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Conservation Northwest and related topics in the media.

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The New York Times - Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?
Mar 09, 2014
The New York Times
By retelling the same old story about Yellowstone wolves, we distract attention from bigger problems, mislead ourselves about the true challenges of managing ecosystems, and add to the mythology surrounding wolves at the expense of scientific understanding.
Okanogan County rescinds ATV ordinances
Mar 08, 2014
The Wenatchee World
Mitch Friedman, executive director for Conservation Northwest, said the state law was the result of collaboration between conservationists and ATV users. “The commissioners should open their doors and listen to the hopes and concerns of people, and work together for a plan that finds the right balance for Okanogan County,” he added.
Feds under fire for failure to protect Caribou
Feb 27, 2014
The Castlegar Source
The Castlegar Source: ...the federal government broke the law by not posting recovery plans for four species at risk may help the endangered southern mountain caribou in the Kootenays.
Reward offered for wolf kill info
Feb 23, 2014
Capital Press
The Capital Press reports that the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Conservation Northwest are offering up to $7,500 for information about a collared wolf that was killed in northern Stevens County.
Reward offered in wolf killing case
Feb 23, 2014
The Daily Astorian
The Daily Astorian reports that Conservation Northwest put up the reward. The group has helped promote range riders to protect livestock from wolves.
Wenatchee World editorial: Conservation, and the best options
Feb 22, 2014
The Wenatchee World
What could be more fair, or mesh better with local values when property rights are dear? The conservation easement arrangement has been used to good and beneficial effect all across the state, and often in North Central Washington.
The Wenatchee World: 'ATV law steeped in compromise'
Feb 07, 2014
The Wenatchee World
"[State Sen. Christine] Rolfes said ... the new law acknowledges that ATVs are basically a fun and safe recreational activity, and the state should allow greater access, but control it better."
Review panel faults federal plan to remove protections for wolves
Feb 07, 2014
LA Times
The federal proposal to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states came under fire Friday from a scientific peer review panel that unanimously found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision does not reflect the best available science regarding wolves.
Mount Baker Experience chimes in on the new Lake Whatcom park
Feb 07, 2014
Mount Baker Experience
“The combination of old trees and proximity to the coast makes the land around Lake Whatcom some of the last prime marbled murrelet habitat in the Puget Sound area.” -Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest science and conservation director
Montana ranchers learn ways to live with wolves
Feb 08, 2014
NPR
NPR reports on avoiding wolf-livestock conflict; hear the story. "Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. Forget about who's right, who's wrong; who likes this, who hates this. Find that field and meet there. The extremes aren't accomplishing too much." - wildlife biologist Hilary Zaranek
MVN on Lookout Pack: it's back!
Jan 16, 2014
Methow Valley News
“As of late December … snow trackers were able to confirm five animals traveling together,” said Scott Fitkin, a biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “We’ve been able to document that the Lookout Pack is a breeding pair for 2013. We’ve been able to document at least two surviving pups.”
The Great Park
Jan 09, 2014
The Crossing Guide
[About the new Lake Whatcom park] Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest says, “I have been deeply impressed with how the community came together to bring about this park; we had conservationists, equestrians, bikers, hikers, runners, all working together.”
Letter to the editor on grizzly bears in the Sea to Sky
Jan 09, 2014
Pique
Thanks to John French for his piece on B.C.'s new grizzly bear population estimating model and some of the issues facing grizzly bears in our region. The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is focused on halting the decline of threatened grizzly bear populations in southwest B.C. and seeing them recover.
Rudolph's last stand: Where have all the reindeer gone?
Dec 20, 2013
Seattle Times
The federal government has given up on the Selkirks caribou. “It looks like that to me,” says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest. “I think they’d be happy to be out of the caribou-conservation business once and for all.”
Cattle ranchers track wolves with GPS, computers
Nov 10, 2013
The Spokesman-Review
For ranchers, “it’s a new business now, a new world,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, a Bellingham-based environmental group that works on issues across Washington and British Columbia....Conservation Northwest helps finance three range riders in Washington – the Dawsons in Stevens County, and others in Cle Elem and Wenatchee.
Time to save the grizzly
Nov 07, 2013
Pique
"Grizzly bears are deeply embedded in the fabric of B.C. and the culture of First Nations people who have lived here for thousands of years. Surely we can afford the small investment that it would take to protect and recover these magnificent animals so that they remain deeply embedded for our grandchildren.: -Kyle Empringham, Community Engagement Organizer, Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative
Teanaway range rider meets with new wolf coalition
Oct 31, 2013
North Kittitas County Tribune
After Johnson touched on the background of the state's recent involvement with wolves in the Teanaway, he entertained questions, one of which came from Conservation Northwest's Jay Kehne. Kehne wanted to know why Johnson, an obvious candidate for membership in the anti-wolf camp, would get involved with the Range Riding Program. "I took the job," Johnson said, "to see what the wolves are really doing. I wanted to sort through the politics of the issue and get to the facts. I wanted firsthand knowledge."
Tracking down a grizzly bear killer
Oct 31, 2013
Pique
Joining in the quest to catch the poachers is the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative. Two members of the initiative - the Pemberton Wildlife Association and Conservation Northwest - have each put up $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed Jewel.
Grizzly bear poacher hit with $10,000 fine and 'donation'
Oct 03, 2013
Pique
Even though McEwan hoped for a higher fine he said there was a message for hunters from the court decision. “I would like to believe that we’ll see less of this, however inexperienced hunters are likely to make that sort of mistake again so hunter education is really important,” McEwan said. The grizzly bear in this case was described by the COS as an important part of the grizzly bear conservation program in the Pemberton [BC] area.
Grizzly shooter sentenced to pay $10K
Oct 03, 2013
Whistler Question
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative, a recently-formed coalition of conservation groups, followed the trial and had hoped to see a stronger sentence against Eyben, including a longer prohibition from hunting. “It would have sent a stronger message about the illegal killing of grizzly bears,” said field coordinator Johnny Mikes. “But even if there were higher fines, or even jail sentences, the bottom line is every grizzly bear in a threatened population is priceless and we can’t afford to lose any of them.”
Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative launched
Sep 24, 2013
The Squamish Chief
A coalition of conservation groups this week launched an initiative to prevent the disappearance of grizzly bears and rebuild their populations in southwestern B.C...The effort includes support from the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Sierra Club of B.C., Conservation Northwest, B.C. Nature and other, local conservation groups from Lillooet, Pemberton and Whistler.
Province urged to act to save grizzlies of southwestern B.C.
Sep 24, 2013
Vancouver Sun
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is asking the province to better protect grizzlies from human-caused deaths and further loss and fragmentation of their habitat.
Federal judge rules in favor of threatened seabird
Sep 05, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
"The timber industry keeps pushing to log this bird's habitat and is using, I think, increasingly desperate tactics to try to say that we shouldn't be protecting this bird and its habitat," said Kristen Boyles, an attorney for Earthjustice. "I think it's time for timber to figure how to live with this bird."
Logging Industry Loses Latest Attack on Threatened Seabird
Sep 05, 2013
eNews Park Forest
“There is strong scientific consensus that without old-growth forest protection, murrelets will disappear from our coast,” added Dave Werntz, science and conservation director with Conservation Northwest.
Province has ‘little to no idea’ how many bears live in B.C., says scientist
Sep 04, 2013
Metro News
“If I have to stand between feeding bears and people with guns, I will,” said Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation councilor Doug Neasloss, who also works as a bear-viewing guide on B.C.’s central coast.
To Cry Or Not To Cry ‘Wolf’ — Or Something In Between?
Aug 27, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
It’s fortunate that so many organizations have stepped forward … Safari Club International, a hunter-supported entity, and Conservation Northwest, a pro-large-carnivore organization based in Bellingham.
Parks develop plan to reintroduce Pacific fisher
Aug 25, 2013
The Olympian
“We’re probably looking at a 2014 release date, that’s what we’re hoping for,” said Mason Reid, wildlife ecologist at Mount Rainier. “The goal is to reintroduce 40 animals a year for two years.”
Culture of ATVs and Methow at issue in state law, county lawsuit
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
“I’m invested in the law. I want to see it implemented right,” said Friedman. “While some people don’t believe requiring ATVs to have license plates will be enough to stop illegal activity, I hope it will bring people together and change the culture.”
Timber harvesting practices subject of panel organized by local congressman
Aug 17, 2013
Peninsula Daily News
Olympic National Forest could potentially benefit from a collaborative approach to timber harvesting, the national forest's supervisor said during a discussion panel on timber harvesting practices last week. Panel member Mitch Friedman, executive director of Seattle-based Conservation Northwest, said he has seen such agreements work in Colville National Forest in Eastern Washington. “I've observed and come to believe that collaboration can work,” Friedman said.
Conservation groups will work with WDFW on state’s wolf plan
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
…the Wolf Advisory Group…represents a broad range of interests including the Farm Bureau, Conservation Northwest, the Sierra Club, Wolf Haven, the Humane Society, Hunters Heritage, and a representative of the Quad County Commission from northeast Washington.
Fishers will be reintroduced in North Cascades and Mt. Rainier national parks
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
“It is very exciting to partner with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Mount Rainier National Park to reintroduce the fisher to this area,” said Karen Taylor-Goodrich, superintendent of the North Cascades National Park Complex.
Bears Need Highway Overpasses, Too
Aug 12, 2013
The Atlantic Cities
"We’re able to demonstrate thousands and thousands of crossings every year, by 10-11 species of large mammals," Clevenger says.
The Pitt River fishing bears
Feb 08, 2013
The Fly Fishing Lodge
This video is the first footage of a grizzly bear on the Pitt River, just 30 miles from Vancouver - though grizzly bear signs had been seen in the valley for a few years.
Managing the big cats
Jul 31, 2013
Methow Valley News
Jul 31 - “The concept of thinking about cougars’ social system and how they interact, in terms of management, is something that has never been done before,” said Rich Beausoleil, cougar and bear specialist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Case against controversial Lake Whatcom park dismissed by state growth board
Jul 25, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Jul 25 - The conversion of the land for recreation and conservation is a net gain for the county, [Ken] Mann said. "Tourism is also in this area, based on recreational and natural resource amenities," he said. "Those jobs are real jobs and real money, and a benefit to this community."
Pemberton grizzly population dwindles
Jul 23, 2013
Global BC TV
July 23 - In the Squamish, Lillooet area, which includes the Pemberton Valley, there were once more than 400 grizzlies. Today there are just 59. Allen McEwan: "This particular group of bears in the upper Lilliooet, and the Ryan and whatnot, is considered the nursery for a potential grizzly bear recovery plan that we're waiting and hoping for the provincial government to do so. They are absolutely essential to any hope of recovering bears in the areas to our south."
Gray wolf issue viewed differently
Jun 19, 2013
The Omak Chronicle
Guest column by Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. "The Chronicle’s June 12 editorial on the federal proposal to take wolves off the list of endangered species could leave readers less informed than if they hadn’t read the paper...."
Gray wolves need time
Jun 12, 2013
The Register-Guard
Editorial: Recovery has been robust, but it’s not yet complete; the federal government should abandon its premature plan to remove protections for gray wolves. Last month, 16 scientists responsible for most of the research that the Fish and Wildlife Service used in its latest delisting decision sent a letter to agency Director Dan Ashe protesting that their findings had been mischaracterized. “We do not believe the rule reflects the conclusions of our work or the best available science concerning the recovery of wolves,” they wrote.
Food sources appear to be to wolves' liking
Jun 11, 2013
Yakima Herald
The wolf, originally a member of the Teanaway pack, had been ear-tagged two years earlier, when “it had been captured but was too young to collar,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, which has worked alongside state officials to monitor the state’s burgeoning wolf population. “When it was captured, it was a scrawny, half-dead wolf. And two years later, it was this beautiful adult.”.... And those wolves will flourish wherever there’s a consistent prey base, such as that found in the wooded canyons between Wenatchee and Ellensburg. “There’s an awfully good food supply in that area, with the deer and elk higher up,” said Kehne, the Conservation Northwest outreach coordinator who is sits on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Wolf ban could be lifted
Jun 08, 2013
The Spokesman-Review
Conservationists claim federal restrictions are still needed. “Recovery in the western part of (Washington) is still fragile,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Hopefully in a few years we’ll have a more sustainable and durable population in the Cascades, but right now the difference between existing federal regulations and fairly wimpy state rules make us nervous.”
Secretive birds at center of 'big collision' between habitat, logging
Jun 04, 2013
Seattle Times
Marbled murrelets are continuing to decline as the state Department of Natural Resources convenes public hearings on long-awaited management plans for their habitat on state forest lands.
Habitat protection a simple bear necessity
Jun 03, 2013
Vancouver Sun
According to Larry Pynn’s excellent article, Power the bear is key to the B.C. government’s recovery plan for grizzlies in the area. But the government has yet to implement any grizzly bear recovery plans. ~ While it is encouraging to hear there is still hope for the grizzly bear in southwestern B.C., it is alarming that land-use decisions continue to be made that knowingly place these populations in jeopardy, such as the conditional approval of the Upper Lillooet hydro project.
Single female bear brings new hope for B.C.s threatened grizzlies
May 28, 2013
Vancouver Sun
Garibaldi bear could stimulate expansion of species in southwestern B.C. The Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning operates a toll-free number for reporting grizzlies in southwestern B.C., but the hotline hasn’t exactly been burning up since it began in July last year. Just 14 calls were more-or-less verified as grizzlies rather than black bears and passed on to the province for followup. If you see one, call 1-855-GO-GRIZZ.
Decision on wolf protections in Lower 48 delayed
May 20, 2013
Great Falls Tribune
Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
PUD gears up for powerline bids as state weighs appeal
May 15, 2013
Methow Valley News
“It’s obviously a disappointment – it is fundamentally a big loss for the fish and wildlife that depend on quality habitat and for the businesses they support,” said Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest’s science and conservation director. “It’s still not a project that supports the public interest or ratepayers.”
Court: PUD can condemn state land
May 08, 2013
Methow Valley News
The PUD can condemn state land for its Pateros-Twisp powerline, said the Court of Appeals in Spokane in a ruling issued Tuesday (May 7). The decision comes after three years of litigation over the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s efforts to claim by eminent domain land that the state has argued cannot be condemned because it is already devoted to a public use – namely, leased for grazing.
Rare compromise reached in Washington's wolf war
Apr 30, 2013
King 5 News
Mitch Friedman of the group Conservation Northwest said giving ranchers the assurance they can protect their cattle in heavily populated wolf country is reasonable as long as wolves are strictly protected in areas of the state where they are rare.
Letter to the editor: A new challenge
Apr 13, 2013
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.
Wolf Count: Numbers Up in Oregon, Washingon; Down in Idaho
Apr 15, 2013
OPB Northwest News Network
There are fewer wolves overall in the West, but Oregon and Washington's wolf populations continue to grow. That's according to the federal government's annual gray wolf tally, released Friday. As Jessica Robinson reports, the count has also revealed the initial effect of a controversial wolf hunting season in Idaho.
Wolf-wary ranch family fences in cattle
Apr 09, 2013
Wenatchee World
“Wolves are going to be the hardest predator to deal with, I think,” he said. “We just don’t know what the outcome will be. But we’re trying to prepare for them being here the best we can.”
Revelstoke caribou rearing in the wild receives $50,000 from Columbia Basin Trust
Apr 09, 2013
Revelstoke Times Review
"These funds will help construct the maternity pen that will protect caribou and their calves at their most vulnerable time."
Farmers, hunters express concern over growing wolf population
Mar 27, 2013
KXLY
"People in Eastern Washington not going to go on a wolf killing spree. We're not interested annihilating, creating a blood bath. What we do want to do is to protect our livelihoods and our property if that occurs," said Jamie Henneman, Stevens County Cattlemen's Association.
Chelan County may have a pack
Mar 26, 2013
The Wenatchee World
“What we’re trying to do is give people information about what it means to have wolves back in the landscape again,” said Dave Volson, wildlife biologist for WDFW.
Comment: Caribou plan little help to endangered herds
Mar 22, 2013
Times Colonist
B.C.’s mountain caribou plan claims to be committed to adaptive management, which means learning from mistakes and doing better. The time has come for the government to bolster the plan by establishing new set-asides in lowland matrix habitat. This is what its own recovery team called for in the days before the planning process went political, and certainly it is the only action that can possibly begin to turn the situation around. -Trevor Goward
Desire of botany: politics of the park
Mar 20, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
The process...made possible Washington's largest locally governed park and the 5-2 vote by County Council members, whipsawed by constituents who love or hate the notion of a Whatcom County park that appears to be the largest in the state and eighth largest in the United States.
Battle to legally kill wolves heats up in Olympia
Mar 20, 2013
King 5 News
“The cattlemen have to, in my opinion, be more willing to possibly change some of their practices even though that’s not going to be as easy as a lot of people think it should be,” said Dave Hendrick, Conservation Northwest board member.
Washington wolf bills under discussion
Mar 19, 2013
The Capital Press
"We certainly understand the anxiety that people feel they might face a crisis with a wolf and not have a permit in their pocket," said Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman. "Unless there's a record of someone trying to prevent a situation like that and having repeated encounters, we probably don't want people being able to shoot from the hip."
Letter: Nonlethal ranching part of solution
Mar 19, 2013
The Vancouver Columbian
As proved by [rancher] Patton, Oregon and Washington ranchers and wolves can coexist, and almost 75 percent of our state's citizens want them here. Cheers to nonlethal ranching, wolves in our northern states, and the Endangered Species Act.
The fight to protect what’s left of old-growth forests
Mar 17, 2013
The Globe Mail
“So when you are getting down to the last of an ecosystem and the government is not doing anything to stop that, not only is that criminal negligence, it’s being an accomplice to the crime,” said Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
Federal protection sought to save western grizzlies
Mar 13, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
While grizzly populations are generally stable, COSEWIC offered a special warning over those in southern B.C. and Alberta, noting populations “are small and/or in decline where their ranges are heavily fragmented by human settlement, intensive resource development and roads. “Their continued persistence will be reliant on the extent to which they can either reconnect or maintain connections with more secure populations.”
Winter closures planned to preserve caribou
Mar 13, 2013
The Hinton Parklander
“We have an obligation as skiers to adjust our schedule to ski in those closed areas in March and the first part of April in order to give caribou an increased probability of sustainability,” said Kelly Sloan, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s northern Alberta chapter “I can still ski in other areas during the period of those closures.”
Legal threat, politics mar Lake Whatcom park decision
Mar 13, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
"I think there are certainly legitimate reasons not to support the reconveyance," said Rand Jack, a board member of the Whatcom Land Trust, adding that the reasons to support it are far greater. But conspiracy theories, Jack said, "made it difficult to have a rational conversation about the pros and cons."
Grizzly bear deserves protection
Mar 13, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
“Bears living in portions of the southern fringe of Canadian distribution are far from secure from the consequences of burgeoning human populations and activities,” COSEWIC warned in 2002. “The genetic and geographic continuity that now prevents their identification as distinct population units is at risk.”
Should it be easier to shoot Washington state's endangered gray wolves?
Mar 09, 2013
Crosscut
On a 25-to-23 vote, the Senate passed SB 5187 to allow the owner of livestock or a domestic animal to kill a gray wolf attacking or posing an imminent threat to those animals on private and public lands without regard to the wolf's endangered status and without needing any permit.
Fires planned to boost wildlife habitat
Mar 08, 2013
The Spokesman Review
“Last year’s wildfires demonstrate the importance of conducting controlled burns,” Dale Swedberg, manager of WDFW’s Sinlahekin Wildlife Area said. “By burning off brush and other fuels, we can reduce the risk of catastrophic, high-intensity wildfires that can destroy wildlife habitat."
Native bands keen to co-manage national park
Feb 28, 2013
Daily Courier
"You look at the land when development happens, and you never see that kind of pristine grassland area or a really healthy forest," said Chief Robert Edward of the Lower Similkameen band. The band is one of seven First Nations supporting a proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen Grasslands National Park. "We want to be a part of this," he said.
State to share more wolf information
Feb 28, 2013
Capital Press
"The producer can have the same level of information we have," said department carnivore section manager Donny Martorello on the information that should be available to ranchers by this spring.
B.C.’s remaining old-growth forests non-renewable: Sierra Club report
Feb 27, 2013
Vancouver Sun
One year of logging old-growth forests in southwestern British Columbia blows away a year of carbon emissions reductions made through climate-change fighting initiatives like the carbon tax, says a Sierra Club report released today.
New scholarship for students interested in engineering, arts and environment
Feb 26, 2013
The Mercer Island Reporter
“The I-90 project is evolving from a design on paper into a major project that will benefit our entire state,” said Charlie Raines, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition director. “We are looking for students who are interested in how to incorporate the environment and transportation in the design of our highways.”
State Plans For Lake Whatcom Clean Up
Feb 26, 2013
KGMI News
Steve Hood with the State Department of Ecology says 87 percent of the developed area around the lake will need to absorb water like a forest in order to meet water quality standards.
Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year
Feb 25, 2013
The Seattle Times
“We have remarkable growth of wolves in Washington,” said Donny Martorello, carnivore section manager for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, which conducted the survey. “This is what you see when a colonizing population is finding suitable habitat and really taking off.”
West Kootenay Climate Change Study: Local Scientists Say Time for Action is Now
Feb 25, 2013
The Nelson Daily
“We weren’t sure what to expect when we started, and the results were even shocking to us,” said Nelson forest ecologist Greg Utzig, one of the study’s authors. The team looked at a series of climate projections. The results estimated that by the 2080s, average temperatures in winter, spring and fall might warm by between two to five degrees Centigrade.
The seeds of an Okanagan national park sprout again
Feb 24, 2013
The Globe and Mail
“Wow,” Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells said when he was told about the planned press conference. He knows native leaders in the Okanagan have been looking hard at the park proposal, and he’s convinced they’ll see what he sees – a huge economic opportunity, and a chance to save a remarkable piece of B.C. wilderness.
Officials: Lake Whatcom not best fit for state recreation plan
Feb 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
The recreation potential of Lake Whatcom will only be realized if these lands are reconveyed to the Whatcom County Parks Department in the shape of a forest preserve park: "...it appears unlikely that [DNR] would develop a recreation plan around the lake, according to people close to the discussions."
Wolf photographed near Ardenvoir probably just passing through
Feb 13, 2013
Wenatchee World
“They were absolutely incredible photos,” said David Volson, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Wildlife in Wenatchee. A blowup of the photos allowed him to read the number on the tag in the wolf’s ear and positively identify it as a young female that was caught and tagged last fall in the Teanaway Valley.
Dogs cross species barrier, help cheetahs survive
Feb 12, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
"It's a love story of one species helping another species survive," said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America.
Council to hold one more public hearing on Lake Whatcom land transfer
Feb 12, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Five months and many hours of information-gathering meetings later, the votes haven't changed on the transfer of land around Lake Whatcom. The Whatcom County Council appears as ready as ever to approve a transfer of 8,844 acres around the lake from state to county control, so a low-impact park of trails and primitive campsites can be developed.
Can wolves and Washingtonians coexist?
Feb 11, 2013
Crosscut
"Wolves aren't angels or devils," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest, at a Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bills. "They can respond to management techniques."
Researchers looking for elusive wolverine near Snoqualmie
Feb 08, 2013
King 5 News
If Aja Woodrow can attract a wolverine, it will be a big deal because his camera is set up, not in the remote Okanogan wilderness but in a secluded area near Snoqualmie summit. That would put a wolverine within just a few hours of Seattle.
Moving Heaven & Earth
Feb 06, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
“I’m concerned about landslides,” Whatcom County Council member Bill Knutzen declared last week, trying to get to “no” on a proposal that might protect up to 9,000-acres of steep forest around Lake Whatcom from just such a catastrophic event.
Officials Recommend Wolverine For Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Feb 04, 2013
Boise State Public Radio
"This is one of the few cases where things are looking pretty rosy right now but the future scenario is one that doesn’t look good," said Shawn Sartorius, lead wolverine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Mountain caribou decline requires 'extreme' measures
Feb 02, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
John Bergenske of Wildsight, who sits on the province's caribou progress board, said he believes the province is generally on the right track and that artificial initiatives may be necessary to assist the caribou until habitat improves. "It's a desperate situation," he said.
U.S. Proposes to Protect Wolverines
Feb 01, 2013
The New York Times
The new proposal, as written, would not restrict logging or winter recreation — like snowmobiling — in the wolverine’s habitat, but it would end the intentional trapping of the animals.
Wolverines Threatened By Climate Change, Officials Propose Endangered Species Act Protection
Feb 01, 2013
The Huffington Post
"This is a species there is still time to do something about," said Mike Thabault, ecological services director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mountain-prairie region.
Environmental groups to sue over caribou habitat
Jan 31, 2013
San Antonio Express-News
"This reduction in protected habitat is a death sentence for mountain caribou in the United States," said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that filed an intent to sue notice on Thursday.
Once extinct here, wolverines on the rebound
Jan 31, 2013
The Seattle Times
“When you see a species like wolverine that needs openness and connected habitat coming here all on its own, this is the celebration moment. It’s the success, the reward,” said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest, a Seattle nonprofit, as she dunked pine-branch tips into a bottle of foul-smelling scent lure.
Wolf debate reaches Senate panel
Jan 30, 2013
Spokesman Review
Wildlife advocates warned that proposals to loosen the restrictions for shooting predators go too far and could encourage “an open season” on wolves.
More than 100 businesses urge creation of a forest preserve
Jan 30, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
"We urge you to build on Whatcom County’s strengths, to support the things that empower our employers to recruit talented workers, and attract the tourists that are drawn here in ever increasing numbers to experience our world-class recreational opportunities and natural beauty."
