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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.
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.
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.
Today legislators are hearing from the people of the Columbia Highlands about a balanced plan for restoration, sustainable forestry, recreation, and wilderness.
Biologists today confirmed the first sightings of newborn fishers in Washington State since restoration of the state-endangered species began two years ago.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's final critical habitat rule for Canada lynx excludes entire areas in northeastern Washington important to recovery and conservation of the endangered wild cat. Conservation groups plan to challenge the rule.
Fifteen more fishers were released into Olympic National Park, bringing to a total of 47 fishers that have been released in a joint effort led by Conservation Northwest, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other groups to reestablish this endangered native forest mammal to Washington.
Fourteen more fishers were released into snowy forests of the Olympic National Park as part of a reestablishment plan supported by Conservation Northwest. The end-of-year event brings to nearly three dozen the total number of the cat-sized forest carnivores released in 2008.
Until April 28, 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on lynx critical habitat, including in Washington's Kettle River Range (including the Wedge), and Selkirk Mountains (Little Pend Oreille and Salmo-Priest).
In 2008, eighteen Pacific fishers return home to their forest habitat in Washington State for the first time in over 80 years.