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A Reminder: Wildlife is Wild, Keep Your Distance!

It seems like we shouldn’t have to remind people that wild animals are wild, but recent events online have prompted those interested in being good stewards of the land to make sure we remind everyone. In the past few days, the internet has been buzzing about an incident in Yellowstone National Park where a sow …

Want to Date a Hiker or Kayaker? Move to the Pacific Northwest

Everyone that lives, visited, or spent time daydreaming about the Pacific Northwest knows it has endless beauty. From the stunning peaks of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon, the amazing beaches and rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula and the breathtaking wilderness in Idaho, beauty and outdoor recreation go hand in hand. Nature defines who we …

Are Gray Wolves Finally Back in Western Washington?

The first official sign of wolves returning to Western Washington was reported on April 27th, 2015. For the first time in over a century, the first concrete sign of wolves west of the Cascade Mountain range was made. Sadly, the wolf was hit by a female with black fur, was hit by a car and killed on Interstate 90 …

Climbing Mount Hood This Year? Better Bring a Gas mask.

Thanks to our historically low snowpack over the winter of 2014-15, the mountains of the Pacific Northwest are not nearly as snowy as they should be.  With warmer temperatures, the peaks we know and love are struggling to regain any of the powdery goodness. While most assume that a low snowpack only hurts the skiers and …

By the Numbers: Washington State’s National Parks Impact on Jobs and the Economy for 2014

The National Park Service is big business in Washington State, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the towns, cities and counties surrounding America’s protected lands. From the rainforests, wild coastlines and glaciated mountains of Olympic National Park, to the lakes, waterfalls and mountains of North Cascades National Park, and the awe-inspiring …

Junior Ranger Day in Washington State’s National Parks

On Saturday, April 18th, National Parks around the country will he holding their annual Junior Ranger Day. The Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, a weeklong celebration of the parks, offering free entrance on the weekend and numerous programs focusing on the splendor of America’s protected lands. Around the nation, National Parks …

Road to Old Faithful and Canyon Now Open In Yellowstone

On Friday, April 17th 2015, two of Yellowstone National Park’s most iconic locations will be accessible by car, marking the start of summer operations in America’s first National Park. Starting at 8am on Friday, access to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone will be open to vehicle traffic for the first time in …

Get ready for Springtime in the National Parks of the Pacific Northwest

The snow is melting in the National Parks around the Pacific Northwest, and thanks to an unseasonably warm winter for 2014-15, roads around the region will be opening soon. All around the region, gates will be unlocked earlier than average, making for what could be increased attendance numbers for all the parks in the west. …

Grizzlies to Return to the North Cascades?

In the isolated forests and rugged mountains of the North Cascades of Washington State, grizzly bears could be making a comeback, if the National Park Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have their way. While the plans are just plans so far, the movement to bring the large …