OktoberForest- Celebrate Forests and Beer!
The arrival of fall always brings colorful leaves, brisk air, creative costumes and festive gatherings. This season, The Nature Conservancy is joining the fun with OktoberForest, a collaboration with local breweries to raise awareness about the important role that forests play in our water supply. We asked Dru Ernst, owner and head brewer at Dru Bru, to share his story. Dru Bru is located at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass in the midst of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Did you know that 75 percent of the hops used in the United States come from our own Yakima Valley? And those hops are dependent on clean, cool water from the Yakima River, which flows out of the forests of the Cascade Mountains.
In 2014, The Nature Conservancy acquired nearly 48,000 acres of forest lands in the Central Cascades, including 390 miles of rivers and streams and the headwaters of the Yakima River.
We’re working with partners to restore these forests to health and ensure the streams and rivers will flow clean and clear for generations to come, sustaining salmon, people and beer.
Infographic Created by Erica Simek Sloniker/TNC