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

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June 2015

In this issue:

• I-90 Groundbreaking
• Range Riders
• Grizzly Update
• Endangered Species
• Wildfire Act
• Risky Logging


Staff from Conservation Northwest, Forterra, Sierra Club, WSDOT and other partners pose in front of the overcrossing rendition. Photo Chase Gunnell

Staff from Conservation Northwest, Forterra, Sierra Club, WSDOT and other partners pose in front of the overcrossing rendition.
Photo: Chase Gunnell




I-90 Wildlife 'Bridge' Breaks Ground

On June 9th, the Washington State Department of Transportation broke ground on our state's first I-90 wildlife overcrossing! When completed, it will provide safe passage for bears, elk, wolverines, wolves and all the other wildlife that need connected habitat in the Cascades to survive and thrive.

After over a decade of leading efforts to protect, connect and restore the landscape around Snoqualmie Pass, including advocating for safe wildlife crossings under and over I-90, we're thrilled to reach this important milestone.

Learn more about this monumental project on our website, and look for the wildlife overcrossing taking shape as you drive over Snoqualmie Pass this summer and fall.

Ranchers and range riders learn about wolves from Carter Niemeyer at our training in Republic, Washington. Photo: Chase Gunnell

Ranchers and range riders learn about wolves from Carter Niemeyer at our training in Republic, Washington.
Photo: Chase Gunnell



Range Riders Promote Coexistence with Wolves

In May, Eastern Washington ranchers turned out their cows for the annual grazing season. Where wolf packs and livestock intersect is where you'll find range riders sponsored by Conservation Northwest. These herd supervisors are using nonlethal methods to prevent conflicts between wolves and ranchers; protecting livestock, rural livelihoods and Washington's recovering wolves.

Through the support of generous donors, in 2015 we're expanding the range rider effort. This year we're working with seven ranchers on eight different grazing allotments, helping them hire six range riders to patrol these allotments in the territory of six confirmed wolf packs.

In three years of operation and a total of nine project seasons so far, ranchers participating in Conservation Northwest's Range Rider Pilot Program have not lost any livestock to wolves. Nor have they had to call in the authorities to remove wolves.

Get all the details on this program and a recent training to promote coexistence with wolves in our range rider season update.

 




Grizzly bear photographed on the British Columbia side of the North Cascades in 2012. Photo: National Park Service

Grizzly bear photographed on the British Columbia side of the North Cascades in 2012.
Photo: National Park Service



Strong Support for Grizzly Restoration

The results are in: during the scoping period this spring, public comments in support of North Cascades grizzly bear restoration outnumbered those in opposition by over five to one!

One commentator wrote: "Grizzly bears are an icon that represent healthy wilderness ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. To sustain an integral part of what makes our country unique and wonderful, we must sustain umbrella species such as the grizzly bear...Do the right think for the long term, my granddaughter deserves it."

The Upper Columbia United Tribes also wrote in favor of restoring grizzly bears, which "once roamed all of the UCUT traditional homelands and have cultural and spiritual importance." The tribes urged including in the EIS "alternatives to add grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem while considering input from local communities."

Get the full scoop on grizzly bear recovery planning on our website, and be sure to check back for updates on future public comment periods.

 



One elephant is killed roughly every 15 minutes. They could become extinct in our lifetime. Photo: USFWS

One elephant is killed roughly every 15 minutes. They could become extinct in our lifetime.
Photo: USFWS



Support I-1401 to Save Endangered Animals

We're proud to support Washington ballot Initiative 1401, an effort to Save Animals Facing Extinction, reduce poaching and strengthen penalties on the criminal enterprises that buy and sell products made from endangered species.

If we don't act now, remaining wild populations of critically endangered species like elephants, tigers and lions could be gone within ten years! The campaign is gathering signatures right now for I-1401 ahead of a fast-approaching July deadline.

The ballot initiative will go before voters this November, but the campaign faces opposition from powerful special interests. I-1401 won't pass without support from the conservation community. Be sure to sign-up with the campaign for more information and to stay involved. And please vote YES on I-1401 during the election this fall!

 



We look forward to working with Senator Cantwell and other congressional officials on this important fire legislation. Photo: Justin Haug, WDFW

We look forward to working with Senator Cantwell and other congressional officials on this important fire legislation.
Photo: Justin Haug, WDFW



Wildfire Management Act of 2015

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, the highest ranking minority member on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, just released a white paper forecasting her Wildfire Management Act of 2015.

Based on the descriptions in the white paper, Conservation Northwest is excited about this upcoming bill, which looks to take a much more progressive approach to the issue of fire on our federal public lands.

We're proud to see an elected leader from our state leading the way to reform and improve national forest management and wildfire policy. Get the details on his legislation in this article from Mitch Friedman, our Executive Director.

 



Example of extensive sediment and debris movement within DNR salvage logging areas that merged into a debris torrent. Photo George Wooten

Example of extensive sediment and debris movement within DNR salvage logging areas that merged into a debris torrent.
Photo: George Wooten



Dangers of Logging Burned Forests

Earlier this year, we joined with a local resident and others to appeal a risky so-called "salvage" timber sale on state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land in the Methow Valley that had been burned during the Carlton Complex Wildfire and then experienced flash floods.

Unfortunately, our appeal was rejected and logging went forward on the fragile landscape. Then last month, Mother Nature, and the shortsighted logging sale, added a predictable and dangerous twist to the story.

Get the details on our website and learn why the state should halt hazardous logging operations in the Carlton burn area and revise inadequate regulations on logging in post-fire landscapes to protect people, property, fish and wildlife.

 




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