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Conservation Northwest and others were recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for our work with the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group and wildlife bridges for I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, in the Cascades.
An unintended, but welcome, consequence of the Northwest Forest Plan is a northwest carbon sink, according to a new study. "This report arrived just in time. Old-growth forests perform a critical role mitigating the effects of climate change. As management plans are revised over the next year, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will need to lay out how it will protect the carbon locked in deep storage in our old-growth forests."
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today confirmed the Smackout Pack, another new wolf pack in Washington, this time in northeast Stevens County. They also announced that the adult female of the new Teanaway Pack is likely a descendant of the Lookout Pack, farther north in the Cascades.
July 5 - Today, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the second known pack of wolves in the Cascade Mountains in decades. The “Teanaway Pack” was first discovered by volunteers working for Conservation Northwest’s wildlife monitoring program.
Jun 30 - Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests released their proposed actions for forest plan revision today, including draft wilderness, travel, and other management recommendations. Public comment is invited through August 29th, and Conservation Northwest encourages comments in support of wilderness recommendations as part of a balanced plan for wilderness, restoration, and recreation.
Jun 13 - Two youth at Dunlap Elementary in south Seattle were honored by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition for their artwork and essay entries in the 7th annual Bridging Futures Contest.
The Methow Valley News broke the news June 9, 2011, that three Twisp area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury with charges or killing several endangered Washington wolves, members of the Lookout Pack in the North Cascades.
"It's important to think about animals when designing a highway because you're destroying their habitat," said student Thomas Snedeker of Lincoln Elementary School in Ellensburg, Washington. "You have to be sure that they can have access to a habitat that they need for survival." Thomas was the eastern Washington winner of this year's Bridging Futures Art and Essay Contest.
Gov. Gregoire signs a final transportation bill that extends the I-90 upgrade through the Cascades, including plans for Washington’s first-ever wildlife crossing bridge in an important wildlife connectivity corridor.
Close on the heels of Congress removing federal protections for Northern Rockies wolves, federal biologists will start for endangered Cascades wolves a required 5-year status review in the Pacific Northwest.
Congress' compromise budget to fund the government until October includes a rider to strip protections for wolves, including eastern Washington's wolves, and other cuts for wildlife and habitat.
In a new poll, 57% of voters polled in northeastern Washington support wilderness designation as part of a balanced plan for the Colville National Forest.