Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

May 2016

North Cascades Grizzly · Methow Headwaters · Cascade Crossroads · WPZ Bear Affair · Be Bear Smart · NWF Affiliation

Show your support for bringing back the great bear!

Show your support for bringing back the great bear!

Become a friend of the North Cascades grizzly

Today, experts estimate that fewer than five to ten grizzly bears persist in Washington's North Cascades, making it the most at-risk bear population in North America. In 2015, public agencies began a multi-year process to plan for the restoration of these Northwest icons. But without public backing, those plans might never be implemented.

In order to show support for restoring this missing piece of our natural heritage, we've organized the Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear, a collaborative effort between conservation groups, tribal nations, recreationists, businesses and everyday Washingtonians. For a wild future in our region that includes grizzly bears, please sign our statement of support and help bring the great bear home!
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Wildflowers in the Methow Valley. Photo: Hannah Dewey/Methow Headwaters Campaign
Wildflowers in the Methow Valley.
Photo: Hannah Dewey/Methow Headwaters Campaign

Legislation boosts Methow Headwaters Campaign

The Methow Headwaters Campaign got some fantastic news last week in the form of the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016, legislation introduced by Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

The bill proposes to make 340,000 acres of National Forest lands that comprise the Methow Headwaters off-limits to the development of a proposed large-scale copper mine. THANK YOU, Senators!
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A rendition of the Price/Noble Wildlife Overcrossing currently under construction east of Snoqualmie Pass. Graphic: WSDOT
A rendition of the Price/Noble Wildlife Overcrossing currently under construction east of Snoqualmie Pass.
Graphic: WSDOT

Watch a preview of Cascade Crossroads

We're excited to share a brand new trailer for a film that will tell the story of the monumental wildlife crossings being built under and over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass!

Cascade Crossroads is a film project of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, a collaborative group of conservation, recreation, tribal, business and community organizations administered by Conservation Northwest. More information on this film and sponsorship opportunities are available at the link below. The full documentary is planned for release in 2017.
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Bear brothers Denali and Keema ransack an unsanitary campsite during the 2015 Bear Affair. Photo: Chase Gunnell
Bear brothers Denali and Keema ransack an unsanitary campsite during the 2015 Bear Affair.
Photo: Chase Gunnell

Join us at Bear Affair on June 4

Want to see live grizzly bears, learn about Bear Smart living, camping and recreating, and talk with our staff about restoring North Cascades grizzly bears? Join us at Woodland Park Zoo's Bear Affair in Seattle on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm!

Look for our table near the Zoo's Northern Trail Exhibit. We'll have new Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear stickers, brochures, grizzly bear coloring pages to give out, and lots of bear and conservation information to share.
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A mother grizzly and her cub on a stroll along a lake. Photo: © iStockphoto.com/federicoriz
A mother grizzly and her cub on a stroll along a lake.
Photo: © iStockphoto.com/federicoriz

Are you Bear Smart?

Bear attacks are extremely rare. With some straightforward preparation and precautions, living, working and recreating safely in bear country is really quite simple. Statistically, by far the most dangerous part of any trip into bear habitat is driving to the trailhead!

Get tips on bear awareness on our webpage below, or download our new Bear Smart poster for information on bear identification, bear aware camping tips, and much more.
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Mitch speaking about our new affiliation with NWF at our auction. Photo: Amelia Soper
Mitch speaking about our new affiliation with NWF at our auction.
Photo: Amelia Soper

Affiliation with the National Wildlife Federation

You may have heard the exciting news that we recently became an affiliate organization with the National Wildlife Federation. This is a proud moment for us, as NWF is America's oldest and largest national conservation organization!

We're a great cultural fit, as we share a pragmatic approach to protecting landscapes and majestic wildlife. You shouldn't expect any change in our mission, identity or team as a result of this new partnership. Affiliation doesn't affect Conservation Northwest's autonomous legal, decision-making or financial status.

However, it does give us access to a prominent national partner for policy, media, lobbying and other functions. In that way, you can expect we will be even more effective in pursuing our objectives of a wild Northwest!
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