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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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Spreading some love

Posted by mtinney at Feb 17, 2009 04:08 PM |

For Valentine's Day, the brand spanking new Western Washington University Conservation Northwest Club hit campus with a hefty dose of home-made cookies and bear hugs. And dancing. Don't forget the dancing...

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A caribou nod to Darwin

A caribou nod to Darwin

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 13, 2009 11:21 AM |

Charles Darwin's 200th birthday this week seems an appropriate time to share a ScienceDaily article about the genetic history of the endangered mountain caribou. According to a study in the journal Molecular Ecology, the mountain caribou of the Inland Temperate Rainforest are a unique blending of two separate genetic subspecies: migratory tundra caribou and the more sedentary woodland caribou.

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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 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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Don't hate me because I am...toxic

Don't hate me because I am...toxic

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 04, 2009 01:24 AM |

Living in Bellingham, so close to Canada, I receive a few Canadian TV channels on my rabbit ears. (I know, TV is bad for you, but I what can I say, I need The Simpsons.) Tonight, I caught on the 11 o'clock news a story that sounds good for wildlife. Canada - good for them - has become the first country to list the silicone-based chemicals D4 and D5 on its toxic chemicals list. The slick liquids help make hair shiny and lips kissable...as long as you aren't a fish or other wildlife.

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Walking and talking...and posing

Walking and talking...and posing

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 02, 2009 04:50 PM |

Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman wore out lots of shoe leather this week, walking the marbled halls of our nation's capitol with Mike Petersen, executive director of The Lands Council, a Spokane-based partner of Conservation Northwest on forest work such as in the Columbia Highlands...

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Green jobs, green forests

Green jobs, green forests

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 30, 2009 05:52 PM |

What would $500 million over two years do for our forests, watersheds, and rural towns? Senator Cantwell is calling for an economic stimulus for the forests.

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For the love of the land

For the love of the land

Posted by Hanne Beener at Jan 28, 2009 07:25 PM |

How do Conservation Northwest and ranchers in the Columbia Highlands get along? Pretty well, when we realize how much our values intersect. It doesn't take long before the love of the land and the history it holds is common ground...

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Canines keep it real

Canines keep it real

Posted by jasmine at Jan 27, 2009 01:45 PM |

Wolves last roamed the Olympic Peninsula nearly a century ago. A new study argues the absence of these predators has led to dramatic and often destructive shifts in the area's ecology.

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Hope for an ailing nation

Hope for an ailing nation

Posted by emoore 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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What would Teddy do?

What would Teddy do?

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 15, 2009 02:03 PM |

The first 100 days of a new president's term are always an exciting time, an opportunity for the new administration to send a strong message about the tenor of their time in office. Well, we have a suggestion...Roll back the Roadless Rule rollbacks.

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It's the final countdown

It's the final countdown

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 30, 2008 07:37 PM |

Maybe it is me, but 2008 sure went by quickly! When I look back at the great year we had for wildlife and wild places, I am very grateful for Conservation Northwest's many dedicated members, supporters, volunteers, and activists.In 2008, we celebrated: the return of fishers to the Olympic Peninsula, the first documented wolf pack in the North Cascades since the 1930s, and hundreds of letters and meeting attendees turning out to support wilderness, restoration, and jobs in the Columbia Highlands....

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