Much of our natural landscape still bears the evidence of colonization in the names. Some of our most beloved places, such as Mount Rainier, serve as reminders of injustices committed against indigenous communities.
As the coronavirus spread throughout Washington's rural and agricultural communities, Yakima County had the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infections on the entire West Coast.
Our nation's parks and forests have struggled with a diversity problem for decades now. A long history of racism and exclusion in the great outdoors has left a deeply ingrained message about natural spaces: People of color don’t belong. Today, a group of dedicated nature lovers in Wenatchee hopes to change that.