The Daily Howler 1-29-13: Legislators Take Comment On Wolf Bills
Jan 29, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
A public hearing on a quartet of wolf bills in Olympia drew a fair-sized audience and numerous comments, from stay the course on the Washington wolf plan to support for allowing ranchers and others to shoot wolves attacking their stock no matter the predator’s legal status.
County council still divided on Lake Whatcom land transfer
Jan 29, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Knutzen raised concerns about slope stability and the county's liability for water pollution caused by landslides. "I don't know what the county's liability is for this kind of stuff," he said. "What will (the Department of) Ecology require of the county?" If his concerns remain after the third meeting, on Feb. 12, the council could schedule a fourth.
Bills legalizing the killing of wolves draws crowd to Olympia
Jan 29, 2013
The Seattle Times
“Wolves aren’t angels or devils,” Friedman said. “They can respond favorably to management techniques.”
County to debate forest management at proposed Lake Whatcom park
Jan 26, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Any forestry plan must address the fact that timber harvesting promotes landslides, which causes phosphorus pollution in the lake, Parks and Rec Director Mike McFarlane said. "It's significant, and that's not something DNR argues with. The science is out there."
Bill To Move Wolves West No Joke For Conservationists
Jan 24, 2013
Northwest News Network
“Yeah, I think Rep. Kretz has a good sense of humor and he's trying to be funny, but he's actually pointing out something that's a really good opportunity for common ground,” said Derrick Knowles of Conservation Northwest.
Editorial: Washington learns to manage wolves
Jan 24, 2013
Capital Press
As Washington's wolf population grows -- it jumped from 27 to more than 51 in a single year -- managers will be called on to control wolves that prey on livestock and pets. Now, after a couple of years of experience, they seem ready to recognize when a wolf or its pack is a problem.
The Daily Howler: Olympia Beat (1-24-13)
Jan 24, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
The wolf beat has picked up in recent days, with stories on bills in Olympia and rumblings in North-central and Northeast Washington.
Face-to-face with Washington's elusive wolverine
Jan 24, 2013
King 5 News
King 5's Gary Chittim gets up close and personal with one of Washington's rare wolverines.
Wolves and public opinion
Jan 24, 2013
The Wenatchee World
You like wolves? Here, have some. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty.... Conservationists and wolf supporters, not surprisingly, don’t consider Kretz helpful. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest told the Capital Press that he was working on a bipartisan bill to move wolves from northeast to southwest. “Last week we were closer to success than we are today because Mr. Kretz’s bill has just filled the room with a bad odor,” he said.
Wolves: Commissioners want to de-list; WDFW wants to reclassify
Jan 23, 2013
Methhow Valley News
In their previous petition, the county commissioners argued that the wolves presently in Washington are not native to the state and questioned the rationale for the protected status. The new petition relies primarily on the decision of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove some wolves from its endangered list.
Officials worry snowmobilers are making highways for predators of endangered B.C. mountain caribou
Jan 23, 2013
The Province
Conservation officer Todd Hunter says the problem is growing, and warns violators could face stiff fines for venturing into protected areas.
Reconveyance aids natural amenities and will aid business
Jan 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Reconveyance will shift control of 8,700 watershed acres from state to local control. Decisions about how to use the land, how to develop and manage recreational opportunities, and how to best protect water quality will be in the hands of those most directly affected by those decisions.
Letters to the Editor: Celebrates Endangered Species Act success
Jan 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
No other law has done more to save America's most vulnerable plants and animals from extinction. And no other law has done more to inspire the same course of action around the world.
B.C.'s run-of-river sector in regulatory disarray, documents suggest
Jan 22, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
Gwen Barlee, the Wilderness Committee policy director who obtained the documents, said in an interview Tuesday that the documents confirm that the run-of-river sector “does not have proper oversight and can’t even meet low environmental standards.”
Bill would send wolves to inhabit West Side, too
Jan 19, 2013
Spokesman Review
Kretz acknowledges the bill may never get a hearing. It’s an attempt to make a point for another, more serious bill he expects to introduce in the next week. That bill would allow the state to take wolves off its endangered species list in Eastern Washington, while keeping them on the list in other parts of the state.
Washington Wildlife Officials Report 'Unprecedented' Wolf Numbers
Jan 17, 2013
Oregon Public Broadcasting
“This is unprecedented population growth," says carnivore manager Donny Martorello. "You don't see this in elk herds, you don't see this in orcas, you don't see this in bald eagles. This kind of growth is phenomenal in the wildlife population.”
Wolf recovery in Washington: Seattle briefing with experts
Jan 17, 2013
The Seattle Times
The meeting will be an opportunity to hear more about the recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other western states, the latest information from population surveys in Washington and an update on recovery of the species throughout the West.
Upper Lillooet run-of-river project receives environmental assessment approval
Jan 17, 2013
The Tyee
The 37 conditions for the Upper Lillooet Hydro project that the proponents must meet include: implementing and maintain a minimum in-stream flow requirement for the three sites; monitoring temperature and ice conditions for the life of the project; and developing a grizzly bear and wildlife management program.
KEXP Mind Over Matters: Wolf conservation legislation, Jasmine Minbashian
Jan 16, 2013
KEXP FM
Interview with Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian on the status of Washington's wolves and wolf bills in the 2013 legislature.
Birding in the time of climate change
Jan 16, 2013
Crosscut
The sad fact is that fuel-guzzling nature lovers — not just birders but divers rushing to see the great reefs before they bleach and mountaineers scrambling to beat the melting glaciers — are the new buffalo hunters and cod catchers.
B.C. gives conditional nod to controversial Upper Lillooet Valley hydro project
Jan 11, 2013
Vancouver Sun
The run-of-river hydro project poses a significant risk to a recovering population of grizzly bears in southwestern B.C., a provincial biologist warned in documents filed with B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office....Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee said Friday that the majority of the conditions are weak and unlikely to result in meaningful mitigation of environmental impacts. She fears for fish stocks, including coho and trout, in the Lillooet drainage.
2012: It was a wild year, too
Jan 09, 2013
Methow Valley News
Last December the California Academy of Sciences announced that worldwide 137 new species were identified in 2012 as fellow inhabitants of this planet. Evidently none of these new creatures were found in the Methow Valley. That doesn't mean that the Methow is some forgotten backwater in the biosphere, far from it!
The Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Pacific Northwest
Dec 27, 2012
The Reargaurd
“To see wolves in the Cascade Mountains, it’s something I never thought I would see,” said Jasmine Minbashian, the lead operator of Conservation Northwest’s wolf recovery efforts.
PWA, AWARE send grizzly concerns to ministers
Dec 27, 2012
Pique newsmagazine
Environmentalists hope their power line impact questions become part of Upper Lillooet debate. "The Ryan (watershed), if it is not the most important grizzly piece of habitat in the Sea to Sky (region) because of the connectivity out of it to a whole bunch of other places, it's certainly one of the top ones," Johnny Mikes of the Pemberton Wildlife Association said.
State Rep. Has Questions About Nontribal Wolf Management Options
Dec 27, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
“I just want to make sure we’re all playing by the same set of rules and game management tools being made available to one segment of the state’s population are available to all Washington citizens,” Washington Rep. David Taylor stated.
PUD using powerline money to help balance budget
Dec 26, 2012
Methhow Valley News
The PUD had hoped to begin construction of the powerline in 2013, but the district does not have the necessary easements from the state, which has brought legal challenges to the PUD’s right to condemn land to build the 28-mile transmission line. An appeal is scheduled for February.
Washington tribes develop own wolf plans
Dec 24, 2012
Capital Press
The tribe can proceed as long as management actions don't conflict with the federal Endangered Species Act, said WDFW carnivore section manager Donny Martorello. The gray wolf is not protected under the federal law in that part of the state.
A sampler of U.S. environmentalists working in British Columbia
Dec 24, 2012
High Country News
Mitch Friedman, head of Conservation Northwest has an unusual way of estimating the strength of the environmental movement: by the number of "activists per square mile." In B.C., he says, that number is "very low -- there are whole mountain ranges without a single citizen watchdog, much less a professional."
Whatcom Tea Party still going strong after 2012 elections
Dec 23, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
Baker spoke on Sept. 11 at a public hearing on a proposal to transfer 8,844 acres around Lake Whatcom from the state to the county, for use as a park. Like several other opponents of the plan, Baker criticized what she considers a lack of public input. "The general public has never been given the full story, and that concerned me," Baker said at the hearing.
Run-of-river hydro project threatens grizzly population: B.C. ministry biologist
Dec 20, 2012
Vancouver Sun
Provincial biologist warns designated conservation areas related to other species also at risk.
Conservation groups concerned over IPP effects on grizzlies
Dec 20, 2012
The Whistler Question
“With a power line larger than required for (the project’s) purposes, we are concerned about the spin off cumulative effects it would have on grizzly bears,” said conservationist Johnny Mikes, a member of one of the many conservation groups, including Conservation Northwest, voicing concerns.
Woodland caribou might lose endangered status
Dec 18, 2012
The Oregonian
"Now is not the time to back away from nearly 30 years of effort to recover the woodland caribou," said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the Center for Biological Diversity. "With protection from snowmobiles, logging and other threats, caribou can once again thrive in the United States."
Feds agree to review endangered status of caribou
Dec 18, 2012
Spokane Spokesman-Review
“Maybe you got a point there,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seemed to say today as it annouced its response to a petition questioning whether the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou deserves status as an endangered species.
Editorial: More study will mean fewer wolf problems
Dec 13, 2012
Capital Press
According to Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," if you know your enemies and yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. It seems to us that a little more information about how wolves and livestock interact on Washington grazing lands could lead to solutions more satisfying to all sides of the wolf debate.
Predators delight WSU researchers
Dec 13, 2012
Capital Press
"We don't know enough about wolf management and basic wolf behavior," said Dan Bernardo, WSU vice president of agriculture. "Rob [Wielgus]'s lab is well-equipped to fill in some of those voids in knowledge, which can assist policy makers in steering us in the right course."
Northwest forests, spotted owls at risk
Dec 11, 2012
Crosscut
While it’s true that spotted owl populations have plunged faster than anyone expected in forests protected by the Northwest Forest Plan, Dominick DellaSala points out, they’ve declined even faster in forests outside the plan.
Northwest Could Get New Endangered Species Listing
Dec 11, 2012
NW News Network
"The streaked horned lark, the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly and Mazama pocket gopher are bellwethers for the health of the Puget Sound prairie ecosystem," explains Ken Berg. "These proposals to list them under the federal Endangered Species Act indicate the Puget Sound prairies are not healthy and they need more protection and more restoration."
Endangered caribou continue to curtail snowmobiling
Dec 08, 2012
Billings Gazette
The Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a dramatic scaling back from its original recommendation for designating critical caribou habitat in the Selkirks. The Service chose to designate only the habitat caribou occupied before they were listed (as endangered), said Brad Smith, ICL spokesman. But the primary threats to the species are habitat loss and fragmentation, so it's hard to justify protecting less habitat.
Powerline condemnation appeal gets February appeal date
Dec 05, 2012
Methhow Valley News
The PUD began planning for an upgrade of its existing transmission line that serves the Methow in 1996 and analyzed seven alternatives, selecting the 28-mile Pateros-Twisp route in 2006.
Wolf panel to host discussion Tuesday at YVCC
Dec 04, 2012
Yakima Herald
“Some of the proven tools (in preventing predation) are still a good human presence — range-riding on a regular, almost daily basis seems to make a difference,” Kehne said.
Colville Tribes Holding Washington’s First Wolf Hunt
Dec 04, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
“Wouldn’t we be better off moving them?” wondered Conservation Northwest’s executive director Mitch Friedman this morning. He’d hoped to broker a deal between the Colvilles and Yakama Nation to translocate wolves to Washington’s South Cascades.
Wolf activity continues in Wedge pack area
Dec 04, 2012
Capital Press
"It's an opportunity for us to try again, and do better," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. "I don't know that life often allows for quick re-dos of failures, and here we get a chance to do that."
Fisher being studied for federal endangered list
Nov 28, 2012
Peninsula Daily News
Patti Happe, park biologist, said if fishers are listed on the federal endangered species, it wouldn't change much in the national park or Olympic National Forest, since the majority of both areas already are protected because the endangered marbled murrelet calls these areas home.
Washington wipes out a wolf pack
Nov 28, 2012
Crosscut
Wolves in the West are here to stay. They don’t comprehend state and national boundaries, but they understand their role in ecosystems. The Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, the law of the land in Washington for now, is all the wolves have to protect them.
Editorial: Natural-areas program deserves better
Nov 25, 2012
The Olympian
"Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is making a compelling case to up the ante on behalf of quality of life, habitat protection and the state’s robust recreation-based economy. The coalition’s request deserves serious consideration by state lawmakers.” Conservation NW is a member of the coalition and South Puget sound prairie invasives maintenance is part of the budget.
Combating coal
Nov 24, 2012
Down to Earth Northwest
For the past 20 years, Crystal Gartner has lived in Spokane where she has worked for several environmental organizations, including Conservation Northwest where she motivated people to protect wilderness and wildlife.
Obama administration increases 'critical habitat' for northern spotted owl
Nov 21, 2012
The Oregonian
The acreage in Oregon, Washington and California won't be off limits to logging. But the service's decision requires heightened federal review of logging projects on lands owned by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, the bulk of the designated land.
YVCC hosts Land of the Lost Wolves
Nov 20, 2012
Yakima Valley Community College Press
Following the film team leader for the BBC, Jasmine Minbashian, along with Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, and wolf biologists with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will lead a panel discussion.
Jumbo Mountain Resort officially becomes a municipality
Nov 20, 2012
CBC Radio
The B.C. government recently created the Jumbo Resort Municipality, bringing the mega-resort one step closer to reality. The plan has been on the books for decades but has met a lot of resistance.
Wolf Project shows promise for sheep herds, wolf packs
Nov 18, 2012
Spokesman Review
Sheepherders and wolves are ancient adversaries. But in the Sawtooth National Forest – where about 10,000 sheep and four wolf packs occupy overlapping territory – ranchers and pro-wolf groups are working to find common ground.
Repeat of wolf kill unlikely
Nov 14, 2012
Spokesman Review
Wildlife officials are stepping up use of nonlethal methods for keeping wolves away from livestock. The department and Conservation Northwest already share the cost of a range rider in Northeast Washington to protect livestock from predation by the Smackout Pack.
Colville Tribes manage wolves with own program
Nov 12, 2012
Indian Country Today Media Network
“It’s about being in balance,” tribal chairman John Sirous said. “If you remove all the predators from the equation you’ll find other impacts happen as well. Nature has a good way of setting up that balance for us to follow.”
Wildlife crossings reduce costs, improve public safety, report says
Nov 06, 2012
The Calgary Herald
“Our experience on the Trans-Canada in Banff National Park is that it can make a dramatic difference in animal safety, human safety and landscape connections by putting wildlife crossings in,” said Trevor Kinley, road ecologist for Parks Canada.
The Daily Howler (11-5-12): WA May Have 100 Wolves Edition
Nov 05, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
"...in the end the most pragmatic wolf group realized the Wedge wolves weren't model citizens for the state's twin goals of recovery and social tolerance - the latter being the real key in this whole deal since Washington is never going to be some wolf nirvana like Yellowstone - and so supported the killing." - Editor's Note, Northwest Sportsman's Magazine, Nov. 2012
America Gone Wild
Nov 02, 2012
The Wall Street Journal
The good news: Wildlife populations in the U.S. have experienced an astonishing resurgence. The bad news: All those animals are now our neighbors.
"Land of the Lost Wolves" film and discussion on wolf recovery
Oct 31, 2012
Seattle Times
A film screening and panel discussion on wolf recovery...sponsored by Conservation Northwest. The panel will be moderated by KUOW Weekday host Steven Scher.
Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows
Oct 30, 2012
EarthFix
Washington would be the first state in the Northwest to compensate ranchers for livestock weight loss — not just livestock killed by wolves.
The Horse's Mouth: Conservation Northwest's Kit McGurn on Why 'Wolves are Awesome'
Oct 29, 2012
The Seattle Weekly
"When I think of wolves the first thing I think is "fucking awesome," every time, without fail," said Kit McGurn. "How could you not? We're talking the top of the food chain here, the apex predator in a natural system. A social animal whose pack structure has a hierarchy and whose survival mostly depends on the entire pack being successful."
Coal terminal environmental meeting in Bellingham likely to draw huge crowd
Oct 24, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
"Hearing from each other, hearing from citizens who have very real concerns, is an important step," said coal export opponent Matt Krogh, who tracks the issue for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.
Stop crying wolf
Oct 21, 2012
Spokane Spokesman-Review
....Then, according to Conservation Northwest, McIrvin refused to participate in nonlethal control methods on the wolves he claimed killed 17 of his cattle....
Editorial: a better way to manage wolf packs
Oct 21, 2012
The Seattle Times
To avoid another removal, the department intends to seek more money for nonlethal methods of keeping wolves and livestock separated (fencing, range riders, etc.).
Wolf kill: Will there have to be more?
Oct 20, 2012
AP, Capital Press
"We understand there is some resistance out there," said [WDFW's] Pozzanghera, but the agency is committed to working with ranchers and cattlemen. "The whole situation is really tragic, most of all because it could have been avoided," said Jasmine Minbashian, of the nonprofit Conservation Northwest, which supported the decision in the end to kill the wolf pack because the animals had become reliant on livestock. "If you remove the pack without changing something on the ground, this situation is bound to repeat itself," she said.
Wolves play a role in Okanogan County races
Oct 12, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Wolves have been prowling around the ballot boxes in Okanogan County. Well, not literally. But the returning predators are no small issue in the Nov. 6 election for two seats on the Okanogan County Commission.
Loggers Fight U.S. Survey Deal With Enviro Groups
Oct 12, 2012
Courthouse News Service
Conservation Northwest and environmentalists had sued federal agencies in 2008, challenging the elimination of the "survey and manage" standard under the Northwest Forest Plan. The Northwest Forest Plan resolved litigation over the spotted owl while regulating management of federal lands in Washington, Oregon and California.
Landers: Pro-wolf extremists not helping cause
Oct 11, 2012
Spokesman Review
Pro-wolf groups had a wider range of concerns, but most of them called for the state to hold ranchers more accountable for preventing wolf attacks by using range riders, fencing or other non-lethal measures.
Livestock statistics don't justify wolf cull
Oct 10, 2012
The Vancouver Sun
Both Canadian and American research into livestock mortality has found predator deaths are a tiny fraction of the total, with better than 80 per cent resulting from disease, nutrition or severe weather.
Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Wolf Pack Near Canadian Border
Oct 06, 2012
The Flathead Beacon
The Wedge Pack of wolves is one of an estimated 12 wolf packs in the state. It is the only one that was creating problems, said Mitch Friedman of the environmental group Conservation Northwest. "This rancher has politicized the situation, while many other ranchers recognize that wolves are part of the landscape," Friedman contended.
Commission Says State Wolf Plan Still on Track
Oct 09, 2012
KBKW News
"The success of wolf recovery in our state depends on social tolerance for these animals - especially among ranchers and others most affected by them," Ware said.
Differing Ideas Offered To Avoid A Repeat Of Washington Wolf Pack Kill
Oct 08, 2012
Northwest Public Radio
"We expect the state to hold livestock owners to the agreements that they have made to work with wildlife officials in applying non-lethal practices to prevent conflict with wildlife" said David Hornoff of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.
Bill Mcirvin defends his ranch at wolf meeting
Oct 08, 2012
The Seattle Times
Many questioned if non-lethal methods of separating livestock and wolves were used earlier enough and fully, whether all the livestock killed were fully investigated to prove wolves were responsible and whether killings could have been done incrementally to see if that would have changed the pack's behavior and its feeding on livestock.
‘Equilibrium Management’ Coming To WA Cougar Population
Oct 08, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Data showed that adult males, "toms,” are intolerant of adolescent males and will kill them to maintain their territory and breeding rights.... When hunting removes most adult males, the adolescent males survive and cause all sorts of trouble.
Wedge Wolf Pack: Watch commission meeting here Friday
Oct 03, 2012
The Seattle Times
The afternoon session on wolves is part of a two-day meeting of the nine-member commission, appointed by the governor to set policy for the department
Dead But Still In The News — Wedge Wolves
Oct 01, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
The question about how much the operation cost will be addressed this Friday afternoon when the Fish & Wildlife Commission -- which signed off last December on the wolf management plan after four years' work on it by stakeholders and state staff -- will get a comprehensive briefing on all things Washington wolf.
Expanding wolf packs creep onto cattle grazing territory
Sep 29, 2012
Yakima Herald
"If the wolves start testing the cattle and the calves run, they’ll hit them. After a while they get a taste for beef. They’re habituated," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, who said he "regrettably" — and at the risk of antagonizing others championing wolves’ re-population of Washington — supported lethal removal of the Wedge Pack.
High court rejects challenge to roadless rule
Oct 01, 2012
The Seattle Times
The US Supreme Court justices said they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision in a case brought by the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.
Wedge wolf, if you are out there, run for your life
Sep 28, 2012
Editorial, The Seattle Times
Maybe a first step in that direction is writing into agreements with ranchers who have grazing rights on public lands that livestock's lethal contact with wildlife is a risk ranchers have to accept. Wolf kills on private property would be compensated as they are now, but if it happens on wolf turf, that’s the call of the wild.
Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group
Sep 26, 2012
Northwest Public Radio
“It's still a really difficult decision. It's not something that has come easy. So I understand – I understand the anger and the questions and how people are feeling,” said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian.
The Daily Howler, 9-25-2012 Edition
Sep 25, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Conservation Northwest, among the lead wolf advocacy groups in Washington, is trying to explain to its supporters why it believes the pack needs to be taken out, "among the toughest calls" they've had to make, while insisting that steps be taken so we don't end up with the same problem with Wedge Pack 2.o.
WDFW Kills Two Wedge Wolves
Sep 25, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
“We are committed to the recovery and sustainability of the gray wolf in Washington, and its numbers are increasing rapidly, but recovery won’t succeed if ranchers’ livelihoods are threatened by persistent wolf attacks on livestock,”said Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson.
Two wolves from Washington state gray wolf pack killed for preying on cattle
Sep 24, 2012
NBC News
Director Mitch Friedman told NBC station KING 5 that rancher Bill McIrvine, who lost part of his herd to the pack, "has total responsibility for the problem" for not being as cooperative as other ranchers with programs aimed at keeping cattle and wolves apart.
Bill McIrvine, Rancher Blamed For Wolf Pack Death, Cites 'Radical Environmental Agenda' For Losses
Sep 26, 2012
The Huffington Post
But Mitch Friedman, a spokesman for the organization, told KING that McIrvine "has total responsibility for the problem," saying McIrvine refused to participate in non-lethal control measures that other area ranchers agreed to, including a range riding program that other ranchers support.
Washington wolf pack targeted for elimination
Sep 24, 2012
CBC News
Jay Kehne with Conservation Norhwest, says eradicating one wolf pack does nothing. “If the Wedge Pack goes, I have a firm belief that they’ll fill back in─ wolves will do that─ and to just kill the wolves off over and over and over again gets to be a fruitless experience and discouraging because you’ll continue to lose your animals.”
Hitting ‘Reset’ In The Wedge
Sep 22, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Yesterday's news that the state will now attempt to eliminate the Wedge Pack, broken by Northwest Sportsman, set off the proverbial firestorm on our blog. Visitors from as far away as the East Coast and Europe responded to our just-the-facts story with passion... Wolf recolonization has to work for everybody, and in the case of the Wedge, things need to be "reset" for Take 2.
Wash. to kill pack of at least 8 gray wolves
Sep 21, 2012
The Wenatchee World
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," Mitch Friedman said.
WDFW Plans to Eliminate Wolf Pack to End Attacks
Sep 24, 2012
KBKW News
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest's Executive Director.
Letters to the Editor: Backs reconveyance of Lake Whatcom land
Sep 23, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
Thanks to the five County Council members who voted for the reconveyance after five years of study and open public process. That's leadership. Some people say go backward, demanding the council undo years of decisions. They claim they weren't informed. Citizenship implies responsibilities to inform yourself, folks.
Recently discovered Wash. wolf pack to be killed
Sep 21, 2012
King 5
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," he said. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest said that he understands and agrees that pack removal is the right action at this time, despite his difficulty accepting the decision. But he also said he hopes the department and ranchers will work together to avoid a repeat of this situation.
Guest opinion: Give state’s wolf plan a chance
Sep 08, 2012
Spokesman Review
In this guest editorial, the author notes: "Good wildlife management has never come from the barrel of a gun. Biologist Aldo Leopold made that clear in his 1949 book 'Sand County Almanac.' Good management requires the diligence of science."
The alchemy of reconveyance
Sep 11, 2012
Cascadia Weekly
“It’s going to be a beautiful place for generations that will come after us to go to and recreate and I think that’s important that we sometimes do things just because it’s a beautiful area and we want to keep it that way,” said Council President Kathy Kershner of her vote for the park.
County Council Postpones Vote On Watershed
Sep 17, 2012
KGMI News
Hundreds told the Whatcom County Council how they felt about the Lake Whatcom reconveyance. Council member Sam Crawford proposed cutting the exchange from nearly 9,000 acres down to about 7,000 acres of the most sensitive areas in the watershed.
Lake Whatcom land transfer proposal draws overflow crowd
Sep 11, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
More than 200 people turned out ... The crowd filled every seat, crammed the back of the council auditorium and spilled out into the County Courthouse rotunda. The hearing was still under way late Tuesday evening and a vote not taken.
Colville Tribes Collar 104-pound Wolf, 3rd Captured On Reservation
Sep 06, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
“The whole experience has been incredible for me,” said wildlife tech Donovan Antoine. “I’ll view being a part of wolf recovery on the Reservation as one of the pinnacles of my career."
