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December 2009

Conservation Connection December 2009

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In this issue:

  • Twilight - Not!
  • Easy giving
  • Adopt a wilderness

3 wolf pups

Not CGI-wolves, but the real thing. Gray wolves are back in Washington and they need our support: Please comment on Washington's wolf plan today.




Out of the Twilight for Washington's Wolves

As Barbara Christensen notes in our blog, Scat!, wolves are all the rage of late. But it's hardly twilight for Washington's wolves. Some revere this powerful animal, some fear it. Yet in the end, wolves are just, well, wolves–neither devils nor saints, but a vital part of a complete, healthy ecosystem, where they influence everything from forest diversity to "mesopredators" (like coyotes) to the health of prey populations.

Like all things in nature, nothing is cut and dry, and we must consider a myriad other things when planning for wolves as they return to Washington's wildest places. That's also why we're asking you to speak up for wolves by January 8 to ensure that the state uses the best science and common sense in formulating a conservation plan for our wolves. If you haven't already sent a letter, please do! Twilight's Jacob would agree.

Conservation Northwest schwag

Gifts include donations to your favorite group, Conservation NW, in the name of your friends and family.

Feel Good Giving for Conservation

Wondering what to give your loved ones this holiday season? Satisfy them and help us continue to do our winning work for wildlife in the new year by ordering a gift or making a year-end donation today. Thank you!

From King 5's "Best of Western Washington," about Conservation NW: "Steadfast and effective in saving habitat for wildlife in Washington." –Beth C. "Intelligent, creative and realistic, they work with both sides on issues and look at the big picture." –Alex F.

Conservation Northwest protects and connects wildlands and wildlife from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies, big territory for a small group. Still, 2009 was another year when we got great things done for the Northwest. And we do it with you, 6,000 members and supporters around the greater Northwest.



young girl at Bald Snow Roadless Area

A young girl smiles at the Bald Snow overlook. The next generation benefits most from our diligence on behalf of forests and wildlife today.
Photo: Mark Walker Rhodes


Adopt a Columbia Highlands Wilderness

Visit the northeastern corner of Washington and you'll find a last wild frontier, abounding in wildlife, big views, starry skies, and quiet trails. Most of these rich wildlands were left out of Washington's wilderness bill of 30 years ago. But they won't be left out much longer. With your support, and the support of our partners, we're working hard to win wilderness protection in concert with a novel, balanced plan for the Colville National Forest.

Protecting rare lands takes passionate people who know, love, and speak up for individual wild places. Become a guardian by "adopting" one or more wild forests in the Columbia Highlands, from Thirteenmile and Twin Sisters to Quartzite and Hall Mountain. Washington's wild lands deserve the highest level of protection under the Wilderness Act. It's up to us to make it happen.





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