Thank you, Patagonia!

Thank you, Patagonia!

By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director THANK YOU to Patagonia for supporting our work to keep the Northwest wild! 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. As this coalition winds down, look for the Cascade Crossroads documentary telling the story of … Continued

Logging on hold, but Blanchard Mountain funding not yet finalized

By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director Thank you to our dedicated activists and members of the conservation community who have spoken loudly to protect the core of Blanchard State Forest from logging! Located south of Bellingham off Chuckanut Drive, Blanchard is a hugely popular recreation area visited by as many as 100,000 people each year. Managed … Continued

We’ve moved our headquarters to Seattle

By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director After being based out of Bellingham for more than 25 years, this spring we officially moved the Conservation Northwest headquarters to our Seattle office. Please be sure to send all mail to our Seattle address: Conservation Northwest 1829 10th Ave W, Suite B Seattle, WA 98119 For more information, or … Continued

Join us on June 28 for Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest

Fewer than a dozen mountain caribou remain in the Inland Northwest. A new documentary aims to bring attention to their plight. By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director Did you know Washington state is home to the world’s southernmost caribou? Few people do, and that’s part of the problem. Biological surveys in late 2016 found that fewer than a … Continued

America will defend its monuments

Land grab politicians have misjudged the American people in their attempts to undermine national monuments and other public lands   By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director There are lots of articles, editorials and calls to action going around this week regarding President Trump’s Executive Order to “review” national monuments, a blatant move to undermine the 111-year-old … Continued

The North Cascades: just right for grizzly bears

By Chase Gunnell, Deputy Communications Director One of the most common questions we get about grizzly bears is whether the North Cascades has the right habitat and food for them. Conservation Northwest reached out to Bill Gaines, Ph.D., bear ecologist and director of the Washington Conservation Science Institute, for his take on why the North Cascades is, … Continued

Looking ahead to protect our public lands

Reflections on Malheur, America’s natural heritage, and those who would take it from us By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director The seizure of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by armed extremists demanding that the government hand over America’s public lands to local or private control has ended. But the struggle to keep our public lands in public hands … Continued

Wolverines photographed in the Teanaway

Wolverines (gulo gulo) have been recolonizing Washington’s North Cascades in recent years. Locally extirpated in the early 1900’s, these elusive creatures have slowly spread south from Canada since the early 2000’s, buoyed by Endangered Species protections and abundant mountain habitat. Today, it’s estimated that as many as three dozen of these large mustelids (members of the weasel family) prowl the craggy mountains … Continued

Range riding and howling with Washington wolves

This past August, Jay Kehne, our Conservation Associate and Range Rider Pilot Project manager, got a call from one of our ranching partners who grazes over two hundred head of cattle on an allotment in the Colville National Forest, within the territory of one of Washington’s wolf packs. With funding help from Conservation Northwest and … Continued

Tips for hiking in wolf country

Washington’s wild canines pose no serious threat to humans on the trail The Pacific Northwest is hiker central, with hundreds of trails from the Olympic coast to the Cascades and Columbia Highlands. With thousands of people hitting the hills each year, information abounds for coexisting safely in the backcountry with our region’s regular cast of … Continued