International Year of Forests 2011

BLOG: International Year of Forests – Images by Art Wolfe

A reminder that we are half way through the International Year of Forests – 2011. Let us not forget the importance of preserving and maintaining this invaluable resource.  Here are some important statistics to consider:

– The livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests.

– Forests are home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity.

– Trade in forest products was estimated at $327 billion in 2004.

– Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.

– 30% of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products.

– Forests cover 31% of total land area.

– Primary forests account for 36% of forest area.

In the Pacific Northwest, efforts to curb logging to save the spotted owl and critical salmon runs from extinction have resulted in creating a huge carbon sink—larger trees and forests store massive amounts of carbon that would otherwise contributed to greenhouse gases. For once, unintended consequences are terrific for the environment!

Seattle Times Article: http://tinyurl.com/4xnlhkg

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Wildlife Wins In Washington


There has been good news recently for wildlife in Washington State. Here are 4 articles from the Seattle Times that highlight the good news.

• A large brown bear was sighted in the North Cascades and photographed last October by hiker Joe Sebille. Last week federal biologists confirmed that it is in fact a Grizzly. This is the first sighting in 50 years. Click Here for the article.

 

• A gray wolf pack has been found near Cle Elum and confirmed by state biologists. This is the first pack sighting in many years. Gray wolf packs can move 100 miles in a day. Click here for the article.

 

• Interstate 90 is widening and will include improved wildlife passages near Snoqualmie Pass. The Department of Transportation is improving habitat by fashioning larger culverts and wildlife passages under and over I-90.Click here for the article.

 

• A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.Click here for the article.

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Outdoor Photo Expo Salt Lake City August 4-5

My friend Frans Lanting and I are doing the Keynote talk at the PDN Outdoor Photo Expo 2011.  The Expo is held in Salt Lake City, UT on August 4-5.  The Keynote event is from 6:30 to 8:00pm on August 5th. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with Frans.  Please come.

Here are the details of the talk:

For the first time ever, two of the world’s most acclaimed nature and outdoor photographers come together on stage to share images and insights about the power of photography to shape ideas about our natural world. Join us for a unique event featuring presentations by Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe, followed by a live discussion moderated by photo industry expert Patrick Donehue. Become part of the conversation and submit your questions to Art and Frans at Patrick Donehue patrick@patrickdonehue.com.  Sponsored by EPSON.

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HILTON SALT LAKE CITY CENTER
Salt Lake City, UT August 4-5, 2011

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Caribou’s Greatest Threats

A portrait of a Caribou bull with another in the background in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
A portrait of a Caribou bull with another in the background in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.

Today I have a photo in the New York Times illustrating the latest work by the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology in the oil sands area of Alberta, Canada. 

Read the article in the NYT:

It seems that, once again, humans and human activity, such as roads and environmental exploitation, are more of a threat to large ungulates than wolves.

The Conservation Canines of the Center for Conservation Biology are providing much needed data that gives a more accurate picture of what is happening to Caribou and Wolves.

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GIVE BIG SEATTLE!

UPDATE! – As a follow-up to this post from June 23, just wanted to say GREAT JOB, SEATTLE!!

Over $3.5 million dollars in 17 hours was raised for nonprofits in our area.  CLICK for more details.

Give BIG, Seattle! Today through midnight you have the opportunity to stretch your donation dollars by giving to your favorite local nonprofits through The Seattle Foundation.
It’s a great time to support those local environmental groups that work so hard to keep our city and state green and clean!

http://www.seattlefoundation.org/GivingCenter/GiveBIG/Pages/Default.aspx

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Wilderness Society 2010 Annual Report

 

For years I have supported The Wilderness Society’s mission to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. This year my image of mountain goats in Glacier National Park is the cover of TWS’s 2010 annual report.
For more information on The Wilderness Society and their important work visit http://wilderness.org/.

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iLCP June Newsletter


Stay in touch with conservation issues here.  I support this work.

iLCP Newsletter

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Endangered Species Day!

BLOG: Endangered Species Day 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2011, to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.

To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

For further information, podcasts, and to find a sponsored event near you: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2011.html

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Climate Solutions 2011 Breakfast

 

Yesterday morning I had the unique opportunity to attend the Climate Solutions 2011 breakfast, featuring a conversation with Bill Gates.

I was sitting at the “Mellem/Macfarlane” table—coined the Vanity Fair table by Dennis Hayes of The Bullitt Foundation —with Tom Skerritt, Bill Gates, Sr., and SF Giants owner Bill Neukom. Other attendees were Dr. Leroy Hood, Science Educator Valerie Logan, Bryan Weeks, Jim McCurdy, Greg Landis, Roger Mellem, and Ross Macfarlane.

The search for clean energy and solutions to climate change is more critical than ever and innovation in this area must not be crippled by bipartisanship.

>>SEATTLE TIMES ARTICLE
>>WATCH THE VIDEO (www.grist.org)

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PODAS Palouse Workshop Just Announced!

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In conjunction with Phase One Digital Artists Series (PODAS), Michael Reichmann and I will be leading a much-anticipated workshop to Washington’s Palouse region this summer. The Palouse is a remarkable agricultural area in eastern Washington, and one of my favorites places to photograph in my home state. The landscapes are varied, full of sagelands, wheatfields, empty roads, and deep horizons.

This is a rare opportunity as this is the only field workshop that Michael will be doing this year. And since it is a PODAS workshop, each participant will be provided with a IQ160 60 Megapixel back, a Phase One DF camera body, and a 75– 150mm lens. Other lenses from 28mm – 300mm will be available to participants as well.

You can learn more about the workshop and PODAS here:

http://www.phaseone.com/global/PODAS-Workshops/Palouse.aspx

>>WORKSHOP DETAILS

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