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Ghosts of Forest Service past

Ghosts of Forest Service past

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jun 23, 2009 12:45 PM |

Imagine a Forest Service reinvented, an agency committed to restoring ecologically healthy national forests and doing all it can to help lands, water, and wildlife adapt to climate change. A "Restoration Marshall Plan" for forests, built on common ground between science, timber, and conservation interests, could restore forests and biodiversity damaged by decades of excessive logging and road building.

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A wild night...or a night for the wilds!

A wild night...or a night for the wilds!

Posted by bchristensen at Jun 16, 2009 05:40 PM |

When I first arrived in the wide open …and very empty… space of the Ackerly Gallery at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, I thought, “how the heck will we be ready for almost 300 guests, several hundred auction items, and 30 fun-loving kids in a few short hours?...No way,” and tried my best to sneak away for a relaxing ramble in the Butterfly House...

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Protecting the North Cascades and beyond

Protecting the North Cascades and beyond

Posted by Mitch Friedman at May 28, 2009 02:00 PM |

The Seattle Times ran a story recently on a campaign to enlarge North Cascades National Park. Our dedicated members have asked me why Conservation Northwest is not more involved in this or other new initiatives to increase protection in the heart of my favorite area, the North Cascades Ecosystem. My answer is that we're all about protecting the North Cascades and other transboundary ecosystems: we are focusing on different needs and creating a broader vision for the region....

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Whatcom values favor wild places

Whatcom values favor wild places

Posted by scool at May 20, 2009 05:15 PM |

Last week, I presented to Bellingham's Columbia Neighborhood Association the results of a growth and land use survey. he telephone survey--designed to capture residents' long term vision for Whatcom County--shows a mindset in the right direction here in Conservation Northwest's original hometown.

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All hands on deck!

All hands on deck!

Posted by emoore at May 14, 2009 08:58 AM |

From orcas and salmon to grizzly bears, wolverines, and pikas; from murrelets to moose; from mountains to sea–all the wildlife and habitats we have fought to protect over the decades are threatened by climate change.Rally for Climate, Clean Energy, and Public Health on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 12 pm noon in downtown Seattle, one of only two EPA public hearings on climate change in the entire country....

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Go, bears

Go, bears

It's been a roller coaster ride for bears this month, with polar bears losing a chance to have their ice cap homes protected from global warming by the Endangered Species Act, and the North Cascades grizzly gaining and then losing vital funding that would have finally pushed forward real recovery efforts. We humans aren't scoring big for bears this week, but maybe next week will help us make up for it.

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What does it mean for WA?

What does it mean for WA?

I was a babe in the womb when the Endangered Species Act was enacted, and I probably couldn't even say "woofie" when the gray wolf--having been hunted and harassed to near extinction in most of the contiguous US--was listed for protection under the ESA. For the past 35 years, conservation efforts have focused on increasing not only the numbers but the genetic diversity of wolf populations in the US. Today, the feds claimed a victory for the ESA when wolves in the Great Lakes and parts of the northern Rockies were delisted, removed from federal protections. Not everyone agrees that this move is scientifically appropriate or that wolves will be safe under state plans, but, honestly, arguments aside, I just want to know what delisting means for those adorable pups from the Lookout Pack!

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The grizz crossed the road

The grizz crossed the road

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 14, 2009 06:20 PM |

I have often said that the true success of the I-90 wildlife bridges we are working to build will be the day that a North Cascades grizzly bear safely travels over one of them. As we work to recover this amazing species in our own Cascades mountain range and ensure funding for wildlife bridges on I-90, evidence that grizzlies will in fact use wildlife crossing structures is coming out of Banff, Canada, a glimpse into our own inspiring wild future...

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With a face like that...

With a face like that...

Posted by jasmine at Mar 17, 2009 10:12 AM |

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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Winter wolf watching and sundry

Winter wolf watching and sundry

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 11, 2009 11:13 AM |

Jasmine emailed me a King 5 video on the Lookout Pack in the Methow, and I thought all of you would enjoy it. Great footage, and our colleague with the state--Scott Fitkin--and our stellar remote camera monitoring volunteer--Ray Roberstson--make an appearance. But they aren't the star of the show!

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Science back on the table for wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 03, 2009 07:54 PM |

It was a party for imperiled species at the Department of the Interior's 160th anniversary bash. Department employees cheered as President Obama announced that his administration has effectively halted Bush's lame duck siege on the Endangered Species Act.  

Bush's rule change exempted tens of thousands of federal, taxpayer-funded projects each year from independent reviews by biologists and input from the public. This would have allowed projects from high rises to roads to be built with no independent review of their potential harm to endangered plants and animals. In Washington State alone, 1,350 species were directly affected.

President Obama ordered federal agencies to once again consult with scientists on the impacts to endangered species before launching any projects. At the podium, he stressed the importance of science in all decisions, a stark change from Bush, who was accused of regularly squelching good science to benefit industry:

The work of scientist and experts in my administration...will be respected. For three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation's most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.

 

Nothing to sneeze at

Nothing to sneeze at

Posted by mtinney at Feb 25, 2009 02:14 PM |

Two decades ago the Clean Air Act was passed, and here in Washington we have quite a few wild areas to go into and breathe easy.

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