Wolves in the wild: Room for livestock, too?
Sep 10, 2012
The Seattle Times
Len McIrvin, one of the owners of Diamond M Ranch, says, “Wolves have never been compatible with raising livestock.” But turn McIrvin’s statement around: Raising livestock has never been compatible with wolves. That prompts other questions. Should protection of livestock take precedent over protection of natural wildlife?
Wolves' return displeases some hunters, farmers
Sep 09, 2012
The Herald
"Having wolves will make a positive difference for everything, from healthier game populations to a better salmon habitat," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest in Bellingham.
Colville Tribe documents Washington’s 9th wolf pack
Sep 07, 2012
Spokesman Review
Washington’s ninth wolf pack was confirmed Sunday on the Colville Reservation as the tribe's wildlife personnel trapped and released a 104-pound gray wolf. The new group of gray wolves has been called the Strawberries Pack.
Wedge: Looking For Solutions To ‘A Substantial Problem’
Sep 07, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
"It's a big gamble on a livestock producer's part to just say, 'Leave us alone.' It creates a perception that they are bullies and makes more people angry over public-land grazing," says Carter Niemeyer, renowned wolf trapper and depredation investigator.
Group seeks recall of Mount Baker school board member over county land transfer
Sep 10, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
The district hasn't received any timber revenue from the proposed transfer area since 1999, when harvesting was halted in that area as part of the Lake Whatcom Management Plan. In 2008, the district received a $1.2 million settlement for loss of past revenues from timber in that watershed.
Fight over wild wolves reignited by plan to kill as many as 4
Sep 06, 2012
Seattle Times
"I'd love for wolves not to be a pawn in a culture war," Friedman said. "Periodically, we're going to need to remove wolves. They're fecund — there's going to be a lot of them. At some point there should probably be a hunting season of some sort. On the other hand, I know ranchers who say, 'They're not going to go away, so we have to figure out how to live with them.' I would love to see more of that attitude from this particular rancher."
The Daily Howler, 9-5-2012 Edition
Sep 05, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
The Northwest Sportsman magazine's editor highlights recent clips and tips on the issues surrounding Washington's Wedge pack wolves and WDFW efforts to to manage the pack.
Wash. targeted wolf killings to begin again
Sep 05, 2012
The Seattle PI
Two more livestock deaths in Stevens County prompted WDFW officials to go back to their original plan of removing 4 wolves from the lookout pack after they gave the wolves a reprieve over the Labor Day weekend.
Wedge Wolf Hunt To Resume
Sep 04, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
At least one organization that had urged its members to call the governor to stop the hunt now stands by WDFW's evidence. "This time, all the field experts, including Carter Niemeyer, agree that wolves are involved. Conservation Northwest believes that the evidence is now conclusive that Wedge wolves are actively attacking livestock," the Bellingham-based organization posted on its Facebook page on Labor Day. "We accept that under the Wolf Recovery and Management Plan, these incident trigger management responses, including lethal removal, but we call for moderation and incremental action by the state and more effort by the rancher, in hopes that a solution can be found that abates the attacks while preserving the existence of this pack."
Supreme Court asked to hear powerline case
Aug 29, 2012
The Methow Valley News
Regarding a proposed new Methow powerline, attorneys for the Commissioner of Public Lands and the PUD have submitted motions urging the state Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit related to the utility’s efforts to condemn state land for the powerline.
From Wolf Kill To Wolves Killed? WDFW on KUOW radio
Aug 29, 2012
KUOW Radio
Will More Wolves Be Killed In Northeast Washington? Join The Conversation as Ross Reynolds includes comments from Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman and talks to game manager Dave Ware with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Oregon and Washington want to handle wolves on their own
Aug 27, 2012
Capital Press
The issue is whether the wolves in the Northwest amount to a distinct population that needs protection, whether by geography, genetics or behavior.
The Daily Howler: Aug 23 Edition
Aug 23, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Washington has joined the bruised club of states in the Northern Rockies trying to ensure wolves get continued recognition as an endangered species, while protecting livestock and game herds, and maintaining the social tolerance for wolves as they spread.
Wolf Advocates Trying To Stop WDFW’s Wedge Hunt, Not Getting Anywhere At The Moment
Aug 22, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Said Conservation Northwest's executive director Mitch Friedman, "The solution is for the effort to be put into quality stewardship practices that have proven to reduce predator conflict.” Elsewhere in the state, WDFW has been texting GPS coordinates on two wolves to a range rider at Smackout Pass. The agency and CNW are splitting the bill on the rider's services.
Eco warrior: Let's cut more trees
Aug 15, 2012
The Portland Tribune
With assistance from conservation groups, Andy Kerr has authored a Northwest study stating that ecologically thinned timber could be turned into revenue while clean-water and wildlife protections would be kept in place. In his plan, old-growth and older trees would be left alone.
In brief: Officials plan to cull up to 3 more wolves
Aug 18, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
“Our officers will try to put a radio collar on at least one more wolf in the pack for monitoring,”said WDFW spokeswoman Madonna Luers. “Then the intent is to lethally remove up to three more wolves to disrupt the pack and reduce its need to feed so many mouths.”
Another confirmed wolf-calf attack in Wedge has WDFW planning bigger capture operation, possibly killing more wolves
Aug 16, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
"It's not definite we would shoot another wolf, but it's possible," says WDFW spokeswoman Madonna Luers. "The No. 1 goal: We want more radios out there."
EarthFix Conversations: Why Washington Officials Killed An Endangered Wolf
Aug 09, 2012
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Read more about the reasons behind WDFW enacting the lethal removal of a female wolf from the Wedge pack from EarthFix's interview with Nate Pamplin, assistant director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wildlife managers kill gray wolf in NE Wash.
Aug 07, 2012
The Daily Astorian
Conservation Northwest on Tuesday questioned whether enough non-lethal efforts were made to protect livestock from wolves.
Official kills wolf associated with attacks on cattle
Aug 08, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
A wolf was killed Tuesday after repeatedly preying on livestock in Stevens County, state officials said. The Department of Fish and Wildlife decided to take lethal action after determining that removing the non-breeding female wolf would not harm wolf recovery efforts.
Agency considers wolf action
Aug 07, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
“This latest attack is a continuation of a pattern of wolf-livestock problems in the wedge,” said Madonna Luers, WDFW's spokeswoman in Spokane. “The wolf plan allows several possible responses, including lethal removal, in cases of repeated depredation after other methods have been tried.”
After another wolf attack in wedge, WDFW considers lethal removal, other options
Aug 06, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Washington wolf managers may soon go on the state's first hunt in over 80 years. Wolf advocates will watch things closely. Some support elements of the plan like lethal removal -- as long as they believe preventative measures have been taken.
Whatcom council schedules hearing on 8,844-acre land transfer plan
Aug 06, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County Council has scheduled a hearing Sept 11, 7 pm, on the proposal to transfer land in the Lake Whatcom watershed for use as parkland. A detailed park planning effort might begin in 2014.
Collaboration on grizzly bear sightings
Aug 01, 2012
Hope Standard
“Grizzly bears are extremely rare in southern B.C., particularly in the Cascades,” said Scott Denkers of Hope Mountain Centre. “We are asking the public to report sightings, because every individual grizzly is important to these populations.”
Wolf numbers on the rise in Washington
Jul 18, 2012
King 5 News
This week's wolf capture in Stevens County brings the total number of gray wolf packs in Washington to eight, and biologists suspect a few more packs are out there.
Governor declares emergency in 16 Wash. counties
Jul 23, 2012
The Olympian
"It was horrendous, chaotic," Christine Bonney, the Republic Police Department's administrative assistant. "There were fields of trees lying flat, like the wind ironed them down."
Disaster services offered to Ferry County following storm
Jul 24, 2012
Colville/ Stevens County News
State Emergency Operations are still working on responding to the extensive storm damage in the county and on the Colville Indian Reservation following last week's severe storms.
East Side shoulders weight of Washington wolf recovery
Jul 19, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
ENDANGERED SPECIES — Today's Outdoors column rounding up the recently elevated profile of gray wolves in Washington ends with a hint to another irony of Washington's East-West dichotomy.
Gold mine fined for water-quality violations
Jul 23, 2012
The Methow Valley News
The Buckhorn Gold Mine near Chesaw has been fined for violating water-quality standards by the state Department of Ecology, the 13th violation in the five years the mine has been operating.
White Poaching Cases Wrap Up In State Court
Jul 20, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
“This whole thing has been really trying on our family. ... I want to be done with this and get on with our lives,” Tom White said. “I understand the laws we broke and what we did wrong.”
Mitch Friedman on KUOW on wolves returning to the Northwest
Jul 19, 2012
KUOW Radio
Conservation Northwest's executive director, Mitch Friedman on KUOW with Steve Scher, discussing the comeback of gray wolves to Washington after a 70-year absence, why wolves are suddenly growing in numbers, and whether delisting them from the endangered species list could be in their future.
Wolf issues come home to Washington
Jul 19, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
Gray wolves are commanding more attention from courtrooms to cattle ranches as they set up housekeeping in Washington.
Paul Bannick on KUOW for his International Conservation Photography wildlife award
Jul 17, 2012
KUOW Radio
Conservation NW's director of development, Paul Bannick on KUOW with Steve Scher, talking about winning the International Conservation Photography award with his wildlife photography. He also speaks to resilient and connected landscapes. "We’ve seen wolves returning; we’re finding wolverines in new places," Paul said. "So even though there are pieces being bitten away, these animals remind us of the success we’ve had because now the Cascades are wilder than they have ever been and it’s thanks to the work we’ve done."
Wolf poachers get tougher sentence than plea deal
Jul 12, 2012
The Wenatchee World
The sentence comes four years after the Lookout Pack became the first confirmed gray wolf pack in Washington state after an absence of 70 years. It also comes the week after the Discovery Channel aired “Man vs. Wolf,” a BBC documentary looking at wolf issues in the Methow Valley. Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said it will be a long time before the Lookout Pack comes back from the brink.
3 sentenced in wolf poaching case
Jul 12, 2012
Tri-City Herald
Three residents of Twisp have been sentenced for violating the Endangered Species Act in a case involving the poaching of wolves. As a condition of his plea agreement, Tom D. White was required to enter a guilty plea to a state offense of hunting bear with dogs.
3 Washington residents sentenced in wolf poaching case
Jul 12, 2012
King 5 News
The case began in 2008 after a suspicious package was left with a private shipping company in Omak.
In-home detention part of White sentences
Jul 11, 2012
The Methow Valley News
Regarding wolf poaching: "In the end if it wasn’t for some quality work from law enforcement agencies, we might not have known what happened to the Lookout Pack. Hopefully this causes pause before anybody else takes a shot,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest.
Federal judge strengthens penalty against Lookout pack wolf poachers
Jul 11, 2012
The Seattle PI
“These were serious crimes which gravely impacted Washington’s first returning and most important wolf pack: The law enforcement community did a great service bringing these crimes to light and these crimes to justice,” said Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, which has championed wolf recovery.
‘Man vs. Wolf’ to air on Discovery Channel
Jul 06, 2012
The Wenatchee World
The fate of the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack is the topic of a 90-minute documentary that aired on the Discovery Channel Saturday.
Local wolf pack coming to Discovery Channel
Jul 06, 2012
The Seattle Times
The Methow Valley's Lookout Pack of wolves has been documented by the BBC/Discovery Channel, in a broadcast that aired to local channels July 7.
Western Bluebirds nest on Vancouver Island for the first time since 1995
Jun 27, 2012
Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team
Reestablishment of the Western Bluebird in British Columbia could mean that this bird will make a comeback in Washington's oak-woodland prairies.
DNR Approves the Exchange of Land Along Lake Whatcom
Jul 05, 2012
KGMI Radio News
The Inter-trust Exchange approved Tuesday is the first step in the Whatcom County Council’s plan to stop timber harvesting on the land and turn it into a park. The county council will next have to formally request the reconveyance that will put that block of land back into the county's control.
Colville Tribe captures, collars two gray wolves
Jun 08, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
“We’re pleased that this effort was such a success,” Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley said. “It will provide our Fish and Wildlife Department with very useful information about wolves in our homeland."
Cry of the Wolf
Jul 04, 2012
Cascadia Weekly
Documentary on the Discovery Channel spots wolves in the Pacific Northwest. "It was a profound moment for me," Minbashian admitted, "knowing I was in the familiar Cascade Mountains I grew up in, staring at wild wolves."
State board approves Lake Whatcom-area trust land redesignation plan
Jul 04, 2012
Bellingham Herald
The state Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday, July 3, unanimously approved a plan to "block up" different types of trust land in the Lake Whatcom watershed. The County Council will next consider requesting the transfer of land [in support of a new forest preserve park].
BBC film on Lookout Pack airs Saturday
Jul 04, 2012
The Methow Valley News
“I had to pinch myself when we saw the alpha male and younger animal on a ridge. It was surreal seeing wolves in the Methow Valley. The alpha male was giving a long low howl for almost 20 minutes. I speculated that the howl is because it’s breeding season and he can’t find his mate,” Minbashian said in a recent interview.
Recently released report predicts sustainable timber jobs, greater timber yield
Jun 29, 2012
The Portland Tribune
Logging volume on federal lands in the Northwest could grow 44 percent if certain ecological criteria are followed, according to a new report published by Oregon Wild, Conservation Northwest, Geos Institute and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.
Restoration thinning in Northwest forests: stability or controversy?
Jun 27, 2012
EarthFix
A coalition of groups including Conservation Northwest has released a report on the potential for restoration thinning in overcrowded Northwest forests
Sustainable timber harvest report supports conservation and logging
Jun 28, 2012
Public News Service
A new report, "Ecologically Appropriate Restoration Thinning in the Northwest Forest Plan Area," was released jointly by Conservation Northwest, the Geos Institute, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and Oregon Wild.
The National Security and Federal Land Protection Act attacks public lands
Jun 19, 2012
The Wenatchee World
“These waivers would allow the Border Patrol and DHS to build roads through roadless areas, build fences and bases in wildlife refuges, and drive vehicles through wilderness in pristine places in Washington,” said a letter sent to US Congressmen from 18 environmental groups in Washington state who oppose the bill.
Letter to the editor: Thanks council for lake-area park vote
Jun 07, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham-resident thanks Whatcom County Council members for support of the Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park.
Department of Homeland Security waives environmental laws
Jun 19, 2012
The Seattle PI
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow construction of roads, fences and checkpoints in pristine wilderness, parklands and Indian reservations along the U.S.-Canada border.
Driver injured after hitting deer on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum
Jun 01, 2012
Daily Record
A vehicle-deer collision on I-90 just east of the planned wildlife overpass.
Trapper will try to catch wolves suspected in Carlton-area calf attack
May 30, 2012
Methow Valley News
The wolves in the Methow Valley are to be tracked and collared. The wolves will be monitored by wildlife officials in an attempt to prevent future troubles between wolves and ranchers.
Seattle City Council opposes coal-export ports
May 29, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
The Seattle City Council's resolution opposes coal-export terminals due to environmental, health and increased train traffic concerns.
Carlton rancher to get first wolf-kill compensation
May 24, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Methow Valley rancher will be the first to be compensated up to $1,500 under the new Washington wolf plan.
Plan to create major park moves ahead
May 23, 2012
Crosscut
The action caps 28 years of agitation to create such a park, beginning soon after the 1983 disaster.
County Agrees To Request Land Exchange
May 23, 2012
KGMI radio
The council voted 5 to 2 last night to send a letter to the Department of Natural Resources formally requesting approval of the land exchange.
Whatcom County to seek 8,700 acres near Lake Whatcom for parks
May 23, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
The Whatcom County Council voted 5-2 to start the process to create a Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park.
'Probable' Wolf Predation Case In Washington
May 23, 2012
Northwest Public Radio
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife hopes to collar two wolves from the Lookout pack. The Lookout Pack is suspected of cattle predation.
WA: wolves likely caused fatal calf injuries
May 23, 2012
Seattle PI
State Fish & Wildlife officials are uncertain whether a wolf was the cause of death of a calf in the Methow Valley.
‘Increasing sense of urgency’ needed to protect western elk, country, says RMEF
May 23, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
Good planning, land protection, habitat stewardship, predator management, keep hunting: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gives five ways to protect elk in the face of a growing human population.
Stakeholders tell about effects of spotted owl
May 22, 2012
Capital Press
Mitch Friedman, of Conservation Northwest, urged that stakeholders in forest health not demand changes in federal timber policy. "If your cake is mushy, don't blame the recipe. Allow the full baking time," he said. "With regard to constraints on timber production and jobs in the region, the big constraint is the market."
Wolf poacher gets a legal pass on doing time
May 22, 2012
Crosscut
Conservation Northwest - which has been working for years to restore wolves in Washington and has joined forces with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to expand an enforcement reward fund that offers up to $7,500 for information that leads to the conviction of anyone who has killed a gray wolf and up to $5,000 if the poaching victim is a grizzly bear, wolverine, lynx, or fisher.
Whatcom council to consider watershed land transfer
May 21, 2012
Bellingham Herald
Nearly five years after Whatcom County leadership began discussing the idea, the County Council may decide whether to transfer 8,700 acres in Lake Whatcom watershed for use as parkland. ... a "yes" or "no" vote on sending the letter Tuesday would be a milestone.
Congressional panel debates Northwest Forest Plan's future in Longview
May 21, 2012
The Daily News
"If Congress wants more timber cut from federal lands, you need only invest more funds and allow ecological protections and collaborative groups to guide those funds into the most beneficial projects," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest.
Kettle Range "Cakewalk"
May 17, 2012
Adventures NW
Aaron Theisen, conservation intern for Conservation Northwest, writes for Adventures NW magazine about his one-day "cakewalk" on the Kettle Crest Trail.
My turn: more than a few words about wolves
May 16, 2012
Methow Valley News
In an opinion piece, Methow Valley resident Eric Burr suggests resources for educating oneself about wolves, including reading "Wolfer: A Memoir" and watching the film, "Land of the Lost Wolves."
The way they were...
May 09, 2012
Methow Valley News
Derek Churchill, doctoral candidate in forest ecology at Univ. WA, has created a model that mimics what forests looked like pre-settlement. Churchill has served as forester on staff for Conservation Northwest.
Ten years after: the Biscuit fire revisited
May 06, 2012
Mail Tribune
The Biscuit fire was more than just controversial - it was a unique opportunity to observe the resiliency of forests.
The Worm: Of beasts and butterflies
May 05, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Butterflies, the Lake Chelan monster, and how Conservation Northwest captured photos of the wolverine. Oh - and WA wolves and “Land of the Lost Wolves” on YouTube.
The fight to create Washington's biggest park
Apr 26, 2012
Crosscut.com
In Whatcom County, the park that would be Washington's biggest, is inching closer to reality.
State helps protect livestock from wolves
Apr 26, 2012
Capital Press
Conservation Northwest held a workshop the same day in Colville for ranchers to listen to a rancher from Blackfoot, Mont., and a program coordinator from Longview, Alberta, about successful management of wolves in those areas.
Six charged with illegally hunting and baiting black bears
Apr 25, 2012
Methow Valley News
“I would call it a conspiracy,” said Mike Cenci, deputy chief of operations for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police. “We’ve been receiving tips for years that these people are involved in these types of violations."
Wolf killers in Methow get off with probation
Apr 19, 2012
Seattle PI
After the killings, three wolves remain in the Lookout Pack, but there may be hope. One wolf has been showing female-type behavior, said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest.
Washington wolf killer pleads guilty, wife admits role in scheme
Apr 18, 2012
King 5 News
King 5 released photos of suspect Tom D. White and a dead wolf.
Younger Twisp ranchers also plead guilty in wolf case
Apr 17, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
Those responsible have agreed to pay fines and give up the firearm used to kill the endangered wolf.
Tom White pleads guilty to killing 2 Twisp wolves
Apr 17, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby stated: “Criminal wildlife violations are serious Federal crimes that will be investigated and prosecuted vigorously in the Eastern District of Washington.”
Bill White pleads guilty to state, federal charges in wolf-killing case
Apr 11, 2012
Methow Valley News
“Mr. White showed blatant, deliberate and repeated disregard for both game and endangered wildlife and the laws that protect them,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Yet under this deal he escapes spending a single night in jail. This weak deal sends the wrong message to other potential poachers that the courts don’t take wildlife abuse seriously. Looking at the example of Bill White, I’m wondering what a poacher would have to do to get to jail.”
Land trust, donor to pay Mount Baker schools if watershed land transfer occurs
Apr 07, 2012
Bellingham Herald
If Whatcom County takes control of 8,700 acres in the Lake Whatcom watershed, an anonymous donor and a local nonprofit will compensate the Mount Baker School District for lost revenue.
Wash. Hunter Pleads Guilty To Wolf Poaching Conspiracy
Apr 05, 2012
Northwest Public Radio
In regard to the lack of jail time for Bill White, Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman said, "It feels like a punch in the gut."
Twisp man pleads guilty in wolf killing case
Apr 04, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
U.S. District Court Judge Frem Nielsen scheduled White’s sentencing for July 11. But that may not be the end. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Ohms said prosecutors are reserving the right to file additional charges, because Ohms said the search warrant also found evidence of eagle parts in William White’s possession.
I-90 animal survey - Watching for wildlife
Mar 22, 2012
Yakima Herald-Republic
"There weren't surprises in the species that were reported," said Jen Watkins, outreach director for the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. "But for the public, seeing the breadth of species was surprising."
Settlement date set in White wolf case
Mar 21, 2012
Methow Valley News
The state’s wildlife violations case against William and Tom White has been set for settlement on May 31. State and federal prosecutors and attorneys for the Whites have been negotiating a potential joint settlement that would address the state charges for illegal hunting as well as federal charges against the two men for shooting at least two endangered gray wolves.
Glacial pace of $900-million Jumbo resort project a red flag for investors
Mar 21, 2012
Vancouver Sun
The Ktunaxa people have declared a "spiritual" interest over an area that they regard as being inextricably linked to the "grizzly bear spirit."
B.C. approves $900 M Jumbo Glacier ski resort
Mar 20, 2012
"...there’s nothing that can mitigate the damage, in our view, the irreparable damage, that’s going to be done to us as people in terms of future generations’ access to an area that is so profoundly important to us.” -Kathryn Teneese, chair of the Ktunaxa Nation
Bellingham to buy land to preserve Lake Whatcom
Mar 19, 2012
The Seattle Times
Bellingham is close to buying a 47-acre tract of land along North Shore Road to help protect Lake Whatcom.
Wolf discussion scheduled at CWU
Mar 12, 2012
The Ellensburg Daily-Record
[7pm, Thurs, Mar 14] Kit McGurn, of Conservation Northwest, said Niemeyer’s background and perspective gives him a credible voice on the issue of wolf reintroduction. He said Niemeyer is “a great speaker for the Central Washington community now that wolves are a reality on the ground.”
It's perspective over perception for wolf researcher
Mar 13, 2012
The Yakima Herald
It’s that chasm between those willing to listen to Niemeyer’s viewpoint on wolves and those who would prefer to dismiss it — along with any and all wolves, for that matter — that should make for an intriguing evening Wednesday at Central Washington University. “It’s a culture clash, really,” says Niemeyer, whose 2011 memoir “Wolfer” has been a popular regional seller and earned national critical acclaim.
German wolves prefer wildlife to livestock
Mar 13, 2012
Spiegel Online International
Member Hans Littooy brought this article to our attention. Like in Washington, wolves are beginning to repopulate Germany, and they are eating wild game rather than livestock.
A once radical Mitch Friedman now collaborates for a wilder Northwest
Mar 10, 2012
The Seattle Times
Conservation Northwest's director Mitch Friedman features on the cover of the Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest magazine.
Smarter than the average bear
Mar 10, 2012
The Economist
Primates apart, few mammals employ tools.... That epitome of rugged wildness, the grizzly bear, seems to be the only species other than humans to have invented the comb.
Epic New Wildlife TV Series Showcases Elusive Animals as They've Never Been Seen Before
Mar 09, 2012
Seattle PI
The show features wolverines, polar bears, mountain lions, and grizzly bears.
Is there any hope for the spotted owl, B.C.’s most endangered bird?
Mar 09, 2012
The Straight
One of B.C.’s last remaining northern spotted owls, that elusive inhabitant of dark, old-growth forests, faces an uncertain future.... Chilliwack residents and conservationists across B.C... are asking how logging can be permitted in the habitat of such a critically endangered bird.
Caribou Moved 1,300 Km To Boost Southern B.C. Herd
Mar 06, 2012
Huffington Post Canada
"It was a day that so many of us have been waiting for, literally, for years in terms of trying to bring caribou herds in the Kootenays back into what they once were," said [John] Bergenske [of Wildsight].
WSU Researchers Studying Bear Hibernation To Narrow Down A Cure For Diabetes
Mar 07, 2012
NPR
Washington State University researchers have teamed up with a biotech company. They’ve begun a $200,000 study on how grizzly bears can gain so much fat each year and sleep through the winter. But each spring they emerge without diabetes or heart disease.
Animals on the move: first survey results, and photos galore
Mar 05, 2012
The Seattle Times
...the survey is intended to better understand the animals using the corridor between North Bend and Easton. Motorists were asked to count any wildlife they see -- dead or alive -- and report it for the survey, launched in November 2010.
B.C. caribou relocated to save dwindling herd
Mar 03, 2012
CBC News
...the hope is the transplanted animals will merge with the endangered Purcell herd [which is down to just 15 mountain caribou].
Single piece of wolf legislation survives session's battles
Mar 02, 2012
Capital Press
...House Bill 2365... adds the gray wolf to the list of big game species and allows the State Wildlife Account to be used for compensating livestock owners for damage caused by predators. The bill passed the House unanimously in early February.
