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Ayana Young 

FOUNDER, PROJECT DIRECTOR, HOST

Ayana Young is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in the Summer of 2017. 

Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America. 


 

Jade Begay

TONGASS CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

Jade Begay, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression. 

Jade currently produces multimedia for 350.org and the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.


 
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Madison Magalski

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Madison Magalski is a student of our beloved Earth, dedicated to learning from and being a voice for the biodiversity of Cascadia. She studied Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she delved deep into the intricacies of diverse forest ecosystems under the guidance of passionate scientists. Although trained in the realm of rigorous academics, she approaches ecological research with a holistic lens, nurturing the reclamation of human intuition and the inseparability of people from the systems they study. Madison has further cultivated her relationship with the land through farming. She has farmed medicinal herbs, vegetables, and flowers within wild landscapes such as the high desert of central Oregon, ancient Juniper cloaked ridges of New Mexico, the vibrant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and on a small island off the northern coast of BC in the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Her travels throughout North America always lead her back to the coast of Cascadia, where she plans to continue working for the restoration and protection of wild ecosystems.   


 
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Erica Ekrem

ART DIRECTOR & DESIGNER

A child of the Dakotas, Erica Ekrem was shaped by the quiet strength of the prairie, by stories her grandmother told her during long, Northern winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature. 

She teaches traditional folk-style bookbinding, offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit sectors, and creates silent refuge through her practice of tea ceremony. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.

Erica lives with her partner & their two children along the forested tidelines of Cascadia.


 
 

WECAN International 

PARTNER

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a climate justice-based initiative established to unite women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in sustainability solutions, policy advocacy, and worldwide movement building for social and ecologic justice.

WECAN engages women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, scientists, policy makers, farmers, academics and culture-shapers in collaboration with the goal of stopping the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of just climate solutions through women’s empowerment, advocacy at international policy forums, trainings, on-the-ground projects, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic, social and environmental action.


 
 

Unified by our love for the Wild.