The latest press releases and press clippings from Conservation Northwest
Recent Press Releases
May 29, 2014
- The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council and Conservation Northwest have appealed Okanogan County’s determination that opening nearly 600 miles of county roads to All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) has no significant environmental impact. The groups believe this “Determination of Non-significance” under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was reached with inadequate analysis and ignored substantial evidence of likely environmental damage raised in public comments.
Feb 21, 2014
- Today, Conservation Northwest and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a reward for up to $7,500 to anyone who can offer information leading to the conviction of the person or persons involved in the illegal killing of a female collared gray wolf which was once part of the Smackout Pack in northeast Washington.
Recent Press Clips
Jul 19, 2014The Okanogan Gazette-Tribune
- Conservation Northwest (CNW) and the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) support responsible riding, but say that the county adopted the latest ATV Ordinance like signing a blank check, without doing even a basic analysis of the residents, infrastructure or resources that might be affected or harmed by allowing ATVs virtually everywhere.
Jul 16, 2014The Yakima Herald
- Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council filed a lawsuit in Okanogan County Superior Court on Friday following decision by Okanogan County commissioners in June to reopen 400 miles of county roads with speed limits of 35 mph and less to ATVs.
Jul 06, 2014The Spokesman Review
- David Heflick, conservation associate of Conservation Northwest, said he doubted the Forest Service’s key assumption that more access would cut down on illegal use. He pushed for a provision, he said, that would close the trails temporarily if the assumption was wrong and forest officials could not keep up with handling any increase in damage.
Jul 06, 2014The Seattle Times
- George Wooten, a biologist from Twisp who also works for the environmental group Conservation Northwest, said runoff from forest roads could affect creeks that flow into the Methow River. He also worries about noise and invasive weeds that have spread as a result of previous exploration.
Jun 18, 2014Methow Valley News
- Presented by Eyes in the Woods, the two-hour class teaches how to identify, document and report poaching and other abuses of natural resources through a non-confrontational expert witness program.
Jun 15, 2014Yakima Herald-Republic
- “A lot of other people go out and use public lands, and many of them don’t use ATVs or motorized vehicles, but they see a lot of damage caused by illegal behavior,” said Dave Werntz of Conservation Northwest. “So there’s this association between ATV use and illegal behavior. Right or wrong, it exists.”