Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

April 2017

Auction Thanks · Loomis Lynx · Caribou Film · Arid Lands · Wildlife Monitoring · Sustainable Roads

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our 14th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction and dinner!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Hope for a Wild Future auction and dinner!

A wild future because of you

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our 14th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction and dinner a smashing success! With your generous support we were able to raise more than $296,000 to advance our work to protect, connect and restore wildlife and wildlands.

If you were unable to attend our auction but still want to support a wilder, healthier future in our amazing region, please consider an online donation.

And don't forget, the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is on May 10 this year!
AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

 
A mountain caribou from Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest. Film still: laststandfilm.org
A close-up photo of a Looms Forest-area lynx. Photo: Scott Fisher, WA DNR

Loomis Forest helping sustain threatened lynx

We have good reason to take another little victory lap for our work in the late 1990s to protect the wildlands of the Loomis Forest in Washington's Okanogan Highlands.

From 1998-1999, we lead a groundbreaking campaign to raise more than $16.5 million to save this area of vital Canada lynx habitat from logging. Fast forward 18 years and important new research has been published on lynx habitat use in the North Cascades, underscoring the importance of the Loomis Forest for these iconic felines.
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A mountain caribou from Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest. Film still: www.laststandfilm.org
A mountain caribou from Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest.
Film still: www.laststandfilm.org

Last Stand for mountain caribou

There are fewer than a dozen mountain caribou left in the South Selkirks of northeast Washington and northern Idaho. For decades we've been a leading organizing in the fight to save these unique animals, and we're proud to support a new documentary that sheds some light on their plight.

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem.

Check out the trailer and film screening info at the link below, and please join us for the Seattle screening on June 28!
CARIBOU TRAILER

 
Washington's Columbia Basin, the focus of the collaborative Arid Lands Initiative. Photo: Justin Haug / WDFW
Washington's Columbia Basin, the focus of the collaborative Arid Lands Initiative.
Photo: Justin Haug / WDFW

Introducing the Arid Lands Initiative

We're thrilled to introduce a conservation program in Eastern Washington's Columbia Basin, including our participation in the Arid Lands Initiative! Composed of non-profit, public and private entities, this collaborative works to maintain, restore and connect shrub-steppe habitat for the good of both wildlife and people.

Arid lands cover more than a third of Washington, but they're sometimes overlooked among the Evergreen State's natural treasures. Rolling deserts and rocky coulees may not inspire with the same grandeur as old growth evergreens or icy-blue glaciers. But observe the frenzied dances on a sage grouse lek, or watch a majestic mule deer buck travel a well-worn trail, and it's unfathomable not to want to protect these creatures and the unique landscapes they call home.
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A wolverine caught on camera near Stevens Pass in 2016. Photo: CWMP
A wolverine caught on camera just east of Stevens Pass in 2016.
Photo: CWMP

Wildlife Monitoring report now available

The 2016 field season report for our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project is now available for viewing, complete with beautiful animal photos from across Washington and British Columbia!

Now in its tenth year, our Monitoring Project is one of the largest citizen-science efforts in North America. Confirming the presence of rare carnivores and other animals informs land management decisions upon which wildlife depend. It also helps guide our conservation programs and priorities, and those of state and federal agencies.

Read the full report here, or check out the highlights at the link below. We're also posting many of our "trail cam" wildlife photos to Instagram!
WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS

 
An old and obsolete road on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, pre-decommissioning. Photo: George Wooten
An old and obsolete road on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, pre-decommissioning.
Photo: George Wooten

Removing old roads to restore habitat

Last year Conservation Northwest was instrumental in removing 5.44 miles of obsolete forest road on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, with more miles ready to be restored to natural condition this year.

Decommissioning old roads built decades ago for logging or mining decreases harmful erosion into waterways, helps minimize the spread of invasive species, creates more connected wildlife habitat, and diminishes the chances of human-caused wildfires starting.

Working with the Forest Service, state agencies and other forest users, access needs are carefully considered when choosing which roads to remove. Together, we select roads that are unnecessary for access to trailheads and other destinations, and are often unsafe for passage not to mention ecologically harmful. Then we work with local contractors to restore these roads to their natural state.
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