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Accountability for ATVs

Accountability for ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jul 03, 2013 04:15 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

Today we took a step closer to ending the epidemic of illegal and harmful use of off-road vehicles. Unethical ATV riders have created thousands of illegal and damaging trail miles on Washington state lands and cost ranchers and tree farmers millions in property damage. They can be a noisy disruption in a quiet backcountry for those who hike or hunt. HB 1632 will reduce abuse while expanding legitimate ATV recreation opportunities. Washington.

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Hike the missing links!

Hike the missing links!

Posted by Erin Moore at May 09, 2013 05:15 PM |

Visiting the new Lake Whatcom forest park caught me off guard. I couldn't help being reduced to simple exclamations. “Cool! How amazingly cool.”

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I-90 coyote trail to success

I-90 coyote trail to success

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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A holiday gift for Whatcom County

A holiday gift for Whatcom County

You can't even hike in the municipal watersheds of Seattle or Portland, much less conduct commercial logging on steep slopes. But around Lake Whatcom, people reside, drive cars and jet skis, and even clear cut steep slopes on public land. We can help ameliorate our declining water quality with a forest preserve.

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Gifts that keep on giving

Gifts that keep on giving

Posted by Lindsey Moyer at Nov 18, 2011 05:25 PM |

Gift a gift that promotes conservation in the Northwest - here's a quick guide to supporting wildlife & wildlife this season, including new wolf T-shirts, and more.

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We all should suck more - biocarbon, that is!

We all should suck more - biocarbon, that is!

It's true: you suck - and I mean that in only the nicest way. There are things we all do that suck carbon out of the atmosphere - where it’s doing harm - and beneficially store it on land. We need to do much more such sucking of biocarbon to save our natural heritage from the ravages of extreme climate change. At Conservation Northwest, we help protect, connect, and restore forests and wilderness so we can suck even more carbon!

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Close encounter with a rare bear

Close encounter with a rare bear

Posted by ssmith at Jul 26, 2011 04:15 PM |

Creating history with bear bells and an iPhone: Joe Sebille recounts his historical grizzly bear sighting in the North Cascades.

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Grizzly bear thrills - and a transfusion

Grizzly bear thrills - and a transfusion

The PBS program Nature is showing three episodes this month featuring my friend Chris Morgan and the bears of Alaska. I’m thrilled for Chris and the success he’s achieved with his fresh, exciting, and unvarnished approach showcasing bears in some of the last remaining wild habitats on earth. This stuff gives me the chills; the good chills like you get when the knockout babe in history class gives you that “you may have a shot” look. I’m a “nature” show junkie and have seen hundreds of wildlife treatments. But this one is very visceral. It’s not without some sadness, however, that I watch such compelling programs. Grizzly bears have always been on the front lines in the battle against species extinctions in North America – first to go and last to return. And nowhere is that truer than in our Washington and British Columbia Cascades...

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Why wilderness, why now?

Why wilderness, why now?

Posted by Derrick Knowles at Feb 08, 2011 04:40 PM |

Big, imminent threats to wildlands like a proposed road and logging plan and mining proposals tend to really motivate the American public to voice their deep conservation values and demand protection of our special places. It can be more challenging to sound the alarm for the many wild places that may not face imminent destruction, but instead are losing their wild character and ecosystem integrity to the slow erosion and watering down of one wilderness after another.

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Cool rainforests, FTCW!

Cool rainforests, FTCW!

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Nov 23, 2010 12:10 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

When it comes to storing carbon, our northern rainforests are the real climate winners, according to a new book synthesizing the work of 30 international scientists.

The editor, Dr. Dominic DellaSalla, told the Washington Post this week that it was time for policymakers to put more attention to protecting old-growth and  "forgotten rainforests" like those in BC's Inland Temperate Rainforest, and the wet slopes of the Cascades and Olympics. 

The Post article point outs that,

In 2007 the 250 million acres of temperate and northern forests stored 196 gigatons of carbon - the equivalent of six times the amount of carbon dioxide humans emit each year by burning fossil fuels.

That's a pretty substantial benefit from protecting our local rainforests! The book reports that the massive trunks, dense foliage, and carbon-rich soils of these forests store more carbon than any other kind of forest, including tropical rainforests that often get the lion's share of media attention.

Joe Scott, our international conservation director says the vital BC rainforests studied do indeed "land right in the Inland Temperate Rainforest, where the groundbreaking mountain caribou recovery plan spells some relief for key parts of the forest, but there is more to do."

[Dig deeper: Get the book at Amazon]

PS. That's "For the Climate Win" :)

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