-pollution/