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Loud and clear for climate change?

Loud and clear for climate change?

Posted by Erin Moore at Aug 03, 2009 01:55 PM |

You know that the topic of climate change has hit the big time in the US when it sprouts up at Times Square and Mount Rushmore on practically the same day. Will flashy direct action or counters make the difference we need to turn the tide?

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A tracker's tale

A tracker's tale

Posted by Linda Jo Hunter, guest blogger at Jul 26, 2009 08:15 PM |
Filed under: wildlife bear

When I learned to track and see passage of animals and humans where other people don’t often see tracks, say in the forest duff and vegetation, I started to learn more about animal behavior and human use of the forest. As a tracker I can monitor a bear’s movements for weeks through the summer to see what food sources they use and what they do when people come into their territory.

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Rendezvous, part deux

Rendezvous, part deux

Posted by emoore at Jul 20, 2009 04:00 PM |

Chapter two, in which Erin meets a mountain, sees a gory sight, is chased by a monster from the sky....and enjoys flying pancakes.

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A Rendezvous with Jungle Hill, in the first

A Rendezvous with Jungle Hill, in the first

Posted by emoore at Jul 17, 2009 02:55 PM |

The Kettle Range Rendezvous was a couple weekends ago, in its 7th annual incarnation. On a Friday night some six hours out from Bellingham, I dropped down from Sherman Pass in the late summer dusk. Cars at the edge of the Jungle Hill campground sport bumperstickers, "Protect Eastern Washington Wilderness" and "I love Ferry County." I know I've found the right spot. "Bellingham has arrived!" I exclaim to friendly faces around a roaring campfire.

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News of nature rebounding

News of nature rebounding

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jul 15, 2009 02:25 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

My 17-year-old nephew, Kevin, was spending the week with Uncle Mitch to get him a break from the crazed adolescent behavior of my brother and sister-in-law in Chicago. Always concerned about growth in our region, I did my best to show him how ugly and insufferable is the Northwest, especially in summer. He faced encounters with swollen rivers, hikes through jungle-height devils club and salmonberry, no-bite fishing, camping among mosquitoes, meals of live crabs, and even soaking in unsanitary hot springs. If those didn’t chase him off, the spine-chilling howls of savage canids surely must have.

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What makes an Okanogan rancher?

What makes an Okanogan rancher?

Posted by Jay Kehne, Okanogan County outreach associate at Jul 02, 2009 03:55 PM |
Filed under: wolf

Earlier this month, the Seattle Times ran an article about wolves, ranchers, and one dead cow in Okanogan County, and I wondered how folks out in Seattle and the "west side" see ranchers in places like my home in the Okanogan valley. I've worked with farmers and ranchers in eastern Washington for over 30 years and have a lot of friends who call Okanogan County their home. And even with that, I continue to learn more about what the "ranching community" means here.

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A bill held hostage?

A bill held hostage?

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jul 01, 2009 04:25 PM |

Like most of the conservation community, we rallied our members to call in to their representatives in support on the most significant environmental bill in history, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (that's #ACES on the twitter circuit), and so many of you answered the call for this huge leap forward. Thank you! Be sure to let your reps know that you appreciate their votes and ask them to keep the bill strong as it comes back from the Senate! Unfortunately, though, one of Washington's Representatives decided use this groundbreaking legislation to grant favors to the timber industry. An open letter from ED Mitch Friedman asks some important questions.

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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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