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ATVs, Motorized Recreation and Conservation Northwest

ATVs, Motorized Recreation and Conservation Northwest

ATVs have been all over the news in eastern WA lately. And you may have heard that we've appealed an Okanogan County decision to triple the amount of roads open to ATV’s without a thoughtful environmental review. But Conservation Northwest believes strongly that there is a place for responsible ATV use and other motorized recreation in the great outdoors.

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Review of 'Badluck Way' by Bryce Andrews

Review of 'Badluck Way' by Bryce Andrews

Kaitlyn Abrams, one of our fantastic interns, recently reviewed Bryce Andrews' book Bad Luck Way. She found it to be an honest and poignant work that reminds us of an important truth: Wolves are not demons, nor are they angels.

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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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A tribute to Billy Frank, Jr.

A tribute to Billy Frank, Jr.

Last week, we lost one of our region’s most steadfast champions for environmental conservation. Below is a piece sent to us from Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership, about Native American activist Billy Frank, Jr.’s unwavering optimism, his warm and friendly heart, and his decades of determined work to make Washington state and Indian Country a better place for future generations.

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We share a passion

We share a passion

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at May 07, 2014 03:30 PM |
Filed under: 25th Anniversary

Thanks to our generous supporters, Conservation Northwest was able to raise over $300,000 dollars in the last week. That is tremendous! Conservation Northwest staff and board thanks you.

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GiveBIG to wildlife on May 6th!

GiveBIG to wildlife on May 6th!

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at May 05, 2014 03:55 PM |
Filed under: GiveBig Giving

Ever wondered what difference $50 or $100 really makes for wildlife? A big difference, especially if you donate it for Conservation Northwest's vital work on May 6th, during GiveBIG!

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Six words I hadn't heard in 1989

Six words I hadn't heard in 1989

Posted by Mitch Friedman at May 01, 2014 05:30 AM |

On the day of our 25th anniversary celebration and "Hope for a Wild Future" auction, Executive Director Mitch Friedman realized he has learned some new words over the years.

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Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Conservation Northwest

Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Conservation Northwest

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Apr 22, 2014 10:00 AM |

Looking for three easy ways to be green on Earth Day? Let Conservation Northwest inspire you...

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News flash on Okanogan ATVs

News flash on Okanogan ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 24, 2014 01:35 PM |

I’m delighted that Okanogan County, faced with a difficult trial against Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council, chose to rescind two ordinances it passed last year that would have opened up county roads to an unlawful level of ATV access. The county commissioners had been overly aggressive in trying to use new authorities the Conservation Northwest, as part of a diverse group of conservation and motorized recreation stakeholders, shepherded through Olympia. The objective of the new state law was to increase recreational opportunities by allowing ATVs on certain types of low-speed (35 mph or less) roads while reducing environmental impacts by imposing visible license plates on all ORVs and boosting enforcement, so we can bust the bad apples who illegally ride through our sensitive backcountry.

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Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Posted by Hailey Starr at Jan 29, 2014 10:31 AM |

Kris is an ecologist and Biology professor at Central Washington University (CWU) who is interested in population and community ecology and has a special enthusiasm for pikas. Her team consisted of recent graduates from CWU who love wildlife and the outdoors. Working with the WA Dept of Transportation and Forest Service, their main objective was to gather knowledge of what small mammals current occupy the area near where the wildlife overpass will be going in along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. Here's what they found...

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