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CNW Fire Dispatch #5 – Cantwell fire policy hearing

CNW Fire Dispatch #5 – Cantwell fire policy hearing

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 27, 2015 04:05 PM |

Today, I attended a field hearing hosted by Senator Maria Cantwell on fire policy.

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CNW Fire Dispatch #4: The scene in Twisp

CNW Fire Dispatch #4: The scene in Twisp

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 27, 2015 01:10 PM |

George Wooten lives in Twisp, working on forest and wildlands restoration and policy in north-central Washington as part of our Forest Field Program. He has been sending us regular fire updates over the past few days, which we’ve arranged as a log here. Thank you for the unique perspectives George!

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CNW Fire Dispatch #3 – Stickpin and how fire can stop fire

CNW Fire Dispatch #3 – Stickpin and how fire can stop fire

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 26, 2015 11:35 AM |

The Stickpin Fire started with a lighting strike on August 11 in the northwest part of the Profanity Roadless Area, which is at the heart of Conservation Northwest’s longstanding wilderness aspirations for that area. It quickly grew to the north and looked like it would cross the British Columbia border and threaten the city of Grand Forks, BC. Then a little over a week ago it stopped moving north. Why?

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CNW Fire Dispatch #2 – Perspective from our Science Director

CNW Fire Dispatch #2 – Perspective from our Science Director

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 25, 2015 11:25 AM |

Editor’s Note: The below is the second of our dispatches from staff living or working in the north-central Washington communities impacted by this year's fires. Dave Werntz, our Science and Conservation Director, lives in Twisp. His family evacuated to the westside this past weekend.

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CNW Fire Dispatch #1 – The view from Omak

CNW Fire Dispatch #1 – The view from Omak

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 25, 2015 09:20 AM |

By Jay Kehne. Living on a hill near the Okanogan River south of Omak, my family and I are fortunate to be in a position to watch and keep track of the fires but so far have not been evacuated.

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Update on wildfires and our Twisp staff

Update on wildfires and our Twisp staff

Our staff in Twisp (and office dog Abby and horse Homer) evacuated safely yesterday.

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Only 50 days to reauthorize our most important conservation program

Only 50 days to reauthorize our most important conservation program

Please sign the petition today asking Congress to reauthorize our nation's most important conservation program.

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Forest Field Program fights for our trees

Forest Field Program fights for our trees

Finding optimism and solutions amongst the challenges in this landscape is all in a day’s work for Jen Watkins, George Wooten, David Heflick, Dave Werntz, and contract forester Derek Churchill of the Conservation Northwest Forest Field Program.

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Meet our Board: Becca Guillote

Meet our Board: Becca Guillote

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Jul 27, 2015 04:30 PM |
Filed under: Seattle Board

Becca Guillote joined the Conservation Northwest board in late 2014. Learn more about Becca and why she's excited to support and advise our work in this blog post!

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More logging won't stop wildfires

More logging won't stop wildfires

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Jul 23, 2015 01:20 PM |

It’s a better investment of public dollars and effort, in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, to work with fire and not against it, as is occurring on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest through its restoration strategy, and on the Colville National Forest’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project.

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Information on the Newby Lake Fire in the Loomis Forest

Information on the Newby Lake Fire in the Loomis Forest

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Jul 21, 2015 04:10 PM |
Filed under: Loomis Wildfires Lynx

A medium-sized wildfire, the Newby Lake Fire, is presently burning in the area of the Loomis State Forest (also known as the Loomis Natural Resource Conservation Area), important Canada lynx habitat which Conservation Northwest saved from logging in 1999.

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A grand opening for Lower Similkameen Indian Band community building

A grand opening for Lower Similkameen Indian Band community building

Our Executive Director Mitch Friedman was honored to attend the grand opening of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB)’s new administrative and community building last week near Keremeos, British Columbia.

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