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

November 2015

In this issue:

• Grizzly Article
• Colville Wilderness
• Wildfires & Us
• Carbon Initiatives
• New Staff
• Thank You!


 
The cover of this week's Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine. Photo: Jeremy Williams

The cover of this week's Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine.
Photo: Jeremy Williams




Bring back the bears
Since the founding of Conservation Northwest, one of our primary goals has been the restoration of a healthy population of grizzly bears to the North Cascades. With a federal Environmental Impact Statement planning for the recovery of these iconic animals now underway, we're finally seeing progress towards this goal.

And this month, a new milestone was reached in this decades long effort: our region's largest newspaper published a feature-length column calling for the return of the grizzly bear.

In the article, Ron Judd, former Outdoors Editor and longtime columnist for The Seattle Times, writes:

"We are presented here with a rare window to both right a wrong and make a stand about our own regional character. We should usher the grizzly—the largest missing piece of our natural heritage—back through it."

We hope you'll take the time to read the full piece. And please share it with friends and family so they understand why it's so important to save the North Cascades grizzly bear before it's too late!

 
Alpine lake in the Abercrombie Hooknose roadless area, which was sadly left out of draft wilderness recommendations. Photo Eric Zamora

Alpine lake in the Abercrombie Hooknose roadless area, which was sadly left out of draft wilderness recommendations.
Photo Eric Zamora



Colville National Forest wilderness
The Colville National Forest (CNF) is preparing to release its draft land and resource management plan which recommends certain areas on the Forest for wilderness designation.

The roadless, untouched areas of the CNF are the largest expanse of wildlands between the Cascades and the greater Rocky Mountains. But the Forest's current draft fails to include for wilderness recommendation vast regions of these wildlands deserving of designation.

Please take action today and contact the Colville National Forest's supervisor Rodney Smolden and regional forester Jim Pena to voice your concern of the draft plan overlooking these potential wilderness areas in Northeast Washington.

 


Burnt bitterbrush in Okanogan fire area. Photo: Justin Haug / WDFW

Burnt bitterbrush in Okanogan fire area.
Photo: Justin Haug / WDFW



Report from Wildfires & Us summit
Earlier this month Jen Watkins, one of our Forest Field Program staffers, attended the Wildfires & Us Summit in Wenatchee. Organized by local non-profit, business and community leaders, the summit was an excellent forum on a critically important topic in a part of our region so affected by wildfires in recent years.

Check out our latest Fire Dispatch for perspectives from Jen on what was discussed at the summit. Listening to the fire experts, first responders, elected officials and others presenting at the event, a theme that we've been trying to reinforce in our fire advocacy and communications was apparent: "logging alone won't solve our wildfire problem. A combined approach of selective thinning, prescribed and controlled burning and greater community preparedness is required."

 


We're now a member of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.

We're now a member of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.



Support for Alliance's carbon initiative
As you may have heard, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy has committed to fielding a carbon/climate policy initiative that will appear on Washington state's November 2016 general election ballot.

Conservation Northwest is now a member of the Alliance, and we strongly support this effort to pass sensible legislation in our state that reduces global warming pollution, strengthens our economy, and makes sure all Washington families have a better future.

Read more about why we're joining this effort and how it differs from another carbon initiative in this informative blog post from Mitch Friedman, our Executive Director.

 


Our staff at our 2015 retreat, including a few new faces. Photo: Paul Bannick

Our staff at our 2015 retreat, including a few new faces.
Photo: Paul Bannick



New staffers join our Seattle office
We're excited to announce that we have some new staff members at Conservation Northwest! Joining us in our Seattle Office are Natalie Doerr, Foundation Relations Manager, and Alaina Kowitz, Communications and Outreach Associate.

Natalie will be leading our grant applications and building relationships with foundations that support our conservation work. Alaina will be supporting our communications efforts as well as leading our outreach, events and community engagement to spread the word about our work to keep the Northwest wild!

Learn more about our new staffers on our blog or check out our Staff page for their official biographies. And keep an eye out for a follow-up post coming soon announcing some more exciting changes on our team!

 


Our members make our work possible, for wild places and wildlife like this cougar family. Photo: CWMP

Our members make our work possible, for wild places and wildlife like this cougar family.
Photo: CWMP



Membership Drive update
The arrival of November brought with it the end of our Fall Membership Drive, and we want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who either renewed their membership or became a new member last month!

We had over 60 membership renewals and new memberships, and a lucky raffle winner received an Axiom jacket that was graciously gifted by Outdoor Research.

And if you never got around to signing up, don't worry; you can still become a Conservation Northwest member today for $35 a year! Our "conservation community" of members, donors and activists make our work for a wilder Northwest possible. Thank you!

 



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