Coyote prints near I-90 are a happy discovery for scientists [VIDEO]
Mar 01, 2012
King 5
"We were just elated," said Robert Long of the Western Transportation Institute. "I mean it's some of the earliest evidence that animals are coming to this structure - it's not even complete yet." It's actually two structures. Two new bridges on Interstate 90 where cars pass safely over the top while the animals cross safely on the down low.
Op-ed: Easements lock in land's character
Feb 29, 2012
Ferry County View
John Magoteaux of the Okanogan Land Trust explains conservation easements, a voluntary way for a landowner to use his or her property rights to permanently protect property for future generations and protect the land they love.
Obama plan for spotted owls targets its rival, the barred owl
Feb 28, 2012
The Seattle Times
To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.
Snowmobilers threaten caribou herd in southeastern B.C., experts say
Feb 26, 2012
Times Colonist
Snowmobilers buzzing through mountain caribou habitat in southeastern B.C. are giving wolves easier access to the threatened species, a director of the Valhalla Wilderness Society says.
Caribou face precarious prognosis
Feb 26, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
“If caribou disappear from the Selkirks, we won’t be able to bring them back. Politically, socially, it won’t work,” said [wildlife biologist Tim Layser]. “And if they do disappear, it won’t be because we couldn’t recover them. It will be because of apathy.”
UPDATE: Logging starts in spotted owl habitat
Feb 22, 2012
The Progress
"But at first glance, the laws are so weak in B.C. when it comes to endangered species that you have a government ... that can allow logging in the protected habitat of one of the most critically endangered species in all of Canada," she said.
Appointee faces harsh questions
Feb 23, 2012
Capital Press
Jay Kehne, an Omak resident who works for Conservation Northwest, was nominated by Gov. Chris Gregoire. As part of his confirmation process, he testified before the Senate Committee on Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters.
Senate committee questions Kehne
Feb 23, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Responding to a question about why five county Farm Bureaus in the state opposed his appointment, [Jay] Kehne told state senators of the Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee that his opponents were well organized, but that he has many supporters.
Colville NF supervisor withdraws South end OHV plan
Feb 23, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
This decision was appealed in January by Conservation Northwest, the Lands Council, and the Kettle Range Conservation Group....The conservation groups appealed primarily on the basis that the project rewarded groups who illegally pioneered new trails in national forest areas where off-road travel had been prohibited.
Update: What’s this truck doing on Antoine Peak?
Feb 22, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
A hiker's photo provides evidence against Spokane County Conservation Futures land vandals.
WDFW appointee serves without confirmation
Feb 22, 2012
The Newport Miner
"I expected questions [at the Senate hearing] and hopefully I answered them," Kehne said. "I got a chance to say more about who I really am. I don't I think I've gotten that out there really well up to this point."
Senate committee hears governor's contested appointees
Feb 22, 2012
Methow Valley News
[Jay] Kehne pointed to his experience building consensus among people with diverse viewpoints. “I’m also a scientist by training, and I believe they want someone that can look at the facts and science and also adapt to the concerns people have,” he said.
Kehne did a fabulous job - letter to the editor
Feb 22, 2012
Omak Chronicle
A letter to the editor praising Jay Kehne's testimony at the Senate hearing regarding his new appointment to Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission.
How many grizzlies are enough?
Feb 21, 2012
National Geographic
Today, Canada and the United States hold roughly 50,000 [grizzlies] and 350 million Homo sapiens. During an average year, the bears kill two, while smoking-related illnesses claim the lives of 400,000 annually in the U.S. alone, suicide takes 49,000-plus, auto collisions with deer 130, fatal maulings by dogs 32, and being crushed by a crowd 22.
Commissioner Kehne, The Future Thereof
Feb 21, 2012
Northwest Sportsman
In a skirmish that embodies the country's deep divisions, the angst of wolf reintroduction/recolonization in the Pacific Northwest, and is representative of Western Washington-Eastern Washington tensions, Jay Kehne spent 50 minutes in front of the same committee late last week explaining himself, his affiliations, whether he actually hunts, wolves and whatnot.
Wolverine research moves toward management strategies
Feb 20, 2012
Billings Gazette
What breeds every other year, claims 300 square miles of terrain, lives at 9,000 feet elevation in harsh winter conditions, and fends off grizzly bears for scraps of spoiled meat? The Gulo gulo, or wolverine, of course.
Wildlife commission approves Okanogan land purchase
Feb 17, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
The property will become part of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, managed by WDFW to provide habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species as well as public access for outdoor recreation, such as fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.
Forest restoration dollars will create jobs
Feb 16, 2012
Statesman Examiner
“I appreciate the Forest Service stepping up on behalf of Eastern Washington,” said McMorris Rodgers. “This definitely builds our confidence going forward.”
Local reforestation projects funded
Feb 15, 2012
Ferry County View
The Colville National Forest has been awarded a $968,000 forest restoration grant for projects outlined in the Northeast Washington Vision 20/20 project.... All but one of the projects listed are in Ferry County.
High court says AG must represent Goldmark in Twisp powerline case
Feb 15, 2012
Methow Valley News
Washington state supreme court ruled Attorney General Rob McKenna has to represent Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in his case arguing against the Okanogan County Public Utility District's plan to condemn state land for a powerline.
Hearing is Thursday for Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Kehne
Feb 14, 2012
Olympia News Bureau
Kehne has mainly worked one-on-one with ranchers to help educate them about state and federal programs in which they expressed interest. "There wasn't fee-acquisition or land-acquisition involved in those particular ranchers," said Kehne. "In all of those cases, all of the ranchers maintained their property."
Funds for forest grooming good for wildlife, water, fire prevention
Feb 10, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition worked on the Colville proposal, while the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative was instrumental in the Idaho Panhandle’s proposal. The two groups seek to find common ground among the timber industry, environmental groups, tribes, local governments and other interests.
Crack down on illegal off-highway vehicle use now, or lose access later
Feb 07, 2012
The Oregonian
For many responsible users, this is a fun and appropriate way to enjoy our federal lands. But a growing number of users riding illegally presents significant problems we need to solve in order to preserve recreational access for future generations.
Plans for caribou protection raise conflict in Northwest
Feb 06, 2012
The Seattle Times
The federal government has proposed designating about 600 square miles in Idaho and Washington as critical habitat in an effort to save the last U.S. herd of woodland caribou, but the proposal has alarmed residents who fear it would lead to land restrictions and the curtailing of activities such as snowmobiling.
Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. national forests
Feb 03, 2012
KPLU
The federal government is relying more and more on the help of non-profit groups... groups such as Conservation Northwest, which is based in Bellingham. Its executive director Mitch Friedman says they’ve formed a coalition of forestry people, carrying out the same goals as the work that's funded with matching money from the feds.
Northeast WA Gets Big Grant for Forest Restoration
Feb 03, 2012
Public News Service
Getting the news was a big relief, says Mitch Friedman... because the competition for this funding is tough. "Together over the last eight years, our group has fostered more than two dozen successful, on-the-ground, quality forest restoration projects. That's what put us in good position to compete for this million-dollar grant."
Would Real Wolves Act Like the Wolves of ‘The Grey’?
Feb 03, 2012
National Geographic
National Geographic sits down with Daniel MacNulty, an arctic wolf researcher and wildlife biologist, to get the truth behind the new movie The Grey.
Feds fully fund forest projects
Feb 03, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
“This is about jobs. It’s about restoration. And making sure forests are in a position to preserve precious water resources,” Vilsack said.... “We continue to work on collaborative efforts to make sure we have left these forests in better shape.”
Yakima County Farm Bureau wants wolves gone
Feb 02, 2012
The News Tribune
"(The wolves) came on their own. They weren't planted," Studley said. "I look at them like the bear and the cougar and the elk and everything else around us. They're just wildlife. I don't oppose them at all. If they became a problem and (state officials) had to trap some and movement, then they'll do that. I just don't see that they're going to impact our lives that much."
Photographer waited 'long time' for snowy owl to come back
Feb 01, 2012
MSNBC
Paul Banick, wildlife photographer and development director at Conservation Northwest, talks about the irruption of snowy owls in Washington.
Fish, Wildlife Commission appointments draw ire, fire from mid-state legislators
Jan 30, 2012
Auburn Reporter
"I'm a life long hunter and I know what worries hunters have about wolves returning to our state, I talk with them everyday," Jay Kehne said. "I may not be anti-wolf like some people in Okanogan County, but then again, there are a lot of people all over Eastern Washington who have mixed views of whether wolves are good or bad."
Deal with issues - letter to the editor
Jan 25, 2012
The Methow Valley News
Twisp resident Jay Humling thinks local legislators and commissioners should stop attacking Jay Kehne, new appointee to Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission and Okanogan County outreach associate for Conservation Northwest, and focus on bigger issues.
Community richer for having Kehne
Jan 25, 2012
Omak Chronicle
Letter to the editor: The talents of a good and highly qualified local man are being squandered by an unsavory push to divide and politicize. Our community is the richer for Jay Kehne's presence.
Wolves sighted near Malo
Jan 23, 2012
Ferry County View
"It doesn't surprise anyone there are wolves in the Curlew area," [Department of Fish and Wildlife's Madonna Luers] said. "But confirming a pack or a breeding pair is another matter."
People are more of an impact
Jan 18, 2012
Omak Chronicle
Letter to the editor: There are bigger challenges to us, as ranchers, than predation by wolves. Increased residential growth in land that has historically been in grazing creates all kinds of headaches. For instance, we are losing cattle to poachers.
The Worm Snowy owls, mis-sent missives, 120 years in 120 seconds
Jan 14, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Speaking of wildlife: Okanogan County Commissioners last week sent a letter to state Sen. Brian Hatfield expressing their opposition to the appointment of Omak’s Jay Kehne to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Only problem is, they sent their letter to the wrong committee chair, according to Hatfield....
Meeting set for caribou habitat coordination
Jan 14, 2012
Bonner County Daily Bee
Bonner County commissioners are meeting with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials on Jan. 24 to discuss the designation of critical habitat for caribou in the southern Selkirk Mountains. “It doesn’t create a wilderness — I think that’s one of the biggest misconceptions just in general of critical habitat,” said Susan Burch of the USFWS.
A new blacklist
Jan 14, 2012
The Wenatchee World
It looks to outsiders like a new blacklist. Are you now or have you ever sympathized with wolves or environmentalists? This overreaction and intolerance does Okanogan County's cause little good.
Colville travel plan appealed by 3 regional conservation groups
Jan 09, 2012
The Spokesman-Review - Outdoor blog
Getting no satisfaction from a letter of concern to the forest supervisor, three Washington-based conservation groups have appealed a Colville National Forest travel plan designating where ATVs, motorcycles and other off-highway vehicles can go at the south end of the 1.1 million acre forest.
Okanogan County takes aim at environmentalist over wolf protection
Jan 11, 2012
Crosscut.com
Conservation Northwest have been noted — and severely criticized — for their efforts to work with ranchers and loggers, to make everybody a winner, to compromise.
Wolves confirmed on Colville Indian Reservation
Jan 12, 2012
The Wentachee World
Except for a small strip of land between the Okanogan River and Highway 97, wolves are not considered endangered by the federal government on the reservation. That means the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation — a sovereign nation — will develop its own plan for managing them.
Wildlife photographer shares conservation goals
Jan 12, 2012
KOHO 101.1 FM
A radio interview from Wenatchee: Paul Bannick loves to capture vibrant images of birds, and loves to learn the stories they tell about the natural world. He also works to conserve and connect wild lands with Conservation Northwest.
Jay Kehne joins The Conversation
Jan 12, 2012
KUOW
Jay Kehne, newly appointed commissioner to Washington's Fish & Wildlife Commission and Okanogan County outreach associate for Conservation Northwest, discusses Washington's wolves and more with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
Wolf eco-tourism in Yellowstone with biologist Nathan Varley
Jan 11, 2012
Montana Public Radio
Montana Evening Edition explores the new and growing industry of wolf eco-tourism in Yellowstone National Park.
Proposed critical habitat for Selkirk Mountain caribou
Jan 11, 2012
Bonners Ferry Herald
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that 375,562 acres be designated as critical habitat for southern Selkirk Mountain caribou.... It is estimated that there are about 46 caribou in the area, according to USFWS.... Human activities such as road-building and recreational trails can also fragment caribou habitat and facilitate movement of predators into the caribou’s range.
Why this winter's snowy owl visit captivates us
Jan 10, 2012
Crosscut
Author Paul Bannick talks with Crosscut about the birds that have made an unusual winter appearance - an irruption - into the Northwest, their significance as an indicator species, and the power that owls have in the human mind.
Survey finds 3 pairs of breeding wolves
Jan 08, 2012
The Bellingham Herald
A year-end survey of the state’s five confirmed wolf packs has found 3 successful breeding pairs totaling at least 27 wolves. The survey also found evidence of unconfirmed packs in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and at Hozomeen in the North Cascades, as well as transient single wolves, according to Rocky Beach, the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager.
Fish and Wildlife appointee criticized
Jan 08, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
[Jay] Kehne, a longtime resident of Eastern Washington, said there is no conflict of interest in being an environmentalist and a member of the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Fish and Wildlife appointee draws fire
Jan 07, 2012
Seattle Times
The job of a Fish and Wildlife commissioner is to look at the best science possible and make a good decision for wildlife, Jay Kehne said. Politics and one's place of employment should not be involved. "Everybody works for somebody," Kehne said. "I've got degrees in wildlife biology and soil science and have had jobs for 31 years across Eastern Washington and California." [This AP story was widely published in Washington media]
Year in Review No.8: Teanaway wolf pack confirmed
Dec 27, 2011
The Daily Record
The gray wolf quickly rose to alpha status in Kittitas County news this year after researchers discovered the fourth of Washington's five confirmed wolf packs in the Teanaway area. WDFW and other groups, including Bellingham-based, nonprofit wildlife advocacy group Conservation Northwest who captured the decisive images, placed motion triggered cameras around the Teanaway following several reported wolf sightings in the area last fall.
Wolf's entry into Calif. major environmental step
Dec 30, 2011
San Fransisco Chronicle
"Whether one is for it or against it, the entry of this lone wolf into California is an historic event and the result of much work by the wildlife agencies in the West," said Charlton H. Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Game.
Republicans push to oust newly appointed Wildlife Commissioner
Jan 04, 2012
The Wenatchee World
Kehne said he sees no conflict in working for Conservation Northwest and serving on the Wildlife Commission, and said that he’ll join the commission for his first meeting this week. “I’ve lived in Eastern Washington most of my life, and recognize rural county values,” he said.
Kittitas County conservation group Forterra buys 480 acres of forestland
Dec 17, 2011
The Daily Record
The Mount Amabilis property was purchased to provide critical wildlife habitat and serves as an important piece of the long-range strategy to conserve habitat lands near the planned Interstate 90 wildlife bridges that will allow wildlife to cross I-90 safely.
Got Wolves? Washington Does
Jan 04, 2012
KUOW.org
There are now three successful breeding pairs and at least 27 wolves in WA. A successful breeding pair means a mom, dad and at least two pups that make it past 6 months old.... Washington last month adopted a monitoring and management plan [calling] for 15 successful breeding pairs to be established before wolves can be removed from the state endangered species list.
2011: Speedy pronghorns reintroduced into Washington
Jan 01, 2012
The Spokesman-Review
Pronghorns reasserted themselves as the fastest land mammals in Washington in January, thanks to a sportsmen’s group that joined with the Yakama Nation for an end run around state bureaucracy and environmental red tape.
US gray wolves rebound but face uncertain future
Dec 21, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
"Wolves, next to people, are one of the most adaptable animals in the world," said Ed Bangs, a former Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who led the effort to return wolves to the northern Rockies. "The key with wolves is, it's all about human tolerance."
Spotted owl at risk
Dec 20, 2011
Global BC
Watch this video about the state of the endangered spotted owl in Canada. "We have a responsibility to bring this species back from the brink but we can't do that if we don't have a place for them to live."
Grizzlies: no longer as elusive as sasquatch
Dec 18, 2011
The Everett Herald
The powerful predators are so rare in Washington - best estimates are fewer than 20 bears - that for years belief in the Cascade grizzly's existence has required a childlike acceptance similar to that reserved by youngsters for Santa Claus.
Bearly hanging on in the North Cascades
Dec 12, 2011
High Country News
"Natural recolonization for the Cascades will be slow and depend on protecting the [grizzly] bears in British Columbia and maintaining habitat connections," writes Joe Scott, international conservation director at Conservation Northwest.
OUTDOORS: Wolves now have a plan and future
Dec 10, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
The goal of the plan is to foster a self-sustaining population of the often vilified apex predator ... to transition from current partial federal protection to a fully state-based system as with any other abundant wildlife species, giving them a rightful place here. [On related news] The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is again nine members strong with the recent appointment of...Jay Kehne, Omak.
Conservation easement purchased near Republic
Dec 09, 2011
Omak Chronicle
“The Gotham Ranch is providing beef, timber and livelihoods in a way that is compatible with the needs of wolverine, lynx and other wildlife,” Conservation Northwest Mitch Friedman said. “Nestled right up against the Kettle Crest and the potential wilderness lands there, this represents a great balance that I think a lot of people can get behind.”
Wolf management plan OKed, but critics remain
Dec 07, 2011
Methow Valley News
“Public lands are generally places where you have the best wildlife habitat and should be places where wildlife is allowed to thrive,” said Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest. However, she added, allowing lethal control of wolves on public land “gives livestock owners another tool … and may increase social tolerance of wolves over the long run.”
Larry Carpenter, Sportfishing Advocate, Named To WA FWC
Dec 07, 2011
Northwest Sportsman
After nearly a year with only seven of its seats filled, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission is back up to full strength.
Easement protects working ranch and wildlife habitat near Kettle Crest in Ferry county
Dec 08, 2011
Republic News Miner
Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest’s executive director, said, “The Gotham Ranch is providing beef, timber, and livelihoods in a way that is compatible with the needs of wolverine, lynx, and other wildlife. Nestled right up against the Kettle Crest and the potential wilderness lands there, this represents a great balance that I think a lot of people can get behind.”
Controversial wolf plan approved
Dec 07, 2011
Statesman Examiner
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission was united last Saturday [Dec. 3] in its approval of a controversial management and recovery plan for wolves in Washington.
Editorial: A wolf plan, for now
Dec 08, 2011
Methow Valley News
Setting aside the questions of how many wolves, if any, should be allowed to roam Washington and how [Washington's wolf] plan will be managed as a practical matter, perhaps a more important long-term result is that the state is establishing its authority over the issue – rather than letting the federal government make all the decisions.
Critical habitat proposed for Selkirk caribou
Dec 07, 2011
The Newport Miner
Woodland caribou have been on the endangered species list since 1984, and now the federal government is making steps to designate critical habitat to aid in their recovery in the southern Selkirk Mountains.
Wolf plan raises some hackles
Dec 06, 2011
Capitol Press
"It's not an easy decision for anyone. Everyone compromised. That's what made it successful," said Jasmine Minbashian. Changes were made to accommodate sportsmen and livestock owners, and the document provides good tools for managing wolves' impact on the state, she said. "Wolves are difficult animals to live with. This gives wolves a better chance of surviving."
New plan to enhance recreation and education opportunities to Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Dec 04, 2011
The Seattle Times
"This final plan is the culmination of five years of planning and work with people that love the North Cascades," said North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins in a news release.
KUOW's Weekday discusses wolf plan with Jasmine
Dec 06, 2011
KUOW Radio
Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest, talks to Weekday's Steve Scher about a huge success, the passing of Washington's wolf plan and what comes next.
Washington wolf plan approved
Dec 04, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
After four years of development, public review and controversy, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Saturday unanimously adopted a plan that will guide state conservation and management of gray wolves in the state.
Olympic Peninsula wolves could be part of management plan
Dec 05, 2011
KONP Radio
Future wolf populations on the Olympic Peninsula could be part of a plan to recover the species approved by a state commission.
Exploring the wild frontier of Jumbo Valley, B.C.
Feb 18, 2011
The Globe and Mail
For more than 20 years, determined developer Glacier Resorts Ltd. has battled fervent local opposition to a proposed billion-dollar, year-round glacier-skiing resort at the head of the valley.... Now, two recent developments - a groundbreaking grizzly bear census and the Ktunaxa Nation's declaration that it will do everything within its power to protect the land - have changed the landscape of the battle.
Washington’s state wolf plan gets official approval
Dec 04, 2011
The Wildlife News
Political scientists believe that wolf recovery in Washington state might be less controversial because it is a competitive two-party state... In the historical sweep of American politics traditional economy, one-party states (whether Republican or Democrat) have been slow to innovate on economic or environmental policies. This article also references our press release, "Conservation Northwest applauds collaborative approach to wolf conservation."
WA commission approves wolf management plan
Dec 03, 2011
The Seattle PI
Derrick Knowles, an avid hunter who works for wildlife group Conservation Northwest, participated as a member of the wolf working group and congratulated the commission on the plan. "While it isn't any one special interest group's perfect plan, it's the right plan for Washington and I applaud the Fish and Wildlife Commission for their leadership today," Knowles said in a written statement.
Stressing Flexibility, Addressing Hunter, Livestock Concerns, WA FWC Approves Wolf Plan
Dec 03, 2011
Northwest Sportsman
Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian said she was "not enamored" with the final plan - her organization was one member of the Wolf Working Group - but was happy otherwise, calling it a "true compromise" and adding, "It looks like we've learned lessons from the Northern Rockies," and looked forward to helping to finding and monitoring more wolves.
U.S. seeks to protect old-growth forests to save caribou
Nov 29, 2011
Reuters
Under the plan, roughly 375,000 acres of mostly U.S. Forest Service land in the Selkirk Mountains...would be designated as critical habitat for the reclusive [mountain] caribou.
New Forest Plan Amendment Sets Grizzly Bear Habitat Standards
Nov 28, 2011
Coeur d'Alene KXLY
After nearly fifteen years of debating the science of Grizzly Bear habitat, Northern Rockies Forests have finally set up a new amendment that sets the standards for forest planning. Map included!
Washington's wolf-management plan only a starting point
Nov 28, 2011
The Seattle Times
My hope is that all Washingtonians get the chance to hear and know the songs of wolves resonating across the land. To me, they are a powerful voice of wilderness, a sign that nature is restoring its lost balance.
Plan gives OHV riders legal access to more routes
Nov 27, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Off-highway vehicle riders have more routes for legally riding their ATVs and motorcycles on the Colville National Forest, according to a plan approved this month.
Mountain caribou captive breeding program unveiled
Nov 25, 2011
BC Local News
Officials from the federal government and the Alberta and B.C. governments joined Parks Canada and Calgary Zoo officials at that zoo on Nov. 25 to announce a new captive breeding program for threatened mountain caribou...the caribou will be bred in captivity and eventually released into the wild to augment smaller herds.
Forest road plan aims at bear safety
Nov 29, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Keeping people away from grizzly bears is the goal of forest plan amendments for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai and Lolo national forests, which will restrict motor vehicle travel into prime grizzly habitat. Over the past decade, environmental groups have argued that the agency needed to do more to keep people and bears apart by restricting motor vehicle traffic into core grizzly habitat.
Feds propose habitat protections for Selkirk caribou
Nov 29, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
The southern Selkirk Mountains caribou was listed as an endangered species in 1984. At last count, 46 caribou were surviving in the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho, northeastern Washington and British Columbia.
Measure Seeks to Give Border Patrol Power to Circumvent Environmental Laws
Nov 13, 2011
The New York Times
“Compared to the southern border, it is an infinitesimally small number. It is like one in a year, not thousands,” said Chip Jenkins, superintendent of North Cascades National Park, who says he believes the current laws are fine for his area of Washington State.
Conservation, Recreation and Preservation Generate $1 Trillion Per Year for U.S. Economy
Oct 12, 2011
Fly Rod and Reel
In 2006, the combined spending effect of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching associated with National Forest Service land totaled $9.5 billion in annual retail sales, supported 189,400 jobs and provided $1.01 billion in annual federal tax revenues.
Commission will consider wolf proposal next weekend
Nov 27, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
On Dec 3, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a plan for managing wolves. Since 2009, WDFW's proposed plan has been the focus of 19 public meetings, written comments from nearly 65,000 people, a scientific peer review, and recommendations from the 17-member citizen Wolf Working Group, formed in 2007 to advise the department in developing the plan.
Reward offered for info on B.C. grizzly poacher
Nov 22, 2011
Montreal Gazette
The Pemberton Wildlife Association is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information about the poaching of a grizzly bear in the Pemberton, B.C., area on Nov. 17.
Appeals Court Keeps Yellowstone Grizzlies on Threatened List
Nov 23, 2011
The New York Times
...decline of the forests [and white-bark pine, grizzly bear food source] should not be underestimated. "It is the single largest ecological change in our lifetime."
Wolf killing delayed again
Nov 16, 2011
The Bulletin
The Oregon Court of Appeals extended a stay on the state's planned killing of two wolves from the Imnaha pack in Eastern Oregon.
Forget Sasquatch: The elusive Cascade Grizzly
Nov 21, 2011
Crosscut
Biologists have been stalking grizzlies in the Cascades for years... A recently verified photograph has reinvigorated the research team, but the fight for funding to protect the white whale of the Cascades goes on.
Wind project in Pacific County killed
Nov 17, 2011
Vancouver Columbian
Radar Ridge was controversial from the beginning.... The only significant patch of murrelet habitat remaining in Southwest Washington is a 13,748-acre swath of old forest on state trust land known as the Nemah block.
