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December 2011

Conservation Connection December 2011

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In this issue:

  • Wolf plan approved!
  • Partner with us
  • Hope & heritage
  • Get active

Washington's wolves now have a plan, thanks to you

We did it! Washington's wolves have a plan now, thanks to you.
Photo © Dave Moskowitz

Wolf Plan Approved! A Legacy Gift to All of Washington

On December 3rd the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a new state wolf plan. That's tremendous news for Washington's wolves on the edge of recovery and for our state's ecosystems.

Conservation Northwest led the charge from plan initiation, through public hearings, and to final approval. It wouldn't have happened without your support, persistence, and inspired letters and testimony at public hearings. Thank you!

"There is clearly a lot of support for a balanced wolf recovery plan in Washington," says Jasmine Minbashian, who directs Conservation Northwest's wolf program. "Finding the middle ground on what is a polarizing issue – I'd call it a big success."

Butterflies alighting on Teanaway wolf scat

Butterflies alight on wolf dung in the Teanaway. Visit Scat!, our lively blog on keeping the Northwest wild.

Share the Love, Give to Wildlife

Times are challenging, but with successes like the wolf plan, we know our hard work ‒ and your steadfast support ‒ pays off. This season, you can do more than ever for wildlife and wild lands! Our online store has great gear and gift memberships, perfect for friends and family. Or click here to visit our special portal and 5% of your purchases are donated to Conservation Northwest.

Your donation recovers wildlife like wolves, connects habitats, protects the places you love, and ensures a wildlife legacy for your family. We promote understanding among stakeholders and long-lasting wilderness in northeast Washington. And, as ever, we use science smartly to keep the Northwest wild.



The Gothams follow a long tradition of cattle ranching and stewardship in the Columbia Highlands.

The Gothams follow a long tradition of cattle ranching and stewardship in the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: Aleece McGlothern


Ranch Easement for Heritage and Wildlife

Conservation Northwest successfully purchased a conservation easement on 300 acres of the Gotham Ranch near Sherman Pass in the Columbia Highlands. This easement will protect open space, wildlife habitat, and continued agricultural use next to proposed wilderness.

Bryan and Deb Gotham said, "Our dream is for generations of our family to raise cattle, horses, and timber in this beautiful country. Selling the development rights helps us today without compromising our dream for the future. We're very happy."

This effort is part of our program to collaboratively protect wildlife habitat on public and private lands in northeast Washington. Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest's executive director, said, "The Gotham Ranch is providing beef, timber, and livelihoods in a way that is compatible with the needs of wolverine, lynx, and other wildlife. Nestled right up against the Kettle Crest and the potential wilderness lands there, this represents a great balance that I think a lot of people can get behind."



There's power in speaking out. Julia with a stack of letters for Washington's new wolf plan.

There's power in speaking out. Julia with a stack of letters for Washington's new wolf plan.





Environmental Priorities for a Healthy Washington

Conservation groups in Washington decide together each year the top environmental priorities. 2012 priorities — Toxic-Free Kids, Fulfill Our Clean Energy Initiative, and Pollution-Free Prosperity — are a solid base for all the work we do keeping the Northwest wild. They are advances we know we can all make together.

Join in a dynamite "how to" lobbying workshop with the state's leading environmental organizations, Sat., Jan. 7, 9:30 am - 2:45 pm, at the University of Washington. You will build your community and skills as an activist and prepare for lobby day, Feb. 15. Email to learn what more you can do for a healthy Washington!




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