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December 2006

Conservation Connection December 2006


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In this issue:

  • Caribou love
  • Cross Base suit
  • Job offerings
  • Conservation gifts
  • Voles and old trees

Happily ever after for mountain caribou?

In November, mountain caribou were in plain sight on billboards appearing in Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George, and other communities in BC.
Photo: Dave Quinn




Happily Ever After for Caribou?


As November drew on, reports began to flow in–the endangered mountain caribou has been sighted around BC–on bus shelter ads and billboards near airports and ferry terminals. Conservation Northwest and its Canadian allies in the Mountain Caribou Project had trotted out a splashy new ad campaign in British Columbia designed to raise public awareness and to get the attention of BC's elected officials in its upcoming decisions on a government conservation plan for this amazing animal and the extensive old-growth forests of interior British Columbia. The theme was, "Happily ever after? Or once upon a time? Which story will BC tell?"

In another nice piece of news for caribou and their Inland Temperate Rainforest home, ForestEthic's "Victoria's Dirty Secret" campaign and thousands of letter writers convinced Victoria's Secret to eliminate the use of paper from endangered forests in their catalog, circulated at 400 million copies per year. That's a sweet victory for caribou.



rare prairie in the path of proposed Cross Base Highway

Camas prairies as they once were are rare in Washington, but one survives at Fort Lewis, where a proposed cross base highway could convert the prairie to concrete.
Photo: Cross base Highway Coalition





Cross Base Highway Is Headed South


Sound familiar? You may have caught wind recently of the proposal to build a Cross Base Highway through the rare oak-woodland prairie between Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, which would cost taxpayers $250 million and put the local equestrian community out of business.

Conservation Northwest and allies are taking the cross-eyed highway planners to court for violations of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The move is meant to protect the prairie and save local businesses, but we also hope the lawsuit encourages the Regional Transportation Investment District and Sound Transit Board members to remove the controversial project from the overall package rather than punting the issue to the 2007 Washington State Legislature. Wasteful and controversial projects such as the Cross Base Highway highlight the risk that a couple of bad roads can pose to a package that includes Sound Transit's expansion of light rail.



Conservation Northwest staff

Get out your magnifying glass! Conservation Northwest staff at this year's staff retreat in Mazama.
Photo: Tom Campion





Conservation Northwest Now Hiring


Want to join a dedicated group of folks working hard to connect forests and protect wildlife? We're hiring for two Seattle-based staff positions. One is a full time auction coordinator/development associate. This organized and detail-oriented person will coordinate our 4th annual auction in June (our most important membership event and fundraiser of the year) and help with a variety of major donor activities. The second position is a 3/4-time outreach coordinator who will recruit and engage volunteers and reach out to a host of people for our Columbia Highlands Initiative and the organization as a whole. One of these positions, based on the applicant's skills, will also include office management and staff support in Fremont.

Please forward to your friends who want to save the places they love and work for a dynamic, innovative organization.



cormorant by Patrick Reeves

Cormorants are one of the featured animals in the "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest" 2007 calendar.
Photo: Patrick Reeves



The Gift of a Wild Northwest


If you are having a hard time picking out gifts this year, Conservation Northwest is here to help. This season we're offering specials on ball caps, logo shirts, and work gloves. We promise to return the favor of each gift you request from us right back to the wildlands and wildlife that make the Northwest unique. Don't think grandpa would be interested in a ball cap? We're betting he would love a beautiful new "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest" 2007 calendar by soon-to-be-famous Bellingham photographer Patrick Reeves. And if you want to go completely nonmaterial, please give to your favorite person a gift membership to your favorite conservation group, Conservation Northwest!


Conservation Northwest

Ancient Douglas fir in Cowcatcher timber sale, protected now by court rule–and a little vole.
Photo: Umpqua Watersheds


Timber! Old-growth Sales in Oregon Fall Dead


We know exactly what kind of sound the old-growth trees of Oregon WON’T be making, after courts ruled with conservationists in two separate cases that challenged the cutting of old growth in several national forest timber sales in Oregon. The hero of the day is the red tree vole, a small rodent that lives in old-growth treetops and presents a favorite meal of the northern spotted owl. The timber sales had been initially made possible by a downgrading in protection of the vole by the Bureau of Land Management in 2003, a decision that should have included public comment–but did not–and was therefore ruled illegal by the court.




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