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The latest press releases and press clippings from Conservation Northwest

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Press Contacts

Jasmine Minbashian
Communications Director
Phone: 360.671.9950 X129
Cell: 360.319.3111
Mitch Friedman
Executive Director
Phone: (360) 319-9266

Recent Press Releases

Oct 13, 2014
Despite recent sightings, Washington’s wolverines are under threat from climate change, shrinking snowpacks, and increasingly fragmented habitat
eight conservation groups joined forces to insist wolverines get the protections they need in the lower-48, where less than 300 individual animals remain, filing a legal challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (UFWS) decision to abandon proposed protections for the wolverine.
Aug 21, 2014
Washingtonians, conservation groups say now is the time to save a threatened species
The National Park Service announced today a three-year process to assess impacts and a range of alternatives to determine whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state.

Recent Press Clips

Oct 05, 2014
The Seattle Times
Wolves are making a comeback in Eastern Washington’s timbered mountains and dry-grass lowlands, with their population growing 38 percent in the last six years. The price of success, though, includes growing conflicts with ranchers.
Sep 22, 2014
The Spokesman Review
The Dawsons work in partnership on the range rider program with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and an environmental group, Conservation Northwest, which help provide funding.
Sep 16, 2014
The Olympian
Ranchers can also call on nonprofits, such as Conservation Northwest, to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock. Conservation Northwest is using private funds and staff to train and provide range riders to oversee livestock sharing range with wolves. They are currently engaged in five separate projects, and in three seasons have not lost any livestock to wolves.
Sep 15, 2014
The Wenatchee World
The goal for all of us is to find ways to coexist, so we can have healthy wolves and wild ecosystems right along with successful ranches and healthy agricultural production. That goal is achievable in our region, but will take people working diligently together to see it realized. Conservation Northwest wants to help.
Sep 10, 2014
The Inlander
The latest conflict between ranchers and wolves shows the difficult balance between recovery and control. Chase Gunnell, a spokesman with Conservation Northwest, says wildlife advocates have successfully worked with many regional ranchers to set up nonlethal safeguards to prevent livestock attacks.
Sep 05, 2014
Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, said the Huckleberry Pack is one of Washington’s most productive breeding packs. Friedman said even though lethal removal may sometimes have to happen, it should only happen infrequently. “Because bad things are going to happen — shoot the wrong wolves at times, just like this. We have to do everything we possibly can to avoid these situations,” Friedman said.
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