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Over 50,000 acres of rich watershed and habitat for wolves and other wildlife in the Teanaway River Valley will soon be acquired and managed as Washington State public land, thanks to the ongoing work of Forterra and other partners. The Teanaway acquisition adds to the Cascades habitat connectivity objectives spearheaded by Conservation Northwest through our Cascades Conservation Partnership.
During the winter field season, 72 citizen scientists with the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project captured unique images of Washington's wolverines and documented the first use by wildlife of the I-90 Gold Creek underpass.
Conservation Northwest urges continued protection for Washington's Cascades wolves and their recognition as a distinct population. This approach would allow all the aspects of the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to be fully implemented, while allowing for higher federal poaching fines and greater accountability to recovery goals.
Funding for the first wildlife overpass in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project has been signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The overpass has long been sought by Conservation Northwest and members of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition to better connect Cascades habitat.
During the third annual GiveBIG, Conservation Northwest supporters donated $25,000 in a single day to keep the Northwest wild.
A proposed new Methow Valley powerline has gained ground. An appeals court ruling allows the local PUD to condemn state public land for powerline construction through the largest contiguous block of state-owned shrub-steppe habitat in the Methow.
The state has passed legislation funding proven methods including range riding to reduce conflicts with large carnivores. Funds will come from $10 added to the cost of a Washington vanity license plate. The change is expected to raise more than $1 million/year without raising taxes.
“Ultimately, our efforts to protect rare plants and animals that live in old-growth forests have prevailed,” said Dave Werntz, “but the cooperative agreement to improve effectiveness and efficiency was blocked in court by the timber industry. These remain strange times.”
Here is an anniversary that fish and wildlife can celebrate! One of the Forest Service’s most important and successful initiatives, for Washington and around the nation, Legacy Roads and Trails Program, is five years old. Pulling and fixing roads requires skilled high paid operators, which contributes to local economies.
More than 2,000 visitors reported nearly 300 sightings online to i90wildlifewatch.org from the survey area stretching from North Bend to Easton on Interstate 90. The results are summarized in a 2012 annual report.