Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

October 2017

New Website! · Working for Wildlife · Two Wolverines · DNR Forest Plan · Bad Bill · B.C. National Park

The homepage of our updated website.

The homepage of our updated website.

Check out our new and improved website!

Our Communications team has been hard at work for the past several months updating and streamlining our Conservation Northwest website. Now, we're proud to debut the new site and hope you enjoy its increased functionality and usability, especially on mobile devices!

You can still enjoy blog posts and news updates about our work, and find information detailing our conservation programs and mission. And be sure to check out some new features, like our sliding Timeline and Featured Project section!
VISIT WEBSITE

 
Along with Canada lynx, sharp-tailed grouse are a priority species for the Working for Wildlife Initiative. Photo: HStiver
Along with Canada lynx, sharp-tailed grouse are a priority species for the Working for Wildlife Initiative.
Photo: HStiver

Protecting natural heritage by Working for Wildlife

The Okanogan Valley has long been an important home and migration pathway for both people and wildlife in north-central Washington. Through the Working for Wildlife Initiative, coordinated by Conservation Northwest and enabled by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we're part of an impressive coalition of stakeholders to protect habitat, working lands, and natural heritage in this special region.

Over the last two years, the Initiative has made exciting progress in community engagement, land conservation, habitat restoration following large fires covering much of the project area, and piloting innovative applied science for our flagship species – Canada lynx.
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Two wolverines at a monitoring site near Lake Chelan in the North Cascades. Photo: CWMP / CNW
Two wolverines at a monitoring site near Lake Chelan in the North Cascades.
Photo: CWMP / CNW

Two wolverines visit camera site together

What's more exciting than discovering photos of a wolverine on one of our wildlife monitoring cameras? Discovering photos of two wolverines visiting the site together, obviously!

We've become pretty adept at capturing photos of wolverines in the North Cascades, but seeing evidence of two wolverines together is rare and exciting. And equally rare is the frequency of visits: over the course of two monitoring seasons, this site was visited eight different times by wolverines, with the last encounter just a day before our volunteer pulled the camera.

Check out these awesome photos, and marvel at the amazing wildlife we're blessed to have in Washington!
WOLVERINE PHOTOS

 
Moving forward on forest health and restoration is now a priority for the Department of Natural Resources.
Moving forward on forest health and restoration is now a priority for the Department of Natural Resources.

New Forest Health Plan announced

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz last week released a new 20-Year Forest Health Plan, which aims to restore forests in a way that reduces the risk of wildfires and increases the health of habitat and aquatic ecosystems.

This new plan provides an important opportunity for necessary landscape-scale restoration on state and federal lands to bring back forest health, improve wildlife habitat, and better protect communities from fire. Conservation Northwest has long advocated for science-based forest restoration, and we applaud this step in the right direction and look forward to working closely with the state to implement the plan.

Click the link below to read our full statement.
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The Colville National Forest, home to abundant wildlife and stunning larches, is one of many federal forests that would be harmed by H.R. 2936. Photo Chase Gunnell
The Colville National Forest, home to abundant wildlife and stunning larches, is one of many federal forests that would be harmed by H.R. 2936.
Photo: Chase Gunnell

Bad bill threatens healthy forests, public input

The controversial Resilient Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2936) has passed the House Natural Resources and Agriculture Committees and will be headed to the House Floor this week. If passed, the bill would undermine environmental laws, weaken protections of the Endangered Species Act, and restrict judicial review and the citizen objection process.

This bill threatens years of collaborative efforts that have resulted in increased forest restoration in northeast Washington and other areas. Please take action at the link below to help stop this devastating legislation!
TAKE ACTION

 
South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve designated
The grasslands of the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve. Photo: Graham Osborne 

South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve designated

The grasslands of B.C.'s South Okanagan-Similkameen are the northernmost extension of the arid Columbia Basin, and contains rich natural and cultural heritage. On October 27, after years of public support and strong advocacy from the Syilx (Okanagan) First Nation Indian Bands, Conservation Northwest, and others, the Canadian government officially announced the designation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen as a new national park reserve!

While some details are still being worked out, a new Canadian national park just north of Oroville, Washington will have tremendous benefits for wildlife habitat connectivity, outdoor recreation, and local economies on both sides of the international border. This designation is a huge win for international wildlands and transboundary wildlife!
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