The week after Outdoor Retailer is always blurry, including lots of follow-up, sleep and getting back into the groove of life. Our treatment for post-OR is to hit the mat, take some deep breaths, a sip of wine on focus on causes that move us and inspire us to do the work that we do… And a little laughter always helps too!
Tag Archives: Salmon
We live in an amazing place and nothing quite drives that point home like working with people who are passionate about their causes — be they businesses, advocates or adventurers. So, we’re excited to throw our weight behind a couple of great causes: saving Snake River salmon and the Flathead. Keep reading to see what’s happening, and how you can help!
There are not many issues that people can agree on. But for 20 years, a diverse coalition of commercial, sport and recreational fishing groups, outdoor industry businesses, conservation organizations, and clean energy and taxpayer advocates have joined forces to save a icon of the American West — Snake River salmon. Osprey Packs and Save Our Wild Salmon have been best friends from the very beginning. To celebrate that partnership, they’re giving away a sweet Osprey Pack and 5 pounds of wild-caught salmon!
These fish are bad ass. Snake River sockeye have the most epic migration of any salmon on Earth — swimming more than 900 miles inland and climbing nearly 7,000 feet in elevation to spawn in the rugged Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. That’s right folks — these fish do it at altitude!
So, what would you do to keep Snake River salmon spawning? Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 21, give us your best answer to that question.
How to enter:
- Answer the question by leaving a comment on the Save Our Wild Salmon Facebook page or…
- Tweet your answer with the hashtag #salmondoit on Twitter!
On Dec. 21, we’ll randomly choose who will win an Osprey Pack filled with 5 pounds of wild smoked salmon! Can’t get much better than that!
With the Copenhagen Climate Conference just 6 days away, the Endangered Species Coalition released a new report today in hopes of bringing attention to some of America’s endangered species that are really feeling the heat. The report, America’s Hottest Species, demonstrates ways that our changing climate is increasing the risk of extinction for 11 species on the brink of disappearing forever.
“Global warming is like a bulldozer shoving species, already on the brink of extinction, perilously closer to the edge of existence,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “Endangered species don’t have the luxury of waiting for international decision-makers to waiver on climate change. We need action now. Polar bears, lynx, salmon, coral, and many other endangered species are already feeling the heat.”
Click on the links below to learn more about the top U.S. Species Endangered by Global Warming
‘Akikiki or Kaua’i Creeper
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Activists’ Choice: Polar Bear
Join our friends at the PDX Sierra Club office for a screening of the film Where Hope Resides about the Skeena River in British Columbia and problems facing the wild salmon and people in the region. After the film, organizers will connect this issue with local fisheries issues and talk about how we can take action to protect this vital resource.
FREE beer and snacks too!
We want everyone to get to know our friends over at Kamchatka Project, an amazing educational/adventurous pursuit to raise awareness about Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Read on, and be sure to head over to their educational resource the Schoolhouse where you can learn about conservation issues and score lots of sweet, free gear.
About Kamchatka Project:
Unless you play Risk or daydream about fly fishing, you have probably never heard of eastern Russian’s Kamchatka Peninsula- one of the last truly wild places on Earth. The volcanic, 700 mile long peninsula is a place where 1/3 of Pacific salmon spawn, a place with some of the densest brown dear populations in the world, a place with no dams, no massive extractive resource operations, less than one person per square kilometer, only one major highway, and some of the best unexplored whitewater rivers on the planet. Kamchatka, however, is no protected Eden.
In the summer of 2010, seven whitewater kayakers will embark on an expedition to explore this Siberian mountain landscape in an effort to raise public awareness of the complex relationships between the place, its people, and its fisheries.
Today, oil and gas companies line up to drill wells and build pipelines in Kamchatka, illegal salmon poaching is a billion-dollar-a-year industry, and local people and politicians are desperate for any source of income capable of keeping food on often Spartan tables.
The Kamchatka Project represents a shift within the adventure community from exploration for exploration’s sake to exploration for the aid of conservation. The paddlers who are the Kamchatka Project are dedicated to this change, and have worked for more than a year to build a large network of invested individuals who believe in the ideals of the project.
Snake River salmon are pretty bad-ass, especially Idaho’s iconic “red fish”. Consider this: Snake River sockeye swim more than 900 miles inland and climb more than 6,500 feet to their mountains spawning grounds in the Sawtooths of Idaho. That’s a pretty epic journey in itself, but throw in the fact that they tackle eight dams on top of that, and that’s pretty incredible. These fish are nothing, if not survivors.
PHOTO: © Brandon Cole