A new generation of American travelers has been inspired by a new generation’s passion for outdoor adventure and conservation, but their travels have been largely limited to the coasts of California and the Rockies.
This summer, a new wave of ecotouring enthusiasts has been emerging in the Pacific Northwest, a region that is home to the world’s largest population of sea otters, the only native mammal that has a permanent home in the United States.
The Pacific Northwest has also been a breeding ground for conservation efforts, and its coastal communities have become home to some of the most active marine mammal conservation efforts in the world.
According to Kelley Jones, who is working with a team of ecopreneurs in the region, the Pacific is home for an array of marine mammals, including the largest population in the continental United States, as well as the world largest population, the American manta ray.
The species is now considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN.
The group that works with Jones is called Sea Otters International.
They’ve already raised over $4 million to help protect sea otter populations in the Puget Sound and Columbia River Delta.
But their goal is much larger: to raise funds to help preserve the entire Pacific Northwest ecosystem.
“It’s been really inspiring to see how much of the Pacific ecosystem is threatened, but the only thing that’s really been lost is the sea otts,” Jones said.
“The ocean is the one place that we’re actually really getting a lot of conservation value.”
The Pacific Ocean is home with over 1,000 species of marine animals, including otters.
In the region of the United Kingdom, for example, the population of the Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be around 7,500 and the species of corals is estimated at more than 5,000.
In the Pacific, however, only a fraction of otters live in the wild.
They are the largest land mammal species in the ocean, with a lifespan of 30 years.
And in the U.S., otters can be found only in the northern Pacific and in coastal California.
That’s where Sea Otter International is set to make a difference.
“When we started Sea Ottery International, we were really hoping that we would be able to raise a ton of money, and we’ve really had no luck so far,” Jones told The Huffington Post.
“We’ve got our own office, our own staff and our own team of people, but we’ve never really had the resources to get any serious funding from the public.
So, for us to have that type of money to make it happen is huge.”
Jones and his team hope that they can get some traction from a recent campaign that was launched in partnership with a conservation group called the Pacific Sea Otting Federation (PSOF).
The group raised $100,000 in the first 24 hours of the campaign, which is part of a larger effort to raise $100 million to protect the otters from the threats of climate change.
The goal of the PSOF is to make sure otters aren’t over-exploited and can continue to thrive in the coming decades.
The group plans to put up permanent facilities that will provide free-of-charge education about otter biology and conservation to the public and will have a website dedicated to otter ecology.
The first of the facilities, called the “Coffee House,” will also feature educational materials and other resources to help educate the public on otter conservation.
The other two sites are located in Washington State and Oregon, where the otter population is estimated between 5,600 and 6,500.
“There’s a lot to learn about otters in the Northern Hemisphere,” Jones explained.
“We know that they’re a great predator, and that’s why they’re in the oceans, so it’s really exciting to know that otters are so important to the entire planet.”
The goal of Sea Ottering International is to have a permanent otter habitat in the Northwest.
The project is also working to increase the number of sea urchins that can be released into the ocean to protect otters and corals.
To do this, Sea OtTER International has partnered with the Sea Otning Institute, a marine mammal research organization based in Washington state.
Sea OtTSI’s Director of Operations, Rob Phelan, said that otter numbers are rising around the world and that it’s important to get more people involved in conservation efforts.
“A lot of people don’t realize that otting is really critical for the survival of the marine ecosystem,” Phelann told HuffPost.
“In the U, the otting population is on the rise, so we really need otters to be able survive.”