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Broadband Leader : Laurie Kerr
Broadband Co-Leader: Jane Heisler & Ginny Peckinpaugh
Portland, Oregon
Based in the Portland-Vancouver area, the Cascade Volcanoes Broadband range includes the Gifford Pinchot (Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams) and Mt. Hood National Forests, as well as the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Welcome to Cascade Volcanoes Broadband

Become a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and join our Broadband!

Laurie (left) and Jane (right) on a hike.

Contact Information:
Co-Leader, Jane Heisler
Co-Leader, Laurie Kerr
Co-Leader, Ginny Peckinpaugh
Co-Leader, Linda Buckley
Judy Todd,Climate Action Contact
Micky Ryan


Focus Areas:
Forest protection, climate change,  advocacy, education of Members and the public.

We are not just a hiking, service, and advocacy group; we're all three and more! It's important that we have fun no matter what we are doing. Please join us in any of our activities or contact us for more information.


  • Joined the Cascade Forest Conservancy to survey potential beaver habitat for suitability for beaver reintroduction.
  • Conducted grant-funded solitude monitoring training and monitoring sessions with the Forest Service in the Trapper Creek Wilderness (Gifford Pinchot National Forest) to determine usage in the area.
  • Partnered with Oregon Wild in exploring the Elliot State Forest in Oregon and advocating to keep it in public ownership.
  • Started an Advocacy Subcommittee, (the “Broadactivists,”) to focus on issues of interest.  
  • Joined with Cascade Forest Conservancy opposing Ascot Mining exploratory drilling proposal in Mt. St. Helens area.
  • Community Outreach at Get Outdoors Day in Vancouver and Birdfest in Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR); education of families about wilderness and the Great Old Broads.
  • Provided trail stewardship at Ridgefield and Steigerwald NWRs.
  • Assisted NWRs staff with science curriculum for public school elementary students and with Audubon local bird counts.
  • Participated in a work party with Washington Trails Association to maintain a trail in Beacon Rock State Park.


  • Co-sponsored with Oregon Wild, a presentation by George Wuerthner on fire and its importance to forests and wildlife.
  • Participated in Climate March in Portland.
  • Participated in Rally in Salem to stop the proposed Jordan Cove fracked gas plant and Pacific Connector pipeline from being approved.
  • Rallied and lobbied in Olympia, WA and Salem, OR in support of statewide efforts for Clean Energy legislation.
  • Lobbied Oregon Congressional delegation on the importance of maintaining the Endangered Species Act.
  • Rallied in Olympia, WA to protect orcas and salmon by removing the Lower Snake River Dams.
  • Continued education of members with winter Book Groups.  In 2018 we are reading “The Prairie Keepers” by Marcy Houle and “Active Hope by Joana Macy and Chris Johnstone.
  • Annual end-of-season Campout at Raab Campground in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
  • Assisted in planning and participated in “Discover the Santiam” Regional Broadwalk to explore issues impacting the Willamette National Forest.
  • Showed climate change film “The 11th Hour” at Movie Night.


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