Conservation Connection August 2011
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In this issue:
- Take Action to protect forests
- Take Action for wolves
- Remote wildlife cameras
Join others in
to write a personal letter for Colville wilderness.
Photo: Craig Romano
Strengthen Forest Plans for the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville
Evolving this year are
plans for the next 20 years
for old growth, wilderness, and recreation on the
Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests. The Forest Service heard from many of you at public
meetings held around the state–thank you! Now
take action to urge
the Forest Service to protect
old-growth forests, secure wildlife habitat, preserve clean water, recommend wilderness and roadless
areas for protection, and adopt strategies to help forests and wildlife adapt to climate change.
What you can do. Write
a letter for both
the Okanogan-Wenatchee and the Colville National Forests; then
write again for wilderness
on the Colville National Forest. You can help protect Mount Leona from possible uranium
mining in the
Want to do more? Volunteer as crew to help construct the
new Gibraltar Trail
near Republic, WA,
on Sept 10-11 –bring your friends! This exciting new mountain biking and hiking trail winds nearly
20 miles amid old-growth ponderosa grasslands and rocky knobs with views out to the Kettle Crest.
It's high time for a sensible, science-based wolf recovery plan for Washington's returning wolves, like the Teanaway wolf shown here.
Western Transportation Institute
Doing It Right for Wolves
Wolves are on their way back, and Washington State is
doing it right
, creating a management and
conservation plan that will help wolves recover and people adapt. Poaching, loss of endangered
species status, and other threats loom large. Without a strong recovery plan, Washington's wolves
remain at risk.
The most important thing you can do for wolves is voice your support for a science-based plan,
in person, at public hearings on
in Olympia. Outreach Coordinator
can help you craft an effective message and get you to Olympia. Your two to three minutes of
testimony today helps create a long-term future for Washington's wolves!
An elk peeks curiously at a tree-mounted, motion-triggered camera. Wildlife monitoring volunteers combine year-long remote camera work with wintertime snow tracking.
Photo: Conservation NW remote camera
Observing Seldom Seen Wildlife
Thanks to volunteers, members, and supporters like you, Conservation Northwest's
programs continue to capture exclusive photographs of seldom-seen animals in the
wild. Our remote cameras are responsible for the discovery of Washington's
along with numerous other wild animals including cougars, lynx, wolverines, pine martens, and more.
Citizen wildlife monitoring volunteers venture deep into the backcountry to set up, operate, and
maintain our cameras. Their work is invaluable to our organization, and their experiences in the
field keep them coming back for more.
one volunteer's encounter with a very blonde,
black bear - and why she will never forget a photograph of a cougar captured by one of our cameras.