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A Cascades tale

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Sep 24, 2013 07:38 PM |
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It's winter, and a small group of biologists, conservationists, and school kids bubbling with anticipation meet at the edge of an ancient grove in the Cascades. All attention focuses on a wooden box pointed at the forest. Video rolls, cameras snap in the crisp air. The heavy cover is lifted, and out of the box peeks...

A Cascades tale

Pacific fisher are small carnivores that will help make the Cascades' old forests whole again. Your online action this week will help. Photo: Paul Bannick

It's winter, and a small group of biologists, conservationists, and school kids bubbling with anticipation meet at the edge of an ancient grove in the Cascades. All attention focuses on a wooden box pointed at the forest. Video rolls, cameras snap in the crisp air. The box's heavy cover is lifted, and out peeks a Pacific fisher, the small carnivore long missing from Washington's wild places. Flash! With a gasp from the crowd and a brown, bounding blur, the elusive weasel darts to the trees and into the history books. With the return of Pacific fisher, the Cascades are one step closer to whole.

This story hasn't happened yet, but it will soon, with your help.  Make it happen: Take action today.

Building on the historic effort on the Olympic Peninsula, the National Park Service is planning to reintroduce the Pacific fisher to the Cascades. They are currently seeking your comments on the Environmental Assessment for Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks.

Pacific fishers are small, reclusive members of the weasel family that were trapped to near extinction in Washington at the turn of the century. Their reintroduction restores an important ecological function to the forests of Washington and has been successful in other states and parts of Washington. With your input, agencies worked with partners like us to restore fisher to the wildlands of Olympic National Park from 2008-2010. A WDFW study also identified areas in the North and South Cascades with abundant habitat and prey for fisher. Your help is needed again to continue the success in the Cascades!

Tell the National Park Service you support recovering fishers in the Cascades. Comment deadline is September 30, 2013.

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