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The Cascadia Bioregional Party was proud to be featured by Idaho National Public Radio as an alternative to movements such as Greater Idaho or State of Jefferson.

“It extends from Mount Saint Elias in the north in Alaska, all the way down to northern California and as far east as Yellowstone,” Letsinger said.

The idea behind a bioregion, he said, is to link together common communities by following the flows of a watershed instead of running a more centralized, governmental structure based on arbitrary lines.

“The people living here will always be the best able to represent their own interests and needs and starting with those communities, starting with the place that we live and building up will be much more effective than being a part of a country that’s just too big.”

The party fielded two candidates for the 2017 British Columbia parliamentary elections. They each got less than 1% of the vote.

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Supporters of Cascadia protesting nuclear development. The movement originally formed in the ’80s promoting renewable energy, ecological sustainability and self-reliance.

Letsinger said he does feel a connection to the State of Jefferson movement, despite the significant political differences. People feel unheard and unrepresented.

“There is an overwhelming feeling that things are getting a lot worse in terms of climate, in terms of ecosystem, in terms of poverty and other issues,” especially after the last four years of the Trump presidency, he said.

That sense of alienation, Letsinger said, comes from not being able to affect broader change – whether it’s dealing with water rights, immigration policy or environmental protections, regardless of which side you’re on.

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