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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 bchristensen 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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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 |
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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 |
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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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A brand new day

A brand new day

Posted by Erin Moore at Nov 05, 2008 11:30 AM |
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Blues skies above autumn colors this morning. It's as though the leaves of maples, cottonwoods, larch, and aspen lingered to see a brand new day.I'm still acclimating to the feeling that our next President is a broadminded African-American from my home state, the Land of Lincoln. I could never have imagined something else that I saw last night: hordes of young people running through the streets of Bellingham carrying American flags.Something else happened last night that I did imagine, and that you helped bring about for wilderness and wildlife...

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Imperiled bears not camera shy

Imperiled bears not camera shy

Posted by gwilson at Oct 24, 2008 03:03 PM |
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A lot of Hollywood films try to make profound statements about the world but care more about proceeds than philanthropy. BEARTREK is quite the opposite: donating all profits to bear recovery efforts while it documents these enchanting creatures of the world. Imagine if the $700 million profit from Finding Nemo was donated to ocean cleanup efforts. Or if the over $600 million profit from "Ice Age: The Meltdown" was donated to combat global climate change. We should be so lucky. With even the brightest animals unable to get jobs or take out loans, they need our help!

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The art of perspective

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 10, 2008 07:16 PM |
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Sometimes we all get so engrossed in the minutiae of daily life that the "bigger picture" is easy to forget. In the much-loved art classes of my youth, I remember Ms. Maillett reminding us to step back from the canvas to see where our tight focus on a line or a shadow fit into the whole piece. Only from there could we see how it was progressing. It's good advice in more than just art, and today I decided to take a satellite-sized step back from my community of southwestern Whatcom County, WA...

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