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Emerald Alliance Update

August 2021

No matter where you live in the PNW, it’s hard to escape the impacts of drought, wildfires, and smoke-filled skies. It's even harder to ignore these realities: fires just over the crest of the Cascades closed the North Cascades Highway for a month; the heat wave in late June is said to have claimed 129 lives in our region alone; the latest climate report from the UN suggests that over the next 30 years we will see more of the same, and worse.

It’s hard to find a bright spot. But here’s one and it’s a biggie: the infrastructure package that passed the Senate earlier this month promises to bring new funding to combat these devastating wildfires and to better manage our region’s forests, particularly those that serve as sources of drinking water. “This bipartisan bill reflects a strong understanding of how our lands and waters are as much a part of America’s infrastructure as roads and bridges, and how climate action is an imperative for our communities.” At long last, a modern definition of infrastructure is being recognized, accepted, and funded. 

 
- The EA Team

Partner Spotlight

Grist is a force to be reckoned with in thoughtful, innovative climate & environmental justice journalism. Moving beyond the daily "Beacon" hitting our inboxes, what else is going on at Grist? What new programs are they focusing on, what has informed their rebranding this year, and how is their regional coverage impacting the Puget Sound? We spoke with Kate Yoder, Associate Editor at Grist, about these questions and more. Read the full Q&A on our blog at the link below. 

Featured Events

— Recreate 2021 - WA Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, September 12 from 11:30-2pm at Meadowbrook Farm
— (Re)Generate! Summit - Sustainable Seattle, September 13-14, hybrid in-person and virtual
Love the Land virtual benefit concert - WA Farmland Trust, September 22 from 7-8pm
2021 Conservation Celebration - Great Peninsula Conservancy, September 10th from 6:30-9:30 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds
[photo credit: North Bend Escapes]

From Our Blog

Western Wildfires


Indigenous Knowledge, Watershed Impacts, and Moving Toward a More Resilient & Prescient Fire Management System

This month, we couldn't help but address what's on everyone's mind: fire. Knowing our audience is well-familiar with the issue at hand, we wanted to dig deeper into some of the intersections most relevant to the conservation community: the recognition of indigenous fire management practices, the impact of wildfires on watershed health, the scale of funding needed to address the issue, and a host of illuminating resources & news.
[photo credit: Seattle Times]

News

— Seattle Times Editorial Board: Invest in Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention

Inspiration

Snohomish Conservation District is launching a new series of workshops called "Cultivating Success: Growing Future Farmers." The program aims to foster the success of new and existing small and mid-size farms through training on direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production, and more. The workshop addresses important barriers of access and success in small-scale farming; cultivating future farmers so that they can continue to sustainably cultivate our land and local agricultural economy! The class meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm from September 21 through December 7th. It costs $200 per farm/family.
Thank you for your continued interest in our work! Send us your ideas and stories for future newsletters: Tracy Stanton at Tracy@EmeraldAllianceNW.org

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