Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

November 2017

Wildfire Op-Ed · Blanchard Update · New Staff · Thank You! · Caribou Recovery · Methow Letter

A prescribed fire clears downed fuels and dry brush in a pine forest, mimicking natural fire cycles. Photo: USFS

A prescribed fire clears downed fuels and dry brush in a pine forest, mimicking natural fire cycles.
Photo: USFS

Collaborative forest restoration is addressing wildfire risks

Restoring our forests to more resilient conditions is a win-win for people and nature, but the clock is ticking. By using careful management to restore forest health, safely employing fire as a tool, and increasing community preparedness, we can protect homes, improve habitat, and create quality jobs.

Bipartisan bills such as the Wildland Fires Act of 2017 introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell offer such a balanced path forward, write our Executive Director Mitch Friedman and National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O'Mara in an op-ed in the Wenatchee World this week.
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A winter sunset over the San Juans from the top of Blanchard Mountain. Photo: Paul Anderson
A winter sunset over the San Juan Islands from the top of Blanchard Mountain.
Photo: Paul Anderson

Logging on hold, but Blanchard Mountain funding not yet finalized

Located south of Bellingham off Chuckanut Drive, Blanchard State Forest is a hugely popular recreation area visited by as many as 100,000 people each year. Managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and encompassing Blanchard Mountain and popular Oyster Dome, the forest features wildlife watching and prized hiking, horseback riding and biking trails.

Since the mid-2000s, we’ve been a leader in efforts to conserve this special place. Check out an update on efforts to protect the core of Blanchard Mountain from logging in the blog post below!
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The Conservation Northwest team at our recent Staff Retreat in Moses Coulee. Photo: Paul Bannick
The Conservation Northwest team at our recent Staff Retreat in Moses Coulee.
Photo: Paul Bannick

Welcome to our new staffers

Over the past year we’ve brought on some talented new staff members, and we’re excited to share their stories with you. Welcome to the Conservation Northwest team!
NEW STAFF

 
Thoughtful gifts given to attendees of the Tulalip Tribes’ Raising Hands event. Photo: Natalie Doerr
Thoughtful gifts given to attendees at the Tulalip Tribes’ Raising Hands event.
Photo: Natalie Doerr

Thank you to the Tulalip Tribes and Patagonia

It’s the time of year to express thanks, and we’d like to extend our deep gratitude to two important supporters of our work: the Tulalip Tribes and Patagonia.

We’re honored to have received grants from the Tulalip Tribes supporting grizzly bear recovery, habitat restoration around new I-90 Wildlife Crossings, wolf conservation, and more!

We’re also grateful to be supported by Patagonia. In 2017, this iconic outdoor company helped fund the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, a group we’ve long coordinated to advocate for wildlife crossings near Snoqualmie Pass.

In 2018, we’re excited to announce that Patagonia is supporting our collaborative programs for grizzly bear restoration in Washington and southern British Columbia. THANK YOU!
SUPPORT FROM TULALIP

SUPPORT FROM PATAGONIA

 
A volunteer helps construct new maternity pens in the South Selkirk Mountains, just over the border from northeast Washington. Photo: Save the Last Mountain Caribou
A volunteer helps construct new maternity pens in the South Selkirk Mountains, just over the border from northeast Washington.
Photo: Save the Last Mountain Caribou

New maternity pens give mountain caribou a better chance at survival

Maternity pens are moving forward in a "last chance" effort to recover the South Selkirks mountain caribou, the world's southernmost caribou and the only herd that ranges into northeast Washington and northern Idaho.

Similar to existing projects around Revelstoke and South Peace River, the new pen near Salmo, British Columbia is expected to reduce mortality among caribou mothers and calves during a critical time.

The project is a collaboration between the B.C. Ministry of Forests, The Nature Conservancy in Canada, the Kalispel and Kootenai First Nations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners. Follow along at Save The Last Mountain Caribou From Extinction. We'll also share more updates as they are available!
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Methow Valley. Photo: Benjamin Drummond
Aerial view of the Methow Headwaters.
Photo: Benjamin Drummond/Lighthawk

Letter in support of mineral withdrawal for Methow Headwaters

Clean, cold water from the Methow Headwaters is the lifeblood of the Methow Valley. But this special place is under threat from a proposed industrial-scale mine. With a long history working in the Methow and several staffers and a field office in Twisp, for years we’ve been a local leader in the fight to protect this special place.

Earlier this month, we joined a dozen other conservation and recreation organizations in a formal comment letter to voice support for a proposed 20-year mineral withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters, policy that would prevent industrial-scale mining in this iconic area.

Collectively our organizations represent nearly 200,000 members in Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest. We’ve joined together to protect the Methow, and we won’t be backing down!
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