Wild Rivers and Women's Leadership

Wild Rivers and Women’s Leadership
September 13-14, 2019

Join Rachel’s Network, American Rivers, and Washington Women’s Foundation to learn more about the modern dam removal movement in the Pacific Northwest with a weekend visit to Seattle and the North Puget Sound. 

Registration for all weekend events is complimentary to members of Rachel’s Network, American Rivers and Washington Women’s Foundation, but is required. THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. Registrants may use the form below to register for the Friday evening panel and reception and/or the Saturday site visit waitlists. Please complete the registration form below no later than Friday, August 30.

For questions about this event, please email Jamie. 


Agenda Summary
On Friday, September 13, registrants will hear from a panel of experts about the dam removal movement in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoy a networking reception with Rachel’s Network, American Rivers, and Washington Women’s Foundation. THIS PANEL AND RECEPTION IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST BELOW. 

On September 14, registrants will visit the Nooksack River. The tour will begin with a stop at the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam, which is slated for removal in 2020 and cited as one of the most important salmon recovery projects in Puget Sound. This visit will include hiking and salmon run observation (weather dependent) and will be followed by a reception in Bellingham. Throughout the day, guests will hear from project partners, conservation funders, and community leaders, including remarkable women, who have been instrumental in this effort. A boxed lunch and optional round-trip ground transportation will be provided from Seattle, WA for the Saturday site visit. THIS SITE VISIT IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST BELOW.

Reserving Your Rooms
We recommend booking a room at the following downtown Seattle hotel:

Kimpton Palladian Hotel
2000 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Click here to secure the Good Neighbor Rate or call Erik Betz at 206.340.6736 and mention Rachel’s Network.

Photo by Drew Farwell on Unsplash

More About the Nooksack River

The Nooksack River is the lifeblood Whatcom County, Washington, providing drinking water to the city of Bellingham and fueling the region’s outdoor recreation and agricultural industries. It’s one of the few river systems in region that provides freshwater habitat for all five species of Pacific salmon, including endangered Chinook salmon, as well as endangered steelhead and bull trout. A dam in the Middle Fork of the Nooksack has blocked passage of salmon and steelhead for nearly 70 years. After extensive joint efforts between the city of Bellingham, local indigenous communities, American Rivers, and key philanthropic partners like Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, this dam will finally be removed in 2020. Stretches of the Nooksack River are targeted for Wild and Scenic River designation to ensure the river is permanently protected and free flowing for generations to come.

Thank you to our program partners: 

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