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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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Merry fisher!

Merry fisher!

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 26, 2008 12:29 PM |

Our supporters, staff, and friends celebrate all sorts of holidays, special events, and snowy days this time of year, so we just wanted to add one more joyful moment to the season with this news. The Olympics ecosystem is a little bit wilder, a little more balanced, and even better this New Year, with release of fourteen more pacific fishers into the wilds of the Olympic National Park...

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The Owl and the Woodpecker

The Owl and the Woodpecker

Posted by Paul Bannick at Dec 22, 2008 03:05 PM |

What do owls and woodpeckers have to do with one another? This question is posed to me on a daily basis since the publication of my first book, The Owl and The Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds. The answer may surprise you!

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What are you lookin' at?

What are you lookin' at?

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 12, 2008 01:19 AM |

In what I think must be the cutest scientific report ever published, The Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project released the findings of this year's 43 volunteer-placed cameras. Have a look!

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The process needs you

The process needs you

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 25, 2008 10:40 PM |

Many people who are staunch supporters of wilderness are also avid outdoors enthusiasts, so it's pretty impressive when these folks are willing to skip a fine autumn Saturday in the outdoors in order to attend a series of meetings...

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The time is now

The time is now

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 25, 2008 04:09 PM |

This week is an historic opportunity to make an on-the-ground difference for wildlife, wild places, and the unique natural heritage of northeastern Washington. Before you head to the store to stock up on cranberries for the big meal (ok, canned cranberry jelly at my house), please click here to take action for wilderness in the Columbia Highlands.

You can brag at the Thanksgiving table that you helped ensure the success of the Columbia Highlands Initiative, including protections for the last truly wild areas in Washington's last frontier. Just make sure you don't have cranberries in your teeth first. Thanks!

A report from the wild

A report from the wild

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 19, 2008 12:57 PM |

With all the remote camera photos of wolves and pups coming through this summer, we've been abuzz about the Cascades getting wilder and the ecosystem more balanced. But no photo or scientific analysis can compare to an actual encounter with a majestic wild creature. This fall, long-time Conservation Northwest member Candace McKenna was hiking in the Okanogan and is pretty sure she saw a wolf.

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Lynx need your help to survive in WA!

Lynx need your help to survive in WA!

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 17, 2008 10:56 AM |

In this new political culture, are Canadians now migrating with their pets to the US? Well, that I can't answer that for sure, though I've noticed my kitty has picked up a strange accent recently... I do know that one of our rarest wild cats, named after the great country to the north, needs some help today, no matter where you or your pets are from! Please act by Thursday, November 20th for these amazing creatures.

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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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