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Let the search begin!

Let the search begin!

Posted by mshrull at Aug 09, 2010 04:45 PM |

Scientists this summer are searching for Grizzlies in the North Cascades. Conservation Northwest is lending it's support providing remote cameras to help the expedition.

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Columbia Highlands proposal explained

Columbia Highlands proposal explained

Posted by jasmine at Aug 03, 2010 03:20 PM |
Filed under: Columbia Highlands

You may have seen all the press around the public launch of the Columbia Highlands Initiative last week. We couldn't be more pleased with quality of the coverage. Both Becky Kramer (The Spokesman Review) and Craig Welch (The Seattle Times) did a good job of boiling down the elements of a fairly complex proposal that includes both public and private land conservation. Still, we've been hearing a few questions that warrant some clarification. Here is a look at the Columbia Highlands Initiative proposal in greater depth.

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Balanced approach for wilderness makes dollars and sense

Balanced approach for wilderness makes dollars and sense

Business leaders in eastern Washington know a good thing when they see it, and many are buying into the innovative direction the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition is offering for managing the Colville National Forest for communities and wildlife.

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A nod from the govs is good for I-90 area wildlife

A nod from the govs is good for I-90 area wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at Jul 09, 2010 02:00 PM |
Filed under: I-90 remote camera

A recent letter from the Western Governors' Association is a nod for the economic and ecological importance of the shovel ready project to expand I-90 near Snoqualmie and for the wildlife crossings our coalition has ensured are included in the highway project.

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Going online for grizz

Going online for grizz

Posted by bchristensen at Jun 28, 2010 04:15 PM |

This week, we welcome the North Cascades Grizzly Bear to the web, as this majestic icon of the Northwest’s wild landscapes and poster cub for healthy ecosystems, with its very own Facebook Fan Page! The bear is there and ready to show the world how popular it really is. Become a fan, learn more about the grizzly from experts like Chris Morgan and the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, get the inside scoop on field studies and science , share your bear lore, and take easy action on important alerts to protect this important species. And yes, it’s Facebook, so you can expect their might be a few fun tidbits and a contest or two.

There are fewer than 20 bears in the North Cascades. We know there are way more than 20 of you who care enough to add your voice to the growing call for the healthy future of the grizzly bear. Stop on by the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Fan Page to make a new big furry friend!

Crowdsourcing conservation

Crowdsourcing conservation

Posted by bchristensen at Jun 24, 2010 03:25 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

This spring the Obama administration announced a pretty good idea: America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. In essence, it’s a community driven “idea gathering” about how to get Americans old and young outside to enjoy nature, get healthy, and reconnect with their communities. The Initiative is talking to communities through a series of public listening session and an IdeaJam, which is a nerdy name for a website where you can post your ideas, vote on the ideas that inspire you, and even demote the ones you that think might be a bit far-fetched or not-so-environmentally friendly. It’s crowdsourcing for the whole country! As you can imagine, we have some good ideas of our own, but one in particular you can vote on right now...

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Auction inspiration from Mitch Friedman

Last week more than 250 Conservation Northwest supporters gathered for a night of fun and fundraising south of Seattle at our 7th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction. Inspiration abounded that night as all those great supporters did their part to raise about $147,000 to connect wild landscapes across the northwest! For me, the biggest inspiration--after our amazing donors and volunteers of course--was the program for the evening. Martha Kongsgaard gathered everyone to dinner with what might be the funniest song ever sung at an auction and John Curley waited in the wings for an energetic live auction. Sally Hintz read a letter from Senator Maria Cantwell, who applauded our work thus far and assured she would be honored to introduce legislation for wilderness and balance in the Columbia Highlands when the time was right. Then, as if that weren't inspiration enough... This image lit up the screen and Mitch took the stage.

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Nature's geoengineers give a dam about climate change

Nature's geoengineers give a dam about climate change

Posted by emoore at Jun 14, 2010 05:20 PM |
Filed under: climate change watersheds

Recently we hear a lot about the marvels of geoengineering that may or may not reduce climate change effects. Seriously SciFi stuff comes out of our very large brains. Is there there an engineer already out there that can make a difference? I'd like to introduce you nature's coolest engineers...the kind with no pocket protectors.

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Beary aware for Endangered Species Day

Beary aware for Endangered Species Day

Posted by bchristensen at May 21, 2010 03:15 PM |

Friday May 21st is Endangered Species Day and the penultimate day of Bear Awareness Week. Here in Bellingham it also coincides with Bike to Work and School Day; that's a lot of really great vibes for a better Northwest!

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A chance for the future of ranches

A chance for the future of ranches

Posted by Mitch Friedman at May 19, 2010 08:00 AM |

The choices for ranchers that need to put their long-held lands on the market are slim in an era of subdivision development pressures, yet there are sometimes options that preserve habitat while providing a home to a new family. Conservation buyers can find a place they love, and ranchers can keep the lands they have cared for intact, and wildlife and the ecosystems we all need win in the end.

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The past and future of a volcano

The past and future of a volcano

Posted by jwatkins at May 14, 2010 12:00 PM |

Next Tuesday, May 18th, marks the 30th anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption in Washington’s Cascade mountains. If you are too young to remember firsthand, click continue to get the story from CBS news and KUOW. We believe the protection of the volcano and its recovering landscape are vital to both scientific understanding of ecological processes and to wildlife. What do you think?

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The kids are alright

Posted by bchristensen at May 10, 2010 09:30 AM |
Filed under: wolverine members matter!

It was Mother's Day this weekend, and so we are celebrating their great kids! On Friday we met the elementary school kids who drew great posters for the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. Today, we would like to send a big thank you out to students in Cedar Lodge at Mt. Tabor Middle School in Portland.

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