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A meadow no more

A meadow no more

Posted by bchristensen 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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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 bchristensen 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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Tracks tell tales

Tracks tell tales

Posted by dknowles at Mar 28, 2008 01:30 PM |

Some of us will be lucky enough to see in person the more elusive of Northwest wildlife species. For the majority, though, tracks and small signs are left to show us that a bear or fisher recently wandered across our path. While skiing in the Kettle River Range in mid-March, friends and I came across...

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Chasing after critters

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 27, 2008 02:41 PM |

Last week I travelled to Spokane to attend an annual conference hosted by The Wildlife Society's WA Chapter. There is a lot to be learned in the world of wildlife research and management, and this was the place to do it!

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Proclamation nation

Proclamation nation

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 25, 2008 02:43 PM |

When Governor Chris Gregoire proclaimed May 12-18 as Bear Awareness Week, we put on our grizzly suits and exchanged bear hugs in the office. Governor Gregoire's nod to the importance of the work to advocate for bears in our ecosystems...

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Beetle-mania: Can Northwest forests take the heat?

Beetle-mania: Can Northwest forests take the heat?

Posted by Emily McMahon at Mar 20, 2008 03:15 PM |

Climate change is the biggest story in conservation news most days, but it doesn't just mean less ice for polar bears. Northwest ecosystems need to be buffered as the place heats up...

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The grace of grizzlies

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 19, 2008 03:44 AM |

Membership Associate Ali Illyn visited the Whatcom County Council offices last week to speak for grizzly bears in the North Cascades. She brought a unique perspective to council members looking for input on recovering these magnificent animals.

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Protect forests older than McCain!

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 13, 2008 09:00 AM |

I'm BlackBerry blogging from DC, attending a US Senate hearing on ancient forests held by the subcommittee on public lands and forests. The committee is chaired by Oregon's Senator Wyden, who aims to introduce a bill to protect old forests and focus logging on restorative treatments in tree plantations.UPDATE: full hearing on-line

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There's a change-a-comin'

There's a change-a-comin'

In the face of climate change, our forests need help. Many of our national forests are abundant with overgrown plantations, the kind of forests that grew up following logging of old growth. But how do we make these forests more resistant and resilient to climate change, and better habitat for wildlife? There is a much greater sense of agreement these days about the primary purpose of the national forests and the Forest Service being an ecological one. Is the Forest Service there yet, and how do we bring them along?

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A fish(er) tale

A fish(er) tale

Posted by Emily McMahon at Mar 02, 2008 06:20 PM |

Many people have mentioned the photo of the two fisher kits from Jasmine's entry about the fisher release, and I thought you'd like to know more about those cute little fishers. They survived quite an ordeal!

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