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16th Annual Conservation Breakfast

April 6 at 10:00 am 11:30 am

The mouth of the Elwha River during high waters, captured by John Gussman (Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain contributor and previous Out Standing in the Field awardee)

Join us for the 16th annual North Olympic Land Trust Conservation Breakfast!

Saturday, April 6th | 10 am – 11:30 am

Vern Burton Community Center, Port Angeles

The Olympic Peninsula has been defined by its productive beauty since time immemorial. This is a landscape of unparalleled wonders, rich human culture, and important natural resiliency to global climate change. Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain: Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, published last year by Braided River, is a local tapestry woven from stunning visuals, captivating narratives, and a deep respect for the Olympic Peninsula’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain is a chorus of voices collaborating to tell the story of this place. Lead author Tim McNulty along with writers from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Makah Tribe, and Quinault Indian Nation reveal the complex history of development, conservation, restoration, and cultural heritage that defines this remarkable region. This book is a call to action, inspiring a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature, culture, and human presence. Learn more at https://www.salmoncedar.org/.

This year, we are excited to host a vibrant panel of storytellers deeply rooted in the Olympic Peninsula. Experience stunning images and personal narratives that explore the Peninsula’s past, present, and future. Featuring Tim McNulty; Loni Grinnell-Greninger, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council Vice-Chair; Lynda V. Mapes; reporter for The Seattle Times; and David Guterson; award-winning author.

Recognizing a local citizen or group with our Out Standing in the Field Award is a Conservation Breakfast Tradition. This prestigious award honors those who go above and beyond, making a real difference for conservation efforts within our community. Please join us in honoring Tim McNulty with the 11th Outstanding in the Field Award for his work to connect people and place and encourage environmental action through his writing and community efforts.

This annual gathering is our community’s largest celebration of local land conservation, bringing together community members and partners from across Clallam County. Conservation Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your local land trust, get involved, as well as network and deepen your community connections. We’ll share about recent land conservation successes, challenges, and exciting projects underway.

Copies of Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain will be available for purchase from Port Book & News at the event.

Refreshments such as hot drinks and baked goods are included at no cost with your RSVP. Donations are appreciated. We recommend that you bring a reusable mug or thermos to cut down on waste. RSVPs are appreciated at your earliest convenience.

About the Speakers

Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, and natural history writer. He is the author of three poetry collections and eleven books on natural history, including Olympic National Park: A Natural History. Tim has received the Washington State Book Award and the National Outdoor Book Award, among other honors. He’s lived most of his life in the foothills of Washington’s Olympic Mountains and serves on the board of Olympic Park Advocates, a conservation organization that focuses on the Olympic ecosystem. His website is timmcnultypoet.com.

Loni Grinnell-Greninger currently serves her people as the Vice Chairwoman at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, beginning her service in January 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, and her Masters of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College in 2016. After spending four years working for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services in Indian Policy and as a Tribal Liaison for Behavioral Health Services, she came home to Jamestown to serve her people. She currently serves as the Department Director of Social & Community Services. In both of her roles, she works closely with federal, state, and local governments, as well as numerous tribal and non-tribal organizations to engage in policy and cultural work for her tribe and on behalf of Indian Country.

Lynda V. Mapes is an award-winning journalist, author, and close observer of the natural world. She is the author of six books, including Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home; Witness Tree: Seasons of Change in a Century Old Oak; and Elwha: A River Reborn. Lynda lives in Seattle where she covers nature, the environment, and tribes as a staff reporter for The Seattle Times.

David Guterson is the author of twelve books, including the novel Snow Falling on Cedars and the book-length poem Turn Around Time. As an inveterate walker and a Northwest native, he has hiked and climbed widely in the Olympic Mountains. Two of his novels— The Other and Our Lady of the Forest—are set on the Olympic Peninsula.

About Braided River

Braided River inspires people to protect wild places through images and stories that change perspectives. Western North America’s public lands are under threat. Using the power of beautiful images, they publish photography books and create visually-driven multimedia advocacy campaigns to draw attention to these critical ecosystems. A nonprofit based in Seattle on Coast Salish land, they work in concert with conservation photographers, writers, grassroots organizations and Indigenous communities to build greater public awareness, and inspire action. Learn more at www.Braidedriver.org.

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Vern Burton Community Center

308 E 4th St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
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