Conservation Connection January 2011
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In this issue:
- Support WA wolves
- 3 minutes for wildlife
- I-90 wildlife bridge
- Giving opportunities
Washington's wolves are under fire: a pup from the Methow pack.
Many state politicians are hard at work solving our state's economic
crisis, but some instead are hard at work stripping protections for
endangered wolves in Washington. Three harmful, anti-wolf bills have
been introduced into the state legislature this session, backdoor attempts
to harm Washington's wolves and ongoing wolf recovery efforts.
Sponsoring legislators hope to quickly move these proposed laws through
to a vote before the public has had a chance to weigh in. Please
use the online action system today
to speak out against these radical bills. Let our lawmakers know
you support recovery of Washington's wolves!
For a quick taste of heaven, watch a
3-minute version of our Columbia
Highlands Google Earth tour.
for Columbia Highlands Wildlife
Got three minutes for wild places and wildlife? Watch a
hot new, abbreviated
version of our Google Earth flyover of northeastern Washington’s
Columbia Highlands. Have another ten minutes?
Compose a quick letter
to Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
reminding them of an exceptional chance to create a balanced future
for local communities and wildlife and to protect wilderness in the
Or, take a moment to call the Spokane offices of Sen. Cantwell, (509) 353-2507, and Rep.
McMorris Rodgers: (509) 353-2374. Make your call concise and upbeat. Urge her to introduce
a wilderness bill for the Columbia Highlands this spring, and thank her and her staff for
being involved and for supporting this collaborative effort. Your one call can have momentous
effect for northeastern Washington.
Washington is very close to achieving its first-ever wildlife bridge,
shown here in an artist's rendition.
Photo: WA DOT
What's Next? I-90's First-Ever
Interstate 90, the largest east-west freight highway in Washington, is heavily used by many drivers.
That use is often at odds with wildlife, particularly near Snoqualmie Pass, where I-90 severs the
path that animals need to travel north to south through the Cascades. Yet there's a solution to
helping wildlife cross safely.
The WA Department of Transportation is expected to save $110 million from the completed first phase of
ongoing construction on the I-90 Project. Approximately half of that savings could easily be invested
back into preventing collisions and connecting roaming wildlife by constructing a ready-to-go,
second phase, including a wildlife bridge at the Rock Knob.
Please send a letter today urging
state legislators to direct the savings back into Phase 2 of the I-90 Project.
Curley and a volunteer in action at "Hope for a Wild Future."
To all of you who've donated to help keep the Northwest wild, thank
Summer Longings: Giving
Don't miss this tax-free giving opportunity for Conservation Northwest:
If you are age 70 or older, you'll want to take advantage of a special
giving opportunity to support our work to protect your beloved wild
places. Congress has reauthorized a provision that allows tax-free charitable
gifts from IRA accounts to qualified charities. Until Jan. 31, you can
make a tax-free gift that will count retroactively for 2010.
Also, please save a date in late May for this year's
a Wild Future" auction with Conservation Northwest. Attendees to
this lively evening raise thousands of dollars for wildlife and wildlands.
Our auctioneer this year is the highly entertaining John Curley and
the venue is Herban Feast in Seattle’s SoDo Park.