Be an Otter Spotter

Be an Otter Spotter

ACTION ALERT: BE AN OTTER SPOTTER

Report your sightings to help our Northwest conservation research
 
If you have ever spotted a wild river otter or if you encounter one on your next outdoor adventure, tell us about it! Woodland Park Zoo is studying river otters as sentinels for health along the Duwamish River. Your observations from across Washington will expand our knowledge about otter range and behavior. No expertise is needed—anyone can be an otter spotter!

Learn how easy it is to be an Otter Spotter >>

What do Beer and Rivers Have in Common?

What do Beer and Rivers Have in Common?

They both need water.  Seems obvious at first look but...its not so simple.  As the human demand for water goes up, the pressure on water resources like the Green River increases.  How do we balance our in stream flows with our need, for say, beer?

Rob Harmon gives us a Ted Talk about "How to keep rivers and streams flowing". 

"With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon talks about a clever market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek.

The Upper Green River Gorge at low water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at low water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at high water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at high water.

Join me at the Machine House Brewery for good beer and hear about my adventure hiking the entire Green River Gorge at low water and rafting it at highwater.

I'll also discuss

  1. Otter poop.
  2. What has been accomplished and what we still have to do to protect the Green River Gorge.
  3. Here from Duwamish Cleanup Coalition on what you can do to protect the river downstream in your community.
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What do Beer and Rivers Have in Common?

What do Beer and Rivers Have in Common?

They both need water.  Seems obvious at first look but...its not so simple.  As the human demand for water goes up, the pressure on water resources like the Green River increases.  How do we balance our in stream flows with our need, for say, beer?

Rob Harmon gives us a Ted Talk about "How to keep rivers and streams flowing". 

"With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon talks about a clever market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek.

The Upper Green River Gorge at low water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at low water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at high water.

The Upper Green River Gorge at high water.

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The Power of Place

The Power of Place

The Power of Place Conservation and Travel Photography Exhibition
Photographer: Lisa Parsons

Come See the Exhibit at the
Seattle Fremont Art Walk
http://www.fremontfirstfriday.com/

June 2nd, 6:00—9pm.
Exhibition June to August 2017
Space Building, 600 N. 36th St. Floor 2
Seattle Washington

Rafting the Green River Gorge at 3200 c.f.s.

Rafting the Green River Gorge at 3200 c.f.s.

The Green River Cleanup on May 6th was a successful event with high flows through the Green River Gorge and lots of participants helping to cleanup the Green River Gorge!  Check out our run through the legendary rapids Mercury, the Nozzle, and Lets Make a Deal at 3200 c.f.s.

Join the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup

Next weekend is the the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 6th, 2017.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautifuland fun river trips in Western Washington!

John Beal Environmental Stewardship Award

John Beal Environmental Stewardship Award

I was honored this week this weekend to receive the John Beal Environmental Stewardship award at the Duwamish Alive event on Earth Day this Saturday for my conservation work as a founder of Middle Green River Coalition and my conservation work in the watershed including the Green River Gorge Greenway.

Duwamish Alive!

Duwamish Alive!

Duwamish Alive!  What is it?  A music festival? A river creature? A live wire? A forest bog plant?  Click to find out.

Black Diamond Museum Presents...

Black Diamond Museum Presents...

The Green River Gorge. The Power of Place
Presentation by Lisa Parsons
The power of a place can be very grounding.  It can create our sense of who we are in the world and how we interact with it...

Join us at the
April 23rd from 1—3pm

Black Diamond Museum/Black Diamond Historical Society                                                                Black Diamond Historical Society’s General Membership Meeting

Doreen Johnson Natural Area

Doreen Johnson Natural Area

On Monday February 13th the King County council voted unanimously to name four parcels of land the Green River Natural area located in the Green River Valley after Doreen Johnson. 

Historic Franklin Tour

Historic Franklin Tour

Join the Black Diamond Historical Society.  They are conducting the final tour of the year of the former coal mining town of Franklin on Saturday, March 4.

Franklin was a company-owned coal mining town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town site was nestled alongside the Green River Gorge and has many cement foundations, a 1,300-foot coal mine shaft, cemetery, and other reminders of what it was like when coal was king in the King County area.

About Conservationist Lisa Parsons

About Conservationist Lisa Parsons

When I started this documentary my goal was to pull together my 20+ years of experience working on land conservation and advocacy in the Middle Green River watershed.

Green River Gorge, A Visual Journey

Green River Gorge, A Visual Journey

The first exhibition from my Green River Gorge Greenway documentary in Enumclaw Washington on Friday February 3rd was a success. 

Doreen Johnson

Doreen Johnson

The Story of Doreen Johnson added to the Green River Gorge Greenway website in honor of the upcoming ordinance,  On Tuesday January 31st.  a proposed ordinance will be considered by the King County Council Transportation Economy and Environment Committee to rename an area within the Green River Natural Area in honor of Doreen Johnson, to recognize her service, dedication and profound influence in southeast King County.

2017 Photography Exhibition

2017 Photography Exhibition

The City of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2017 presents:
 
Photographer: Lisa Parsons
Green River Gorge: A Visual Journey

February 2, 2017 through February 28, 2017
 
Join Photographer, River Conservationist and Adventurer
Lisa Parsons
for a Gallery Opening
on Friday February 3rd from 3—5pm

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Brilliant autumn color in western Washington is never a guaranteed as it is in other areas of the country on the drier side of Washington state.  No autumn is alike due to the influence of factors such as temperature and moisture before and during autumn.