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February 2010

Conservation Connection February 2010

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In this issue:

  • Fisher finale
  • Witness for wildlife
  • Blanchard protection
  • Upcoming events

fisher peering out 2010

One of the final fishers released on the Olympic Peninsula looks out to new habitat and a new home.
Photo: Paul Bannick




Fishers' Grand Finale to Olympic Forests

As Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jeff Lewis reminds us, fishers are neither worm-toting anglers nor minnow-eating water birds but elusive forest mammals that once roamed the deep coniferous forests of Washington. Today, they roam there once again, thanks to Jeff and many others, including Conservation Northwest, who made it possible.

This month brought releases to a total of 90 fishers over the past three years into Olympic Mountain forests. "This final release culminates a decade of cooperative effort to restore fisher to Washington," said Dave Werntz, conservation director at Conservation Northwest, "and gives me a sense of what Shaun White felt after landing his spiraling Double McTwist 1260!"


state map showingI-90 wildlife corridor

How did the wildlife cross the road? Gold Creek along I-90 is a key corridor - and site for a new wildlife crossing - for Cascades wildlife.

Witness for Wildlife at Gold Creek

Follow along with Jen Watkins and Marlo Mytty as they explore the Gold Creek wildlife corridor near Interstate 90 in the central Cascades. Here, construction of a new wildlife crossing has begun for animals moving north to south across Interstate 90.

"This is a moment when we get to tell a story about what a community did to start protecting a corridor, along the way creating new solutions and new communities," says Jen, Conservation Northwest staffer and our representative on the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. The "Witness for Wildlife" video project was funded by Patagonia's Freedom to Roam campaign.


Horseback rider on Blanchard

National resource conservation area status would give firmer protection for Blanchard's popular hiking and riding trails.
Photo: Erin Moore


Added Protection for Blanchard Mountain

Conservation Northwest welcomes the recent announcement by Public Lands Commissioner Goldmark that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) intends to establish a natural resource conservation area (NRCA) on Blanchard Mountain. Home to wildlife from bats to salmon, this diverse forest, where the Cascades meet the sea, is widely popular with hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

The new designation builds on work we did as part of the Blanchard Strategies Group. In 2006, DNR brought together diverse interests to find solutions to protect the core recreational and ecological values of Blanchard Forest and combat conversion of forests to sprawl. As a NRCA, the core of Blanchard would be conserved as an "outstanding example of a native ecosystem."



Bald Snow in the Columbia Highlands

Bald Snow, popular with skiers and snowshoers, is ripe for "adopting" in the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: Melinda Torgerson

Wolves, Wolves, Woodpeckers, and You!
Presentations: Wolves and ecosystems are the main stars in the stirring new documentary, Lords of Nature. You're also invited to "The Owl and the Woodpecker," most immediately coming to Seattle, followed by Colville, Othello, Republic, and Omak. See our calendar for upcoming events.

Internships: Want to get involved with Conservation Northwest this spring and summer? Consider interning with us! Earn valuable nonprofit experience while protecting wild landscapes.

Wilderness: No matter where you live in the state, you can "adopt a wilderness" in northeastern Washington's Columbia Highlands. Sign up to the Columbia Highlands Facebook page. And learn how wilderness is good for local business!




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