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February 2012

Conservation Connection February 2012

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In this issue:

  • Colville forest win
  • WA wolves update
  • Roads and wildlife
  • Hope for a Wild Future


Restoration thinning in a forest near Orient helped re-create old growth conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire near homes. Photo: Dave Heflick

Restoration thinning in a forest near Orient helped re-create old growth conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire near homes.
Photo: Dave Heflick










Colville Forest Win ‒ A Model for the Nation

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $968,000 to the Northeast Washington Forest Vision 2020 project, naming it one of the top collaborative forest restoration plans in the nation. Work can now begin in earnest on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington. Restoration is an important part of a three-prong plan for the Columbia Highlands, including wilderness protection.






Catch up with

Catch up with "Wolfer" author Carter Niemeyer on March 14 in Ellensburg.





Update on Washington's Wolves

Coming to town: Conservation Northwest hosts a special presentation by Carter Niemeyer, author of "Wolfer," on March 14 in Ellensburg on the Central Washington University campus. You'll have an opportunity to meet "the man who might be the best friend that wolves ever had." Please invite your friends to this exciting event!

Wolves in Olympia: A wolf bill making its way through the state legislature provides funds to compensate livestock owners for proven depredations, and now also contains a $4,000 fine for illegally killing a wolf. Thanks are due to Rep. Kris Lytton (WA-40), who helped champion the higher poaching fine, and to all of you, for showing that wolves are important to Washington.






 

 

Moose cow and calf cross a stream in the South End of the Colville National Forest. Photo: Dave Heflick

Moose cow and calf cross a stream in the South End of the Colville National Forest.
Photo: Dave Heflick

 


Ways Forward for Roads and Wildlife

Northeast Washington‒you helped drive the decision: Thanks to your support, the Colville National forest supervisor has decided against opening substantial areas of road and trail in the South End of the forest to motorized recreation. Lack of resources to manage and police trails and restore ORV abuse is this plan's flaw. We support opportunities for all recreation users, but it must be done right to avoid conflicts and environmental damage to public lands and wildlife.

Interstate 90‒send a letter: The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project is making the freeway less dangerous to people and wildlife. Right now, you can ask your legislator to dedicate savings from the first phase of the project to the second phase, including Washington's first wildlife bridge. Please send a letter to keep the I-90 Project moving!



 

 

At last year's auction, you helped us raise funds to keep the Northwest wild. Photo: Sunita Budhrani

At last year's auction, you helped us raise funds to keep the Northwest wild.
Photo: Sunita Budhrani

 

 

 

 


Auction: Wild Time for Wildlife and Wild Lands

Our 9th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction is coming this spring, on Wednesday, May 9, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at Herban Feast's Sodo Park, Seattle. To register, go online or call Julia at 800.878.9950 ext. 10, for an early bird price of $100 until April 6.

Mingle with friends and bid on amazing packages with new auctioneer, David Silverman. Enter a raffle for a chance to win the live auction item of your choice. And catch a glimpse of the stars in a new BBC film: our own Cascades' wolves!




 

 

 

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