Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

June 2016

Colville Wilderness · Grizzly Bears · Wildlife Monitoring · Wolverine Photos · B.C. National Park · ORV Comments

The Columbia Highlands offer dazzling sights in northeast Washington, including this view from the Kettle Crest.

The Columbia Highlands offer dazzling sights in northeast Washington, including this view from the Kettle Crest.
Photo: Eric Zamora

Speak up for wilderness on Colville National Forest

Between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains in northeast Washington lie the Columbia Highlands. This area features stunning subalpine peaks and majestic old-growth forests. And it provides a vital home for lynx, mountain caribou, grizzly bears and many other species.

We need your help to protect this special place. Learn about the need for protected wilderness in northeast Washington and submit comments to the Forest Service as part of the Colville National Forest's Management Plan Revision at the link below. You'll be standing strong for a wild future in the Columbia Highlands! Comments are due by July 5.
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Become a Friend of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear and help restore this missing icon. Photo: Jeremy Williams
Become a Friend of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear and help restore this missing icon.
Photo: Jeremy Williams

Strong support for North Cascades grizzly bears

In early June we publicly launched our Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear coalition, a collaborative effort to show support for grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Just in time for our launch, a new poll revealed that among a statewide sample of Washington voters, 80 percent support grizzly bear restoration!

Experts estimate that there are fewer than 10 grizzly bears remaining in Washington's North Cascades. Help restore a healthy and functioning population of this missing Northwest icon by becoming a Friend of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear at the link below. We'll also keep you updated on the next grizzly bear comment period coming this fall.
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Project adviser David Moskowitz shows volunteers how to construct a wolverine run pole. Photo: Aleah Jaeger
Project adviser David Moskowitz shows volunteers how to construct a wolverine run pole.
Photo: Aleah Jaeger

Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project expands in BC and northeast Washington

May was filled with volunteer trainings in Cle Elum and Kettle Falls for our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project. This year our volunteers are monitoring for grizzly bears in the North Cascades, wolves south of I-90, wolverines throughout the Cascades, general wildlife along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, and increased monitoring for Canada lynx in the Kettle Crest and British Columbia's Rossland Range.

Northeast Washington's Kettle River Mountain Range offers prime lynx habitat. However, the area has been studied little in regards to the current presence of this endangered cat. Read more at the link below, and please consider supporting this important lynx research with a donation.
LEARN MORE

 
This and other photos obtained this month show a wolverine in a new location north of Lake Wenatchee. Photo: CWMP
This and other photos obtained this month show a wolverine in a new location north of Lake Wenatchee.
Photo: CWMP

New wolverine photos from North Cascades

For the last year, one of our communications staffers has been maintaining wolverine remote camera sites north of Lake Wenatchee as a Citizen Wildlife Monitoring volunteer. It's an area of high-quality wolverine habitat, but despite past trail cam confirmations in areas to the north and south, research efforts had never before documented the elusive gulo gulo here. Until now!

For a timelapse video of these latest wolverine photos, click the link below. We'll be working with state and federal researchers to determine if this is a new wolverine, or a previously documented individual using newly confirmed territory.
WATCH

 
The South Okanagan-Similkameen is an important cultural and ecological area in southern British Columbia northwest of Washington's Okanogan Valley. Photo: SOS Park Campaign
The South Okanagan-Similkameen is an important cultural and ecological area in southern British Columbia northwest of Washington's Okanogan Valley.
Photo: SOS Park Campaign

Strong support for Okanagan-Similkameen National Park

A new report released by the B.C. Ministry of Environment shows strong support for greater wildlands protections in the South Okanagan-Similkameen through a new National Park Reserve. A new Canadian national park on the B.C.-Washington border would provide huge benefits for wildlife habitat connectivity, outdoor recreation, and local economies in both areas.

For years, Conservation Northwest has supported efforts by First Nations, local residents, and Canadian conservation groups to advance proposals for a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Learn more about this important issue at the link below!
LEARN MORE

 
Trail damage from irresponsible Off-Road Vehicle use. Photo: Jeff Juel
Trail damage from irresponsible Off-Road Vehicle use.
Photo: Jeff Juel

Comments needed on Okanogan-Wenatchee motorized plan

After a decade of work, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has proposed a Motorized Travel Management Plan to address the use of Off-Road Vehicles in the forest, including ATVs and dirt bikes.

Unfortunately, the current Motorized Travel Management Plan proposals are a missed opportunity to holistically address the issue of creating a sustainable road system on the OWNF that balances motorized access with fish, wildlife and natural resource protection and quality non-motorized recreation.

This is our last chance to weigh in for an alternative that moves the forest towards a balanced motorized road and trail system that provides access to the national forest while protecting and restoring natural resources. Take action at the link below before July 8, 2016!
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