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News updates on our work from the Coast to the Rockies.
The Spokesman-Review on Sunday ran a feature article telling the story of Conservation Northwest's budding range rider program. This last season, 2013, Conservation Northwest expanded the program to sponsor range riders for three ranch families in Washington.
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative has condemned the killing of Jewel, one of the few remaining females in the Stein-Nahatlatch grizzly bear population south of Lillooet. Two initiative member groups, Conservation Northwest and Pemberton Wildlife Association have posted a reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Jewel and Jinx are two of a handful of females in a cohort of grizzly bears in southwest BC that is disappearing, victims of low numbers, genetic isolation, and too many preventable deaths; all a function of habitat fragmentation.
In a climate changed world, the North Cascades will serve as refuge for wildlife on the move on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border. To help, Conservation Northwest hosted the Wild Links conference October 16-17, 2013, at Manning Park BC.
Once again comes a proposal for critical habitat to protect lynx, this time for 26 million acres spread across six northern states including Washington.
Conservation Northwest has launched a collaborative effort to stem the ongoing loss of grizzly bear range and to promote grizzly bear recovery in the transboundary ecosystems of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington.
With news circulating about a possible special November session of the Washington State legislature to address transportation priorities, Conservation Northwest and partners in the I-90 wildlife Bridges Coalition are preparing our holiday wish list a little early this year. The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project is at the top.
Thanks to diligent efforts and top notch legal representation, protections will continue for marbled murrelets, a Northwest coastal bird. A federal district court has rejected a fourth attempt by the timber industry to open the threatened seabird's critical old growth habitat to logging.
The comment deadline for protecting wolves in much of the United States including the Northwest has been extended to 10/28/13, with public hearings scheduled for Sacramento, Albuquerque, and Washington DC.
In response to Okanogan County ordinances allowing ATVs on high speed highways, Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council have filed a lawsuit.