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News updates on our work from the Coast to the Rockies.
Conservation Northwest, along with timber industry leaders, recreationists and ranchers announced today a new collaborative initiative aimed at addressing threats to wildlife as well as rural economies posed by pressures from overdevelopment and climate change. The Columbia Highlands Initiative, unveiled today at simultaneous press conferences in Spokane and Seattle, seeks to maintain an important habitat connection between the Cascades and Rockies by protecting wild places and sustaining working ranches and jobs in the woods in the Columbia Highlands region of northeast Washington.
In the Columbia Highlands, working ranches, small timber operations, and farms are not only the lifeblood of the community, they are vital to wildlife. Conservation Northwest is working with the Gothams and other stewards who have cared for family lands for generations to help ensure that these special place are safe from development.
KPLU and Conservation Northwest are teaming up to create nesting habitat for birds near Mount Rainier
Conservation Northwest supports and encourages outdoor recreation at Stevens Pass, including mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. But any recreation must be compatible with protecting habitat and wildlife, such as wolverines, that rely on these high forests and meadow.
US Senate passes its annual resolution declaring the importance of protecting endangered species.
The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, introduced today, recognizes the need for wildlife for room to roam to survive in the modern world and as they seek new habitat in response to climate change.
Reintroduction of Pacific fishers, a small native mammal, to Washington's Olympic Peninsula, comes to a successful finish. The animals will continue to be tracked and monitored by remote camera and radio collar.
Twelve more fishers were released in mid January bringing the total number of released fishers to 77.
Conservation Northwest has filed a motion in Okanogan Superior court seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed against Washington State by the Okanogan PUD. At issue is a new powerline that would punch though the largest remaining block of shrub-steppe habitat in the Methow valley and harm mule deer winter habitat.
The winter of 2009-2010 features the third and final winter of fisher releases. Pacific fishers, deep-forest hunter and smaller relative to the wolverine, are being reintroduced to Olympic National Park after an 80-year absence.