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Ninkasi T-shirt: Art Imitates Life But Also Inspires Action

By Bob Ferris
Our new collaborative T-shirt design with Ninkasi speaks symbolically and literally for rivers (at right). Ninkasi T Shirt
For instance, the river flowing out of us on the shirt and into a Ninkasi pint glass graphically represents our work to protect waters and Ninkasi’s significant support for efforts to keep our region’s waterways clean and wild.  This makes perfect sense as both our entities are headquartered in Eugene on the banks of a river and we operate in a region—Cascadia—that is defined by its cascading waters.  We are in water people.
the-narrows-viewpoint-north-umpqua-river-myrtle-creek-300x186Cascadia Wildlands' water work is sometimes pretty obvious and upfront such as our efforts to get suction dredgers out of our precious salmon steelhead waters, our work to protect tree-lined, riparian corridors from harm and our advocacy against harmful public lands grazing. And sometimes our water work is a little more cryptic like our battles against coal exports, LNG pipelines and carbon export facilities.   But all of it is directed towards keeping the water that we live near, play in and depend on for life in a wild state.
This shirt design should be taken literally as well, because Cascadia Wildlands works to protect the McKenzie and other nearby watersheds which is where Ninkasi other local breweries gets their water.  Our recent, successful lawsuit on the Goose Timber Sale and our efforts now on the ill-advised Green Mountain Project (please click below to take action) all act to protect this globally-known watershed for people, fish and even beer.  
For all of the above reasons we are proud of this shirt for all it represents.  And we happy that we will be able to start offering this shirt this coming Saturday May 10th at the Hoedown where we celebrate our partners in all of these efforts: You.  
So get your tickets now to come square dance, drink some Ninkasi (and Oakshire) brews, play games, eat monumental vegetarian chili and cavort around a campfire with the finest bunch of people found in Cascadia.  Yee Haw!



Throwdown at the Hoedown: Grab the Kids and Come on Down on May 10!

by Josh Laughlin
I remember the first Hoedown for Cascadia's Ancient Forests real well. It was back in the early days of Cascadia Wildlands in the early 2000s when we were trying to figure out how to creatively raise revenue to support our conservation programs and have fun at the same time. Why not throw a beer party at a board member's horse-riding facility in the countryside near Cottage Grove, pipe in some bluegrass music through the riding arena speakers and bring in a caller? We all like keg beer, bluegrass and Lane County's pastoral countryside, right? But what about square dancing? It seemed like a recipe for possible success. We went for it.
It is likely we found the conservative, cowgirl who called out the squares to canned country music records in theMeg "services offered" section of the Cottage Grove Sentinel.  Somehow, people turned out. In droves. Perhaps it was the biodiesel shuttle bus from Eugene with a keg on it that lured the crowd. It was fun watching people who have never square danced before alemaning and dosidoing thier partners under the covered horse arena as cold drizzle fell and a large bonfire raged that October evening. Volunteers even had to make an emergency late-night run into Cottage Grove to find a dive bar and another keg to keep the crowd fueled and dancing into the night.
The Hoedown has grown up a bit since then. Ninkasi, Oakshire Brewing, the Eugene Weekly and others sponsor the event. 40 volunteers make it happen. We've replaced the turntable with live bluegrass. Cutting-edge bands like the Dickel Brothers, Fog Horn String Band, and Conjugal Visitors have graced the flatbed trailer stage and picked to renowned square dance callers, like Bob Ewing, who has called the dances at the Hoedown for at least the last four years. This year, we've got Blue Flags and Black Grass lined up to whip you all into a square dancing frenzy. But it is absolutely still the same Hoedown at the same beautiful property with great live bluegrass and amazing community members joining together to celebrate the beauty of Cascadia through square dancing, networking and merry making into the night. If you are a prospective first-timer, click here for more information on the Hoedown. 
Hoedown 2014 April 28, 2014I hope you will join us for the 11th annual Hoedown for Cascadia's Ancient Forests this May 10, from 6-10:30 pm. We've got kids (and adult) activities planned, including a tater sack race, water balloon toss and mini soccer with the Red Aces of Eugene Metro Futbol Club. It is lining up to be a spectacular evening with a veggie chili dinner, libations and good times to be had in the countryside just west of Cottage Grove. Click the button below for advance tickets and round trip shuttle bus ride from Eugene. Cascadia WIldlands looks forward to seeing you at Avalon Stables on May 10. Don't leave your Hoedown attire in the closet!



