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Do wolverines need a passport?

Posted by bchristensen 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 bchristensen 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 |
Filed under: What's Hot

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 bchristensen at Feb 20, 2009 03:07 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

"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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Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Feb 05, 2009 07:25 PM |
Filed under: grizzly wildlife What's Hot

Joe Scott comments on Seattle Times book review on "Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear" by David Knibb. He thanks Mr. Knibb for alerting Washingtonians that we're about to lose the only remaining population of grizzly bears outside of the Rocky Mountains, the grizzly bears of the North Cascades. But he begs to differ on another point: opinion polls show people to be strongly in favor, not divided, in their support for recovery of the great bear.

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Hope for an ailing nation

Hope for an ailing nation

Posted by Erin Moore at Jan 20, 2009 06:49 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

My thoughts on President Obama's powerful inaugural speech.... Much of Conservation Northwest's work, for instance our collaboration work on national forest management, stands up to the new President's test. We are achieving outcomes that are not only good enough ecologically, but that benefit communities and build political equity. I hope others will agree and that this work will expand to scale and finally resolve conflict waged for far too long over America's public forests.

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