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

October 2015

In this issue:

• Membership Drive
• WA's Wild Future
• Grizzly Bear Events
• Initiative 1401
• Fire Op-Ed
• Planting Party

Elk need safe wildlife crossings. Photo: WSDOT

Elk need safe wildlife crossings.
Photo: WSDOT

Become a member for only $25
We've had some fantastic successes this year, from the groundbreaking for the first wildlife "bridge" over Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass, to public comments that were five to one in support of grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades. But we can't keep it up without your help.

This month we are asking everyone who supports and "Likes" our work to become Conservation Northwest members. We're even offering a discounted annual membership for only $25 if you sign up before October 31!

With the support of our conservation community, we get results for a wilder Northwest. Together, our work protects our shared natural heritage and benefits people, wildlife and wildlands. Please join us today.

Fishers need your support! Photo: Paul Bannick

Fishers need your support!
Photo: Paul Bannick

Submit a comment to WDFW by Oct. 31
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting comments through October 31 to help guide the future of the agency. This public input opportunity is part of WDFW's new multi-year initiative, Washington's Wild Future: A Partnership for Fish and Wildlife.

If you haven't already, please take action today and submit a comment to WDFW urging them to prioritize conservation issues in our state. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of Washington's wildlife!

As our top priorities, we believe WDFW should increase focus and funding on non-game species, thereby protecting Washington's vast biological diversity; advance and maintain science-based policy; boost efforts to recover grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, fisher and other carnivores; pursue strategic wildlife habitat acquisitions and easements; and manage motorized access to restore wildlife habitat quality.


Grizzly bear tracks. Photo: David Moskowitz

Grizzly bear tracks.
Photo: David Moskowitz

Living with Grizzly Bears events in November
Join us next month in Seattle and Bellingham for presentations by biologist, author and photographer David Moskowitz on living in grizzly bear country.

Enjoy photos and stories from David's work and travels across landscapes where grizzly bears roam. Learn how to distinguish grizzly bears from black bears, both from animals you have seen and their tracks and signs. And learn tips on living, working and playing safely in bear country.

We hope you'll join us on Wednesday, November 11 at Second Ascent in Seattle and November 13 at Backcountry Essentials in Bellingham. Get the details here.


Be sure to vote by Nov. 3!

Be sure to vote by Nov. 3!

Vote to save animals facing extinction
Poaching exotic animal species is not solely a foreign issue; Washington state is a major port of entry for the 'extinction economy', products derived from Endangered wildlife.

Initiative 1401 is a Washington state ballot measure designed to help save animals threatened with extinction. It would prohibit the purchase, sale, and distribution of products made from ten Endangered animals being exploited to near extinction.

We're supporting I-1401 and we hope you'll join us in voting to put a stop to poaching by marking YES on I-1401 on your ballot before Tuesday, November 3!

For more information on how to get involved, visit the Save Animals Facing Extinction campaign's official website.


Logging alone won't solve our wildfire problem. Photo: InciWeb

Logging alone won't solve our wildfire problem.
Photo: InciWeb

Op-Ed on wildfires and federal forests
The wildfires that were at the forefront of our minds this summer have sparked debates across our region about how to move forward. Some of these discussions blame 'poor' federal forest management and push for increased logging on public lands.

These arguments miss the fact that when conditions are as dry as they were this past summer, heavily logged forests burn just like everything else. In 2015, only one third of what burned was federal forest.

Our Executive Director Mitch Friedman helped shed some truth on the fire and logging debate in a recent Op-Ed published in Capital Press, the West's Agriculture Weekly.

There were some places that resisted the fires well: forests that had been carefully thinned and treated with "prescribed fire." Several of these successes were the result of collaborative restoration projects between Conservation Northwest, timber companies and state and federal agencies.

Together we can reduce the threat from wildfires to our forests and communities. But logging alone is not the answer.


Our awesome volunteers at work. Photo: Alaina Kowitz

Our awesome volunteers at work.
Photo: Alaina Kowitz

Restoring habitat at Snoqualmie Pass
Volunteers from Experience Momentum Inc. and Conservation Northwest staff recently met up with staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service to lend a few hands on a restoration project at Snoqualmie Pass.

This project, designed to help restore disturbed wildlife habitat and wetlands near new I-90 wildlife crossings, involved transporting and planting over 600 native willow saplings and around 2,000 sedge plants on the shore of Keechelus Lake. Despite rain and rocky ground, our volunteers were enthusiastic and a huge help to us and WSDOT. Thank you volunteers!

Through our I-90 Wildlife Corridor Campaign, we regularly partner with state agencies to help with restoration projects near Snoqualmie Pass. If you're interested in volunteering for a planting party or other events, visit our Volunteer page.


Visit our newsletters page for a paper or NEW FLIPBOOK version of our latest newsletter, "Reaching Milestones: Making connections for wildlife".

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