Letter to the editor: Wolves not a threat to healthy humans
Nov 16, 2011
Methow Valley News
One afternoon three or four [wolves] appeared in the brush beside me, then followed me closely for a few miles. I remember them as sleek and beautiful. I also remember that I was scared half to death. But I needn’t have been. As my dad had told me, and repeated that evening, wolves won’t hurt you unless you are down and injured.
What to do with wolves
Aug 31, 2011
KUOW
Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest, joins The Conversation to weigh in on wolf recovery and a Washington wolf plan.
Ski resort approval poses Jumbo issue for Christy Clark
Nov 13, 2011
The Globe and Mail
...the Jumbo Glacier Resort... [is] an international environmental fight supported by celebrities such as hockey legend Scott Niedermayer and singer Bruce Cockburn. Both of them are part of a campaign to keep the wilderness area undeveloped.
'Living with Wolves' set for tonight at YVCC
Nov 15, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
"You’re much more likely to be attacked by a cougar than wolves," Jay Kehne says. "I’ve never had a fear of wolves, in any of the times I've been out there. Maybe it's because I know enough about wolves, their habits, their hunting habits. Most of the stories (about wolves) you see on hunters’ websites are just crazy talk."
Kent Molgat on the snake population
Oct 01, 2011
CTV News
Environmental groups want BC to enact legislation to protect the 1,900 species at risk in this province. It's the kind of law that's already in place in all other parts of the country except Alberta.
Grizzlies expanding their range, could come to North Shore
Oct 11, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
Rare footage from the Pitt River valley is evidence of grizzly bears' expansion in southwestern BC.
Advocates seek stop to Idaho, Montana wolf hunts
Nov 08, 2011
Seattle PI
Wildlife advocates appeared in federal court seeking to stop gray wolf hunts that are already well under way in the Northern Rockies, arguing that Congress overstepped its authority in stripping federal protections from the canines.
Wolf hunt will stay open in Chilcotin; too many wolves threaten horses, caribou
Nov 13, 2011
Winnipeg Free Press
"You can't just kill wolves. You have to deal with the ultimate causes that put these animals in danger in the first place," said Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, citing habitat damage from human activity. "Wolves have a key role to play in a balanced ecosystem."
The forgotten North Cascades grizzly bear
Nov 14, 2011
High Country News
"The Cascades grizzly bear has always been the red-headed stepchild of the grizzly bear recovery program," says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, the leading local advocacy group for grizzly recovery. "It generally gets the hand-me-downs, leftovers and pocket change."
Research suggests Pacific Northwest forests might not be as healthy as they look
Oct 03, 2011
The Oregonian
The researchers particularly question logging in old-growth forests and salvage logging after fires or storms. They called for more attention to natural processes and restoration of the broad range of forest structures needed to maintain the original ecosystem.
Pygmy rabbits breeding in Columbia Basin
Jul 22, 2011
The Columbian
For the first time in a decade, the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit appears to have successfully bred in its historic range.
Federal wildlife service will decide if 26 Pacific Northwest snails and slugs deserve endangered species designation
Oct 04, 2011
The Oregonian
The creatures may not look appealing, but they are important to the forests and streams of the Pacific Northwest, said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. "They're part of the food web, they're important for nutrient cycling, they eat decaying matter and they're unique to the Pacific Northwest -- they're not found anywhere else," she said.
Environmental group sues to protect pygmy rabbit
Oct 03, 2011
The Columbian
An environmental group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision that the tiny pygmy rabbit does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.
As the climate changes: The forests of the future
Nov 03, 2011
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon State University has released a new study that says climate change, insect attacks, diseases and fire are causing huge migration of trees across the West.
As A Federal Agent, Carter Niemeyer Killed Wolves For A Living
Nov 03, 2011
Wildlife Art Journal
Says Niemeyer: "I think what's going on is a clash of cultures. The truth as I see it is that livestock losses attributed today to wolves and other predators are being exaggerated because of this clash."
Letter to the editor: Support wolf recovery
Nov 12, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Barrett Lindsey of Spokane attended the recent Fish and Wildlife hearing to express his support of Washington's wolf plan.
On the trail of the wolf known as OR-7
Nov 06, 2011
Mail Tribune
A wolf that split Sept. 10 from its northeast Oregon pack and is now wandering in southwest Oregon followed a path seemingly scripted from some Jack London knock-off documentary about how the first wolf in Western Oregon in 65 years might have gotten here.
Wolf Controversy in Spokane
Nov 04, 2011
KXLY.com
"Wolves provide an important balance in the ecosystem because they control other predators that can cause problems," Tim Coleman, who attended the Fish and Wildlife Commission hearing in Spokane yesterday, said.
Panel considers wolf plan
Nov 04, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission deliberated on a wolf management plan with dual goals of re-establishing wolves across the state while building public support for the top-line predators.
After Years of Conflict, a New Dynamic in Wolf Country
Nov 04, 2011
The New York Times
So a handful [of conservation orgs] began reaching out to ranchers, offering them money and tools to fend off wolves without killing them. And some ranchers, mindful that tough federal restrictions could be reimposed if wolf numbers dwindle again, have been listening.
State's wolf plan meeting today
Nov 03, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
The management plan for Washington's wolves that will be voted on in December includes compensation to ranchers for livestock lost to wolves.
Big hearing on Washington State wolf plan Nov. 3 in Spokane
Nov 02, 2011
The Wildlife News
The Washington plan calls for more than 15 breeding pairs ... and a wolf distribution requirement. Five breeding pairs would be required in Eastern Washington, four in the North Cascades and six in the South Cascades or Northwest Coast. This is innovative and should reduce the claim by some that "our area has to bear the entire burden of having the wolves."
Wash. wolves plan gets public meeting in Spokane
Nov 02, 2011
Tricity Herald
"No one has ever reintroduced wolves to Washington," Madonna Luers of WDFW said. "There is no reason to. They are naturally returning to this area on their own."
Proponent of wolves tell Port Angeles area chamber animals would help ecosystem, local economy
Oct 31, 2011
Penninsula Daily News
David Graves, [National Parks Conservation Association's] northwest program manager, said the loss of the predator has lead to higher bank erosion along the Hoh River due to overfeeding by elk populations.
Migrating wolf enters southwest Oregon
Nov 01, 2011
Mail Tribune
A young wolf migrating out of a northeast Oregon pack this fall has reached northeastern Douglas County, becoming the first confirmed wolf in Western Oregon in 65 years.
Letter to the editor: Management plan must address rancher issues
Sep 28, 2011
The Seattle Times
"The return of this native species will have many ecological benefits for the state." An Olympia resident writes supporting the pending wolf plan and addressing complaints ranchers have about wolves.
Proposed Methow Valley powerline sparks controversy
Sep 06, 2011
Cascadia Weekly
"Commissioner Goldmark is attempting to defend the state's trust lands from harmful and poorly conceived development," Dave Werntz explained. Werntz is the science and conservation director at Conservation Northwest. "We're pleased that the commissioner will have his day in court."
Plea agreements possible in Whites' case
Oct 26, 2011
Methow Valley News
A trial date in the state's wildlife violations case against Twisp residents was continued to Feb. 13 following a status hearing in Okanogan County District Court. The Whites also face trial in January in a federal case, which charges the Whites with shooting at least two endangered gray wolves.
County may downsize plans for Lake Whatcom land transfer
Oct 30, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said he thought election-year politics were affecting deliberations on the [park lands reconveyance within LakeWhatcom]. "My hope is that after the election, cooler heads will prevail," he said.
Big Coal meets Cherry Point's tiny herring
Oct 28, 2011
Crosscut
Concern for survival of a once-great herring stock has halted industrial schemes at Cherry Point before. Will it happen again, with the proposed coal-shipping terminal?
Nature's 'Greatest Comebacks': Eagles, grizzlies lead the way
Oct 27, 2011
SeattlePI.com
The list includes the gray wolf and the gray whale. One is a controversial predator that is repopulating the Cascades and the Selkirk Mountains of northeast Washington. Last year... a grizzly was photographed on a ridge in the North Cascades National Park.
US appeals court upholds roadless rule in forests
Oct 22, 2011
Seattle Times - Outdoors
A federal appeals court has upheld a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades....U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell also applauded the decision.
Kill order for two grey wolves halted
Oct 05, 2011
The Oregonian
In October, the hunt for the alpha and young male wolves of the Imnaha pack in northeast Oregon was temporarily halted.
Wolf letter to the editor
Oct 11, 2011
Chewelah Independent
A letter to the editor of the Chewelah Independent expressing support for wolves in Washington and the wolf recovery plan.
State board tables Lake Whatcom land transfer
Oct 11, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
For the second time, the Washington Board of Natural Resources has tabled a land reorganization measure that would have cleared the way for transfer of about 8,000 acres of the Lake Whatcom watershed to Whatcom County for parks.
Can ecological corridors heal fragmented landscapes?
Oct 10, 2011
Yale environment 360
Scientists are taking a closer look at just how well wildlife corridors are working and what role they might play in a warming world.
Lake Whatcom land exchange back on agenda at Board of Natural Resources
Oct 07, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
“It’s one of the most cost-efficient things we can do to benefit the lake,” said Mitch Friedman. A much-discussed plan to transfer state land around Lake Whatcom to Whatcom County for management as park land is back on the agenda of the state’s Board of Natural Resources on Monday, Oct. 10 in Olympia.
Judge allows evidence in Whites' state [poaching] case
Oct 05, 2011
Methow Valley News
Update on the poaching of wolves in WA's Lookout pack: Evidence obtained in a police search of a FedEx package that was leaking blood, and other evidence gathered through subsequent search warrants, will be allowed in the state’s wildlife violations case against Twisp residents William and Tom White.
WWU professor works to help protect mountain goats in the Cascades
Oct 02, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
"How could mountain goat populations possibly be in trouble?" wondered [David] Wallin, an environmental science professor at Western Washington University....Over-hunting in the past turned out to be one reason. A newer culprit is Interstate 90, which runs east from Seattle and cuts across the Cascades.
Simply killing wildife is not a solution
Oct 02, 2011
The Columbian
Our wildlife populations must include predators in order to keep the landscape diverse and balanced. The complete removal of one species hurts the overall health of those remaining.
Editorial: Wolves under fire
Sep 29, 2011
The Register-Guard
Wolves no longer may enjoy federal endangered species protections across most of the West, but their status can best be described in one word: endangered.
Magistrate recommends vacating Ore. logging plan
Sep 29, 2011
The Houston Chronicle
Very large old trees and wildlife protected in Oregon with the downfall of WOPR, a Bush-era plan which would have doubled old growth logging on some public lands. "The judge confirmed what everyone's been saying for years — that BLM took an illegal shortcut to avoid scientific scrutiny," said Kristen Boyles of Earthjustice.
Wolf plan heads wildlife panel's Oct 6. agenda
Sep 28, 2011
The Spokesman-Review - Outdoor blog
For Washington's wolves, a pending Wolf Conservation and Management Plan will be the focus of a special state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Oct. 6 in Olympia.
Caribou are at a crossroads
Sep 21, 2011
BCLocalNews.com
One endangered caribou herd in Alberta’s tar sands region west of Fort McMurray is at great risk of disappearing. Clear-cutting and no-holds-barred oil and gas exploration and development have affected more than 60 per cent of the habitat of the Red Earth caribou herd, leaving little undisturbed forest where it can feed, breed, and roam...
Council weighs competing interests in caribou snowmobile closures
Sep 21, 2011
Revelstoke Times Review
Coun. Antoinette Halberstadt urged support for the closures. “It seems to me each time the city has commented on the closures, we only focus on the short-term economic impact,” she said, adding that “long-term sustainability” was often overlooked, calling the stance “short-sighted.”
Letter to the editor: Welcome home, wolves
Sep 18, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Support for a Washington wolf plan voiced by Larry Whitesitt from Fairfield, WA, one of many who attended the Aug. Fish & Wildlife Commission public hearing in Ellensburg.
See grouse and goshawks in remote Pend Oreille wilderness
Sep 08, 2011
The Seattle Times
Salmo-Priest Wilderness, at the extreme northeastern corner of Washington in the Colombia Highlands, is on Audubon's "Palouse to Pines Loop."
Dramatic rumors stoke wolf fears
Sep 08, 2011
The Capitol Press
Myth-busting on wolves: People are talking about wolves since they returned to our county a couple of years ago. If you believe everything that is being said about wolves at public meetings, coffee shops and on the Internet, you may not be getting the whole story...
Can a shaky conservation plan protect Washington's wolves?
Sep 07, 2011
Crosscut
The latest on the Washington state wolf plan: While Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles thinks that elk hunters' fears are based largely on fantasy, he says that ranchers have "some legitimate concerns," although experience in the Rockies suggests that "wolves take out way fewer livestock than domestic dogs."
Delighted to hear of wolves’ return
Sep 07, 2011
Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
A letter to the editor in support of Washington wolf recovery, arguing regulation for ranchers and landowners, not wolves.
Appreciated the tapeworm info
Sep 07, 2011
Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
A letter to the editor discussing why tapeworm is a scare tactic and not a reason to eradicate wolves.
Wolves and grizzlies: two rare creatures are making a comeback in the Cascades
Sep 06, 2011
Washington Trails
“All these pieces have come together to form one of the largest, most protected areas in the country. It’s a very successful story that’s been authored by hundreds of people, from governments, to conservation groups, to individuals, to private groups," said Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott.
Court: McKenna must appeal Okanogan PUD power line case
Sep 02, 2011
Wenatchee World
Maeyowa of People for Alternatives, Conservation & Education, said her group is watching closely. “Our hope is still that the PUD is going to come up with one of the alternatives that is more reasonable, and it can be a win-win,” she said.
Supreme Court orders AG to represent Goldmark
Sep 02, 2011
Methow Valley News
“As Commissioner of Public Lands, I have an obligation to manage the state’s trust lands sustainably for future generations, and I will continue to fight for what I know is right,” Goldmark said. The environmental group Conservation Northwest had already filed an appeal in the condemnation lawsuit.
Ranching, hunting, wildlife groups pack meeting on wolves
Aug 29, 2011
King 5 News
Coverage from the Ellensburg wolf hearing: “Some are going to have to be taken out when they really start causing problems and I think that the quicker the hunting community, the cattlemen’s community realize that a lot of conservation organizations like us recognize that, then we’re really not all that far apart,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest.
Wolf management topic of another public meeting
Aug 29, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
On Mon Aug 29 in Ellensburg, the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission meets to discuss a plan for managing Washington's gray wolves in the state.
Commission questions Wash. areas for wolf recovery
Aug 29, 2011
Associated Press
"Wolves are about understanding the facts and the real data and not letting fear overshadow your judgment," said Jay Kehne, who lives in Omak and represents Conservation Northwest, urging the commission to support the plan. The number of wolves required for delisting under the plan is based on science, he said.
Wolf management plan has many howling over state's efforts to control population
Aug 27, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
Conservation NW's Jay Kehne: "You go to these meetings and because 40 guys show up in camo and cowboy hats, you think everybody's against wolves," he said. "Well, sometimes there's the more quiet contingent that maybe is a little intimidated by those sessions and don't show up or don't speak."
Wolf management debate comes to Kittitas County
Aug 27, 2011
Daily Record
"There's plenty of room for wolves. The issue is: Are humans going to let them come back to the landscape?" said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian. And per Executive Director Mitch Friedman: "The wolf's return to the Cascades is an important milestone for restoring the wildlife heritage of these wild mountains. Wolves play an important role in maintaining a balance of predator and prey that has trickle down benefits for all sorts of wildlife from eagles to bears."
Feds give $3.5 million for Methow Valley habitat
Aug 26, 2011
Wenatchee World
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding helps protect private land easements in the Methow, a critical route for connectivity for North Cascades wildlife.
Dawson ranch will get 'working ranch' protection
Aug 17, 2011
Statesman Examiner
"This conservation easement is a great program that won't work for everybody, but it worked for us," says John Dawson. "It's good for wildlife and helps the economy of ranching communities."
Protect special places
Aug 16, 2011
Spokesman review
A letter to the editor about why proposed wilderness areas such as Kettle Range need to be preserved.
Wolfpacks of North Cascades, though elusive, very divisive
Aug 15, 2011
King 5 News
Three members of a Twisp-area family are under indictment in connection with the killing of two or more wolves from the Lookout Pack. [VIDEO]
Colville National Forest meeting made irrelevant
Aug 11, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Rudeness has been stifling the Colville National Forest meetings set to inform the public about proposed revisions to the forest’s management plans. The meeting at Colville two weeks ago was, as one Spokane man put it, “a freak show” of conspiracy theorists who essentially commandeered the evening with insolence... Let’s insist the Forest Service and elected officials recognize this and pay more attention to the thoughtful comment that will be trickling in.
Wolf packs are natural
Aug 12, 2011
Spokesman review
A letter to the editor describing the ecological benefits and beauty of gray wolves.
There's more to the wolf story
Aug 10, 2011
Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Conservation Northwest's Jay Kehne discusses wolves in Washington, addressing some of the myths that prevent people from understanding and accepting wolves.
Wilderness and hunting
Aug 07, 2011
Spokesman review
A letter to the editor about Kettle Range wilderness designation.
Washington’s fifth wolf pack confirmed
Aug 07, 2011
Wildlife Extra
The gray wolf is protected throughout Washington as a state endangered species. In the western two-thirds of Washington, the species is also federally protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), making it illegal to harm or harass them.
Management plan finalized for wolf recovery in Washington
Aug 03, 2011
KUOW
This KUOW radio news interview discusses wolf recovery in Washington state.
Explore The Kettle River Range
Aug 02, 2011
Out There Monthly
Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles discusses hiking in the Kettle River Range of the Colville National Forest.
Whatcom executive candidates differ on watershed land transfer
Aug 01, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
Two of four candidates support a transfer of lands to create a proposed new Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve.
Taking aim at wolf recovery Okanogan County commissioners
Aug 01, 2011
Seattle PI
Joel Connelly reports on a resolution calling for removal of all Washington wolves from state endangered species protections. Mitch Friedman, of Conservation Northwest, finds it curious that Okanogan County Commissioners would be taking aim at wolves — and not at the alleged human beings who killed the animals cold blood.
Saturday Soapbox: Wolves benefit habitat, and there are ways to aid ranchers
Aug 01, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
After Conservation Northwest's remote cameras caught footage of the Teanaway wolf pack, people are learning why wolves are worthy of protection.
Wolf management plan review focus of special commission meeting Stevens County home to newest wolf pack in state
Jul 31, 2011
The News Tribune
On Thurs Aug 4 the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss a proposed wolf management plan during a special meeting.
Wide-open wilderness Washington groups set to chime in on national forest debates
Jul 31, 2011
Spokesman review
Mike Peterson of The Lands Council is quoted: “By working with timber companies and the Forest Service, we have found agreement on a sustainable plan that provides jobs in the woods, as well as all the other benefits the Colville forest can provide.... Supporting new wilderness in the Kettle Range of Ferry County was an important part of reaching that agreement.” As well, the Washington Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers supports many of the wilderness proposals.
Future of national forests at center of debate
Jul 30, 2011
Statesman Journal
The future of the forests that Conservation Northwest works to protect is up for federal debate.
Are grizzly bears back in Washington?
Jul 28, 2011
King 5 News
Biologist Scott Fitkin is interviewed on King 5 news about the recent confirmed grizzly bear sighting in the Cascades. Conservation Northwest works to protect grizzly bears in the North Cascades and beyond.
Colville forest lays out plan
Jul 27, 2011
The Miner
Conservation Northwest was hoping to also include as wilderness an area known as Twin Sisters in the Kettle Crest and Thirteen Mile south of Republic. Heflick said those areas provide connectivity for wildlife and habitat for threatened species such as lynx.
Volunteers keep eye on wildlife along Interstate 90
Jul 26, 2011
Daily Record
"This coyote was just literally trying to eat dinner," MacKay said. "Then - bam! He's gone." A story interviewing Paula MacKay of Western Transportation Institute (MSU) on the importance of wildlife bridges along highways. Conservation Northwest is one of the pioneering forces behind promoting connectivity and wildlife safety along I-90.
Nakusp council hears VWS caribou park presentation
Jul 26, 2011
Arrow Lakes News
The mountain caribou, their habitat, and the connectivity that Conservation Northwest tries to sustain is to be heard by the local Nakusp Village Council in BC, Canada.
Researchers from 2 universities to study wildfires
Jul 24, 2011
Idaho Press Tribune
Researches from Washington State University and the University of Idaho plan to study the effects of extreme wildfires.
A wild week in Washington
Jul 25, 2011
High Country News
Recent grizzly bear and wolf discoveries put the wild back into Washington.
Area wolf poaching case to trial in September
Jul 24, 2011
Spokesman review
The family accused of poaching wolves and smuggling their hides will have their federal trial in September.
Biologists confirm a fifth wolf pack in Washington
Jul 23, 2011
Seattle Times
For the second time in a month, a new gray wolf pack, the Smackout pack, has been found living in Washington, this one in the state's northeast corner. Fish and Wildlife is putting the finishing touches on a plan to manage the state's wolf populations.
The case for large predators
Jul 23, 2011
Oregon Live
As predators disappear, ecosystems suffer: New research adds insight to the debate over wolves and cougars in Oregon and a video helps tell the tale.
In brief: Wolf pack confirmed in Stevens County
Jul 23, 2011
Spokesman review
Letter to the editor about Washington's fifth wolf pack, the Smackout pack in Stevens County.
Proposal would add thousands of acres to wilderness
Jul 19, 2011
Wenatchee World
The Wenatchee World on the Okanogan-Wenatchee proposed revised forest plan: The Forest Service proposal adds only 3 percent of the forest to new wilderness.
The predators' peak and life below it
Jul 18, 2011
The New York Times
Editorial by the NYT: It is now clear that biological diversity increases when top predators are present. The pyramid is healthiest when its peak is still present and when humans aren’t the only top predators around.
A long road for recovery of Washington's grizzlies and wolves
Jul 15, 2011
The Seattle Times
Written by Paula McKay, special to The Times, of the Western Transportation Institute. WTI, alongside Conservation Northwest, participates in the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring project and is likewise one of the members of the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group.
Photo confirms first grizzly bear spotting in 15 years
Jul 15, 2011
Yahoo News, Live Science
Live Science online reports on hiker Joe Sebille's Cascades grizzly bear photo.
Study: Forests absorb much more greenhouse gas than previously known
Jul 15, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor
Worldwide, forests absorb almost 9 billion tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide every year, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science
Forests, oceans acting as huge carbon 'sink' they're sucking up half of our fossil fuel emissions
Jul 15, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
The amount of carbon added to Canada's managed forests each year was "reduced by half" over the 17-year study period, largely due to wildfires and insects such as the mountain pine beetle that destroyed huge swaths of forest.
Colville forest plan up for comment
Jul 13, 2011
The Miner
Wilderness is a necessary and important component of a balanced forest plan for the Colville, but the proposed plan also includes areas where restoration and timber harvest would occur, areas for motorized and backcountry recreation, and other things the local community has asked for,” said Derrick Knowles with Conservation Northwest. “It’s nobody’s perfect plan, but it’s got a little of something in it for everybody.
Tests confirm fourth Washington wolf pack
Jul 08, 2011
Capital Press
Confirmed Teanaway wolf pack discovered by Conservation Northwest volunteers.
First confirmed grizzly sighting in 15 years in North Cascades National Park
Jul 06, 2011
Methow Valley News
“Grizzly bears are considered an umbrella species, since they are wilderness-loving animals with large home ranges and need lots of roadless wild areas to thrive. A number of other animals as well need those kinds of security,” Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest said.
Editorial: Wolf pack no surprise for many
Jul 08, 2011
The Ellensburg Daily News
People have reported wolf sightings in Kittitas County for years, but search in Kittitas County started with reports from citizens and state and federal agency personnel. Remote, motion-triggered cameras were set up by several agencies and private groups, and images were captured on camera by the group Conservation Northwest.
Discoveries encouraging
Jul 08, 2011
The Seattle Times
Letter to the editor of the Seattle Times regarding wolves and grizzlies in Washington State.
Cle Elum wolf pack sighting
Jul 07, 2011
Seattle Times
Two recent letters to the editor, "Act will benefit many" and "Time to fight for protection"
Call of the wild: wolves and grizzlies in Washington state
Jul 07, 2011
Seattle Times
Editorial from The Times: A new gray wolf pack and a rare grizzly bear, oh my. State biologists said this week that a new pack of gray wolves is living in our state in Kittitas County...
I-90 project to ease flow of traffic, wildlife east of Snoqualmie Pass
Jul 07, 2011
Seattle Times
"This underpass is going to facilitate movement for everything from bull trout in Gold Creek, to mountain goats, and maybe we'll be recovering wolverines," said Jen Watkins, outreach coordinator for the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.
Forest’s wild areas may get protection
Jul 07, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
"People are going to look back and thank us that we had the foresight to protect places for traditional activities and wildlife as our region continues to grow," said Derrick Knowles, director of Conservation Northwest’s Columbia Highlands campaign.
Finding should be celebrated
Jul 07, 2011
Seattle Times
A letter to the editor: "I couldn’t be happier to hear about the Teanaway wolf pack, and the presence of a lactating female."
Agreement requires surveys for listed plants and animals when federal agencies plan old-growth timber sales
Jul 07, 2011
The Oregonian
A federal judge has signed off on an agreement between conservation groups - including Conservation Northwest - and federal forest agencies that requires surveys for rare and even obscure species when planning timber sales in old growth forests.
Rare grizzly confirmed in North Cascades
Jul 06, 2011
Cascadia Weekly
This is the first report vertified by photographic evidence of a grizzly bear in the North Cascades ecosystem since 1996, according to Joe Scott, a conservation director for Conservation Northwest in Bellingham.
