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Columbia Highlands hikes

Columbia Highlands hikes

Posted by Barbara Christensen at May 05, 2008 12:41 AM |

We think there is no better way to appreciate the amazing lands in the northeast corner of our state than to head out there! We hope you will join us on one of these free, guided hikes this summer into the Columbia Highlands. Tally ho!

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Victory by the volcano

Posted by Barbara Christensen at May 02, 2008 05:53 PM |

The Green River, Goat Mountain, and the recovering ecosystems just north of Mount St. Helens will not be subjected to the disastrous intrusion of an open pit copper mine, and we couldn't be happier!

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Softwood shell game

Softwood shell game

Posted by Barbara Christensen at May 01, 2008 01:03 PM |

In a brain- and law-spinning sleight of hand to help timber industry buddies, the administration evaded the public process once again with their backwards arrangement with Canada on more than $5 billion in lumber tariffs. Conservation Northwest, other conservation groups, and the Senate want to know what happened and who benefited from the deal.

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Smile! You're on Cascades candid camera

Smile! You're on Cascades candid camera

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 29, 2008 03:55 PM |

Snowshoes, a camera in a (hopefully) bear-proof case, stinky lure, and some stout volunteers make their way into the woods to help our Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, and I went along for the ride.

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A meadow no more

A meadow no more

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 24, 2008 05:10 PM |

Off-road vehicles spelled disaster for a meadow in an important watershed outside Wenatchee, and this is just the story that hit the news. Every year more and more wilderness disappears to illegal, off-trail ORV use. Agencies are hard pressed to enforce existing rules and small special interest groups are pushing for more and more unfettered access to backcountry, even at the protest of local residents. Are our wild places being turned into a motorized free-for-all, who does it benefit, and who pays the price?

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Lynx on the line

Lynx on the line

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 21, 2008 05:35 PM |

Will you make your way through a teensy bureaucratic maze to rescue our rare lynx from its own labyrinth of fractured habitat and environmental pressures? Only you, fair traveler of the blogosphere, can bring a healthy future to our rarest of cats! Do you dare click continue and meet your destiny?

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Elbow room?

Elbow room?

Posted by Joe Scott at Apr 15, 2008 04:15 PM |

A BC biologist took me flying over the Inland Temperate Rainforest to track wolves. Several hours and one airsickness bag later, I learned that humans are doing more than just logging and playing in endangered mountain caribou habitat, and wolves may pay the price...

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From glaciers to grizzlies, climate changes

From glaciers to grizzlies, climate changes

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 11, 2008 12:11 PM |

As we already know, climate change affects more than just glaciers. Researchers studying grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park have noticed a shift from their normal hibernation habits...

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Agency cries wolf

Agency cries wolf

Posted by Erin Moore at Apr 07, 2008 02:22 PM |

It was a sad day in late March when the federal government removed gray wolves (Canis lupus occidentalis) from the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies. Sad because they were delisted for the wrong reasons. Having wolves in the West mean more possibilities for wolves who might wander into Washington...

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It's the final stretch...or something

It's the final stretch...or something

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Apr 07, 2008 01:15 PM |

OK, so I don't know a darn thing about basketball. (I know Joe is terribly disappointed in me after all his coaching.) But I do know that the Northwest isn't the Northwest without big trees, cool and clear streams teaming with salmon, rugged trails to big peaks, a heritage of living on the land, and a wide ray of amazing wildlife from salamanders to grizzlies. And did *you* know you can help these wildlife and wild places in a game-winning, overtime free throw? Or something basketball-y like that...

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