Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

December 2017

Protecting Public Lands · Recovering Wildlife Act · 2017 Accomplishments · North Cascades Grizzly · Mountain Caribou · Wheels in Wilderness

Our staff speak at a 2016 rally we organized in Seattle to show support for public lands. Photo: Paul Bannick

Our staff speak at a 2016 rally we organized in Seattle to show support for public lands.
Photo: Paul Bannick

Defending public lands in Washington and beyond

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced intentions to shrink both Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to less than half their current size. Other monuments are expected to be threatened soon.

We won't stand idly by as our national monuments and public lands are attacked. Through new networks and partnerships with national allies, we’re standing strong to protect public lands in Washington and beyond!
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Pikas, fishers, foxes and thousands of other at-risk species would benefit from the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, before they’re listed as Endangered. Photo: NWF
Pikas, fishers, foxes and thousands of other at-risk species would benefit from the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, before they’re listed as Endangered.
Photo: NWF

Bi-partisan bill introduced to fund wildlife recovery

Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are at risk of extinction. Factors such as habitat loss, invasive species, disease, and severe weather have taken a significant toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees. At least 12,000 species of wildlife and plants are in urgent need of conservation efforts, according to the state wildlife agencies.

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would direct $1.3 billion of existing revenue from oil and gas activities on federal lands and waters towards state-led efforts to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.

We strongly support this important legislation, and are working with the National Wildlife Federation and other partners to see it passed!
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A new day rises over the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Photo: Chase Gunnell
A new day rises over the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Photo: Chase Gunnell

Accomplishments in 2017

The past year has brought some expected and some unforeseen challenges, but with pragmatism and purpose, we’ve persisted in keeping the Northwest wild.

Looking ahead, there’s so much more work yet to be done. Please consider making a year-end gift today. Annual Conservation Northwest memberships begin at only $35!
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 
A grizzly mother and her cubs in central British Columbia. Photo: Jeremy Williams
A grizzly mother and her cubs in central British Columbia.
Photo: Jeremy Williams

North Cascades grizzly bear recovery work on pause

While the details are not clear, it has been reported that the Trump Administration has allegedly suspended North Cascades grizzly bear recovery work, including an ongoing multi-year Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

We remain committed to working with agencies, Native American nations, local communities, recreationists and other stakeholders to restore a healthy grizzly bear population in the North Cascades.

Recovery plans have been in place for grizzly bears in the North Cascades since 1997, and there’s little time for further delay. Fewer than ten remain in this transboundary ecosystem that sprawls across 9,800 square miles of rugged country anchored by North Cascades National Park.

Isolated from other grizzly populations but with excellent bear habitat and abundant food sources still available, the North Cascades grizzly needs restoration action or the Great Bear will soon disappear from a landscape it has roamed for more than 20,000 years.
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A majestic mountain caribou bull. The South Selkirks mountain caribou herd is perhaps the most at-risk wildlife population remaining in the lower 48 states. Photo: David Moskowitz
A majestic mountain caribou bull. The South Selkirks mountain caribou herd is perhaps the most at-risk wildlife population remaining in the lower 48 states.
Photo: David Moskowitz

Inland Northwest's last wild "reindeer" featured on NBC News

The only remaining wild "reindeer" in the lower 48 states recently received some national attention from NBC Left Field. Check out their short video here!

For over a decade, we've worked to protect and restore mountain caribou habitat and support recovery planning in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Learn more about these amazing animals and our transboundary work to recover them at the link below.
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A mountain biker enjoying a designated biking track on non-wilderness national forest lands. Photo: USFS
A mountain biker enjoying a designated biking track on non-wilderness national forest lands.
Photo: USFS

Pushing back against Wheels in Wilderness bill

H.R. 1349, an effort to open up designated wilderness areas to mechanized transport known as the "Wheels In Wilderness" bill, was advanced by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources earlier this month. This bill is a risky, short-sighted move that could jeopardize the future of our most wild places!

We believe strongly that mountain biking is an important way many people choose to experience the great outdoors, and that mountain bikers deserve access to challenging terrain and high-quality trails. But designated wilderness is not an appropriate place for bicycles or other mechanized transport.
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