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November 2016

Dam Rally · The Election · NWF Blog · Elk Poaching · Fisher News · WildLinks

Spawning sockeye salmon, one of the fish runs at risk from four outdated dams on the lower Snake River. Photo: EarthJustice

Spawning sockeye salmon, one of the fish runs at risk from four outdated dams on the lower Snake River.
Photo: EarthJustice

Join us at a rally and meeting to free the Snake River

The Pacific Northwest teems with life, from lush mountain forests to expansive grasslands. Wild salmon, and the rivers in which they run, are integral parts of these landscapes - without them, ecosystems and economies alike would falter.

But for decades dams on the Snake River have altered river health and inhibited the path of salmon. Now, we have an important opportunity to set that path straight again.

Federal agencies are hosting public hearings in Northwest cities, including in Seattle on December 1, to develop a new plan to save endangered wild fish in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Please join us for the public meeting and a rally to Free the Snake this Thursday beginning at 4:00 p.m.!
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We don't yet know what the new administration will mean for Northwest wildlife and wildlands, but we're ready to act. Photo: Chase Gunnell
We don't yet know what the new administration will mean for Northwest wildlife and wildlands, but we're ready to act.
Photo: Chase Gunnell

Rise, Conservation NW supporters. There's work to do

Like you, we've been processing the election this month. We believe conservation organizations must tenaciously resist risky and radical proposals from the Trump administration. But those who elevated Trump to power warrant a different, much more considered reaction. Conservation Northwest is well positioned and skilled for that work.

Since the time of Teddy Roosevelt nature conservation has been a third rail that can bridge partisan divide. Not only does that remain true today, but collaboration toward common ground can meet conservation goals while building honor, trust and prosperity. America needs that. Washington state needs that.
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A black bear rolling in scent lure at one of our gray wolf monitoring camera sites in Washington's South Cascades. Photo: CWMP
A black bear rolling in scent lure at one of our gray wolf monitoring camera sites in Washington's South Cascades.
Photo: CWMP

National Wildlife Federation Affiliate of the Week

In early 2016, we were pleased to partner with the National Wildlife Federation as the group's Washington state affiliate. The NWF is America's oldest and largest conservation organization, and while Conservation Northwest remains an autonomous outfit, we're glad to have new allies in Washington D.C. and beyond.

This month, we worked with NWF staff on a blog highlighting our organization, work and programs for their nationwide audience. Check it out at the link below!
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A Fish and Wildlife Officer investigates an elk killed by poachers north of Ellensburg in early November. Photo: WDFW
A Fish and Wildlife Officer investigates an elk killed by poachers north of Ellensburg in early November.
Photo: WDFW

Reward offered after elk slaughter near Ellensburg

On November 6, a group of poachers began shooting into a herd of elk on public land north of Ellensburg. At least four calves and one cow were killed. Others were wounded. The poachers made no effort to harvest the meat.

This type of "spree-killing" and wastage infuriates conservation organizations, wildlife agencies, and responsible hunters alike. Through our Reward Fund to Help Stop Poaching, we're offering up to $3,000 for information that helps Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police reach a conviction in this case. These funds come from member donations, and we hope they help bring the poachers to justice.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Poaching Hotline at (877) 933-9847 or submit a report online.
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A fisher emerges from its transport box before darting into the lush habitat of Washington's South Cascades. Photo: Paul Bannick
A fisher emerges from its transport box before darting into the lush habitat of Washington's South Cascades.
Photo: Paul Bannick

Stay tuned: big news on fishers coming Friday!

In 2015, we partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and National Park Service to begin the first phase of a multi-year fisher reintroduction effort in Washington's Cascades. 23 fishers from British Columbia were released in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and since then they've been photographed exploring their new home.

Later this week, the next phase of this project wIll begin. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details and exciting project updates! Learn more about our work to restore fishers to Washington's Olympic Peninsula and Cascades at the link below.
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Attendees at the 2016 WildLinks Conference discuss transboundary natural resource, habitat and wildlife issues. Photo: Alaina Kowitz
Attendees at the 2016 WildLinks Conference discuss transboundary natural resources, habitat and wildlife issues.
Photo: Alaina Kowitz

WildLinks: Connecting, Sharing, Planning, and Action

Since launching the event in 2012, we've helped organize and facilitate the WildLinks Conference, a gathering of conservationist and natural resource practitioners from Washington and British Columbia.

Thanks to the Cascadia Partner Forum and Conservation Northwest, the annual WildLinks Conference provides increased idea-sharing and communication about the state of our transboundary region. The 2016 conference was held this month in Seattle, focusing on shared priorities and conservation actions within Cascadia border region.
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