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Supporters, staff visit Snoqualmie Pass project area

Supporters, staff visit Snoqualmie Pass project area

Supporters joined us on a fieldtrip to the Snoqualmie Pass area to learn more about our work to protect, connect and restore habitat in the I-90 corridor.

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I-90 Wildlife Crossing Animal GIFs!

I-90 Wildlife Crossing Animal GIFs!

Awesome animal GIFs from WSDOT and the I-90 Wildlife Bridge Coalition. Check out these deer, coyotes, geese and ducks using the new wildlife undercrossing!

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Give our wildlife monitoring volunteers a boost

Give our wildlife monitoring volunteers a boost

Adopt a monitoring team to support citizen wildlife research! We're sending 27 teams out to look for wildlife in the wild landscapes of Washington. Give them a boost, and be a part of the action this season.

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Volunteers restore Gold Creek Pond for wildlife

Volunteers restore Gold Creek Pond for wildlife

Yesterday with the help of two volunteers, we put the last plants in the ground to complete a huge restoration project at Gold Creek!

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I-90 coyote trail to success

I-90 coyote trail to success

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 20, 2012 11:30 AM |

A lot of our success is measured by dry forest acres restored, better wildlife management policies passed, and, well, sometimes simply successful phone calls. Maybe not thrilling Friday blog material, but of course important. Today, however, our success is measured by a coyote. And not so much by the coyote, really, as where it went for a walk.

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From pancakes to phase 2 for I-90 wildlife

From pancakes to phase 2 for I-90 wildlife

Posted by Jen Watkins at Mar 15, 2011 08:05 AM |
Filed under: wildlife I-90

This weekend, friends of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition attended legislative town hall meetings to tell representatives in person how important wildlife connectivity and the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project is to them. The House and Senate Transportation Committee budgets are expected out in the next few days, and supporters took this next-chance opportunity to make a big difference for Cascade's wildlife, from elk to bears. You can too...

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Wildlife jaywalking isn't good for anyone

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 07, 2011 06:15 PM |
Filed under: I-90

 

The voiceover on this video is funny, but sadly, the plight of this beaver to find its way across the busy roadway is not unique.  Right here in Washington State, we are about to lose the chance to allow wildlife to safely cross I-90 in an area where wildlife passage connects to important wild areas. 

Just east of Snoqualmie Pass, I-90 is under construction on a wildlife underpass at Gold Creek that will allow wildlife and fish safe passage under the roadway.  The next phase of construction will add a chain up area for the west bound lanes and construct the first wildlife over-crossing. These facilities will substantially improve safety for winter travelers and reduce collisions with wildlife, while replacing deteriorating pavement on the existing roadway. They also will keep ecological connectivity smack dab in the center of more than 45,000 acres you and 16,000 Washingtonians helped protect through The Cascades Conservation Partnership.

Continuing the Partnership's work, The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders--conservation groups, freight businesses, agencies, and more-- to help include wildlife crossing in the I-90 expansion designs. We shouldn't waste this opportunity to make I-90 safer!

They estimate saving just over $100 million on contracts in building this 5-mile first phase because of lower construction costs and the Coalition's collaborative work. This year, we are asking transportation leaders in Olympia to allow the project to use just 1/2 of these cost savings which would allow WSDOT to build the next phase of the I-90 project including Washington's first ever wildlife overpass at Rock Knob.  We realize these are very tough economic times in our state, but re-investing a portion of the savings from the first phase of construction for this project will have short and long term economic benefits to our state.

Do you agree that roadway safety, habitat connectivity, and wildlife passage are important in the improvements on I-90 east of Snoqualmie? Please take action today!

 

 

Collaboration is key, the movie!

"Why Conservation Northwest?" Reason #5 You want solutions for our region’s biggest conservation problems to stand the test of time. We make powerful changes because we welcome everyone to the table and build our vision around shared values. It's Saturday, and the rain is starting here in Bellingham. I don't know about you, but my favorite rainy Saturday activity is curling up on the couch with a good (or bad!) movie. Here are a few videos that show our collaborative work in action.

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A nod from the govs is good for I-90 area wildlife

A nod from the govs is good for I-90 area wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at Jul 09, 2010 02:00 PM |
Filed under: I-90 remote camera

A recent letter from the Western Governors' Association is a nod for the economic and ecological importance of the shovel ready project to expand I-90 near Snoqualmie and for the wildlife crossings our coalition has ensured are included in the highway project.

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Kids' art helps wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at May 07, 2010 03:35 PM |
Filed under: members matter! I-90

Here in Bellingham, it's time for the first Friday Art Walk. I am particularly fond of May's art walk, not just because it is usually sunny; it's also Kids' Art Walk. School kids from all over the area post their art on shop windows. I am always glad to see lots of art inspired by nature and wildlife in the shows. Children are naturally interested in animals, and hopeful for the future of wild places.

We are pleased to announce we have our very own virtual art walk this week, too. Our campaign the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition hosts an annual contest for school kids, Bridging Futures. The coalition is working to ensure the freeway upgrade now underway incorporates over- and underpasses and wildlife bridges for wildlife, bridging the bottleneck barrier that Interstate 90 presents in the Cascades. We send out kits to state elementary schools to teach about transportation and wildlife safety. As a culmination of what they learned, the kids are invited for the contest to draw a poster and write about wildlife bridges on I-90.

This week the top ten images were announced, and you can see them all at the coalition website. The essays are inspiring; these kids understand the need for keeping wildlife and drivers safe in this important area! Here are a few of the entries. Enjoy!

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Essay by Taylor from Yakima: I was hiking in the Cascade Mountains. Suddenly I came upon a dark, silky, brown bobcat. I decided to follow him. I had to tiptoe, sneak, and creep so I didn't terrify him.
 The first place he went was to a blue, clear, pure pond. He started fishing with his clawy, tough, muscular paw. He took a tiny sip of water and friskily pounced and jumped over a fresh, clear stream. Suddenly he halted with I-90 standing right in front of him. He looked at the bustling road strangely.
 He heard cars whizzing, honking, screeching and music. He felt the dewy, fresh healthy grass. He smelled gas and garbage. He was wondering if he should cross the road or not. He saw a strong wooden fence on both sides so he wouldn't fall. It looked safe.
 He started up the hill heading to the passage. He walked slowly and quietly. Suddenly he stopped, looked both ways, then down at the smelly, colorful, whizzing, screeching cars. He took 3 more steps and took off. He made is across safely!
 
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