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It’s no secret the glaciers and the alpine environment are changing, yet despite extensive media coverage, it remains an issue that’s tough to fully comprehend. Those who are lucky enough to live in the shadow of big, glaciated mountains can only see so much change from down below. From Bellingham, it’s easy to spot the difference in Mt. Baker’s soft, snowy winter coat and its rocky summer skeleton, but it’s hard to notice how increasingly famished it become each summer.

If there’s one person who can illustrate the tumultuous history of the initial incorporation of the park, the inception of its caretaker, North Cascades Institute, and the ongoing efforts to educate and share the pristine wilderness with all, it would be John C. Miles.

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club has been organizing like-minded skiers to get out on groomed trails around its namesake river since the 1990s. What started as a small group of dedicated winter recreationists has slowly grown into a yearly institution in the Mt. Baker foothills.

The flight of a fishing line is one of the most beautiful things humans can do in nature. The action is one of the few movements that feel as graceful as the animals with whom we share these wild places.

"The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - Williams B. Yeats Courtesy Holly Koon By Luca Williams Photos courtesy Holly Koon Watching Holly Koon hike down …

reviews by Meg Olson Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry Edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman and Derek Sheffield Mountaineers Books My great-grandfather told my mother that it was …

Writer Eric Lucas stands in front of Big Red, in LaPine State Park, Oregon. Courtesy Eric Lucas Visiting our tall, quiet friends along the north Pacific By Eric Lucas Treebeard has nothing to say. …

Northern lights and Milky Way above Winchester Lookout. Andy Porter photo Stargazing the Baker way By Ian Haupt O n a clear night in North Cascades National Park, one can see nearly 3,000 stars, …

Grizzly bears in Chilcotin, B.C. Jeremy Williams/River Voices photo A look at the history of a long organized but victim to little progress conservation effort to repatriate grizzlies into …

Darrington residents restore fire lookout, now open for overnighters Story by Martha Rasmussen | Photos courtesy Friends of North Mountain T he Great Fire of 1910 incinerated over 3 million acres of …

By Jacqueline Thompson T he Cascades truly blossom into their namesake in summer, as water rushes from glaciated peaks to feed the land and wild plants. For foragers and herbalists, summer in the …

By Oliver Lazenby | Photos by Eric Ellingson B irds are the living descendants of dinosaurs, heralds of seasonal change and wanderers in a global ecosystem. Paying attention to birds opens a world of …

Illustration of an UFO sighting above the Nooksack River. Illustration by Snowy Benson Recent UFO sighting reports prompt local group to take a closer look at the Mt. Baker area. By Pat Grubb We are …

By Oliver Lazenby Dozens of eagles perched above the Nooksack River Valley. Audra Lee Mercille photo. From late November to late January, thousands of bald eagles descend on local rivers and streams …

By Jason Griffith The long days of sweating up trails and swatting flies are mostly behind us. Fortunately, the cool, crisp days of fall are a wonderful time in the high alpine of the Cascades. Many …

By Amy Gibson As autumn approaches, plants begin to ready themselves for winter. For plants, the change in temperature causes sugars to migrate and convert into different forms with a variety of …

From left to right: thimbleberry, cleavers, yarrow. By Amy Gibson For many, summer is a time to relax, slow down, and enjoy the warm season of our lives. One way I’ve found to enjoy these months …

Story and photos By Patrick Beggan For an easy night under the stars, it’s hard to beat car camping. Though Whatcom County doesn’t have a major mountain pass or an abundance of built-up …

By Amy Gibson As winter winds down, green life emerges in the forest once again. You may notice foragers off-trail, filling baskets with robust leaves, bright flowers and small berries. Perhaps …

  Story and photos by Audra Mercille When Rio and I set out for the North Twin Sister, some would have called us crazy – not just because of our familiar but challenging destination or the …

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