Amongst, cherry blossoms blooming a month early due to unseasonably warm weather, The Conservation Alliance board and staff recently convened in Washington D.C. for a day of education on conservation issues followed by a day of advocacy on the Hill. While a portion of our board has been strongly involved in advocacy over the years, we have increased our commitment to involve our entire board with this important aspect of our work.
Over the past 18 months or so, there has been an unprecedented amount of legislation that if passed, would directly compromise and roll back protection of our public lands. First there is H.R. 1505, otherwise known as the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act”. This act would put all federal lands within 100 miles of the Canadian and Mexican borders or any U.S. coastline under the control of Homeland Security. Thus any protected areas in this scope would no longer be subject to any protection — think Olympic National Park, Glacier National Park, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Great Lakes and Boundary waters and so on.
As an outdoor company, our roots are set deep in our wild lands. Our favorite places to hike, ski and climb are the very places that inspire us to create our packs. With Summer Outdoor Retailer madness upon us, we’re psyched to be a supporting member of the Conservation Alliance. The Alliance is a is a group of outdoor industry companies that give back to the outdoors by disbursing its collective annual membership dues to grassroots conservation groups.
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we’ve hit the ground running into 2011, we figured there was no better theme than “taking a leap”. So all month we’ll be highlighting people, organizations that are going for it — leaping, diving and running as fast as they can to live this life. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
We’re still digging ourselves out of Outdoor Retailer withdrawals, but we managed to pull together a list of a few of our favorite things from the show…
You really “Like” us! Thanks to everyone for spreading the Osprey love over the last few weeks to push us over 10,000 Facebook fans. To celebrate, we brought together a few of our favorite things to share with all of you at Outdoor Retailer: Timmy O’Neill, beer and trucker hats. Take a gander at some of the fabulous shots from our party in the gallery below… More here. Have any shots of your own from the party or OR? Share them on our Flickr page!
Giving back to our wildlands. It wouldn’t be OR, if we didn’t do something to give back to the very places that form the bedrock of our industry. We’re proud to have joined dozens of other Conservation Alliance member companies in raising more than $40,000 for the Alliance. All of which will go directly to protecting the wild places we love.
We also joined Winter Wildlands Alliance for a packed showing of the Backountry Film Festival. It’s hard not to be inspired after watching such awesome films that celebrate the human-powered experience to the max. Excited to be a part of the movement. Keep an eye out for screenings near you!
And finally, thank you to REI for naming Osprey Packs your 2010 Vendor of the Year in the Camping Division! Lots of love and gratitude to REI and Outdoor Retailer!
DEMO DAY: Wednesday, January 19
Osprey at All Mountain Demo-Solitude Mountain Resort — pack demos including the brand new lift accessed and sidecountry riding Karve pack. We’ll also have great gear giveways and high-fives at the Osprey tent, think SNOW!
DAY 1: Thursday, January 20
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Brewvies — Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Osprey is proud sponsor of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival and is excited to be a part of the OR Winter Market showing. Osprey will be on hand in support of our winter wildlands and giving away a plenty of brand new side-country ski packs and other sweet gear!
DAY 2: Friday, January 21
Osprey Packs 10,000 Fans Facebook Party — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Osprey Booth #5011
Come visit us at the Osprey Booth to celebrate our 10,000th Facebook Fan! We will have special guest Timmy O’Neill, plenty of beer, Osprey prizes and even a Facebook photo booth complete with props to get your best Facebook profile ever!
Support the Conservation Alliance!
Osprey will be selling the Karve 6 technical side country ski pack for $30 (MSRP $79) to support the Conservation Alliance. We’ll start selling the packs on Day 1 until we’re SOLD OUT! We’ve got 50 up for grabs, so get ‘em while they are HOT!
Breast Cancer Fund Special Verve 10′s
We’ll have a sign up sheet to receive the latest news about environmental connections to breast cancer via email. And 2 lucky winners will win a special Verve 10 in purple. That’s right, PURPLE! We’ll also have these hawt packs on display in the booth.
