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April 2010

Conservation Connection April 2010

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In this issue:

  • New Colville film
  • Wildlife and climate
  • Seattle auction
  • Wilderness rewards

Coalition member gestures to the larger landscape

The new film, "From Controversy to Common Ground," was produced by Spokane filmmaker Mark Gauthier. Watch it online or order a DVD to show to friends.




Hundreds of people in northeastern Washington this spring have now seen the brand new documentary film, From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story. In Spokane on April 21, the film showed to a large crowd of interested folks from businesspeople and ranchers, to conservationists and those in the timber industry .

From Controversy to Common Ground centers on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition and how this collaborative group is protecting wild, roadless forests and creatively managing working forests. See for yourself how the Colville National Forest has come to be one of the most highly regarded national forests in the nation.

black-capped chickadee in Washington state

A black-capped chickadee forages through the winter.
Photo: Paul Bannick

The Ways Wildlife Weather Climate Change

As the climate becomes more uncertain, it's important that we give wildlife the best means possible to weather the coming storms. Our work builds in room for plants and animals to survive, fostering stronger and healthier forests and linking habitat between wild natural areas, such as the Cascades and the Columbia Highlands. It's the kind of work we do best.

"Don't panic! Just get to work," suggests eminent climatologist Lara Hansen. "The amount of change we are locked into is growing each and every day, and just as we need to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we need to make adaptation part of our lives and our life’s work."




Bear grass, in the lily family, glows spear-like near the summit of Abercrombie Mountain. The stately flower disappears north of Mount Rainier, to reappear in the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: Eric Zamora


Our June Auction: The Best of Times

On Thursday, June 10th–at the Herban Feast SoDo Park warehouse (that's south downtown, Seattle)–we host Hope for a Wild Future, our biggest fundraising event of the year. This fast-paced evening always proves to be enjoyable for all, and we invite you to join this year's celebration.

Sip regional wine and beer and enjoy appetizers as you bid on silent auction items and mingle with friends. Feast on a scrumptious, local, organic dinner as you hear unique perspectives on wilderness in the Columbia Highlands. Bid on exciting getaways, fine wines, outdoor adventure, and more, as you enjoy celebrity auctioneer John Curley. Help us celebrate 21 years of working to keep the Northwest wild as we close in on new protections for wilderness in northeastern Washington's wild forests.



rendezvous folks

Hiking plans this summer? Try the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: Jerry Graser

We Know You Care about Washington's Wild Forests!
Since 1984, Washington has yet to protect additional wilderness in the northeastern part of the state. That will soon change as the momentum grows toward designating new wilderness in the Columbia Highlands. There's a lot you can do.

You'd make a great parent: Whether done on your own or with a group of friends and family, adopting a roadless area in the Columbia Highlands can bring satisfaction beyond compare.

Now is the time to plan your family adventures: This summer, explore new territory by signing up for one of our free, guided hikes for all hike levels on the Colville National Forest, a refreshing and beautiful part of our state.

 A little surfing for wilderness always inspires: Become a fan of Columbia Highlands Wilderness on Facebook, and suggest it to your Facebook friends.




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