State's fourth wolf pack identified in Teanaway area
Jul 05, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
"Because of these types of stories," said Mitchell Friedman, Conservation Northwest's executive director, "it was clear the Teanaway was something to check out." Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest had been reading anecdotal reports of wolves in the Teanaway on hunters' blog-sites for at least two years.
Teanaway wolf pack is fourth in the state, WDFW says
Jul 06, 2011
Daily Record
Conservation Northwest ED Mitch Friedman is quoted in response to the Teanaway wolf pack discovery: “It’s inspirational. It was definitely good news that after the tragedy of poaching of the Lookout Pack that there are still wolves in the Cascades."
New wolf pack confirmed — a short drive from Seattle
Jul 05, 2011
Seattle Times
"Wolves need abundant food and lots of security, and the Teanaway has both," said Mitch Friedman, with Conservation Northwest, which helped confirm the pack's existence. The new wolf group, dubbed the Teanaway Pack, is the fourth wolf pack in Washington. Article appeared as "Wolf pack found near Cle Elum" on front page of July 6, Seattle Times.
A new wolf pack in Washington
Jul 05, 2011
Blog SeattlePI.com
"The wolf’s return to the Cascades is an important milestone for restoring the wildlife heritage of these wild mountains: Wolves play an important role in maintaining a balance of predator and prey that has a trickle down benefit for all shorts of wildlife from eagles to bears," said Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest.
Debate over wolves unfolds in Pacific Northwest
Jul 03, 2011
Associated Press
There's plenty of room for wolves. The issue is: are humans going to let them come back to the landscape?" said Jasmine Minbashian, who manages the wolf program for Conservation Northwest. This AP story was picked up by outlets around the country including, Seattle & Olympia (WA), San Jose & Lompoc (CA), Austin, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis.
Hiker snaps rare bear - a North Cascades grizzly
Jul 01, 2011
Seattle Times
"We've talked about this for 20 years, and over time the sightings have gotten fewer and fewer to the point where I worried the bears had blinked out altogether on our watch," Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest said. "So I'm incredibly relieved. But this is a clarion call on the federal government to fulfill its obligation to recover the species." [Article appeared front page, July 2, Seattle Times]
Grizzly photographed in North Cascades
Jul 01, 2011
SeattlePI.com
“It’s a relief after years of waiting...” said Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, which has championed grizzly and wolf recovery.
Bear experts confirm North Cascades bear was grizzly
Jul 01, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
“We welcome this confirmation that grizzly bears still roam the North Cascades,” said Joe Scott, Conservation Northwest’s director of international conservation. “But it doesn’t change the fact that their foothold in these mountains is as tenuous as that of a climber on crumbling rock.... It will not recover without pro-active strategies to boost the population....”
Twisp family denies killing gray wolves
Jul 01, 2011
Wenatchee World
Twisp family members accused of illegally killing endangered wolves from the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack and attempting to smuggle one of the pelts to Canada can continue to have guns and hunt while their case is pending, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Rare grizzly bear photographed in North Cascades
Jul 01, 2011
Seattle Times
"The federal agencies 20 years ago determined that the habitat was exceptional and could support a stable population of bears," said Mitch Friedman, with Conservation Northwest. "But as the years passed without photos, I came to wonder if North Cascades grizzlies were like vampires and wouldn't show up in photos. I'm relieved to know the bears are there."
Federal plan targets barred owls to save spotted owls
Jun 30, 2011
Reuters
Kristen Boyles, attorney with Earthjustice, said blaming barred owls is not a winning strategy. "We need to keep the focus on increased habitat protection; that's the key to the owl's survival," she told Reuters.
Poached past the brink?
Jun 18, 2011
Wenatchee World
This article on the North Cascade's Lookout pack written by KC Mehaffey of the Wenatchee World was picked up by the Seattle Times, Seattle PI, Kennewick Tri-City Herald, The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, The Kitsap Sun, The Everett Herald, The Tacoma News Tribune, and The Oregonian.
Conflict Over Northern Rockies Delisting for Wolves Extends to Pacific Northwest
Jun 16, 2011
Greenwire
The New York Times reports on the heating up of wolf issues in the Pacific Northwest as Washington and Oregon strive to manage small but growing packs.
Twisp residents indicted for poaching wolves, smuggling
Jun 15, 2011
Methow Valley News
Reporter Ann McCreary reports in-depth. Biologists hold that even if the Lookout pack dies out because of the illegal killings, the territory they inhabited may attract new wolves. Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman is quoted, "...a poaching like this is a blow to us all."
Climate change menaces the future of lynx
Jun 13, 2011
Crosscut
In-depth report on Washington's wild cat: "The lynx, like the wolverine, is highly dependent on a persistent snowpack," says Dave Werntz, science and conservation director of Conservation Northwest. Lynx' future in the Kettle Range and beyond depends on habitat connectivity to Canada and a combination of refuges and connections that will enable them to survive until the trees grow back in burned areas.
Mercy killing?: Plan would kill barred owls to save spotted owls
Jun 13, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
“There’s no clear, compelling science that points out, ‘Here are the exact problems that barred owls are creating for spotted owls and here are the answers,’” says the Seattle Audubon’s Cantrell. “We support scientific evaluation of what the (spotted and barred owl) interactions are and identifying potential solutions.”
States work conservation into trust lands management
Jun 13, 2011
High Country News
Blanchard Mountain exemplifies a clash common to Western state trust lands. As state economies expand beyond resource extraction and taxpayers seek more from public lands than just pay dirt, the trust-land mandate is being challenged in new ways. Conservation Northwest ED Mitch Friedman is quoted...
Senseless slaughter of wolves
Jun 11, 2011
Edmonton Journal
Alberta has a policy of killing wolves to protect caribou. It’s not working. Caribou biologist Stan Boutin is adamant that wolf control alone is not going to be the salvation of caribou. Like the boreal forest ecologists who contributed to the West Central Alberta Caribou Landscape Plan, he believes that cutlines, well sites and roads that favour wolves need to be reforested. Habitat also has to be set aside and protected from development.
Some panelists say population cap needed for wolves in state
Jun 09, 2011
Yakima Herald-Republic
From the wolf working group's panel meeting in Ellensburg: "...ecosystems are not vending machines," said Bob Tuck of Selah, a former state wildlife commissioner, "I don't need to put in my quarter -- ka-chunk -- and have a trophy elk pop out. That's not what this is all about."
Cattlemen want cap on number of Wash. wolves
Jun 09, 2011
Associated Press
Said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian: "I know there are people who aren't happy with the numbers. I'm going to respect that opinion....If the numbers go below 15 breeding pairs, this plan won't have public support and it's going to fall apart. Maybe that's what some people want, but I don't think that's a good option for the state and for the overall goal of delisting and recovery."
North Cascades Wolves Hit Hard By Poachers; Indictments Filed
Jun 09, 2011
National Public Radio
The long prison terms looming over three people indicted this week for killing wolves could send a message to poachers. But it won't bring back the first wolf pack to re-establish in Washington state. That pack of endangered wolves is now down to "remnants."
Twisp Family Shot 5 Wolves, Tried To Poison More, Feds Say
Jun 08, 2011
Northwest Sportsman's blog
The editor of Northwest Sportsman covers indictments handed down in the case of illegal killing of members of the Lookout wolf pack. He quotes Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest: “Poachers who deliberately try to wipe out a population of endangered wildlife need to be held accountable.”
Methow Valley ranchers indicted in wolves' deaths
Jun 08, 2011
Seattle Times
"People who kill wolves are flat out poachers — people with disrespect for the law and for wildlife," said Mitch Friedman, of Conservation Northwest. "It's critical that we come down on them hard, and I'm glad to see that we are."
Charges filed in wolf poaching case
Jun 08, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
A federal grand jury has indicted a Twisp, Wash., man for illegally killing two wolves near his property and trying to ship one of the pelts to Canada. The wolves killed were from the Methow Valley’s “Lookout Pack,” which was Washington’s first documented wolf pack. The poaching case has drawn national attention.
Whites charged with killing up to five wolves
Jun 08, 2011
Methow Valley News
The Methow Valley News breaks the story: A federal grand jury has handed down a 12-count indictment against three Twisp, WA, residents accused of killing at least five endangered gray wolves, including wolves in the Lookout Pack near the North Cascades.
Connelly: Has twilight come for America's wolves?
Jun 05, 2011
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Joel Connelly of the Seattle P-I laments the recent removal of wolves from federal protection and the misconceived fear that has long followed these animals and Conservation NW's Jasmine Minbashian is quoted on poaching of the Lookout pack.
Logging, nesting failures put northern spotted owls on brink
Jun 03, 2011
Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Sun reports on the BC government allowing companies to log old-growth forest in Wildlife Habitat Areas established to protect spotted owls, which today are all but wiped out in southwestern BC.
Letter to the editor - About that wilderness in Kettle Range
May 31, 2011
Colville Statesman Examiner
Former Chief of the Forest Service Dale Bosworth addresses concerns of cattlemen on wilderness and applauds the collaborative Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition: "Even as a strong believer in multiple use and resource extraction, I feel that wilderness is an important part of balanced management and ought to be represented in the Kettle Range."
State unveils new wolf plan
Jun 01, 2011
The Wenatchee World
After 19 public meetings and more than 65,000 public comments, the state released its revised plan to recover gray wolves in Washington that should both please and upset cattlemen, hunters and conservationists.
Draft wolf plan sets bar too low, say some
Jun 01, 2011
Methow Valley News
A Methow Valley News article by Ann McCreary on revised wolf management plan with quotes from Jasmine Minbashian of Conservation Northwest.
Draft raises questions — on both sides
Jun 01, 2011
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World article by KC Mehaffey on differing perspectives on revised wolf management plan, with quotes from Jasmine Minbashian of Conservation Northwest.
BC legislation seeks to protect endangered species
Jun 01, 2011
"Protecting and recovering at-risk wildlife is an insurance policy for human communities because their habitat is our habitat, their waters are our waters, and their forests are our forests," said Joe Scott, international conservation director of Conservation Northwest.
Letter to the editor: Wilderness the greatest hurdle with CHI
May 31, 2011
Colville Spokesman Examiner
Adoption of a Columbia Highlands Initiative is in the best interest of everyone, urges the letter writer to the Colville Statesman-Examiner: Rep. McMorris Rogers needs to take leadership and get the negotiating process back on track.
Fifty B.C. faith leaders urge politicians to protect environment
May 14, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
A message of unity for wildlife and habitat from Canada's faith leaders is sent to Premier Christy Clark.
Op-Ed: Forestry coalition proposes wilderness area
May 27, 2011
Ferry County View
Lots of progress has been made since 2002 when the timber industry and the conservation community buried the hatchet and started to work together. The Columbia Highlands Initiative is testimony to the power of collaboration. In the words of Dick Slagle: ”The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition has changed the way many of us think about the national forest here in Ferry County. We can work together to make a better future for our children and grandchildren, support good timber jobs and protect special places like the Kettle Crest.”
Scientists push for national park reserve in the south Okanagan
May 26, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
The scientific community urges the Canadian government to create a national park reserve in south Okanogan.
Scientists push for national park reserve in the south Okanagan
May 26, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
May 26 - Scientists begin a study of the southern Okanogan for a possible national park.
Washington works on new wolf plan
May 23, 2011
Capital Press
Though the wolf is no longer protected as an endangered species in Washington, the state presses forward for a new plan.
Feds start review of Northwest gray wolves
May 11, 2011
Methow Valley News
From the Methow Valley News: "We welcome a robust scientific review of wolves in the Pacific Northwest as long as it’s done well with scientific integrity and not done with D.C. politics," said Jasmine Minbashian of Conservation Northwest, which that has been involved in documenting the return of wolves to the Cascade Mountains. "We hope that the review will bring attention to rampant poaching - one of the biggest obstacles to recovery of our wolves."
Status quo on Lake Whatcom not good enough
May 08, 2011
The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham's daily newspaper editorial board urges citizens to speak up for creating a Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve. "...leaving the land in logging is a mistake. This land transfer is good for the community and we urge [the Whatcom County Council] to support it."
Q&A: Wolves Off The Endangered List In Eastern Oregon And Washington
May 04, 2011
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Public Broadcasting: "...a listing decision would stop people from poaching Cascades wolves. And it would separate the wolf issues in the Northwest from the ones we've heard so much about in Montana and Idaho."
Wash. bear researcher: 'I've got huge respect for these animals'
May 05, 2011
KOMO News
An interview with Chris Morgan about his documentary Bears of the Last Frontier: "My mantra is, 'What's good for bears is good for people' - and it's so true. We all need clean air, fresh water, natural resources - we all need it, whether you watch from your armchair or hike in it every weekend."
Removal of wolf protection affects part of Washington state
May 05, 2011
The Seattle Times
Craig Welch of the Seattle Times overviews the implications of the gray wolf's removal from the endangered species list. "Without a state management plan, we lack goals and strategies for what we want for wolves anywhere in this state," says Mitch Friedman.
Protecting The Rainforests Of Washington And British Columbia
May 03, 2011
KUOW
A radio interview with conservation scientist Dominck DellaSala on Northwest rainforests.
Feds say they will review gray wolf status in NW
May 05, 2011
Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Herald reports on an upcoming wolf status review following delisting of some Northwest wolves. Since 2008, the Lookout Pack has fallen from as many as 10 animals to 2, said Jasmine Minbashian of Conservation Northwest, who have helped document the wolves' return to the Cascades.
Bears Of The Last Frontier: Grizzly, Polar And Black Bears In The World Landscape
May 05, 2011
KUOW
#bearmonth Bear ecologist Chris Morgan & acclaimed radio journalist Steve Scher get into the subject of North Cascades grizzly bears and more.
Bears of the Last Frontier: A Q&A with Bear Biologist Chris Morgan
May 05, 2011
Thirteen
Inside Thirteen with Chris Morgan of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project as he reveals some of the secrets behind his new documentary.
Public’s input on wildlife needed
Apr 28, 2011
The News Tribune
A reporter calls upon hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to comment on and help improve a new draft national forest management rule.
Take steps now to limit conflicts with bears
Apr 22, 2011
The Everett Herald
Some good springtime tips for possible bear encounters from Chris Morgan of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project. Give bears space, make noise, and don't surprise them!
First time in recorded history: Wolverine tracks confirmed in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains
Apr 22, 2011
The Columbia Basin Bulletin
The tracks of a wolverine are found in the Wallowa Mountains, for the first time! The researcher followed the tracks for about a mile until they left the river bottom and headed into the high country.
Coming to Terms with Bears: A conversation with Chris Morgan
Apr 22, 2011
KPLU
Reporter Liam Moriarty of KPLU sits down with conservation scientist Chris Morgan to chat about North Cascades bears and his new book and documentary, Bears of the Last Frontier.
Sportsmen better prepare for higher license fees
Apr 21, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Rich Landers reports on the wrapping up of the Washington Legislature, on issues from cougar hunting with hounds to hunting and fishing license fees.
Politics has no place in state wildlife and habitat programs
Apr 21, 2011
The Olympian
The Olympian editorial board urges legislative support for continued funding for Washington's important wildlife and recreation program.
Delisting of wolves will not affect Methow pack
Apr 20, 2011
Methow Valley News
Ann McCreary reports on the status of Washington's wolves following delisting of Northern Rockies wolves. “Congress has never taken a specific action on any listed species… not even the spotted owl,” said Friedman. “That’s where this is unprecedented and dangerous.”
Poll: Voters Give Nod to WA's Colville Forest Collaboration
Apr 07, 2011
Public News Service
A new poll shows voters support collaborative efforts between Conservation Northwest, its allies, and the timber industry.
Okanagan river most endangered in province
Apr 18, 2011
Global BC
Thanks to development and agriculture, for the second year in a row the Kettle River east of Osoyoos has been named the most endangered river in British Columbia.
Rural Legislators Question WDFW’s Wolf Info, Land Plans
Nov 08, 2010
Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Sportsman reporter Andy Walgamott covers wide-ranging ground in this piece, including an interview he had with Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest.
Appeals Court OKs logging on Blanchard without environmental study
Jun 02, 2010
The Bellingham Herald
The state Court of Appeals overturnsa lower court's decision that would have required the state Department of Natural Resources to do an environmental study of Blanchard Mountain before allowing logging.
Hair rub technique appears to yield cheaper, more accurate data on grizzlies
Apr 27, 2010
Washington Post
How hair snag stations are used to collect genetic and population information on grizzly bears in the wild.
Conserving working ranches topic of fundraiser
Feb 14, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Coville-area rancher John Dawson is featured at a Spokane event to promote the virtues of working ranches.
How federal budget-makers cut wolves from the endangered-species list
Apr 14, 2011
Crosscut
Reporter Daniel Jack Chasen dives into the darker side of the "historic" budget deal some weeks ago.
State lynx population dwindles
Apr 12, 2011
The Statesman-Examiner
"Bunny CSI" and more... A wildlife biologist's update on a statewide lynx study project cooperatively underwritten by state agencies, Conservation Northwest, and others.
Poll shows support for wilderness in Colville National Forest
Apr 06, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
A recent poll of northeastern Washington voters shows support for new wilderness designations on the Colville National Forest when they’re packaged with stepped-up timber harvests in other areas of the forest and new trails for off-road vehicles. In this poll, even though support from ORV riders was less than that from hunters, hikers, and others, as a whole ORV riders still supported wilderness as part of a balanced proposal. Currently, just 1% of the state's wilderness is in the Columbia Highlands.
Enviro groups urge Senate to abandon delisting rider
Apr 04, 2011
E&E News
A dozen environmental groups, including Conservation Northwest, today sent a letter to the Senate urging lawmakers to abandon plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves, arguing that such a move would undermine the law and threaten biodiversity.
Editorial: Bid to solve cougar hunt conundrum impressive
Apr 02, 2011
Spokesman Review
An editorial in the Spokesman Review commending Rep. Joel Kretz and Conservation Northwest for finding common ground on cougar management.
Burke Museum's owl show opens a door to a larger view
Apr 01, 2011
Crosscut
Seattle Times' Danel Chasen interviews photographer Paul Bannick, who serves as development director for Conservation Northwest, on the ecology of owls and woodpeckers, and a new exhibit. "The area of northern Washington, for which Conservation Northwest is pushing a Columbia Highlands Initiative, probably has the highest owl density in the state."
Landers: Deer recommendation based on misinformation
Mar 31, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
At a recent WA Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, Spokane hunter and NE WA Forestry Coalition board member Derrick Knowles delivers some fact: proposed wilderness protection in the Columbia Highlands closes no roads. The coalition’s board is comprised of some of Stevens County’s major employers as well as conservation groups, a partnership that has endured since 2003.
Wildlife managers use kid gloves to keep critters safe
Mar 23, 2011
Methow Valley News
Mar 23 - Methow Valley News on the ins and outs of wildlife research. Says Jasmine Minbashian of Conservation Northwest, "...collaring can help us keep track of the animals and provide a disincentive to poaching."
A new brand of trust land?
Mar 31, 2011
High Country News
Conservation Northwest's director Mitch Friedman testified for the Community Forest Trust bill, which would protect working forests on state-managed lands around fast-sprawling urban areas.
Hound-hunting deal in the works
Mar 30, 2011
The Spokesman-Review
Truce? An agreement struck this week between Conservation Northwest and an Eastern Washington legislator should should lead to fewer cougars being hunted, more controls on how the big cats are taken each year, and a focus on science-based management.
Poachers and political damage
Mar 10, 2011
Wenatchee World
Mar 10 - Wenatchee World on wolves and poaching, "The problem with predators is us. How do we deal with them? The answers are mostly political. The divide is large. It should be remembered that Washington's wolves are not optional...and...the law protects them."
B.C. needs endangered species legislation
Feb 15, 2011
The Vancouver Sun
Feb 15 - A conservation biologist tells all: "Super, natural British Columbia is awesome, with more than 4,373 known forms of life. Currently, B.C. is without endangered species legislation and 1,900 species are at risk from local extinction or extirpation. This is unacceptable... "
Rewards increased for wildlife poaching
Mar 06, 2011
The Omak-Okonogan County Chronicle
Mar 6 - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife expands its reward fund for apprehending wildlife poachers with contributions from Conservation Northwest.
Stop the grasslands war: co-operation is the key
Mar 27, 2011
The Boundary Sentinel
Mar 27 - Collaboration was the message of a forum discussion about the BC Boundary ecosystems, featuring the forests of the Columbia Highlands and Tim Coleman of Conservation Northwest. "It involves a lot of collaboration between community leaders," explained Coleman. "It's a story about how we went from fighting to co-operation."
Paul Bannick's photos at the Burke salute beauty, importance of owls and woodpeckers
Mar 21, 2011
Seattle Times
Photo exhibit through Aug 7: As you'll learn in this remarkable exhibition, owls and woodpeckers perform yeoman service in maintaining biological diversity, and they are especially important indicators of habitat health.
Cattleman's association denounces wolf killing
Oct 22, 2010
Wallowa Valley Online
Decrying the recent wolf killing in Wallowa County, the chairman of the Oregon Cattleman's Association's wolf committee, Ron Childers, speaks out for wolves.
Burke Museum goes to the birds for new photo exhibit
Mar 18, 2011
SeattlePI.com
Joel Connelly on Paul Bannick's The Owl and the Woodpecker traveling exhibit showing at the Burke Museum through Aug 7. The message, "that we need habitat for both great mammals and small birds . . . that their preservation does not require great sacrifice by humankind, only a modest use of intelligence."
Editorial: County must calculate benefit, cost of trade off
Mar 16, 2011
Ellensburg Daily Record
March 16-Conservation Northwest is one of nine groups supporting a collaborative agreement for water storage, forests and habitat in the YakimaBasin's TeanawayValley. The price tag, $5 billion, comes off as a bargain compared to the $7.7 billion estimated price tag for the alternative: the Black Rock reservoir proposed east of Yakima, which lost favor as a solution to water storage problems due to its cost.
Canada lynx collared near Eightmile
Mar 09, 2011
Methow Valley News
Mar 9 - Biologists begin a study of the Canada lynx in the Methow Valley to help "land managers better understand what is needed for the continuation of the species in the North Cascades ecosystem."
Wrestling with wolves
Mar 07, 2011
High Country News
A High Country News writer weighs in on anti-wolf legislation circulating through Western states, including Washington State, and in Congress.
Third wolf poaching was near Rainy Pass
Mar 02, 2011
Methow Valley News
Mar 2 - The investigation of the last year's wolf killing near Rainy Pass continues, with suspects identified. The dead wolf was discovered by state wildlife enforcement officials from a tip about the poaching incident.
$7,500 for information on wolf killing
Mar 02, 2011
Wenatchee World
Mar 2 - The compensation for information is higher because wolves, including those in the Methow, are at a fragile state of recovery, says Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest’s executive director.
Would Washington legislature try to ease protection of gray wolves?
Mar 03, 2011
Crosscut
Daniel Jack Chasan writes for Crosscut on Washington's wolves. "Politicians in the NW have been trying for some time to free the states of the burden of obeying ESA protections for the gray wolf. Now, bills in Olympia would give the legislature a chance to play to the anti-wolf crowd."
Why isn’t the wolverine better protected in the Northern Rockies?
Feb 25, 2011
New West
Feb 25 - New West writer Dennis Higman ruminates on the rare privilege of seeing a wolverine in the wild and wonders how we might better protect them.
Conservationists boost rewards for bagging poachers in Washington
Mar 01, 2011
The Spokesman-Review - Outdoors blog
Turning in a poacher in Washington can be rich experience, thanks to a commitment announced by Conservation Northwest.
Fate of state's first gray-wolf pack unclear
Feb 27, 2011
Seattle Times
Feb 27 - "We're starting to see that we already have a pretty serious poaching problem," said Jasmine Minbashian, with the environmental group Conservation Northwest. "It's just such a tragic story. A few years ago we were filled with so much hope. Now we're seeing this."
Lookout Pack dwindles in size
Feb 09, 2011
Methow Valley News
Feb 9 - The Lookout Mountain wolf pack is down to 2-3 wolves, and wildlife officials are trying to determine whether there is a breeding female among them.
Skinned corpse of wolf discovered, but state won’t say from which pack
Feb 16, 2011
Methow Valley News
Feb 16 - Methow Valley News reports on a new gray wolf poaching incident in Washington State.
Forest planning rule uses collaboration to cut lawsuits
Feb 11, 2011
The Spokesman Review
Will changes in national forest planning rules proposed by the government improve forest management and foster collaboration? Mike Petersen, The Lands Council director and member of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, said the new rules could weaken wildlife protections.
Lawmakers sniff out a solution for cougar hunting
Feb 07, 2011
sportsyakima.com
But biologists are questioning a pair of bills that would make permanent Washington state’s pilot program on using hounds to hunt cougars. Two-thirds of citizens responding to a WDFW survey were against the use of hounds in recreational hunting of cougars.
Report: Killing predators considered to help owls
Feb 06, 2011
SeattlePI.com
Wildlife officials on the precipice of a decision to kill barred owls to help protect a dwindling spotted owl population.
State wants deer protection
Feb 02, 2011
Wenatchee World
Highway underpasses proposed at a wildlife bottleneck in the Okanogan will help deer and people, reports the Wenatchee World. Conservation NW's Jay Kehne says the project could pay for itself in 3-4 years.
Grizzly Bears Are Vanishing from North Cascades National Park
Feb 02, 2011
Bloomburg
Biologists are on the trail of the rare North Cascades grizzly bear. “As more time goes by, you have to wonder what’s happening to the few bears we have left,” says Bill Gaines, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service.
Feds drop appeal on lynx habitat, will revise plan
Jan 17, 2011
The Seattle Times
Wildlife officials drop their appeal of a ruling that blocks any further action on protecting lynx habitat. New areas open up for possible designation.
