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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.
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.
Marbled murrelets and their old forest habitat in the Pacific Northwest will remain protected after a federal judge in 2013 rejected the timber industry's third attempt to deny them critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.
In March 2013, the Whatcom County Council approved a lands transfer creating the way for a new Lake Whatcom forest park.
To protect sacred sites and practice traditional knowledge and uses, First Nations bands who share the unique "pocket desert" ecosystem of south-central BC have banded together to support a proposed new South-Okanagan Similkameen Grasslands National Park.
Thirteen is a lucky number for wolverines. Thirteen years since conservationists including Conservation Northwest urged their protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its proposal to list the wolverine in the lower-48 states as a threatened species.