Gaye Lee Russell and Her Badass Band to Play Pints March 4th

For immediate release

February 13, 2013


Gaye Lee Russell 541-844-1212

Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands 541-434-1463


Gaye Lee Russell and Her Badass Band to Perform for Cascadia Wildlands’ Pints Gone Wild! Benefit At Ninkasi Brewing Co. on March 4

            Eugene, OR — Eugene’s own Gaye Lee Russell and her Badass Band have announced they will play at Cascadia Wildlands’s first-Monday-of-the-month “Pints Gone Wild!” benefit from 5:30-7 pm on the Ninkasi Brewing Co. patio on Monday, March 4. The event is free and open to the public. Cascadia Trivia Night follows the music inside the tasting room.

            25% of pint sales at the tasting room at Pints Gone Wild! is generously donated to Cascadia Wildlands to support a wide range of the organization’s conservation work, including designating the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness in the Oregon Coast Range, recovering gray wolf populations back into the Pacific West, and creating new state scenic waterway designations to protect wild salmon in Oregon.

            Gaye Lee Russell and Her Badass Band are proud to support Cascadia Wildlands. “The landscapes of Cascadia give us our lifeblood, and we have an obligation to protect them,” says Gay Lee Russell. “We are excited to be working with Cascadia Wildlands to ensure that future generations get a chance to marvel at our clean rivers, wild salmon runs and storybook wilderness.”

            Whether straight out rockin’ the blues or mellowing out with soulful ballads, Gaye Lee Russell is a dynamic singer and an all-out charismatic entertainer.  Gaye Lee shines as Rainy Day Blues Society Rooster Award winner 2009 for Best Female 


Blues Vocalist, and 2008 Best of Eugene Best Jingle Writer for her recording of Get Hip to the Eugene Green Scene.  Singing professionally on stage and touring nationally and internationally from the age of fourteen, Gaye Lee Russell has continued to perform and record with major rock, jazz and blues artists. She has shared stage and studio with a diverse array of national and internationally known musicians such as Muddy Waters, Gil Scott-Heron, Robert Cray, Paul deLay, BTO, Joan Jett, John Mellencamp, Dan Siegel, Meredith Brooks, The Tommy Castro Band with Magic Dick, Kenny Lee and Deanna Bogart, Mason Williams, Mel Brown and Hadley Caliman, John Hendrix and Annie Ross among many other top-flight performers.  

            Formerly with Eugene's The BOE Orchestra, Random Blues Band and the Gaye Lee Russell Experience (a tribute to Janis Joplin), on March 4 Gaye Lee will be performing with her “Badass Band” that includes rockin' blues guitarist Chad Jensen, Steve Carlile-drums, Vince Black (formerly with Black Uhuru, Andrew Tosh, Sonny Rhodes, Eek-a-Mouse, etc.) and special guest artists.

            The Ninkasi tasting room and patio are located at 272 Van Buren Street in Eugene’s historic Whiteaker neighborhood.

*** A high-resolution photo of Gaye Lee Russell is attached for press use.



Having a Duck Fiesta

By Bob Ferris

The auction for Cascadia Wildlands is a time of labor—heavy lifting and thought.  Certainly, it is a labor of love, but it is also about us receiving love.   Love is coming from our community—love from our myriad supporters…old friends, and new.  
The outpouring is so gratifying to us, why just this morning a supporter donated 2 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl on January 3 in Glendale, Arizona including parking.  This spectacular offering is the perfect gift for University of Oregon Duck fans or folks who might support the other.  (Wow Duck’s football and sun—what a combination!)
In our communications we have talked a lot about the Live Auction items but not much about the roughly 150 Silent Auction items and packages.  This is a little like looking at the tip of the iceberg without looking at what is below the surface.  

