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The long road 'round, from controversy to common ground

The long road 'round, from controversy to common ground

This spring, hundreds of people from northeastern Washington have watched a new documentary film, "From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story." On April 21 in Spokane, the film showed to a crowd of local people, from business owners to timber workers. Produced by the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, the film tells how the Colville National Forest has come to be one of the most highly regarded national forests in the nation, as a cooperative coalition finds ways to protect roadless forests and creatively manage working forests.

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A visit to Sinlahekin and the past

A visit to Sinlahekin and the past

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Apr 26, 2010 10:20 AM |

Last week, I went on a field tour of grasslands conservation in the Similkameen River valley, which begins in southern British Columbia and flows past the border, through the Loomis Forest, and into the Okanogan River. With the honorable Chief and elders of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band from BC, I enjoyed a great day where the past and present came together with wonderful people in a beautiful place.

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Do wolverines need a passport?

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 03, 2010 09:30 PM |
Filed under: wolverine What's Hot

Three wolverines in WA were on the move this winter, and apparently, they are international travelers. A collaborative research effort that reached across the border to BC placed collars on three wolverines to better understand how these wily predators travel throughout our region. The results were surprising, and we have maps. Everyone likes maps.

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Learning more about lynx

Learning more about lynx

Posted by Joe Scott at Mar 29, 2010 10:10 AM |

For someone with a juvenile sense of humor like myself, there is always some amusement to be found in most situations. And after two days and 120 clicks on snow machines in the Loomis forest, I was starting to think the highlight would be Department of Natural Resources biologist Scott Fisher’s rear end sticking out of a chicken wire trap meant for a 20-lb lynx.

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It's hardly Twilight for Washington's wolves

It's hardly Twilight for Washington's wolves

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Dec 14, 2009 05:50 PM |
Filed under: wolf What's Hot

Did you hear? Big, howling, wolves are loping through the forests of Washington, prowling the dark corners, fighting vampires...um... I mean... OK, so the wolves of Twilight: New Moon are a tad more human and mythological than the average Canis lupus, but the return of real wolves howling in Washington after decades of silence is nothing less than legendary. Can we plan for the wolves that really roam the state, as opposed to those the reign in our imagination?

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A Friday for the future

A Friday for the future

Mitch headed off on vacation this week leaving behind some great accomplishments and good news from the northeast corner of the state and even more from the Obama administration.

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A landscape of change

It was encouraging to read about collaboration between conservation and timber interests in Arizona,  where officials released a collaborative agreement about how and where to thin for wildfire management on 1 million acres ponderosa pine forests. Taking a big step away from the "timber wars" of the past, where unsustainable practices led to extensive legal battles and gridlock for local economies, they have created a workable plan for the future of public lands and the communities around them.

We, too, are part of such an innovative effort that has created a balanced solution in our own northeastern Washington forests. The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition is a groundbreaking collaboration in the Colville National Forest, creating a groundswell of support for a balanced plan that ensures healthy forests and local economies, sustainable timber supply for local mills, working ranches, abundant recreation opportunities, safe and secure habitat for fish and wildlife, and protected wilderness. A video released today takes you on a walk through the landscape of change on the Columbia Highlands, and the destination is in reach!

You can help the Highlands today by taking action on-line, joining the crowd over at the Columbia Highlands Wilderness Facebook fan page for chat about your favorite places, enjoy a stunning slide show of the lands, and share the news with your friends!

 

News of nature rebounding

News of nature rebounding

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jul 15, 2009 02:25 PM |
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My 17-year-old nephew, Kevin, was spending the week with Uncle Mitch to get him a break from the crazed adolescent behavior of my brother and sister-in-law in Chicago. Always concerned about growth in our region, I did my best to show him how ugly and insufferable is the Northwest, especially in summer. He faced encounters with swollen rivers, hikes through jungle-height devils club and salmonberry, no-bite fishing, camping among mosquitoes, meals of live crabs, and even soaking in unsanitary hot springs. If those didn’t chase him off, the spine-chilling howls of savage canids surely must have.

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With a face like that...

With a face like that...

A recent decision to designate critical habitat for lynx in the lower 48 is good news, but falls short in Washington. The Wenatchee World ran a Sunday feature on lynx in north central Washington, exploring the challenges facing their long-term survival and the importance of protecting places like the Kettle Range.

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Geography of hope

Geography of hope

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Feb 20, 2009 03:07 PM |
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"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."

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