Conservation Connection August 2007
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In this issue:
- Wolf homecoming
- Cool review
- Working out
- Habitat for lynx
June 2007: Wolf captured on film in northeastern Washington from a tree-mounted remote camera.
Welcoming Wolves Home to Washington
In a sign of the good health of Northwest ecosystems, wolves are starting to return to Washington and are expected
to reestablish in the state as wolf numbers increase in neighboring states and Canada.
To prepare for the return of wolves, a citizen working group–including Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles
and representatives of livestock, timber, other conservation, sportsmen, local government, and recreation
interests–has been meeting since early this year to advise the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
in drafting a wolf conservation plan. The agency is hosting a series of open houses to receive initial input on
the development of a recovery plan for wolves in Washington. Your participation is important.
Community basketball in Republic, Washington: One of the images from a book exploring the people, natural history, and places of the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: James Johnston
No Longer the "Forgotten Corner"
The new book from Conservation Northwest and The Mountaineers Books,
Exploring Washington's Last Frontier, was reviewed in this month's issue of the
North Columbia Monthly, a publication distributed
broadly in the Tri-County area and around Spokane. An excerpt:
"At last, a book that features the natural wonders of Northeastern Washington! As anyone knows who as tried
to purchase a coffee table book featuring gorgeous photographs of Washington State, they're easy to find. ... But
thumb through the lot, and you quickly find that they all treat the topic about the same way, presenting the state
as though it starts at the Pacific Ocean and ends at the Cascade Range. Eastern Washington, they seem to say, where's that?"...
Volunteers help scout ORV trails in the Colville National Forest.
Photo: CNW files
Summer Outreach with Conservation Northwest
Not only do we sponsor hikes into wildlands all
summer long, Conservation Northwest volunteers stay busy tabling at events to spread the word for everything
from protecting grizzly bears in the North Cascades, to setting wildlife cameras along remote trails.
Our campaigns to protect old growth and wild areas from the Coast to the Rockies covers a lot of ground,
including dicey issues such as how to protect wildlife habitat in burned forests or keep roadless areas
roadless while finding agreement around new multi-user trails.
As a volunteer, you can help in so many ways in keeping your Northwest wild. Join us! In Seattle,
contact Gwen; in greater western Washingon,
Hudson; in Bellingham, Rose;
in Spokane, Crystal or Derrick.
We couldn't do it without you.
The best scientific evidence shows clearly that Canada lynx is at risk of extinction and deserves highest degree of protection the Endangered Species Act affords.
Photo: courtesy Tom & Pat Leeso
Doing the Right Thing for Lynx
Washington State is home to one of the last and largest
Canada lynx populations
left in the United States, ranging from the North Cascades and
Loomis Forest east to the
Columbia Highlands and Selkirk Mountains. We have a responsibility to ensure that this magnificent
animal continues to thrive and recover across the Pacific Northwest.
US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists originally identified large
areas of the West as critical to survival of lynx, including in Washington.
Because of political meddling, the agency then slashed the area proposed
as potential critical habitat by 90 percent, including all of the northern
Cascades, the Kettle River Range, the Selkirks, and an area north of
Colville, known as "The Wedge." Conservation Northwest is planning to
bring legal action against the agency if it fails to promptly throw
out its illegal plan and develop a scientifically credible habitat designation
that ensures lynx recovery.