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International Coastal Cleanup

August 29, 2015 Comments (0) journal

Every April, there’s the Earth Day beach cleanups. In September comes the International Coastal Cleanup. These are the two big, organized beach cleaning events on the calendar and they each have their charms. September is one of the most beautiful months to be on the coast of

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In the Woods

It takes a while to get to Lake Quinault if you’re coming from Tacoma. If

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NASA7-15 August 21, 2015

Thermal Issues

The latest from NASA shows that this past July was the hottest July ever.

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Message in a Plastic Bottle - Limited Copies Still Available

"Message in a Plastic Bottle," is a 22-minute film that documents the improbable voyage of the Hyas yiem, a kayak built out of discarded plastic bottles, from Olympia to Bellingham, 150 miles through the waters of Puget Sound. This festival-length film, along with the new book of the same name, explores the role that plastic plays in all of our lives and what that means for the fate of the oceans. Equal parts wonder and warning, this unique film and book set captures the beauty of Washington's inland coast while examining the effects of plastic in this unique marine environment. Get your copy today by contacting the Ikkatsu Project via phone or email. Only $25 while supplies last.

Path of the Puyallup

The recent journey from the glacier to the bay provided some amazing looks at the connections here in the Puyallup River Watershed. From the high flanks of Mount Rainier to Tacoma's Commencement Bay, the river defines the region and to be able to travel it from one end to the other was a powerful experience. Look for a short film next spring... meanwhile, here's a first look.

Chief Kitsap Academy - The Arrival of the Hyas yiem

This film was shot by students from the Suquamish tribal school, Chief Kitsap Academy, in April of 2014. The footage of the students as they prepared to get their canoes to the shore and the way they worked together to make their boats glide so elegantly on the water, all of it speaks to the pride and power of an amazing heritage. It was a memorable part of the "Message in a Plastic Bottle," and to watch it again here is a reminder of the honor of the experience. (Thanks to Karen Matsumoto and her students for all their support.)