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Tree House Island: A New Vacation Spot Between Portland and Seattle

In 2007, I went to Silver Lake, Washington, looking for good deals on property. I had been running a company specializing in stamped, decorative concrete, but the economy hit my business hard and I wanted to take on a project. In the middle of the lake, an island full of huge fir and cedar caught my attention. I immediately envisioned a park-like atmosphere with tree houses, a place where people could get away from their day-to-day and be a kid again.


My friend James Misner, whose painting company was not doing well, decided to invest with me and we bought the 25 acre island. We wanted to focus on the possibilities of a recreational and vacation spotfor the community rather than on how the economy affected our construction businesses. We built one tree house and six zip lines and called it Tree House Island. We plan to open the zip line park in May or June of 2013, but we have six more tree houses to build.

Silver Lake is seven minutes from Interstate 5, bordered by the Spirit Lake Highway, leading to Mt. St. Helens. Seattle is an hour and a half drive to the north and Portland is one hour to the south. Nearby Mt. Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge receives five million visitors every year. Mt. St. Helens, on the other hand, only gets 250,000 visitors annually.

This is a huge untapped resource in tourism, and anyone who has not seen Mt. St. Helens is truly missing it. We think that when the tree houses are all built, it will be a really great place for families to stay. The winding trails, canoeing, fishing, and zip lines could bring in around three to five thousand patrons each year. This is just a drop in the bucket towards maximizing the tourism potential, but it is at least making a dent and could bring growth to surrounding businesses. We see Tree House Island as an opportunity to build up our community. Support our Kickstarter project if you'd like to visit us one day.

This project was featured on GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

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That's why the United Nations made one of its Sustainable Development Goals to "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls." That goal includes providing women and girls equal access to education and health care, as well as addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls.

While there is still much work to be done, history shows us that we are capable of making big leaps forward on this issue. Check out some of the milestones humanity has already reached on the path to true equality.

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1848 The Seneca Falls Convention in New York, organized by Elizabeth Lady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, is the first U.S. women's convention to discuss the oppression of women in sociopolitical, economic, and religious life.

1893 New Zealand becomes the first self-governing nation to grant national voting rights to women.

1903 Marie Curie becomes the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is also the only woman to win multiple Nobel Prizes, for Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911.

1920 The 19th Amendment is passed in the U.S. giving women the right to vote in all 50 U.S. states.

1973 The U.S. Open becomes the first major sports tournament of its kind to offer equal pay to women, after tennis star Billie Jean King threatened to boycott.

1975 The first World Conference on Women is held in Mexico, where a 10-year World Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women is formed. The first International Women's Day is commemorated by the UN in the same year.

1979 The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the "Women's Bill of Rights." It is the most comprehensive international document protecting the rights of women, and the second most ratified UN human rights treaty after the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1980 Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland becomes the first woman to be elected head of state in a national election.

1993 The UN General Assembly adopts the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the first international instrument to explicitly define forms of violence against women and lay out a framework for global action.

2010 The UN General Assembly creates the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to speed progress on meeting the needs of women and girls around the world.

2018 The UN and European Union join forces on the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

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As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is redoubling its commitment to reach all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality. But it will take action and effort from everyone to ensure that women and girls are free from discrimination and violence. Learn more about what is being done to address gender equality and see how you can get involved here.

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