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Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection E-Newsletter

July 2018

Blanchard CelebrationGrizzly ReportSagelands FlightWolf BehaviorLogging and FireDC Visit

Where the Cascades meet the Salish Sea, Blanchard Mountain is a cherished recreation and habitat area visited by as many as 100,000 people each year.

Where the Cascades meet the Salish Sea, Blanchard Mountain is a cherished recreation and habitat area visited by as many as 100,000 people each year.

Join us on September 16 for a celebration of Blanchard Mountain

On Sunday, September 16 we're co-hosting a celebration of the protection of Blanchard Mountain, home to Oyster Dome and the heart of the newly-renamed Harriet Spanel State Forest!

This FREE event will include guided hikes and bike rides, live music from Bellingham's Yankee Driver, a BBQ, and remarks from key leaders in this effort, including Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. 

The celebration is free, but please RSVP at the link below! 
BLANCHARD MOUNTAIN

 
Grizzly bear tracks near Mount Baker in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. 1989 Photo by Roger Christophersen, National Park Service.
Grizzly bear tracks near Mount Baker in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,
1989. Photo by Roger Christophersen, National Park Service.

Report affirms grizzly bears resided in North Cascades, local supportive editorial

Did grizzly bears historically reside in the North Cascades? YES!

Scientists from the National Park Service have released a new report that reaffirms that the North Cascades and surrounding areas were historically inhabited by a robust population of grizzly bears. Read our summary of the report here.

As we get closer to the Record of Decision on the grizzly bear restoration study (EIS) being conducted by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, expected this fall, we’re also seeing growing testimonials of support, including from Eastern Washington. Check out a new editorial from a local paper at the link below!
YAKIMA HERALD EDITORIAL
 
While they can appear stark, Central Washington's sagelands contain a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. We're working to connect and restore an important habitat corridor just east of the Cascade Mountains to ensure these species can thrive into the future. Photo: Matt Johnson
While they can appear stark, Central Washington's sagelands contain a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. We're working to connect and restore an important habitat corridor just east of the Cascade Mountains to ensure these species can thrive into the future.
Drone Photo: Matt Johnson

Take a flight through our Sagelands Heritage Program

Get a bird's-eye view of our new Sagelands Heritage Program!

We're working to maintain, restore and connect shrub-steppe landscapes from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley to south-central Washington's Horse Heaven Hills for the good of both wildlife and people.

This Google Flyover will take you through our program area, stopping at locations that provide valuable habitat and need to be better connected for wildlife to move today, and into the future.
GOOGLE FLYOVER

 
Wolves can exhibit defense behavior around pups and den sites, including barking, yipping and circling. This does not constitute an attack, but should be taken as a request to vacate the area. Photo: David Moskowitz
Wolves can exhibit defense behavior around pups and den sites, including barking and circling. This does not constitute an attack, but should be taken as a request to vacate the area!
Photo: David Moskowitz

What you should know about wolf behavior

Being aware of wolf behavior and your surroundings can change a potentially dangerous encounter into an interesting and memorable wildlife sighting. 

Our Wolf Program Lead, Jay Shepherd, Ph.D., a biologist with decades of experience working around wolves and other large wildlife, shares his tips and perspectives in this new blog!
WOLF BEHAVIOR

 
Wildfires burn on both public and private land, and new science shows that heavily-managed industrial forests can burn as severely as other areas. Photo: USFS
Wildfires burn on both public and private land, and new science shows that heavily-managed industrial forests can burn as severely as other areas.
Photo: USFS

Logged forests can still burn hot and heavy

A new study concludes that young plantation forests managed by industrial owners experienced higher severity fire than did nearby public forests.

These findings are similar to what we observed in 2015, whenlarge  fires burned across multiple ownerships in Eastern Washington, including sites we're working to restore.

Findings like this make it clear that we can't merely log our way out of our "fire problem.” Heavily logged industrial timber lands, shrub-steppe grasslands, thick second growth national forests and primeval wilderness areas can all burn under the right conditions.
LOGGING AND FIRE

 
Our Omak-based staffer Jay Kehne poses with Senator Patty Murray and her staff in DC. Photo: Office of Senator Murray
Our Omak-based staffer Jay Kehne poses with Congressman Dan Newhouse and the Methow Headwaters delegation in Washington, DC.
Photo: Office of U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse

Trip to Washington, DC with Methow Headwaters

Our Omak-based staffer Jay Kehne recently joined the Methow Headwaters Campaign on a trip to Washington, DC to advocate for protecting the Methow's cold, clean waters, abundant wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation, and thriving local communities from an industrial mining proposal.

Read what Jay had to say about the trip in the blog below!
DC TRIP RECAP

 
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