Breaking down barriers along I-90
Sep 18, 2010
Yakmia Herald
A groundbreaking research project assesses the migration habits of animals to reduce the likelihood of tragic collisions along the planned I-90 expansion near Snoqualmie Pass.
Wolf Foes Turn to Congress and Legislatures
Jan 28, 2011
OPB news
Proposed legislation threatens protection of Northwest wolves. Conservation Northwest calls Rep. Taylor's bill Taylor's bill extreme and unnecessary and an invitation to wolf poaching.
Feds drop appeal on lynx habitat, will revise plan
Jan 17, 2011
Seattle Times
Wildlife officials have agreed to protect critical habitat for Canada lynx by mending an earlier, flawed proposal. There are likely fewer than 1,000 lynx across the lower 48 states, with 100 to 200 animals in Washington, including in the Loomis State Forest.
Wolves in the Methow: a predator/prey relationship
May 05, 2010
Methow
Methow Valley News
Opinion by Gary Ott from Beaver Creek, Washington. Studies of wolf predation on deer in other states indicate that wolves each take approximately 15 or 16 deer per year, a level of predation nearly the number that we take out with our cars and not even close to the numbers taken by hunters.
WA Wolf Bills ‘Spectacular In Their Awfulness’
Jan 19, 2011
Northwest Sportsman
Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman blogs on wolves, hunters, and three recently introduced bills harmful to wolves. "Conservation Northwest’s tack appears to be to work towards common solutions that benefit, among others, hunters."
Environmental groups oppose proposed Glacier-area hydro projects
Jan 20, 2011
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Fores
The Bellingham Herald
Conservation NW joins local groups to protect fish and fish habitat and stop proposed new hypdroelectric dams on creeks in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF near Glacier.
Our backcountry bank
Jan 17, 2011
Barriere Star Journal
Snowy Mountain Alpine Tours in BC, Canada, reflects on the wonders of the North Thompson valley, including mountain caribou, and our part in preserving them.
Wildlife underpass proposed for highway
Jan 18, 2011
Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Conservation Northwest is raising public awareness for a potential wildlife underpass under US Hwy 97 to keep the highway safe for drivers and wildlife. "Just about the only people who don’t stand to gain from this might be auto body repair shops," said Jay Kehne
Cameras help hunters, conservationists alike
Jan 01, 2011
Wenatchee World
Jan 1 - Conservation Northwest also wants to know what wildlife are out there. “People get out there every year and put cameras in some pretty far-flung places. And they love it,” says Jasmine Minbashian.
Remote cameras: Eyes in the woods
Jan 01, 2011
Wenatchee World
Jan 1 - Motion-triggered remote cameras let scientists and others get close to wildlife without undue stress to the animals.
Room for wildlife in state budget? Advocates push to continue I-90 project
Jan 05, 2011
Seattle Times
Jan 5, 2011 - In a new year for Cascades wildlife, the Seattle Times spotlights wildlife bridges and the I-90 Project. Surely for animals, moving ahead on the project would be a good thing, said Charlie Raines of the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Wolverines making comeback in Washington state? [Video]
Dec 15, 2010
King 5
Dec. 15- King 5 news brings us great video of wolverines in the North Cascades, where this endangered weasel tenaciously makes a home.
Wolverine protection a matter of priorities
Dec 13, 2010
The Yakima Herald
The Yakima Herald - According to one recent study, said Dave Werntz, science and conservation director of Conservation Northwest, "If things stay the same, wolverines will lose up to 60 percent of their habitat by the end of the century. That would be a challenge for any species." Federal wildlife officials believe the species deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act, but with this caveat: Wolverines are going to have to get in line.
Wolverines judged needy of Endangered Species protection
Dec 13, 2010
The Spokesman-Review - Outdoors blog
Outdoors blog - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that the wolverine, known for its strength and determination, should be listed as a candidate species.
Keeping ranch intact a boon to whitetails
Dec 12, 2010
Colville
The Spokesman-Review
The Spokesman Review reports on a group effort to keep a Colville-area ranch intact for the benefit of the family, wildlife, and the public.
Wilderness trails get attention
Dec 09, 2010
Newport News Miner
12/9/10. Newport News Miner. Volunteer trail work crews cleared downed trees, debris and brush from trails and made improvements to trail features to ready them for hikers, hunters, and equestrians. Using traditional hand tools such as crosscut saws, Pulaskis and shovels, volunteers and Forest Service workers built and repaired trail bridges and cleared a winters worth of downed trees and branches off the trail.
Omak man named to Fish and Wildlife Commission
Dec 08, 2011
The Wenatchee World
Jay Kehne, an Omak hunter and conservationist, was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission. “I’m excited,” said Kehne, who also serves as Okanogan County outreach associate for Conservation Northwest . “I’ve met several of the commission members, and for the most part, I think they do a good job.”
Commission restricts the use of lead fishing tackle on lakes with loons
Dec 06, 2010
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved restrictions on the use of lead fishing tackle at 13 lakes with nesting common loons during its Dec. 2-4 meeting in Olympia.
Agencies increase caribou protections
Dec 03, 2010
The Spokesman Review
The state is ramping up patrols in an effort to protect highly endangered mountain caribou, who make the Selkirks their home. During the winter, caribou depend almost entirely for food on lichens hanging from subalpine firs or snags above the snowline. Snowmobiles can chase caribou out of important feeding areas or cause them to use up valuable energy reserves by moving away from motorized traffic, wildlife biologists said.
The Columbia Highlands on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher
Nov 22, 2010
KUOW Weekday
KUOW's Steve Scher interviews Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman and author Craig Romano about a special corner of the state between the Kettle River Range and the Selkirk Mountains that many of us hardly know.
Animal trackers read dramas in the snow
Nov 17, 2010
The Seattle Times
Nov 17, 2010, wildlife tracking in the Northwest woods. "The snow creates a blank slate and these animals come and write their stories onto it," said Dave Moskowitz, author of the recently published tracking field guide, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.
Wolf hunts unsustainable, analysis says
Sep 30, 2010
Associated Press
A scientific study found that Montana stands to lose approximately 50 percent of its gray wolves under a hunting proposal submitted in mid-September 2010 to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, "...above a sustainable level,” says one of the study's authors.
New Project To Document Wildlife Sightings Along I-90
Nov 05, 2010
Federal Transportation Issues
The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition launches a new citizen-based wildlife monitoring project for I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, as reported by the Washington Department of Transportation in their online blog.
Drivers encouraged to report wildlife on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass
Nov 04, 2010
Seattle Times
As of Nov. 4, 2010, drivers traveling over Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass are asked to report wildlife and roadkill sightings as part of the national “Give Wildlife a Brake” week.
New website lets drivers track wildlife along stretch of I-90
Nov 06, 2010
The Seattle Times
November 2010 heralds the launch of www.i90wildlifewatch.org, where drivers can report all wildlife they see along the interstate from North Bend to Easton.
We're losing the battle for diversity of life
Nov 03, 2010
Vancouver Sun
British Columbia has no law protecting species at risk of extinction, and the laws we do have aren't working.
Judge agrees to halt Lewis-McChord cross-base highway suit
Oct 22, 2010
The News Tribune
A lawsuit filed by Conservation Northwest and allies against the Cross-Base Highway (proposed across rare oak-woodland prairie) is halted as parties come to an agreement.
Ranchers sell development rights to preserve way of life
Sep 23, 2010
Capital Press
Dawson and his wife, Melva, recently made a move to preserve their Colville, Wash., cattle ranch under the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Farm and Ranch Protection Program. The nonprofit Inland Northwest Land Trust of Spokane filed the application in partnership with the Dawsons and Conservation Northwest.
Province needs to protect ecosystems that cross borders: Study says
Oct 13, 2010
Osoyoos Times
A study looking at the vulnerability of “transboundary” species in B.C. included a case study on the importance of the antelope-brush ecosystem and grasslands of the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
Washington's Skokomish Watershed: Exemplar of the Legacy Roads and Trails Initiative
Sep 27, 2010
Road RIPorter
The Skokomish is both a fascinating case study of successful collaborative watershed restoration project and a politically crucial testing ground for large-scale road decommissioning in the national forests.
Stevens Pass bike park clears final hurdle
Sep 21, 2010
The Wenatchee World
With Forest Service permit appeals resolved, ski area officials plan to build facility next spring
Spotted owls get a hand from Obama, but is it enough?
Sep 20, 2010
Crosscut
The Obama administration has pushed aside a weak Bush-era protection plan. But the owl is in precarious condition.
BC wildlife needs more protection, study says
Sep 22, 2010
Vancouver Sun
An inadequate patchwork of laws and policies in British Columbia puts an estimated 1,900 species of wildlife at risk of extinction according to a new study, On the Edge: BC's Unprotected Transboundary Species.
Report calls for BC endangered-species law
Sep 21, 2010
Victoria Times Colonist
Sept. 21, 2010, Global BC video coverage of a new report on BC wildlife at risk by the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, and Conservation Northwest.
In Search of the Grizzly (if Any Are Left)
Sep 16, 2010
New York Times
The New York Times documents story of the most ambitious effort ever to document whether grizzlies still exist in the North Cascades of Washington. “If these bears are to have a future,” said Joe Scott, the international program director for Conservation Northwest, “the United States and British Columbia governments must do their job — boost Cascades bears with a small number of young animals from areas where grizzly bears are more numerous.”
Wolf caught on camera in Pine Creek area
Aug 21, 2010
The Omak-Okanogan Chronicle
TONASKET - State wildlife officials say a wolf caught by a game camera in the Pine Creek Road area is a mystery.
Study of Tripod fire reaffirms the value of thinning forests
Sep 01, 2010
The Wenatchee World
WINTHROP — A three-year U.S. Forest Service study confirmed what fire managers already knew: Wildfires are not nearly as deadly for trees in areas previously thinned and burned.
Group proposes wilderness areas
Aug 04, 2010
The Miner
The Miner article by Janelle Atyeo covering the Columbia Highlands Initiative.
Methow power-line fight turns into Supreme Court showdown
Aug 08, 2010
The Seattle Times
The fight over the future of the shrub-steppe grasslands above the shimmering Methow River has become what few could have predicted: a constitutional feud between the heads of two state agencies.
Initiative forges unexpected alliance
Aug 05, 2010
Capital Press
A Capital Press article by Mathew Weaver on the Columbia Highlands Initiative.
Partnership draws on ranching, timber, and conservation interests
Aug 04, 2010
The Statesman-Examiner
Statesman-Examiner article on the Columbia Highlands Initiative.
Whirling into the forest primeval
Jul 31, 2010
The Wall Street Journal
Heli-hiking in Canada has become a way to take in the beauty of the terrain. However, conservation groups such as Conservation Northwest wonder what effect this activity will have on the wildlife of the area.
Environmentalists and Loggers Find Common Ground
Aug 02, 2010
Open Range
Radio segment by Susan Allen on Open Range on AgInfo.Net website.
Wilderness being sought by coalition
Jul 29, 2010
Spokane Public Radio
Spokane Public Radio radio story by Steve Jackson on Columbia Highlands press conference in Spokane (aired on KUOW as well)
Wash. alliance aims to aid economy and environment
Jul 28, 2010
Associated Press
Associated Press story by Nicholas Geranios on Columbia Highlands Initiative
Wilderness, logging proposal pushed
Jul 29, 2010
The Seattle Times
Seattle Times local section story by Jill Kimball on Columbia Highlands
Proposal for Colville National Forest a collaborative effort
Jul 29, 2010
The Spokesman Review
Spokesman Review article on Columbia Highlands by Becky Kramer
Environmentalists, loggers push new wilderness deal in Northeast Washington
Jul 28, 2010
The Seattle Times
A Seattle Times news story by Craig Welch on the Columbia Highlands Initiative
Funding sought for farm preservation
Jul 18, 2010
The Chronicle
Conservation Northwest has submitted an application to the Forest Legacy Program on behalf of Ferry County ranchers Bryan and Debra Gotham.
Powerline appeals caught in volley between agencies
Jun 23, 2010
Methow Valley News
While DNR has announced its “intention to appeal” a ruling allowing the PUD to condemn state land for its powerline, it remains unclear whether the agency will be able to argue the case in a higher court. Conservation Northwest has filed a notice of appeal in the situation in order to give the state additional time to sort out what they plan to do.
Three things Blanchard needs
Jun 09, 2010
Cascadia Weekly
Mitch Friedman, the Skagit Land Trust, Friends of Blanchard Mountain, the Back Country Horsemen, and others have worked with the government to protect Blanchard Mountain. If Blanchard Mountain is to be protected further, it will take hope, time and a willingness to work with others.
Tulalips protest Stevens Pass bike trails plan
Jun 08, 2010
HeraldNet
A plan for a large mountain bike park at Stevens Pass won’t be approved easily. The Tulalip Tribes and two environmental groups, including Conservation Northwest, have filed appeals against the plan, which the Forest Service approved in April 2010.
Response to "At loggerheads on Blanchard"
Jun 02, 2010
Cascadia Weekly
Letter the to Editor, run in the Cascadia Weekly, by Mitch Friedman on Blanchard Mountain.
Pacific Northwest forests act as massive carbon banks
Mar 04, 2010
Los Angeles Times
A new study shows that the thick, wet forests of the Pacific Northwest are the carbon storage powerhouses of the U.S., storing more than 1-1/2 times as much carbon as the entire amount of carbon dioxide burned in fossil fuels throughout the country each year.
Obama administration extends time-out on roadless decisions
May 28, 2010
The New York Times
The New York Times reports that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has renewed for another year a policy giving himself sole power to approve logging or road projects on tens of millions of forested acres while the Obama administration decides how to handle the controversial Clinton-era roadless rule.
Five-state wolf plan panelists divided
May 30, 2010
Spokesman-Review
Rich Landers of the Spokesman-Review reports on the different tactics of five western states, including Washington, all working to deal with the return of gray wolves. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is close to finishing a management and conservation plan for managing wolves returning naturally to the Washington State.
At loggerheads over logging
May 26, 2010
Cascadia Weekly
The Cascadia Weekly reports on the latest in protecting the forests and wildlife habitat of Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts, where the Cascades meet the sea. A judge rules that a collaborative strategies agreement put together by the state DNR is proper and should stand.
Climate: Adaptation will be key to preserving wildlife
Mar 25, 2010
E & E
Climate change may be altering fish and wildlife habitat throughout the country, but state wildlife officials can lessen those impacts with a host of adaptation measures -- if the federal government provides enough funding to implement them, according to a report issued by a coalition of sportsmen's groups this week.
Earth Hour: How about endangered species hour
Mar 26, 2010
The Christian Science Monitor
The Christian Science Monitor on endangered species: Just as Earth Hour can pressure governments on global warming, so can consumers push politicians to protect endangered species such as bluefin tuna, several kinds of sharks, and corals, all of which were abandoned at a UN wildlife conference.
Seattlest volunteer spotlight: Conservation Northwest
May 19, 2010
Seattlest
Volunteers Amy Tsui and Mike Webb are recognized for their outstanding work with Conservation Northwest's wildlife monitoring program.
USFS scans backwoods for grizzlies
Apr 14, 2010
The Wenatchee World
WENATCHEE — Scientists this summer will launch the first large-scale effort to find evidence of grizzly bears in the North Cascades, setting out 75 to 100 hair snags and a few dozen remote cameras.
Experimental Washington state grazing program put on hold
May 17, 2010
Seattle Times
Whiskey Dick in eastern Washington is one of the state wildlife lands where a controversial cattle-grazing program has been put on hold for the 2010 season after a sharp rebuke by a Superior Court judge.
Wind farm project 'kind of in limbo' at Clallam PUD
May 18, 2010
Peninsula Daily News
Port Angeles--A Clallam County Public Utility District plan to join the Radar Ridge wind farm project in Pacific County is losing power as permit costs escalate. Conservation Northwest opposed this project because it was placed on a high ridge in the best coastal marbled murrelet habitat in southwestern Washington. Biologists held that many murrelets could be killed on their twice daily foraging trips from sea to forest.
Habitat, not hunting, may be the limiting factor
May 06, 2010
Sightline Daily
Jennifer Langston reports that last year was the first in which sport hunters were allowed to legally shoot the gray wolves that were first reintroduced to Montana and Idaho in the 1990s. So how did the wolves fare?
Seattlest volunteer spotlight: Conservation Northwest
May 19, 2010
Seattlest
Volunteers Amy Tsui and Mike Webb are recognized by Seattlest for their outstanding work with Conservation Northwest's citizen wildlife monitoring Program.
Judge: PUD may condemn state land
May 13, 2010
Methow Valley News
Grazing on state lands is a public use, but one not incompatible with the PUD’s transmission line, ruled Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Jack Burchard on Tuesday (May 11).
Forest peace plan has promise
May 11, 2010
Spokesman-Review
Serena Carlson writes a thank you for the publication of Dan Hansen's op-ed on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition.
Wolf pelt investigation leads to unrelated charges
Mar 31, 2010
The Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey reports on a Twisp rancher and his son, who have been charged with hunting violations unrelated to the investigation in their homes last year regarding a bloody wolf pelt.
New report debunks myth of “catastrophic wildfire”
Feb 03, 2010
New West
Matthew Koehler discusses the report by the John Muir Project (JMP) stating that there is no such thing as "catastrophic wildfire" in our forests.
Group plans thinning, restoration around Packwood
Aug 28, 2009
The Chronicle
Eric Schwartz discusses The Pinchot Partners' plan to create jobs in Lewis County while creating habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
Model tames timber fights
May 01, 2010
Spokesman-Review
In a guest column, former Spokesman-Review reporter and editor Dan Hansen writes about changing times, the power of compromise, and the progress of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition.
A great state of carbon caches
Mar 16, 2010
The Register Guard
U.S. federal forests store 9.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide on 19 million acres. With about 5.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide being released yearly by fossil fuels some see this storing ability as yet another reason to refrain from cutting the forests.
Little left to celebrate at B.C. Forest Service
Apr 21, 2010
The Times Colonist
The public is beginning to wonder if British Columbia's Forest Service will make it to its centennial year due to the job cuts throughout the past couple years. These cuts will effect more than just the employees. The thin spreading of still remaining employees will cause less time for fieldwork, essential in protecting the public interest.
Stevens Pass bike trail wins approval
Apr 14, 2010
The Everett Herald
The Everett Herald reports on a wildlife corridor at Stevens pass, "The Highway 2 corridor is important to both people and wildlife, and this process did not take a holistic approach in providing the public a chance to engage in a discussion of the full plans for the Stevens Pass Resort that are tied to this first phase," said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest.
LEED green-building standards must not be diluted
Apr 12, 2010
The Seattle Times
The U.S. Green Building Council sets standards for environmentally superior buildings and must not dilute the value of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design label, writes guest columnist to The Seattle Times, Denis Hayes.
'It’s a girl!' Biologists snare first female lynx
Apr 04, 2010
Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey of the Wenatchee World reports on the first female lynx trapped by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists, as part of an ongoing study of the state’s largest population of the elusive cats in Okanogan County.
Wooden Nickels
Apr 02, 2010
Seattle Business
As Weyerhaeuser mulls a transformation in its corporate structure, the future of the state’s timberlands—as forests and as investments—is at stake.
Fired up about fuel reduction
Apr 04, 2010
Forest Service Today
How landowners, conservation organizations, and local, state and federal partners are making a difference in the Chumstick Watershed
Female wolverine put in some miles, biology data suggests
Mar 26, 2010
Wenatchee World
The latest capture in the North Cascades’ first wolverine study has embarked on a journey that is surprising even the wildlife biologists who are studying her.
Gray wolf’s not ready to come off list, two scientists say
Mar 19, 2010
Wenatchee World
Two of three scientists asked to review a draft plan for recovering the endangered gray wolf in Washington say the state should require higher numbers before taking them off the endangered list.
Wolverines might be making a comeback
Mar 14, 2010
The Olympian
“With the camera techniques, we know there are three or four times more wolverines than have been detected by trapping alone. There are a lot more wolverines than we thought,” [wildlife biologist Keith] Aubrey said, but still fewer than 25 in the North Cascades.
Many steps can be taken to improve Lake Whatcom
Mar 06, 2010
Bellingham Herald
The Bellingham Herald looks at the many thing landowners in the Lake Whatcom Watershed can do to protect the water quality of the lake.
Half of B.C. must be protected as hedge against climate change, report says
Jan 27, 2010
Vancouver Sun
Forest ecologists are recommended an additional 35% of the land base in B.C. be set aside as protected areas according to the Vancouver Sun.
Conservation Area Planned for Blanchard Mountain
Mar 01, 2010
KGMI
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is working to create a conservation area around Blanchard Mountain.
Obama decisions on wildlife raising environmentalists' ire
Feb 21, 2010
Mercury News
Mercury News reports on some of the decisions related to species on the endangered animals list that President Obama has made during his first year in office.
New effort to prevent elk collisions
Feb 23, 2010
KING 5 News
KING 5 news highlights the importance of creating corridors to help elk and other animals cross the highways safely.
Last batch of fishers released in Olympic National Park
Feb 20, 2010
Peninsula Daily News
Tom Callis of the Peninsula Daily News reports on the final fisher release.
Biologists to release 13 Fishers in Olympic National Park
Feb 19, 2010
Sequim Gazette
The Sequim Gazette reports on the final 13 fishers that were released into the Olympic National Park on February 20th.
About a dozen fishers to be released in final chapter of Olympic park reintroduction efforts
Feb 17, 2010
Peninsula Daily News
The last group of fishers will be released in the Olympic National Park over the weekend. Some will be released in the Elwha area, and some on the west side of the park.
New rules for mining will impact caribou habitat
Jan 10, 2010
Vancouver Sun
Companies in BC will be allowed to explore without requiring Environment Ministry exemption. The newly allowed exploration includes newly protected habitat for the critically endangered caribou.
Western forests dying at an increased rate
Jan 23, 2009
Seattle PI
Old-growth forests, particularly those in the Northwest, store large amounts of carbon, making them a resource in combating global warming," said Jerry Franklin, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Washington. "But as trees die, they decompose and give off carbon dioxide, contributing to the amount of greenhouse gases. Young forests store very little carbon, and it takes hundreds of years to replace old growth," he said
Wolf sightings on rise in Oregon Cascades
Jan 15, 2010
OregonLive.com
There is evidence that wolves in Oregon are extending their range to include the southern Cascades and Ochoco Mountains.
Environmental group seeks to join state in PUD's condemnation suit
Jan 13, 2010
Methow Valley News
Reporter Marcy Stamper with the Methow Valley News reports on Conservation Northwest motion to join a state suit against the Okanogan PUD's plan to build a new powerline through the biggest remaining block of state-owned shrub-steppe mule deer habitat in the Methow.
Ghost Cat
Dec 01, 2009
Nature Conservancy Magazine
This article from the Nature Conservancy Magazine looks at a historic land deal that may protect lynx habitat
Forest Service may close off-road area to snowmobiling
Dec 20, 2009
The Spokesman-Review
The Colville National Forest is considering closing Harvey Creek Road, the road is sometimes used illegally by snowmobiliers to access parts of Molybdenite Ridge which is winter caribou habitat.
Interior Department's decision imperils wolves, Endangered Species Act
Jan 01, 2010
Washington Post
Jamie Rappaport Clark of the Washington Post criticizes the decision to remove federal protection for the gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.
Judge upholds surveys for species before logging
Dec 18, 2009
Seattle PI
A federal judge in Seattle ruled that forests be examined for ecologically important species like snails, mosses and mushrooms before logging can occur.
More fishers released in bid to reintroduce species to Washington state
Dec 24, 2009
Peninsula Daily News
16 Fishers are released into the Olympic National Park bringing the total number of fishers relocated there to 65.
Are there grizzly bears in Washington state?
Dec 13, 2009
A piece by Joel Connelly from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that discusses the current status of grizzly bears in Washington and why they are important.
Olympic National Park to reintroduce additional fishers
Dec 20, 2009
Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula Daily News article about the third and final year of fisher reintroductions.
Volunteer wildlife cams open experts eyes [Video]
Dec 16, 2009
King 5 News
King 5's Gary Chittim talks to Conservation Northwest's Jen Watkins about the Cascades Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project.
Disaster leads to chance for giant park in Whatcom County
Dec 08, 2009
Crosscut
Crosscut gives an update on the 8,400 acre land transfer agreement between Whatcom County and the Department of Natural Resources.
Eastern Oregon wolves again star in video, this time with youngsters
Nov 19, 2009
OregonLive.com
OregonLive.com shares a video by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife of at least 10 wolves in a forest east of Wallowa County.
Frogs
Nov 18, 2009
KUOW.org
KUOW News reports on the spotted frogs that were raised at the Oregon Zoo and Cedar Creek Corrections Center and then released at Fort Lewis
Whatcom County Council considers watershed land-transfer deal
Nov 09, 2009
The Bellingham Herald
Jared Paben of the Bellingham Herald reports on the status of the land transfer near Lake Whatcom and the effects the recent County Council elections could have on the transfer.
Whatcom County moves forward with land transfer
Nov 16, 2009
The Bellingham Herald
The Bellingham Herald reports on a decision by the City Council to progress with the land transfer near Lake Whatcom.
Frogs return to the wild of Fort Lewis
Nov 17, 2009
The News Tribune
An article in the News Tribune reports on 70 endangered frogs that were released near Dailman Lake on Fort Lewis.
These wolves are not optional
Nov 14, 2009
The Wenatchee World
The Wenatchee World Editorial Board supports a conservation plan for wolves in Washington.
Wolf team gets earful at Okanogan forum
Nov 11, 2009
Methow Valley News
Methow Valley News reporter Joyce Campbell covered the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan meeting in Okanogan where over 100 people came to share their opinions.
