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No retreat from the work at hand

No retreat from the work at hand

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 14, 2008 12:45 PM |

Conservation Northwest staff spent two days this week on the very rainy shores of Lake Wenatchee in our annual staff retreat. Retreats are a rare chance for all the staff to gather in one place. We review our successes and challenges of the previous year and lay out the strategic roads to ensuring the region is wild enough for wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain caribou;  working with local communities to create sustainable timber jobs and wilderness; and giving wildlife safe passage and respite from climate change, to name a few. Here and there we even have some silly fun to celebrate another great year working on your behalf for a wild Northwest (I can be bribed for photographic evidence).

During planning sessions, staff all had a chance to chime in on what issues we see as most important for our future work and the healthy future of ecosystems and communities. We use science, strategy, and collaboration, but we never forget our members and donors fund more than 70% of our work. What do you think is most important in our work? About which Northwest wildlife or wild place are you most passionate?

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A brand new day

A brand new day

Posted by Erin Moore at Nov 05, 2008 11:30 AM |
Filed under: What's Hot

Blues skies above autumn colors this morning. It's as though the leaves of maples, cottonwoods, larch, and aspen lingered to see a brand new day.I'm still acclimating to the feeling that our next President is a broadminded African-American from my home state, the Land of Lincoln. I could never have imagined something else that I saw last night: hordes of young people running through the streets of Bellingham carrying American flags.Something else happened last night that I did imagine, and that you helped bring about for wilderness and wildlife...

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All the news that's fit

All the news that's fit

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 03, 2008 03:39 PM |

Every month we send out an email missive, The Conservation Connection, to let supporters know about the latest and greatest at Conservation Northwest. October's edition is available online here.

This season's Conservation Northwest Quarterly was a huge hit, with its pull-out wildlife trading cards and articles featuring the wonderful animals of a wild Northwest: wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines, fisher, and mountain caribou. To get a hard copy of the newsletter and your very own set of trading cards, let us know.

Trip(s) to the fair

Trip(s) to the fair

Posted by Rose Oliver at Oct 28, 2008 12:45 PM |

"I wrote my letter for the bears, not for the soda. I mean… what about the Dodo? Wouldn't you like to see a Dodo? I would. I don't want my kids to have to ask me what happened to the grizzly bear."

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Imperiled bears not camera shy

Imperiled bears not camera shy

Posted by gwilson at Oct 24, 2008 03:03 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

A lot of Hollywood films try to make profound statements about the world but care more about proceeds than philanthropy. BEARTREK is quite the opposite: donating all profits to bear recovery efforts while it documents these enchanting creatures of the world. Imagine if the $700 million profit from Finding Nemo was donated to ocean cleanup efforts. Or if the over $600 million profit from "Ice Age: The Meltdown" was donated to combat global climate change. We should be so lucky. With even the brightest animals unable to get jobs or take out loans, they need our help!

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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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