Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

March 2017

Our Auction · Pro-grizzly Celebrities · Methow Mine · Okanogan ATVs · Wolf Counts · Interior Secretary

Join us for our 14th annual auction and dinner on Thursday, April 20! Photo: Amelia Soper

Join us for our 14th annual auction and dinner on Thursday, April 20!
Photo: Amelia Soper

Join us at our auction

There's still time to RSVP for our 14th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction and dinner at Seattle's Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Join us to help celebrate successes for wildlife and wildlands, and our dedicated conservation community!

Last year we raised over $300,000 to help keep the Northwest wild, and this year we hope to raise even more. Register online to join conservationists, philanthropists, and local business and community leaders for this special evening.
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Jeff Bridges expresses support for grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Still shot from
Jeff Bridges expresses support for grizzly bears in the North Cascades.
Still shot from "Jeff Bridges and the Grizzly Bear" by Wildlife Media

Celebrities speak up for grizzly bears

Earlier this month, actor Jeff Bridges advocated for grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades in a new film short with our friend and bear ecologist Chris Morgan.

Just a couple days later, Matt Inman of the popular online comic The Oatmeal wrote an online piece urging his millions of followers to voice support for restoration as well. We appreciate this support, and along with our efforts to date more than one hundred thousand public comments have been submitted!

And good news for those of you who haven't voiced your support yet: the chance to submit a comment for North Cascades grizzly bear restoration was recently extended through April 28.
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The Methow Valley is celebrated for its natural beauty and rural culture. Photo: Methow Headwaters
The Methow Valley is celebrated for its natural beauty and rural culture.
Photo: Methow Headwaters

Hope for Methow Valley, but action still needed

Proposals for an industrial copper mine in north-central Washington's Methow Valley could be withdrawn, but your voice is needed to make it happen! The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on a proposed mining withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters through March 30.

This is a crucial step in a process to permanently protect the Methow Valley and its headwaters. Submit a comment using our form at the link below, or learn more on our website.
TAKE ACTION

 
An ATV rider on a designated trail. Photo: USFS
An ATV rider on a designated trail.
Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Okanogan court order on off-road vehicles

Along with our partners at the Methow Valley Citizens Council, we recently secured a court order to ensure that Okanogan County considers environmental factors when designating off-road vehicle (ORV) and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use. The County had previously opened up all county roads with lower speed limits to ORV and ATV use, regardless of risks to public safety or wildlife habitat.

Together, we hope to reach an agreement that balances responsible motorized use with the local environment, sensitive wildlife habitats and the pursuits of other outdoor recreationists.
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A gray wolf in Washington state. Photo: WDFW
A gray wolf in Washington state.
Photo: WDFW

Wolf populations on the rise

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier this month that Washington's wolf population grew by 28 percent last year and formed at least two new packs. By the end of 2016, Washington was home to a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 successful breeding pairs! Read more about this exciting news below.

We're also backing efforts in the state legislature to create a new grant program that would fund locally-run organizations that develop and implement ways to reduce conflicts with wolves.
WOLF COUNTS

 
New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke
New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Photo: Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke

Remarks on new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

On March 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as the new Secretary of the Interior. The Department of the Interior presides over the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and a broad range of other departments critical to our nation's natural heritage and the work of Conservation Northwest.

Our Executive Director, Mitch Friedman, shared remarks on the new leadership at the Interior Department: "While we admire Secretary Zinke for being a Western outdoorsman who understands the beauty and value of our natural heritage, his stances on undermining environmental protections and prioritizing natural resource extraction cause great concern."
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