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Going into beast mode for the wild

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Dec 11, 2012 07:40 PM |

The Seahawks are worth cheering about this year, powered by one of the NFL’s most exciting running backs. Marshawn Lynch is an inspiration who reminds me of Conservation Northwest.

Going into beast mode for the wild

In beast mode: Our agility and tenacity get the work done for lynx and other Northwest icons. Photo by Karl Vogel

The Seahawks are worth cheering about this year, powered by one of the NFL’s most exciting running backs. Marshawn Lynch is an inspiration who reminds me of Conservation Northwest.

Lynch’s key is what he calls beast mode, in which he seems to harness the spirit of our Northwest wild things: the power of a grizzly, agility of a lynx, speed of a wolf, and ferocity of a wolverine.

Like Conservation Northwest, Lynch is focused on the goal of the end zone. But he has the flexibility and innovation to find any way that will move him in that direction.

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He has the kinetic potential for an incredible, field-length breakout run, like this classic. How can that not remind you of what Conservation Northwest accomplished with the Loomis Forest Fund, The Cascades Conservation Partnership, a Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan protecting 5 million acres in British Columbia, and our catalyzing Washington reintroduction of the fisher?

But Lynch is also dogged, tenacious, and can be counted on for more than the occasional glory run. He consistently grinds out needed yards. That equates to Conservation Northwest’s everyday wins, from removing harmful road miles to restoring ecological health and resilience in overgrown forest to making the tough calls for wildlife. Read a list of our accomplishments for 2012.

As with Lynch, the key to our success isn’t just a bold heart, determined strength, and strategic mind; it’s balance. When Lynch runs, it’s with his feet apart, creating a wide, stable base that makes him hard to stop. So it is here, where we go beyond bold, determined, and strategic to deploy a program that is balanced.

Conservation Northwest works to protect and connect habitat across the region, including a sweeping linkage from the Rockies to the Cascades, and to recover the native wildlife that belong here. We do this with a healthy mix of tactics, from collaborative to confrontational, always with the end goal in mind.

Another thing about Marshawn Lynch: He’s backed by a strong team. For us, you are that team. We hope to inspire you to applaud and cheer on our own form of beast mode. But even more, we hope to involve you in every aspect of the game.

The wildness of our beautiful Northwest belongs to us all. And it is the responsibility of us all to carry it forward, ever forward.

Reprinted from our latest newsletter, Gaining ground.

 

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Go Conservation Northwest Beast Mode!!

Posted by Michelle C at Jan 02, 2013 02:48 PM
Haha, I love this article!! My boyfriend is from Seattle which means we watch every Seahawks game together; I LOVE the Pacific Northwest wildnerness (we live in Texas) and consider myself a green enthusiast and animal lover. This article really spoke to both of us :) Go Team Conservation NW!!!

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