Conservation Connection December 2010
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In this issue:
- Wolverine protection
- A gift for wildlife
- Snowshoe sashays
- Workshop for activism
The elusive and endangered wolverine.
Photo: © Stephen Crosio
Wolverines Gain Recognition and Protection
Ten years after Conservation Northwest and others filed a petition for wolverines, the US Fish and Wildlife
Service has decided that this rare carnivore
under the federal Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, the agency also said
that those protections will be withheld indefinitely due to the backlog of other species awaiting official action.
The Cascades are one of the last places left in the lower 48 where wolverines are known to exist.
Real protections, not just "warranted" intentions, are needed if wolverines are to survive in the
face of a changing climate, shrinking snow packs, and increasingly fragmented habitat. To protect
this rare predator, Conservation Northwest is redoubling our efforts to track their existence,
protect and connect wolverine habitat, and push for full listing of the wolverine as an endangered species.
P.S. You can help this very cool predator by attending our
wolverine tracking training
at Feathered Friends in Seattle. This winter, ski, snowshoe, and contribute to citizen science.
Your gift helps keep wild areas wild. Snow Peak in the Kettle Range.
Photo: Jasmine Minbashian
Ring in the Solstice with a Gift for Wildlife
Do wolverines, wolves, bears, and lynx inspire you? Or is it big trees and gorgeous backcountry trails?
Whatever your reason, when you help wildlife and wilderness by supporting Conservation Northwest, it's
really a gift to back to your family and the future. As you look to longer days returning, please consider
making a donation this holiday season!
Your donation protects wildlife, wilderness, and working lands around the region, including in
northeastern Washington, where a unique,
broad-based partnership proposes to conserve thousands of acres of wildlife habitat on both public and private lands.
Thank you for your big-hearted support for the Columbia Highlands Initiative and for all of our work.
What better way to see the wilderness? Making tracks in the Kettles.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen
in the Columbia Highlands
If you've never visited the Columbia Highlands, why not plan on attending a winter trip, guided by
Conservation Northwest? On February 19 and March 5, join us for a guided snowshoe trip along the
Kettle Crest, where you will delight in gentle terrain, big views, wildlife tracking, and beautiful,
dry powder. Novices and newcomers are welcome as we explore the Colville National Forest just 2 1/2
hours northwest of Spokane.
Give a generous gifts for kits and kids! Lynx kits born this summer in the Loomis.
Photo: Scott Fisher, DNR
Help People and Wildlife
Conservation Northwest invites you to the annual Environmental Priorities Coalition Legislative
Workshop, including a new session on Activism 2.0, social media, and taking your activism to the
You'll hear from legislators, environmental lobbyists, and others regarding our community's environmental
priorities for clean water, clean air, green jobs, and core environmental protections in a time of
slashed budgets. Wild places and wildlife also benefit from a cleaner, greener Northwest economy.