Conservation Connection January 2008
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In this issue:
- Fisher love
- Wildlife monitoring
- Ice caves win
- Lobby day
Bridgette, a Canadian fisher soon to be transported to Washington.
Photo: Jeff Lewis/WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
Fishers Are Coming to Washington
Conservation Northwest is pleased to have played a key role in bringing about the reintroduction of a
native forest-dwelling mammal to Washington State. Right now the
National Park Service
and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are working with BC biologists to translocate Pacific fisher from
areas such as the Chilcotin in British Columbia to Olympic National Park. Some of the animals destined for
relocation are already awaiting their new digs; and although the release date hasn't yet been decided, it's
coming up soon. We'd like to introduce you to some of the first fisher destined for translocation: Anna,
Bridgette, Ellie, Frankie, Betty, the shy one, Devon, a real sweetheart, Alvin, the youngster, and Conan,
the tough guy, who ate his way through a divider, causing wildlife biologists to reinforce the transport
boxes destined to move the fisher to Washington!
A black bear relishes a scent tree in the Interstate 90 wildlife corridor.
Photo: Conservation Northwest
Citizen Science and Cascades Wildlife
Together with the Wilderness Awareness School, Conservation Northwest and the
I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition are sponsoring a
project that features citizen volunteers heading into the field during all seasons of the year to
document wildlife presence in the Cascades near Interstate 90. The Cascades Citizen
Wildlife Monitoring Project
combines snowtracking in the winter months with all-year-round remote camera work. The snowtracking stories that
result are fun and varied, including trailing a pine marten's walk within the Hyak corridor.
Cattle love to eat pale blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium sarmentosum).
The Ice Caves grazing agreement helps protect existing populations of this threatened wetland native.
Photo: Lois Kemp/
Center for Plant Conservation
Protecting Wetlands from Grazing:
A MOU for a Moo
Reason and cooperation wins out for the environment on national forest lands south of Mount Rainier:
Last year's 10-year management plan update for the Ice Caves Grazing Allotment originally did little to
protect fragile wetlands and rare plants and wildlife from the impact of too many cattle. But a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) achieved by the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and Conservation Northwest with the Forest
Service now helps protect the lands from overgrazing. The agency agreed to reduce the number of cow/calf pairs
to a level the system can better withstand, and ensure that local streams are protected with fencing partially
paid for and maintained by the permittee. Each year the Forest Service will evaluate in writing whether Aquatic
Conservation Strategy protections for fish and streamside wildlife are being met. The agency also pledged to work
toward retiring the nearby Twin Buttes Grazing Allotment.
Older trees provide cooling shade, habitat, and beauty. They also store carbon from the
atmosphere in a big way, reducing greenhouse gases.
Photo: Conservation Northwest
Local Solutions to Global Warming
Lobbying your state representatives can be fun–and effective. On January 23rd, speak up for a
healthy Washington during "Priorities for a Healthy Washington," when the state's environmental groups
hold their annual lobby day in Olympia. The goals this year? Create climate action and green jobs, foster
evergreen cities, support local farms for healthy kids, and envision local solutions to global warming.
Last year's legislative session was a banner year for the environmental community and citizen volunteers
helped pass all four priorities. We can do it again!