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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 Jen Watkins 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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Kids' art helps wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at May 07, 2010 03:35 PM |
Filed under: members matter! I-90

Here in Bellingham, it's time for the first Friday Art Walk. I am particularly fond of May's art walk, not just because it is usually sunny; it's also Kids' Art Walk. School kids from all over the area post their art on shop windows. I am always glad to see lots of art inspired by nature and wildlife in the shows. Children are naturally interested in animals, and hopeful for the future of wild places.

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Can protection of wolverines help Stevens Pass?

Can protection of wolverines help Stevens Pass?

Posted by Jen Watkins at May 03, 2010 05:06 PM |

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating a status review of the wolverine to determine whether this shy but mighty carnivore warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). New research points to the dependence of wolverines on persistent spring snowpack at specific elevations. Is this enough to ensure that new development planned for Stevens Pass gets a thorough analysis and public comment?

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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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TIGER for lions and bears (and elk), oh my!

TIGER for lions and bears (and elk), oh my!

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 23, 2010 12:45 PM |
Filed under: I-90 habitat

More evidence that Conservation Northwest employees must really love their work, and a huge chance for the state of Washington to score a win for wildlife in the I-90 corridor. Plus, really cool videos!

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