Wild Nooksack

The headwaters of the Nooksack River is a free-flowing, beautiful and wild area that is worthy of being protected. Brett Baunton presents “Wild Nooksack”, a visual presentation about the outstanding qualities that make the Nooksack River a unique gem to our region. The focus is on the beauty, diversity and outstanding qualities that make the Nooksack eligible for a National Wild and Scenic River designation. The upper reaches of the Nooksack should be granted Wild and Scenic River status for further protection from development and dams. From ouzels to eagles and wild salmon we explore the many benefits of preserving this free-flowing river for our local community and the Salish Sea.


Photos by Brett Baunton.

About the Speaker

Brett Baunton
Brett Baunton

Brett Baunton is a Bellingham based photographer with credits from National Geographic, Audubon, Sierra, National Wildlife and National Parks. American Rivers, Whatcom Land Trust, Re-Sources and NSEA use his images to further the goal of protecting the Nooksack.

Brett is a prolific natural landscape and adventure photographer with hiking partners Luna the Siberian Husky and artistic wife Denise Snyder. His compositions have garnered awards and credits including National Geographic, Audubon,  Alaska, Backpacker, Sierra and Natures Best. Brett's work is featured in the new Mountaineers book "The North Cascades: The Wilds Nearby". His images are used by Mt. Baker National Forest, Denali, Grand Canyon and North Cascades National Parks. The US Postal service used his image of the Pacific Crest Trail on a stamp. His images are seen nationally on cards and calendars as well as book covers for Norton, Sasquatch, Whatcom Land Trust and Rand McNally's World Atlas. Brett prided himself in making 4x5 transparencies and Drum scans for fine highly detailed work in the past. Of course he is now using digital captures. Specialties range from the Mt. Baker Wilderness areas, the North Cascades region to the Arrigetch Peaks in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Denali National Park, Alaska where he where he also worked as a backcountry ranger.


Artist Statement:

"My passion is to hike into remote wild places and focus on the light playing across the landscape. I find inspiration in wildflowers, glaciers, fall colors, clouds and patterns. I feel very fortunate to experience the natural beauty hiking into our wild areas in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. I hope my images will allow others to see  these scenes with a sense of wonder and enjoyment. My further desire being a nature  photographer is to encourage others to see, respect and help protect our fine treasure of wild places."


Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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