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we’re smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, we figured there was no better them than giving. So all month we’ll be tipping you off to cool organizations, initiatives and campaigns that could use some of your holiday dollars. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
3 Peaks 3 Weeks
Chris Kassar, a member of Osprey cause Rios Libres, is a month away from her 3 Peaks 3 Weeks expedition that will take her and 11 other women to the top of Mt. Kenya, Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness to address environment, education and health in Africa. She’s got less than $2,000 to get to her goal. Chris is paying her way on the expedition, so all proceeds go directly to the cause! Help out by donating here.
Passports With Purpose
Give back this holiday season to protect the outdoors by donating to Conservation Alliance. 100% of your donation to the Alliance will go directly into the grant fund to support organizations working to protect special wild lands and waterways throughout North America. Learn more here.
Sometimes you’ve got to get on the ground. Get dirty, muddy and immerse yourself in a story…
That’s exactly what International League of Conservation Photographers’ photographer Neil Osborne did to tell the story of Snake River salmon. Tripods in the Mud (TIM) is an initiative of the iLCP that helps partner professional photographers like Neil with conservation organizations for the creation of visual materials on a specific region or issue.
Snake River salmon swim more than 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds — the highest salmon spawning habitat on the planet , and the largest and wildest habitat left in the continental United States. These one of a kind salmon travel farther and higher than any other salmon on Earth.
So how do you make people care? And get them to act? Give them beautiful and provocative images to tell the story.
Save Our Wild Salmon and the International League of Conservation Photographers have joined forces to tell the story of the Snake River’s one of a kind salmon and the place they call home.
We’ve mentioned the Flathead River Valley a few times here on the Osprey blog. One of North America’s wildest places, it’s one that we certainly believe in protecting and we were happy when in February an official ban was placed on mining and energy operations in the area.
Now there’s even more good news coming from this beautiful place. At the recent G8 and G20 summits, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliberated over B.C.’s precious Flathead Valley. According to an official White House statement, “They discussed how relevant U.S. and Canadian agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and Environment Canada, working with representatives of the Province of British Columbia and the State of Montana, could support this understanding and could help ensure the sustained protection of the Flathead River Basin.”
Because of the deliberations, there’s an international conservation agreement in the works for the American and Canadian Flathead River watershed. That means the potential for a National Park in the area. Which we whole heartedly support!
To learn more you can check out Flatheat Wild.
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the San Juan Wilderness Act last week soon will pop up for a full House vote — protecting almost 62,000 acres in portions of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests in Southwest Colorado.
The bill, introduced by Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, would provide permanent protection for some of Colorado’s most-renowned views and mountains, including the slopes of Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak…
“Today’s passage of the San Juan Wilderness Act is a major step in the process and a victory for the communities of Southwest Colorado,” Salazar said in a news statement. “This bill came from the ground up, from my constituents and local government representatives who came together to work out a bill with me that enjoys strong support on the ground.
“The bill will provide permanent protection for crystal-clear water and soaring peaks while protecting agriculture, grazing and water rights,” Salazar said. “The stunning beauty of this region provides the economic driver for these communities.”
Thanks to Conservation Alliance grantee Wilderness Support Center for making this happen!
Photo courtesy Conservation Alliance grantee Save Our Wild Salmon. © Matt Leidecker
Here at Osprey Packs, we’re psyched to be a member of the Conservation Alliance. They are a direct link from us, the companies in the outdoor industry, and conservation groups protecting the wild places we love to play. We’re proud to be a part of the Alliance and to be able to support the good work of all of their grantees in our own backyard and across the country. Keep up the great work!
This week, the Conservation Alliance granted $400,000 to 15 organizations. With the strong support of our member companies, we are looking forward to a year of more conservation victories!
Protecting mountains in Appalachia from mountaintop removal, to saving a climbing wall in Washington for future generations, and working to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River, our member companies stepped it up this season to protect the wild places we love. Thank you!
And congratulations to the passionate and dedicated folks working hard on the ground to ensure we have free-flowing rivers, wild mountains and clean oceans to explore!