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Range riders bring results in 2012

Range riders bring results in 2012

We left you hanging in the fall 2012 newsletter: “The real proof of whether our pilot range rider program can help ranchers in Washington won’t be known until the cows came home later this fall.” Well, they've returned home, and on a positive note. During last year's grazing season, we partnered with the Washington Department of Fish Wildlife to fund a range rider - the first in Washington - at the Dawson Ranch in northeast Washington. Range riding is an effective on-the-ground conflict avoidance solution for wolves and people.

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Grizzly bear power of story

Grizzly bear power of story

It's a great story of the resourceful grizzly bear that ambled into the Garibaldi-Pitt area - the kind of tale that can help people understand what wildlife like grizzly bears are up against and how they often manage to figure it out. Someone, too, had a keen sense of irony naming this female grizzly bear “Power” since run-of-river power projects are one of the main threats to her habitat. But grizzly bears in southwest BC definitely need help in the form of a recovery plan that safeguards their habitat and helps prevent human conflict. Power’s story could have easily been a short one.

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In loving memory, Doris

In loving memory, Doris

Posted by Julia Spencer at May 21, 2013 09:55 PM |

Doris Ferm was an inspiration, a light, and a force for positive change in our lives and our community. She passed away peacefully at home on May 3, 2013. Doris helped Conservation Northwest, protecting wildlife and wild lands, every Friday for twelve years.

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Sizing it up, for wildlife

Sizing it up, for wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at May 11, 2013 11:55 AM |

Ever wondered what difference $50 or $100 really makes for wildlife? A big difference, especially if you donate it for Conservation Northwest's vital work on May 15th, during GiveBIG!

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Hike the missing links!

Hike the missing links!

Posted by Erin Moore at May 09, 2013 05:15 PM |

Visiting the new Lake Whatcom forest park caught me off guard. I couldn't help being reduced to simple exclamations. “Cool! How amazingly cool.”

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Wolf funding eases conflict

Wolf funding eases conflict

Posted by dknowles at May 02, 2013 07:30 PM |

Last week was unusually eventful for wolves, bringing funding for essential non-lethal work and two other changes affecting wolf recovery. Over the weekend, the legislature passed SB 5193, which creates a vital, secure source of funds to pay for non-lethal measures to help prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock in the first place. That bill also includes provisions to help fund compensation to livestock owners for confirmed losses.

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Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Apr 26, 2013 05:40 PM |
Filed under: Washington's wolves

The news broke this week that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering eliminating protections for most wolves across the lower 48 states. Conservation Northwest supports protecting wolves in the conterminous US under the Endangered Species Act until they have fully recovered, especially vulnerable packs such as those returning to Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

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Winning with wolverines

Winning with wolverines

Posted by kmcgurn at Apr 18, 2013 03:45 PM |

Conservation Northwest’s remote camera volunteers recently have had significant successes in documenting new wolverines in Washington State along with our agency partners. This is exciting for our team, and good for the future of our state's rare weasel. As wolverine are considered for threatened status under the federal Endangered Species Act, the more we know about their populations in the Cascades, the better case we can make for their overall recovery.

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Balance, for wildlife and people

Balance, for wildlife and people

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 24, 2013 11:15 AM |

Your help is needed to keep WA's Fish and Wildlife Commission balanced and representative of all of us. Opponents to wolf recovery are rallying to stop the confirmation of commissioners Jay Kehne and David Jennings, who support science-based wildlife management. If you live in WA, please email today.

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Wolf bill weakens plan

Wolf bill weakens plan

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 21, 2013 12:36 AM |

This month, Washington State legislators are considering several bills regarding wolf recovery in Washington. On Wednesday, Jasmine Minbashian testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee against a bill that would drop the permit requirements for killing a wolf "caught in the act." Click through for her testimony, King 5 coverage, and a take action link.

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Whatcom County's 100-year vision

Whatcom County's 100-year vision

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 13, 2013 02:50 PM |

30 years ago: A landslide crashed through homes above Lake Whatcom, and a community awoke to the how the lands around our drinking water lake were managed.

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From high tech to key conservation

From high tech to key conservation

Posted by jbroughton at Mar 07, 2013 04:14 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

“I enjoy being outside. It’s where I ground myself, reset my priorities, calm my mind and stand in awe of the world I am fortunate enough to live in. We are privileged to live in such an awesome region, and I feel even more privileged to work with such an amazing organization to help protect it for generations to come.”

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