Taking Climate and Environmental Action

At this time every year, Washington State’s legislature is busy, and laws are being made which will affect our climate future and our environment. Fortunately, here in Washington, we have environmental groups that track the content and progress of bills and that make recommendations to residents about how to contact their Senators and Representatives regardingContinue reading “Taking Climate and Environmental Action”

Thanks for the People and Places of our Nature in Kitsap County

During this COVID-19 time, it’s good to get outside. Fortunately, we in Kitsap County have lots of outside available. So much to be thankful for: forests to meander in, trails to bike on, places where we can gaze at the Puget Sound or sit and read, and beaches where we can identify shells, crabs, ducks,Continue reading “Thanks for the People and Places of our Nature in Kitsap County”

Standing before God

Dear God, I tried to do what I could do. The present presages an ungodly future I drafted this blog entry July 2021 (and have added to it since) while I was in Oregon feeling the week’s ungodly heat and seeing forest-fire smoke brown the sky. Knowing the IPCC predictions—a hotter world filled with forcedContinue reading “Standing before God”

Governor Jay Inslee and the Nez Perce’s Shannon Wheeler at the 14. Oct. Washington Conservation Voters Gathering (virtual) of Environmental Champions to talk about the lower Snake River dams

The following information and the above picture is from https://wcvoters.org/news/governor-inslee-joins-wcvs-gathering-of-champions-on-october-14th/ (accessed 12 Oct. 2021): “Governor Jay Inslee will join Shannon Wheeler, Vice Chairman of Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee in a special discussion hosted by WCV CEO Alyssa Macy at WCV’s Gathering of Environmental Champions.     “Don’t miss this conversation between two Washington state leaders aboutContinue reading “Governor Jay Inslee and the Nez Perce’s Shannon Wheeler at the 14. Oct. Washington Conservation Voters Gathering (virtual) of Environmental Champions to talk about the lower Snake River dams”

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 helicoptersContinue reading “Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park”

Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses

Senator Christine Rolfes, the Washington State 23rd Legislative District representative and the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, reported in her 27 April 2021 e-newsletter on the hard work that the state legislature did this session to support people, the environment, and businesses during these Covid times. She reported on national and stateContinue reading “Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses”

Protecting the Port Gamble Heritage Forest

West Sound Conservation Council (now disbanded as a formal organization) was one of the founders of the Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition, the group that brought the now-conserved Port Gamble Heritage Forest into being. The Coalition expanded far beyond WSCC’s early involvement to become the decade-long, multi-group, many-volunteers organization that—under Great Peninsula Conservancy’s leadership—advertised, recruited,Continue reading “Protecting the Port Gamble Heritage Forest”