As we have in past years, we have a lot items from our regular donors like baskets from Mountain Rose Herbs and Medicine Flower, clothing and gear from Patagonia and Tactics, quality wines from local vineyards, and a rich assortment of dining and entertainment  opportunities.  All reason enough to come to the auction.  
But there are also other items from a handmade rustic bench and a bat house to a salvaged maple mirror and a stylish hand-knitted sweater vest.  And art, boy do we have art.  We have many original oils from local artists as well as photographic art including a 60-inch long panoramic photograph on stretched canvas by Cascadia Wildlands frequent contributor Tim Giraudier at Headwaters Photographic.  
So whether or not you are a rabid Duck’s fan, outdoor fanatic, or a lover of fine food, wine, and art we have something for you.  And even if you do not find something that tickles your fancy you will walk away well fed with Ring of Fire cuisine and warmed both by good drink such as Ninkasi beer and good company coming together for a great and getting greater cause.  We like it wild.
So get your advanced tickets today–December 6 before 11:00 PM PST–or pay $40.00 at the door on Saturday the 8th.



Putting Wonder in the Wonderland Auction – Advanced Tickets Available for Dec. 8 Event

By Bob Ferris
One of the joys of life is doing new things and experiencing new adventures. That is true for new events as well, and our 10th Annual Wonderland Auction falls squarely into the new and exciting category for me.  And I am working with staff – particularly Camille – to make sure that it is also new and exciting for all of you as well.  So what is exciting about this year’s auction?
Big Items

Come bid on a Lake Tahoe vacation experience.

For one, the live auction items are really remarkable and varied.  I am touched that people are stepping up in this manner with donations at this level.  It says a lot about the community that supports Cascadia Wildlands as well as speaking to the value of the work that we do and how we do it.  Please check out the items here and remember that we have created bidding options for those who cannot attend.  Click here to create a proxy donor form.  
I would also add that the adventures and getaways in the live and silent auctions are really a smorgasbord of Cascadia with quality wild experiences from California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska – nearly all with waters to view and experience.  Moreover, many of these experiences highlight the very “big tree and boulder—otters and orca—salmon and steelhead—wolves and wolverines” wildness we celebrate and work so very hard to protect and enhance.
Little Items
But it is not all big items that make this event special.  This year we are honored that Jo Marshall—a children’s author who writes the Twig Series of books illustrated by D.W. Murray—has chosen to donate three sets of her climate change-oriented Twig Series that are must reads for young adults and a few elected adults who I could mention but will not in deference to the laws governing 501(c)3 non-profits.  
I also think that everyone will appreciate the packaging of related items into logical or illogical bundles.  Perhaps a bottle of wine with a romantic coastal get-away or a scented candle with a signed copy of a book on wilderness spirituality, will one of these tickle your fancy?  
What We Need: Auction Items, Attendees and Vounteers
As evidenced by the live auction and the silent auction donor pages, we are making real progress but we could still use some help in several areas.  First, we could use more live and silent auction items. (Please contact Camille to coordinate.)  We would also welcome more business sponsors and table sponsors as well.  
And we can use more volunteers.  In fact, we need roughly 35 dedicated volunteers to help us pull this off in the manner that all of us expect.  So sign up here, if you want to volunteer and buy your advanced tickets today.  I hope to see you on December 8 for a memorable evening!



Ninkasi Commits to Another Wild Year

Local brewer and friend to Cascadia Wildlands Ninkasi Brewery just committed to another year of the legendary Pints Gone Wild events.  The 2012-2013 series will start in early September 2012.  Watch this site and the Pints Gone Wild page for updates and a solidified schedule.  Bands interested in getting a little wild exposure to benefit Cascadia Wildlands should contact Josh Laughlin (josh (at)  See you all there!

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