Pacific Northwest Forests Could Store More Carbon, Help Address Greenhouse Issues
Jul 03, 2009
Science Daily
The Science Daily reports on some new findings which show that if forests in the Pacific Northwest were allowed to grow for another 50 years their potential to store atmospheric carbon would increase by 15%
Washington Wraps Up Wolf Management Plan Hearings
Nov 11, 2009
KPLU
KPLU summarizes some of the controversy over how many breeding pairs of wolves should be required before they are no longer considered endangered.
Wolf foes outnumber friends at Fish and Wildlife hearing in Wenatchee
Nov 11, 2009
The Wenatchee World
The Wenatchee World's Rachel Schleif reports on the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan meeting in Wenatchee.
Few Fear the Big, Bad Wolf
Nov 11, 2009
Sequim Gazette
The majority of people in attendance at the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan meeting in Sequim spoke out in favor of having wolves on the Olympic Peninsula as covered in the Sequim Gazette.
Judge Orders Yellowstone Grizzlies Back on Endangered List
Sep 21, 2009
The Washington Post
The Washington Post reports that a federal judge in Montana has ordered that 600 grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park be placed back on the endangered species list.
Where have all the salmon gone?
Aug 25, 2009
Vancouver Sun
Stephen Hume of the Vancouver Sun reports on declining salmon population
Wolf Management Plan Draws Big Crowd
Nov 06, 2009
Peninsula Daily News
The Peninsula Daily News covers the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan meeting in Sequim.
Wolf opponents circle at Okanogan hearing
Nov 10, 2009
Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey of the Wenatchee World reports from Omak on public attendence at the near final public hearing on a draft wolf conservation plan for Washington.
Do Wolves Kill for Sport?
Nov 05, 2009
Slate
No, but they do sometimes kill more than they can eat. Slate, an online magazine, looks at why wolves are sometimes connected with large kills.
The Wolf Plan: Control and Compensation
Oct 28, 2009
Methow Valley News
The Methow Valley News looks at the alternatives offered in the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the compensation and control measures each alternative would allow.
Planning for wolf recovery- zero is not an option
Oct 21, 2009
Methow Valley News
The Methow Valley News discusses the Wolf Conservation and Management plan and informs people of the importance of attending a public meetings on the issue.
Global Warming Could Spur Growth in Northwest Forests- Study
Oct 20, 2009
The New York Times
The New York Times published an article on a new study which shows that the rise in temperature could cause productivity of high elevation forests, such as those in many parts of Washington, to also increase.
Wolf hunt suspended in southern Montana
Oct 26, 2009
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times reports on the cancellation of the wolf hunting season in Southern Montana, however hunting remains open in other parts of the state.
Shanker's Bend dam proposal draws opposition
Aug 28, 2009
The Chronicle
Sheila Corson of The Chronicle looks at the proposed projects and the controversy surrounding the building of another hydroelectric dam on the Similkameen River outside of Oroville.
Tracking science: Biologist's findings show forest diversity, health influenced by wolves
Oct 25, 2009
Missoulian
Michael Jamison of the Missoulian reports on the importance of wolves in maintaining a healthy forest and ecosystem.
The great wolf debate comes to Yakima
Oct 19, 2009
Yakima Herald
The Yakima Herald's Scott Sandsberry looks at the controversy surrounding the Wolf Management Plan in preparation for the upcoming forum in Yakima to discuss the plan.
350 species face devastation without quick climate action, conservationist group says
Oct 22, 2009
The Oregonian
The Oregonian's Abby Haight discusses some of the species at risk from the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
Judge faults removal of wolf from endangered species list
Sep 09, 2009
The Seattle Times
Matthew Brown of the Associate Press looks at the controversy surrounding the hunting of wolves in Idaho and Montana
Endangered-species lists may be broadened
Oct 07, 2009
Denver Post
Bruce Finley from the Denver Post discusses the Obama Administration's move to reevaluate species across the nation for endangered or threatened species status.
The Case of the Disappearing Rabbit
Jul 25, 2009
Newsweek
This Newsweek article by Lily Huang discusses the importance of the showshoe hare to the ecosystem in the backcountry of northwestern Montana.
Wash. offers payments for wolf kills of livestock
Oct 18, 2009
Seattle Times
An Associated Press article covering the compensation plan for livestock killed by wolves which is outlined in the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's environmental impact statement.
18 hours bags Kettle Crest Trail
Oct 04, 2009
The Spokesman-Review
Four friends from Spokane hike the Kettle Crest Trail in a day, through roadless areas that could be protected as wilderness.
Predator film to screen in Twisp
Sep 11, 2009
Methow Valley News
The public is invited to the screening of the new film, Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators, in Twisp on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub. Afterwards will follow a presentation and discussion with a panel of Northwest wildlife experts about the return of the gray wolf to the Methow Valley.
Saving private forests - Old rivals unite
Jul 22, 2009
seattle P-I.com
Conservation Northwest is part of a unique coalition supporting the Community Forestry Conservation Act of 2009. The bill will protect working forests and the jobs that go with them.
Conservation groups seek to intervene in lynx case
Aug 04, 2009
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World reporter K.C. Mehaffey covers the news of conservation groups, including Conservation Northwest, filing papers in U.S. District Court in Wyoming on Monday to defend designated critical habitat for Canada lynx being challenged by snowmobile groups. "Washington's habitat — which includes parts of the Loomis State Forest and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest — must be protected for the survival and recovery of lynx," says our international conservation director Joe Scott.
Gray wolves relisted as endangered in Great Lakes
Aug 02, 2009
The Spokesman Review
 
Environmentalists Seek to Intervene in Lynx Suit
Aug 03, 2009
New York Times
The Associated Press reports on intervention by Conservation Northwest and others against a suit brought by snowmobile lobby seeking to stop critical habitat for Canada lynx. “We’re lucky that Washington is home to these magnificent and rare cats,” said Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest.
New strategy to save forests: logging
Aug 03, 2009
Seattle Times
Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times reports on environmentalists are looking to loggers to fend off development of nearly 1 million acres of lush, low-elevation privately owned forest in Western Washington — some of the last places holding the Puget Sound ecosystem together. "We need to hug loggers the way we do farmers. Given the choice between a logger and a developer, I'm going to take the logger, even if that challenges some of the notions of my old friends." -Mitch Friedman
The case of the disappearing rabbit
Jul 25, 2009
Newsweek
Lily Huang of Newsweek reports in excellent detail on climate change and lynx. Canada lynx rely on snowshoe hares for nearly their entire diet. And the hare is being lost to climate change. As the hare goes, so goes the lynx....
We don't have to destroy our forests to get soft toilet paper
Mar 11, 2009
The Vancouver Sun
An editorial by Greenpeace Canada about Canada's "softwood," or conifer forest, logging. Sixty percent of the trees cut in Canada's forests are pulped for paper.
Letters to the editor - About Poaching - Methow Valley News
Apr 09, 2009
Methow Valley News
Residents near the wolves speak up.
Lookout Pack has new litter; wolves confirmed in Pend Oreille County
Jul 15, 2009
Methow Valley News
Joyce Campbell of the Methow Valley News reports on the latest in wolves in Washington, a new litter of pups for the Lookout Pack and a pack new to the state in Pend Oreille County.
Roadless bill would protect wild areas and save money
Jul 11, 2009
The Bellingham Herald
Conservation Northwest conservation associate Seth Cool writes about the importance of protecting roadless areas in Washington, for wildlife, water, and future generations.
Signs of wolf pack found in Pend Oreille County
Jul 10, 2009
seattle p-i.com
 
Gray wolf pack is state’s second
Jul 14, 2009
The Spokesman Review
The Spokesman Review's Becky Kramer reports on the second pack of wolves now confirmed in Washington state, as biologists elicit wolf calls from adults and pups.
Court dismisses challenge to marbled murrelet protection
Jul 08, 2009
AP - Seattle Times
The timber industry's suit is moot: AP environmental writer Jeff Barnard reports on appeals court dismissal of an attempt to deny protection of the marbled murrelet and its old growth home.
Living among predators
Jun 18, 2009
Methow Valley News
Experts and locals advise what you should do during rare encounters with big wildlife.
Wolves in Washington slowly gain a presence
Jun 04, 2009
KUOW
Doug Nadvornick reports on radio station KUOW on living with wolves in north-central Washington.
Groups challenge lynx decision
May 27, 2009
The Seattle Times
Susan Gallagher of the Associated Press reports that a twentyfold federal increase in land designated as critical habitat for the Canada lynx falls short partly by leaving the cat, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, at too much risk from climate change, four environmental groups contend in a lawsuit.
Hot lynx
Jun 04, 2009
Missoula News
Matthew Frank of the Missoula News reports on a lawsuit filed to help protect lynx from the effects of climate change. "This is the first lawsuit that I know of that says when [FWS] designates critical habitat, they need to take into account the future of that habitat as it relates to global warming," say Sierra Club attorney Eric Huber.
Anxiety grows as wolves rebound in Methow Valley
Jun 06, 2009
The Seattle Times
Craig Welch of the Seattle Times reports on the coexistence of wolves and ranchers in the Methow. "Ranchers have been part of this community for generations, and a lot of them have been really great stewards," said Jay Kehne, with the environmental group Conservation Northwest. "When a wolf moves in, of course there's more concern. But just because there's a wolf pack in an area doesn't mean you can't ranch."
Agency will study habitat of caribou
Jun 04, 2009
The Spokesman Review
Becky Kramer of the Spokane Spokesman Review reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to study whether the alpine habitat for endangered US mountain caribou needs stronger protections.
Weasel-like fishers make a comeback in Olympic National Park
May 29, 2009
Peninsula Daily News
Lynda V. Mapes of the Seattle Times writes about a confirmed litter of four fisher kits in the Olympic National Park, a sign that the reintroduced animal once believed to be extinct in Washington is thriving.
Discovery of babies of reintroduced species excites Olympic National Park biologists
May 28, 2009
Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula Daily News article about the first babies, known as kits, of the fishers released into the Olympic National Park in a joint effort led by Conservation Northwest.
Proof of wolf kill may elude investigators
May 29, 2009
Methow Valley News
Joyce Campbell of the Methow Valley News reports that an investigation into whether a gray wolf was responsible for a dead cow near Twisp, which would qualify the cow's owner for compensation from Defenders of Wildlife, is inconclusive.
Biologists seek answers to grizzly bear migration roadblocks
Oct 17, 2008
Seattle Times, originally published in The New York Times
Seattle Times article by Jim Robbins on the habitat fragmentation by roads that is preventing grizzly bears and many other species from reaching critical habitat.
Wildlife study: Wolverines without borders
Nov 15, 2008
Wenatchee World
Researchers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and US Forest Service are working with Canadian biologists to track wolverines in the North Cascades.
Consensus helps harvest
May 21, 2009
The Capital Press
Capital Press article detailing how some of the pressure to over-harvest private lands has decreased due to the efforts of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition to promote federal timber harvests. The Colville National Forest has been designated a "model forest" by the USDA.
New project uses slash for power
May 20, 2009
Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey of the Wenatchee World reports that the US Forest Service has launched a pilot project to use woody debris from thinning projects to generate electricity instead of burning it, with a quote from Conservation Northwest's Tim Coleman.
Okanogan officials balk at federal land buys
May 22, 2009
Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey reports on protecting both wildlife and ranchlands in the Okanogan and Similkameen valleys.
Wildlife agents investigate possible wolf-killed cow
May 22, 2009
Wenatchee World
K.C. Mehaffey, Wenatchee World writer, on an investigation into a possible wolf depredation in the Methow Valley.
Methow Valley residents adjust to living with wolves
May 16, 2009
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World staff writer K.C. Mehaffey reports on Methow Valley residents response to living with wolves as the new Lookout Pack settles in.
Wolf case could take months to process
Apr 08, 2009
Methow Valley News
A Methow Valley News article by Joyce Campbell on the legal timeline of the wolf poaching case and why the investigation into the poaching case of wolves in the Methow Valley may not be finished for some time.
Lookout pack's alpha female wolf appears pregnant
Apr 15, 2009
Methow Valley News
Methow Valley News article by Joyce Campbell explores the history of wolf sighting in the North Cascades and reports that alpah female of Lookout pack appears to be pregnant.
Interior secretary should repeal Bush's weakening of the Endangered Species Act
Apr 21, 2009
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times publishes as editorial opinion on the Endangered Species Act from Conservation Northwest's international conservation director Joe Scott.
U.S. Rep. Larsen releases earmark request list, Whatcom County could get more than $13M
Apr 04, 2009
The Bellingham Herald
Washington's Rep. Rick Larsen has requested an appropriations earmark of $1 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to move forward with recovering endangered grizzly bears in the North Cascades.
Of wolves and politicians: A senator tries to make peace
Apr 08, 2009
Seattle Post-Inteligencer
Reporter Joel Connelly reports on Montana Senator Jon Tester's push lto help ranchers living in wolf country.
"I'm outta here!"
Mar 11, 2009
Methow Valley News
A blurb in the Methow Valley News about a released Canada lynx.
Skinned wolf creates cross-border legal quandary
Apr 03, 2009
Vancouver Sun
A Vancouver Sun article by Randy Boswell about the poaching of a wolf pup from Washington's Lookout Pack and its legal implications in Alberta.
Grizzlies using highway crossings
Mar 12, 2009
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Cathy Ellis of the Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that grizzly bears are using wildlife bridges to cross the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park in increasing numbers.
Obama won't defend Bush spotted owl plan
Apr 01, 2009
The Oregonian
AP article in The Oregonian on the Obama administration's backing away from a tainted recovery plan for northern spotted owl.
Feds looking at three Twisp locals in wolf kill incident
Apr 02, 2009
Methow Valley News
Story in the Methow Valley News by Joyce Campbell on the investigation into the death of one of the pups from Washington state's only wild gray wolf pack.
Survey: County residents want to protect farmland, grow in current urban areas
Mar 31, 2009
The Bellingham Herald
The Bellingham Herald reports on the published results of a Whatcom County residents survey conducted by the Whatcom Legacy Project. A majority of those polled want to protect water and farmland and think builders should pay for development infrastructure.
Vehicles killing threatened mountain caribou herd
Mar 31, 2009
The Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Sun report on three recent deaths of threatened mountain caribou by cars on Highway 3 near Creston in Canada.
Bloody pelt in shipping box tips agents to wolf killing; ranching family's homes searched
Mar 28, 2009
The Seattle Times
Full-length Seattle Times article by Warren Cornwall on wolf poaching incident with quotes from Conservation Northwest.
Discovery of bloody wolf pelt prompts investigation
Mar 28, 2009
The Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World news article by KC Mehaffey on wolf poaching incident
Poaching of wolf investigated in north-central Washington
Mar 27, 2009
Seattle Times
Seattle Times blurb on the poaching of a protected wolf in north-central Washington.
Officers look into gray wolf killing in eastern WA
Mar 27, 2009
Associated Press
AP report by Phuong Le on the illegal killing of gray wolf in Okanogan county, published online in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Investigators looking into wolf killing
Mar 27, 2009
KING 5 News
King 5 News reports on the poaching of wolves in north-central Washington.
Wildlife Officials Investigating Wolf Poached In Washington
Mar 27, 2009
OPB News - KUOW
KUOW radio news report on the gray wolf poaching in Washington.
Endangered caribou become road kill on B.C. mountain highway
Mar 30, 2009
CBC News
"Lots of effort has been put into these animals — hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's a success story and just to lose animals on the highway like this is just crushing," said Dave Quinn, a wildlife biologist and program manager with Wildsight.
Mountain caribou protection not good enough: coalition
Mar 10, 2009
Williams Lake Tribune
An article by Erin Hitchcock of the Williams Lake Tribune about the Mountain Caribou Project's dissatisfaction with certain elements of BC's mountain caribou recovery plan.
Inside the search for Washington's wolves
Mar 09, 2009
King 5 News
Gary Chittim of King 5 News reports on the return of wolves to Washington's Methow Valley and films a lone wolf traversing a snowy field.
Lynx critical habitat increases
Feb 24, 2009
AP - Seattle P-I
One of the Seattle P-I's last stories: Lynx critical habitat increases, but some essential habitat is left out.
Cariboo's caribou threatened
Feb 17, 2009
100 Mile House Free Press
Carole Rooney of 100 Mile House Free Press writes about British Columbia's Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan and a recent study that uncovers the unique ancestry of the mountain caribou.
"Grizzly Wars" is the saga of the "ghost bears" of the North Cascades
Feb 05, 2009
Seattle Times
Seattle Times article by Tim McNulty gives a favorable review of David Knibb's "Grizzly Wars," a book that makes a convincing argument to recover the diminished North Cascades grizzly bear.
Shady Bush deal could see light of day
Jan 25, 2009
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Seattle P-I columnist Joel Connelly writes that Obama's new freedom of information policy might allow previously withheld evidence to be used in a lawsuit against an allegedly illegal Bush Administration softwood lumber deal.
Funds available for Washington forest work
Jan 24, 2009
The Oregonian
An article by Terry Richard of the Oregonian about funds allocated to fix forest roads, trails, and facilities to the benefit of wildlife and the public.
Can wolves restore an ecosystem?
Jan 25, 2009
Seattle Times
Sandi Doughton of the Seattle Times reports that a team of Oregon State University biologists have just released a study that attributes significant ecosystem imbalances to the extinction of wolves in certain areas.
Lookout Pack returns to lower elevations
Jan 07, 2009
Methow Valley News
Methow Valley News article by Joyce Campbell on the return of the Lookout Pack, Washington's first confirmed wolf pack in 70 years, to the Methow Valley after a summer spent in the the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
Methow wolverine project expands, is model for Canadian, west side studies
Jan 20, 2009
Methow Valley News
Joyce Campbell of the Methow Valley News writes about the collaborative efforts to study Washington's sensitive-listed wolverine.
Fishers settle into their new home
Jan 17, 2009
Kitsap Sun
A great Kitsap Sun news article by Christopher Dunagan on the reintroduction of Pacific fishers to the eastern part of the Olympic Peninsula.
Feds retreat on Northern Rockies wolf hunting plan
Sep 16, 2008
Associated Press
Associated Press article on the federal government's plan to withdraw a rule that would have removed gray wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list.
State puts up wolf signs to warn hunters
Oct 09, 2008
Wenatchee World
 
More fishers to be released into Olympic National Park on Sunday
Dec 20, 2008
Peninsula Daily News
Paige Dickerson of the Peninsula Daily News reports that 15 fishers will be released into three areas of the Olympic National Park as part of a project to release 100 of the animals over a three year period.
Santa's hooved helpers endangered
Dec 20, 2008
Youth Radio
Luke Jones of Youth Radio reports on the perils facing mountain caribou, a species of reindeer, including logging, development, and climate change.
Animals need bridges, too, photos show
Dec 23, 2008
Seattle Times
Seattle Times article by Lynda V. Mapes about animals caught on remote cameras in areas where wildlife crossings are to be installed on I-90 from Hyak to Easton.
Fishers released in Olympic National Park
Dec 20, 2008
The Oregonian
The Oregonian reports on 14 fishers were released at remote sites within the Elwha, Sol Duc and Hoh valleys of Olympic National Park, moving closer to the goal of establishing an initial population of 100 animals. "What a great holiday gift to Olympic National Park and the people of Washington," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. "Fifteen furry fishers in an old-growth tree."
14 fishers released in Olympic National Park
Dec 24, 2008
The Port Townsend Leader
The Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader reports that despite the snow and cold, biologists reintroduced 14 fishers on Dec. 22 within the Elwha and Sol Duc valleys of Olympic National Park.
Caught on camera: Rare and elusive Cascade animals
Dec 04, 2008
Seattle Times
Phuong Le of the Seattle Times covers release of the new report documenting remote camera images garnered in 2008 by the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project.
Conservation groups challenge owl recovery plan
Nov 25, 2008
The Associated Press
Associated Press article by Jeff Barnard on the lawsuit filed against the Bush administration for unjustifiably allowing old growth logging as part of the northern spotted owl recovery plan.
Education funding should not have to rely on logging
Nov 13, 2008
Bellingham Herald
Bellingham Herald opinion piece by Daniel Jack Chasen on the pitfalls of tying education to logging
Whatcom County Council approves watershed land-transfer deal
Oct 22, 2008
Bellingham Herald
Jared Paben of the Bellingham Herald reports that the County Council voted to move forward on preserving roughly 8,000 acres of the Lake Whatcom watershed.
Grizzly sighting is ‘pretty convincing’
Oct 15, 2008
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World article by Michelle McNiel on a hopeful sighting of the elusive North Cascades grizzly bear.
Cameras a tool for biologists and conservationists
Oct 15, 2008
Spokesman Review
Rich Landers of the Spokeman Review chronicles the effectiveness of remote cameras in wildlife conservation and biology, hails Conservation Northwest as a pioneer of remote camera use.
County OKs ending watershed logging rules lawsuit
Sep 24, 2008
The Bellingham Herald
Jared Paben of the Bellingham Herald reports that the County Council has unanimously approved a settlement to uphold the Lake Whatcom Landscape Plan in the Lake Whatcom watershed.
Wilderness draws tourism
Sep 24, 2008
Spokesman review
A letter to the editor of the Spokesman Review regarding the protection of Colville National Forest.
Groups agree on wilderness proposals
Sep 18, 2008
Spokesman Review
Spokesman Review article by Becky Kramer about the proposed Columbia Highlands roadless areas, featuring Dick Slagle's bittersweet account of his lifelong history near this untouched wilderness.
City, environmental group at odds over logging-rules settlement
Sep 10, 2008
Bellingham Herald
A news article in the Bellingham Herald by Jared Paben on a controversial settlement agreement regarding compensation for the Lake Whatcom Landscape Plan with quotes from Mitch Friedman.
Old-growth retains carbon, study finds
Sep 11, 2008
Associated Press
Jeff Barnard of the Associated Press reports on a new study that finds that old-growth forests play important role in retaining carbon.
Environmentalists sue over Canadian timber agreement
Sep 08, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lisa Stiffler of the Seattle Post-Intellingencer reports on a lawsuit filed this week against the federal government alleging an illegal and unfair agreement with Canadian leaders to settle a dispute over timber sales.
Blame ATV activists for problems, not the vehicles
Jan 31, 2008
The Spokesman-Review
An article by Rich Landers published January 31, 2008, in The Spokesman-Review on growing ATV use in the West
Biologist pick up wolf signal after week of silence
Aug 13, 2008
Methow Valley News
Joyce Campbell, of the Methow Valley News, reports on new information about the Lookout Pack's whereabouts.
Wyden plan protects old-growth, promotes sustainable logging
Jun 19, 2008
Oregonian
Oregonian news update posted by Michael Milstein on Senator Wyden's proposal to protect old-growth forests.
Hopes fade for spotted owl
Aug 13, 2008
The Seattle Times
Seattle Times environmental reporter Warren Cornwall on the continuing decline of the spotted owl, despite a 14-year-old ban on the logging of old-growth forests on most federal lands.
Re-emergence of gray wolves no cause for high hysteria
Jul 31, 2008
The Seattle Times
Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd writes about the return of wolves to the Methow Valley and nearby resident's let-them-be attitude.
Group dynamics: hikers join forces to enjoy, improve trails
Jul 27, 2008
The Spokane Spokesman-Review
Work parties, including some led by Conservation Northwest, are becoming an increasingly popular way to learn about backcountry areas while maintaining trails.
Wolf packs: How they work
Aug 08, 2008
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World sidebar by KC Mehaffey on the social structure of a wolf pack. Quotes from Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian.
Unlike wolves, grizzly recovery is slow and arduous
Aug 08, 2008
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World guest column by Leroy Ledeboer on differences between recovery of wolves and grizzlies.
Controversy of the wild: The return of the wolf
Aug 08, 2008
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World weekend feature by KC Mehaffey on the return of the wolf to Washington. Includes several quotes from wolf working group members, including Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles.
Scientists reject new spotted owl plan
Aug 04, 2008
Associated Press
Associated Press article by Jeff Barnard on an independent scientific review of Bush administration's spotted owl recovery plan.
Cougar conundrum
Jul 31, 2008
Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima Herald article by Scott Sandsberry on a controversial expansion of cougar hunting in Washington. Quotes from Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott.
Taking (out) the high roads to save the Skokomish
Aug 02, 2008
Kitsap Sun
Kitsap Sun article by Christopher Dunagan on Conservation Northwest's collaborative efforts to restore the Skokomish watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.
Reconveyance a great idea for Lake Whatcom watershed
Jul 30, 2008
The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham Herald op-ed by Rand Jack on importance of creating a forest preserve for Lake Whatcom.
Wolf monitoring indicates pack is doing well
Jul 29, 2008
The Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World article by KC Mehaffey on wildlife biologists and volunteers monitoring Washington state's first wolf pack. Quotes from Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian.
Are wolves a danger to humans? Experts weigh in
Jul 29, 2008
The Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World article by KC Mehaffey on wolves and humans. Quotes from Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles.
Judge to decide if wolverines will be protected
Jul 13, 2008
The Everett Herald
An Everett Herald story by Bill Sheets on Conservation Northwest's effort to protect wolverine under the Endangered Species Act. Quotes from international conservation director Joe Scott.
Endangered Species: Political assault
Dec 02, 2007
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Canada lynx is one of the species that could benefit from an agency review of politically influenced decisions that disregarded important critical habitat for the wild cat.
DNA samples confirm gray wolves are back in Methow Valley
Jul 24, 2008
Methow Valley News
Methow Valley News article by Joyce Campbell on confirmation of wolf pack in the Methow Valley and wolf pup photos by Conservation Northwest. Quotes from special projects director Jasmine Minbashian.
Possible return of wolves sparks planning for their presence