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Thanks to diligent efforts and top notch legal representation, protections will continue for marbled murrelets, a Northwest coastal bird. A federal district court has rejected a fourth attempt by the timber industry to open the threatened seabird's critical old growth habitat to logging.
The comment deadline for protecting wolves in much of the United States including the Northwest has been extended to 10/28/13, with public hearings scheduled for Sacramento, Albuquerque, and Washington DC.
In response to Okanogan County ordinances allowing ATVs on high speed highways, Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council have filed a lawsuit.
Over 50,000 acres of rich watershed and habitat for wolves and other wildlife in the Teanaway River Valley will soon be acquired and managed as Washington State public land, thanks to the ongoing work of Forterra and other partners. The Teanaway acquisition adds to the Cascades habitat connectivity objectives spearheaded by Conservation Northwest through our Cascades Conservation Partnership.
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.
Conservation Northwest urges continued protection for Washington's Cascades wolves and their recognition as a distinct population. This approach would allow all the aspects of the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to be fully implemented, while allowing for higher federal poaching fines and greater accountability to recovery goals.
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.