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January 2017

Grizzly Restoration · Blanchard Forest · Olympia Update · Wildlife Monitoring · 2016 Highlights · Spokane Outdoors

We're excited to release Time for the Grizzly, a new short film by bear ecologist Chris Morgan!
We're excited to release Time for the Grizzly, a new short film by bear ecologist Chris Morgan!

New film highlights ways to restore North Cascades grizzly bears

Earlier this month, the National Park Service and other agencies released draft proposals to restore the struggling grizzly bear population in Washington's North Cascades. This is welcome news, and a historic conservation opportunity.

Our scientists are evaluating these restoration alternatives, and we'll soon share suggested comments and more information on public meetings. But today we are proud to release a new film that poignantly tells the story of how we can save the North Cascades grizzly bear!

Ecologist and bear expert Chris Morgan hosts this moving documentary that shows firsthand how grizzly bears can be restored, and how it's been done successfully in other areas through science and community involvement. 
WATCH THE FILM

 
Hikers enjoy the trail to Oyster Dome. Photo: Anna Hogenson
Hikers enjoy the trail to Oyster Dome.
Photo: Anna Hogenson

Last chance to save Blanchard Mountain

This legislative session is our LAST CHANCE to fully fund an agreement to protect the core of Blanchard State Forest. If we are not successful, logging will begin in the area around Oyster Dome as early as this summer.

Blanchard State Forest is a hugely popular recreation area visited by tens of thousands of people from across the Puget Sound region each year. Managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and encompassing Blanchard Mountain and popular Oyster Dome, the Forest features wildlife habitat and prized hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails.

But this cherished area could be clearcut this summer if the state legislature does not act!
TAKE ACTION

 
Our partners at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition are hosting a Legislative Day on Feb. 13! Photo: WWRC
Our partners at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition are hosting a Legislative Day on Feb. 13!
Photo: WWRC

Olympia Update: Legislative Day, bills threaten public lands

The state legislature is in session, and we're busy tracking bills related to Washington's wildlife, environment, and public lands. Get the details on a few of our priorities this session, and some emerging threats, in our blog post below!

We're also supporting the efforts of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition to advocate for our state's premier conservation and outdoors fund, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. To help our community connect with elected leaders and show support, a Parks and Great Outdoors Legislative Day is happening on February 13. We hope to see you there!
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A cougar photographed in northeast Washington in August. Photo: CWMP
A cougar photographed in northeast Washington in August.
Photo: CWMP

Wildlife Monitoring Project makes new discoveries

There's no denying it: last year had its ups and downs. But before you write off 2016, take a look at some of the exciting photos we received during last year's Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project remote camera season!

Throughout the year, we captured photos of rare wildlife in new areas, including two wolverines near Stevens Pass and one north of Lake Wenatchee, another gray wolf west of Leavenworth, and our first fisher documentation near Bumping Lake! Learn more and check out the photos at the link below.
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In 2016, the state made progress on construction of new wildlife bridges over I-90! Graphic: WSDOT
In 2016, the state made progress on construction of new wildlife bridges over I-90!
Graphic: WSDOT

Accomplishments in 2016: Restoring the wild

As a new year begins, we look back on a few of our biggest accomplishments in 2016. It was a busy year of protecting, connecting and restoring wildlife and wildlands, and there's much more work ahead, but we're proud our progress in Washington and British Columbia!

Check out our highlights from the past year at the link below, or keep up with our work by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Please also consider helping continue this vital work with a donation in 2017.
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The expo will feature a presentation by our staffer Paul Bannick, and demonstrations on how to hike safely in bear and cougar country!
The expo will feature a presentation by our staffer Paul Bannick, as well as demonstrations on how to hike safely in bear and cougar country!

Spokane Great Outdoors Expo

Some of our friends in Spokane are helping organize a new outdoor expo next month! Over 50 exhibitor booths and activities will feature outdoor demonstrations, gear, educational clinics and much more.

Outdoors-oriented presentations will be happening all weekend long, including a talk from our staffer Paul Bannick on his wildlife photography, and a special seminar on safely recreating in bear and cougar country by a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist. This seminar will even include an opportunity to practice using bear spray outside after the presentation, an important step for being bear aware!
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