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A week for wolves

A week for wolves

Posted by bchristensen at Oct 21, 2008 10:11 AM |

The third week in October is National Wolf Awareness Week, an occasion that means more to Washingtonians this year, since Conservation Northwest cameras caught a glimpse of the first confirmed wolf pack to grace our forests in almost 70 years. If you haven't yet caught a glimpse of the wolf pups, please visit our pup-stravaganza! For a while it was touch and go for wolves in much of the western US...

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Fill it in for nature

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Oct 14, 2008 05:10 PM |

As a dude who has worked his butt of to save a bunch of trees, it really fries my circuits to see paper wasted. That’s one reason why I’m obsessed with a concern that a lot of paper is going to be wasted in the upcoming big election.

That’s right – wasted paper, potential devastation of forests!

Just think of all the thousands, maybe millions of Americans who are going to vote for Obama or McCain, but leave the whole rest of their ballot blank. That ain’t right!

Look, we all know this is the most important election of our lives. But the importance isn’t just a matter of who will be the next President. In Washington, also at stake are the key issues of who will be our Governor and our Commissioner of Public Lands (in charge of two million acres of state forest and the regulator of private timberlands). There are countless legislative races, including vital local elections for offices--like county commissioner--which can have massive influence our land and wildlife issues.

Don’t waste our forests: vote the whole ballot! Vote every race with nature in mind. Doing so shows your respect--not just for the trees on which the ballot is printed, but also for the forests and wildlife whose fate rests upon the candidate you choose.

Putting pen to paper for Profanity...and prizes

Putting pen to paper for Profanity...and prizes

Posted by bchristensen at Oct 10, 2008 02:54 PM |

No, I'm not asking you to swear alliteratively at your elected officials (though I am sure some days that feels like the best thing to do). I am inviting you to tap into that creative part of your brain that benefits from wild, natural places, fresh air, and a good workout in wilderness. We are looking for creative letters in support of wilderness recommendations on the Colville National Forest, and we are having a contest to reward the most personal or artistic!

Tell the Forest Service about your favorite memory in the Columbia Highlands (perhaps of a hike on Columbia Mountain in the Profanity Roadless Area?), paint a picture on the back of your letter or send in some amazing photos. Your personal letters will not only grab the attention of lawmakers, but it will put you in the running for some fabulous prizes!

[The letter writing contest!]  [Attend a letter writing party for even more prizes] [Take action on line right now]

It's the economy, smarty!

It's the economy, smarty!

Posted by bchristensen at Oct 06, 2008 01:30 PM |

It's really not hard to notice the economy has been hard hit this year. We know you are concerned about what will happen in the next few months. We also are feeling the pinch of tightened belts and are working even harder now to ensure a continued success rate for wildlife, wild places, and healthy communities....

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Last minute reversal threatens rare bird

Last minute reversal threatens rare bird

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 29, 2008 12:00 PM |

This is due today by 5pm. Please speak up for murrelets and coastal old-growth forests. Urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reject Bush's last minute plan to reduce critical habitat designations for the marbled murrelet in Oregon and northern California. http://tinyurl.com/murrelet

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Give big trees a chance

Give big trees a chance

Posted by Derrick Churchill at Sep 24, 2008 05:35 PM |

John Lennon stated, "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." This line continued to run though my head this summer as I walked the ground of the eastern Cascades...

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Wildlife deja vu

Wildlife deja vu

Posted by Erin Moore at Sep 23, 2008 11:52 AM |

It's déjà vu all over again. In a last-minute fast track of oil drilling, mining, logging, and development, the Bush administration has proposed regulations that cripple the Endangered Species Act. Call in on Tuesday, September 23, to 202-224-3121 and your Member of Congress to support endangered wildlife and habitat.

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An inspiring call to action

An inspiring call to action

Posted by Julia Spencer at Sep 16, 2008 11:00 AM |

I recently started working in the Bellingham office as the membership associate, which means I send reminders to renew, process donations, and keep our database organized. Today I got a call that really made me feel proud to be a part of the vital work at Conservation Northwest.

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The art of perspective

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 10, 2008 07:16 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

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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Hear ye! Hear ye! Speak up for wilderness this month

Hear ye! Hear ye! Speak up for wilderness this month

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 05, 2008 04:54 PM |

This is important stuff, folks. Please visit this page to learn about some vital meetings in northeastern WA that will help move forward potential wilderness areas in the Colville National Forest. The first, informational meeting is tomorrow morning in Colville, WA, and then there are several opportunities to speak on behalf of specific areas.

Not in northeast WA? You can also comment online.

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