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Broadband Leader : Annie Cubberly
Olympia, Washington
Western Washington State – Olympia/Seattle area and as far north as the San Juan Islands and south to Vancouver.



Broadband Leader Annie Cubberly

Broadband Leader Annie Cubberly

Focus areas:

  • Climate change activism, including kayaktivism
  • Wilderness proposals
  • Northwest Forest Plan
  • Crude oil and coal terminals
  • Broadwalks
  • Water conservation vs storage projects
  • Invasive plant monitoring
  • Salmon restoration


  • Collaborating with Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Black Hills Audubon, Olympic Forest Coalition and Olympic Park Associates
  • Hosting Broadwalks, informational presentations, wilderness poetry events, environmental book group discussions, luncheons for "Ageless Advocates, tabling,
  • Road and trail monitoring
  • Collaborating with neighboring Broadbands and local climate activism groups
  • Attending hearings and meetings related to fossil fuel infrastructure, water storage, and forest plan management

Special Programs:

“A Celebration of 31 Washington Wilderness Areas and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 That Protects Them”

Created and presented by Pat McLachlan
Friendship Force of Olympia, March 28, 2015


About the Broadband’s name:
Polly Dyer is not only a current Great Old Broads for Wilderness member, but she is also one of the grassroots activists whose efforts resulted in passage of the Wilderness Act. Polly has been a prominent figure in virtually every major campaign to protect wilderness in Washington state.

Special Projects:

In 2010–2014, the Broadband completed four field seasons of road survey and monitoring project in the South Fork Skokomish and Queets watersheds in collaboration with the Olympic Forest Coalition and the Olympic National Forest. One member of the Broadband described this work as “hiking with a purpose”. The reports, drafted by our former Broadband Leader and Climate Action Liaison, Shelley Spalding, resulted in the Forest Service nominating the Broadband for a Regional Conservation Volunteers award.

The summer of 2014 surveys were focused on identifying temporary log haul roads in Riparian Reserves for a 4000-acre thinning sale in the Queets River.

OFCO Citizen Road Condition Reports:

The Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband  pioneered “local” Broadwalks (a multi-day campout with speakers, hikes, good food, and a service project) and these have been important opportunities for education, advocacy and building camaraderie. Of our five (to date) local Broadwalks, four have been on the Olympic Peninsula and the fifth near the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We have concentrated on educating ourselves in order to advocate for the recently reintroduced Wild Olympics Wilderness Bill. We have appeared at hearings, meetings, and on radio programs to show our support for the legislation and also go into the Olympics on walks and hikes to deepen our appreciation for its splendor. With our focus on water storage projects, our next Broadwalk will be on the eastside of the Cascades to learn more about the Yakima Basin Irrigation Plan which would result in over 2000 acres of old growth being cut and extinction of bull trout in historic spawning tributaries.

While enjoying these actions and activities, members have discovered a shared love of poetry, and have been especially moved by the poetry of Olympic Peninsula poet and advocate, Tim McNulty.

Come on out and join us!

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