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ReLeaf for Pend Oreille wildlife

ReLeaf for Pend Oreille wildlife

On Aug 4 near Cusick, you can spend a morning pulling noxious weeds on an obliterated road bed—wearing your FREE Conservation Northwest gardening gloves—and know that your hard work ensures the survival of native grasses and forbs, nutritious to wildlife from grizzly bears to mule deer.

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Northeast northwest natives

Northeast northwest natives

Posted by atheisen at Apr 29, 2012 12:31 PM |
Filed under: Columbia Highlands

Governor Gregoire has declared April 29 – May 5 Washington Native Plant Week, a celebration of the more than three thousand native plant species that inhabit our state. Our native plants play a vital role in our ecosystem, providing food and cover for critters all the way up the food chain. In addition, native plants provide color and character to our local landscape.

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Keep the balance

Keep the balance

A healthy mix of high and low, wet and dry, grassland and granite is what makes the Columbia Highlands unique. Today, tell the Forest Service to protect a balanced mix of wilderness areas on the Colville National Forest.

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A wilderness of water

A wilderness of water

Posted by atheisen at Sep 21, 2011 03:17 PM |

The creeks, ponds, lakes and rivers of the Columbia Highlands nourish people, plants and animals alike. Wilderness designation is the surest protection for these vital waterways and would have long-lasting and far-reaching downstream effects.

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Celebrate National Wilderness Month

Celebrate National Wilderness Month

Posted by atheisen at Sep 12, 2011 03:18 PM |

Chances are, if you have spent any time exploring the wild lands of central or eastern Washington, you have enjoyed the grandeur of some of our state's last remaining roadless lands. This September, for National Wilderness Month, speak up for the value of these roadless lands for all Americans.

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Our wilderness heritage

Our wilderness heritage

Posted by atheisen at Sep 02, 2011 06:25 AM |

As our region’s population increases and becomes more urbanized, and as more former farm and timber lands are developed, our remaining backcountry lands become even more valuable as remnants of our once-vast wilderness heritage.

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Mythbusters in the wild

Mythbusters in the wild

Posted by atheisen at Aug 26, 2011 01:25 PM |

At the recent open houses for the Forest Service draft forest plan for the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, many people showed up to ask questions and voice support for wilderness and wildlife. However, at a few of the meetings a handful of loud folks showed up to bash government and conservation and espouse outdated conspiracy theories about UN take-overs. Is Bigfoot really hiding out on the Kettle Crest?

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They ain't making any more of it

They ain't making any more of it

Think we have too much wilderness? Me neither. Tell the Forest Service to protect all the qualifying roadless lands in the Colville National Forest.

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Beautiful, wild and remote

Beautiful, wild and remote

Posted by atheisen at Jul 20, 2011 02:20 PM |

There’s no mention in the Wilderness Act that stipulates a minimum number of majestic, in-your-face peaks or glittering alpine lakes. Perhaps the proximity to some of the most popular and archetypal Wilderness areas in the United States causes some to define very narrowly what landscapes possess wilderness qualities. The Columbia Highlands would surprise those people, I think. [VIDEO]

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Why Colville wilderness needs you

Why Colville wilderness needs you

Posted by atheisen at Jul 12, 2011 02:30 PM |

When I was a child, conservationists rallied to permanently protect a portion of the Colville National Forest. These days, the threats to our wild places are vastly different than thirty years ago, but I'd like to know that when my child is grown he will have the opportunity to enjoy the same freedom to roam that I do now. Only the protection afforded by wilderness designation can ensure that.

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Gibraltar Trail excitement, from picks to Pulaskis

Gibraltar Trail excitement, from picks to Pulaskis

Using sweat of their brows and hand tools from picks to Pulaskis, volunteers are turning rock and dirt into a five-star Gibraltar Trail for those on mountain bike and foot. During a time when budget strains have forced trail closures across the region, it’s impressive to see the new trail outside of Republic, WA, being constructed entirely through a unique collaboration of volunteer labor. For the many Westsiders volunteering, the landscape in the Columbia Highlands is a revelation, defying their preconceptions of dry, drab eastern Washington...

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Best bets for Selkirks bruins

Best bets for Selkirks bruins

Posted by atheisen at Jun 13, 2011 02:50 PM |

The story of settlement of the West includes one of the nation’s most tragic near-disappearing acts: grizzly bears. But today, the bears are starting to come back, and wild places like the Columbia Highlands are vital to their return.

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