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News flash on Okanogan ATVs

News flash on Okanogan ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 24, 2014 01:35 PM |

I’m delighted that Okanogan County, faced with a difficult trial against Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council, chose to rescind two ordinances it passed last year that would have opened up county roads to an unlawful level of ATV access. The county commissioners had been overly aggressive in trying to use new authorities the Conservation Northwest, as part of a diverse group of conservation and motorized recreation stakeholders, shepherded through Olympia. The objective of the new state law was to increase recreational opportunities by allowing ATVs on certain types of low-speed (35 mph or less) roads while reducing environmental impacts by imposing visible license plates on all ORVs and boosting enforcement, so we can bust the bad apples who illegally ride through our sensitive backcountry.

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Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Posted by Hailey Starr at Jan 29, 2014 10:31 AM |

Kris is an ecologist and Biology professor at Central Washington University (CWU) who is interested in population and community ecology and has a special enthusiasm for pikas. Her team consisted of recent graduates from CWU who love wildlife and the outdoors. Working with the WA Dept of Transportation and Forest Service, their main objective was to gather knowledge of what small mammals current occupy the area near where the wildlife overpass will be going in along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. Here's what they found...

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First tracks of I-90 success this season

First tracks of I-90 success this season

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jan 07, 2014 12:00 AM |

We sent our citizen science volunteers out to track under I-90's newest wildlife underpasses, and they brought back just what we were looking for!

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Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Our fabulous British intern Hannah Field shares her recent expedition to Washington's South Cascades to set up a wolverine camera trap with our volunteer coordinator Alison Huyett and Conservation Northwest volunteer Mike Hitchner.

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Turn Black Friday green!

Turn Black Friday green!

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Nov 27, 2013 11:25 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

"Black Friday" sounds kind of scary... and if you head to the mall it really can be. So maybe you've decided to avoid the crowds? Going online will save your feet--and probably your patience--but will it save a wolverine or a forest full of old-growth cedar?

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Step up wolverine protections

Step up wolverine protections

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Nov 27, 2013 11:50 AM |

Wolverines are back in the Washington! But their hold in the North Cascades and Rockies is fragile – only about 300 remain in the contiguous United States, mostly in the northern Rockies. It is estimated that about two-thirds of wolverine's snowbound habitat will be gone by the end of the century as the climate warms. Finally, after years of delay and quite a bit of encouragement from Conservation Northwest, our allies, and supporters, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action. They need to hear from you! Finally, after years of delay, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action and they need to hear from you. Their proposal is a good start, but wolverines need more.

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Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

Forty years ago, on a day much like today, a Washington resident who cared about the state's land and animals headed into a voting booth with a plan in mind: join 613,000 others to help wildlife. Her forward-thinking vote that day created an innovative way for almost everyone in the state to help wildlife.

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This Halloween, score some great treats!

This Halloween, score some great treats!

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Oct 31, 2013 03:00 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

In neighborhoods across Washington, kids are bundling up--coats under costumes, of course--to head out in search of the best stash of sugary goodness. In the crisp fall air, some are wizards; some are superheroes; some are wolves, bears or wolverines (of several sorts).

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Where are they?

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Oct 29, 2013 04:25 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

Chris, Barbara, and Mike hiked into the Cascades last weekend in search of the truth behind some strange rumors. We haven't heard from them since. All we found was Mike's camera. What did they find out there?

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Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Posted by Joe Scott at Oct 17, 2013 02:23 PM |

If we’re not successful and governments fail to take action to help grizzly bears on the west coast, grizzlies will lose another approximately 30,000 square km of range that they now just barely occupy.

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