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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.
Mar 21 - Momentum builds for safe passage for wildlife and people near Snoqualmie Pass in the Washington Cascades. The House affirms that the I-90 Project is a priority for transportation and wildilfe.
Mar 1 - Conservation Northwest is contributing to a poaching enforcement reward fund, helping catch those who illegally kill Washington wildlife, from wolves to elk.
Dec 14 - Wolverines, a rare forest predator, are judged by USFWS as "warranted but precluded" from protection under the Endangered Species Act. To survive climate change, they need more. We are redoubling our efforts to track their existence, protect and connect as much habitat for wolverines as we can, and push for full protections.
In 2010, state wildlife biologist Scott Fisher was awarded the Special Achievement Award for his extensive work on Canada lynx research including the tracking of lynx in northeastern Washington.