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Solutions-focused forum for wildlife

Solutions-focused forum for wildlife

The week after Thanksgiving, Jay headed out from his office in Omak, destined for Cle Elum and a gathering of conservationists. There was maybe more Carhartt than REI and more dirt under the nails than in the hiking boots than what you might expect from a “gathering of conservationists.” But these people were no less focused on preserving the land, wildlife, and natural heritage of Washington than a green drinks meetup here in Bellingham.

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Standing in another’s shoes

Standing in another’s shoes

Despite a life-long fascination with both wolves and the wild ecosystems in which they are essential, I can put myself—including my chicken-defending inner monster—in the shoes of a rancher suffering wolf depredation.

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What Washington can learn about wolves

What Washington can learn about wolves

I was sitting there in Colville, Washington, listening to two speakers who have over 30 years experience between them with programs to help ranchers avoid wolf conflicts in Alberta and Missoula, when it hit me -- This is good stuff! What I was learning, based on all of their experiences, successes and failures, is a model to succeed that is proven, simple, and backed by large groups of ranchers and communities in diverse locations.

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Ranch easement a win for family's heritage and wildlife

Ranch easement a win for family's heritage and wildlife

“When the property around us starts growing houses instead of grass and trees, that hurts our ranch, other local ranchers, and the wildlife." Bryan Gotham works hard for his family ranch and is finding new ways to protect his family's future and open space in the Columbia Highlands, including a new conservation easement purchased this month by Conservation Northwest.

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Keep those doggies rollin'

Keep those doggies rollin'

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jun 06, 2011 02:35 PM |

Last Thursday I rode in a cattle drive - something I haven’t done since I was a 17-year-old hired hand on a beef ranch near Cheyenne, WY. It was a beautiful day at the Gotham Ranch and great fun. Managing a 600-lb mammal in the act of managing a herd of 1,000-lb mammals involves more finesse than you might think from watching cowboy movies. And an ecology-minded Western might tell you another thing: Working ranches are important for agriculture, open space, wildlife habitat and connectivity - and wilderness.

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