Conservation Connection - April 2015 Click to view this email in a browser

April 2015

In this issue:

• GiveBIG
• Thank You
• Mitch in DC
• Wolf News
• Budget Alerts
• I-90 Video


GiveBIG on May 5th to stretch your gift for cherished wildlands and iconic wildlife.

GiveBIG on May 5th to stretch your gift for cherished wildlands and iconic wildlife.




On May 5th, Give BIG for wildlife
What a great way to celebrate the promise of May: protecting rare and recovering wildlife and conserving cherished wildlands in the Pacific Northwest!

On Tuesday, May 5th, please join us for an exciting opportunity to stretch your gift to Conservation Northwest. For one day only, your conservation dollar will grow like a Douglas fir in a restored forest when you donate via The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG.

Learn more on our website, or bookmark our official GiveBIG page. If it's time to renew your membership or you've been meaning to make that special gift for murrelets, wolverines, lynx, mountain caribou, old-growth forest protections and all that keeps our region wild, please give BIG on May 5th!

The support of our conservation community keeps the Northwest wild! Photo: Briand Sanderson

The support of our conservation community keeps the Northwest wild!
Photo: Briand Sanderson



One night, $300,000 to keep the NW wild
We're grateful for the tremendous amount of support we received from our conservation community earlier this month at our 12th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction and dinner.

THANK YOU to all who attended! With your generosity, we exceeded our goals for the auction and raised more than $300,000 for Northwest wildlife and wildlands!

Together, we're preserving hope for a future in our region that includes protected old-growth forests, healthy natural ecosystems, sustainable outdoor recreation, and thriving populations of wolverines, wolves, lynx and other wildlife species.

 




Mitch testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

Mitch testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Federal Lands.



Mr. Friedman goes to Washington, DC
We've been a leader in collaborative forest management in Washington state for nearly two decades. Now even the other Washington is taking notes.

Mitch, our executive director, was in D.C. this month testifying before congress on the need to better manage forests for ecological resilience; reducing the risks from wildfire, benefiting local communities, and improving wildlife habitat. And how we've been able to do so collaboratively as part of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition.

We helped found this innovative coalition in 2002, working with timber mills, loggers, ranchers, sportsmen, conservationists, agencies and local communities to move towards a healthy future for all stakeholders in the Colville National Forest. By working together, participants have moved from controversy to common ground and created a national model for success.

 



Wolf pups in the Oregon Cascades. There are only five known packs in the Pacific Northwest Population, totaling less than 20 confirmed wolves. Photo: USFWS

Wolf pups in the Oregon Cascades. There are only five known packs in the Pacific Northwest Population, totaling less than 20 confirmed wolves.
Photo: USFWS



Delisting Bill, Wolf Killed on I-90
Wolves in the Cascades and other areas of western Washington and Oregon are just beginning to gain a foothold for recovery. And that recovery has already been seriously hampered by illegal poaching.

Unfortunately, U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Central Washington) last week proposed legislation that would remove federal protections for Pacific Northwest wolves and limit protections by the states. We strongly oppose this risky proposal and are hopeful it will not gain traction in congress.

This week also saw more unfortunate gray wolf news, with reports of an alleged wild female wolf killed by a motorist on I-90 near North Bend. If confirmed, it will be one of the first wolves documented west of the Cascade Mountains since wolf recovery began in Washington state. Incidents like this urgently demonstrate the need for safe wildlife crossings under and over busy roadways in our region.

 



National forests, BLM property, and other public lands are essential for healthy wildlife populations and outdoor recreation opportunities. Photo: Chase Gunnell

National forests, BLM property, and other public lands are essential for healthy wildlife populations and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Photo: Chase Gunnell



Budgets Concerning for Wildlife, Wildlands
On April 8th, the Washington State Senate released its capital construction budget. As you may have heard, this budget proposal contains some bad news for wildlife, healthy ecosystems, public lands and abundant and sustainable outdoor recreation.

We need your help to remind state legislators that their constituents want fair funding for conservation programs, protected federal public lands and ample opportunities to enjoy Washington's great outdoors and our iconic fish and wildlife.

Read more about these concerning budget proposals in our online action alert, and please consider contacting your state lawmakers as they head into the special legislative session.

 



Elk and other animals on the move need safe wildlife crossings under and over busy roads and highways like Interstate 90. Photo: WSDOT

Elk and other animals on the move need safe wildlife crossings under and over busy roads and highways like Interstate 90.
Photo: WSDOT



Connecting Habitat Under and Over I-90
Did you miss our new video about connecting wildlife habitat near Snoqualmie Pass? It's been a big hit online, with over 15,000 views on Facebook and YouTube!

It's exciting to see such a positive reaction to this short film, and it helps spread the word about our work to reconnect Washington's north and south Cascades by protecting and restoring habitat and establishing safe wildlife crossings under and over Interstate 90.

Learn more about our work to protect, restore and connect habitat under and over this busy interstate and make a critical 15-mile stretch of freeway safer for both people and wildlife in the new video or on our website.

 




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