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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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Tracks tell tales

Tracks tell tales

Posted by Derrick Knowles 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 Barbara Christensen 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 Barbara Christensen 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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The game is (almost) up!

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Mar 25, 2008 06:18 AM |

It's March, and you know what that means...

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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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How exciting, our first glitch!

How exciting, our first glitch!

Posted by Barbara Christensen at Mar 20, 2008 12:35 PM |

You know you have hit the big time on the information superhighway when something stops working! Our commenting feature is having "issues" right now. Please bear with us while we work it out.

The grace of grizzlies

Posted by Barbara Christensen 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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