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June 2011

Conservation Connection June 2011

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In this issue:

  • Cascades wolves
  • Act for wilderness
  • Predator and prey
  • Hope for the future

Your comment on a status review helps protect Cascades wolves

Your comment by July 5 on a status review helps protect Washington's recovering wolves!

Wolves Bring Back Life to the Cascades

Wolf recovery in Washington has been slow and difficult since they were killed off to extinction over 70 years ago; and the small but recovering population of Washington's wolves face tough times ahead. In April, Congress removed federal protection from Northern Rockies wolves, which includes wolves in the eastern third of our state. This month, news broke that three Methow Valley residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with killing up to five endangered Cascades wolves.

Now, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is convening the first-ever status review of continued endangered species protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest. The status review sets the future course for the recovery of wolves in the Cascades and Olympics. Please comment for wolves today: Take action by July 5 at our easy online action center!

"Wolves bring life back into the Cascades," says Jasmine Minbashian, our special projects director. "In their role as top dog of the wilderness, they maintain a balance of predator and prey that has a trickle down benefit for all sorts of wildlife, from fish to eagles to bears."

Enjoy the wilderness-deep quiet of the Kettle Crest, with friends and family, at the 
		  Kettle Range Rendezvous, July 8-10.

Enjoy the wilderness-deep quiet of the Kettle Crest, with friends and family, at the Kettle Range Rendezvous, July 8-10.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen

A Rare Opportunity for Columbia Highlands Wilderness

At the end of this month, the US Forest Service will release its proposed action for revising forest plans for the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests. This initiates a 60-day comment period that ends on August 29, 2011, that will include public meetings held mid-June through mid-August in communities near the two national forests. The upcoming public comment sessions are a once-in-a-decade chance to influence the future of our national forests and how they should be managed for recreation and protected for wildlife and wilderness.

Two important things you can do as we await news on the agency's release: Sign up for our action alert list to take action when it counts. Then, get outside! Experience the remarkable lands of the Columbia Highlands through a summer hike series co-hosted by Conservation Northwest and Kettle Range Conservation Group. It's your chance to enjoy wilderness first-hand in Washington's last frontier.



Why do mule deer scan the horizon so intently? Learn more in

Why do mule deer scan the horizon so intently? Learn more in "What's up with predators?"
Photo: David Moskowitz


Why Big, Furry Animals Are Rare

Conservation Northwest has been in the thick of things as we and others search for solutions that allow top predators to assume their critical place on the landscape, while trying to lessen polarization in our communities. The interactions of predators and prey are fascinating and complex. Have you ever wanted to know why predators don't eat themselves out of existence, or where all the mule deer have gone to? Learn how a forest niche is "jobs in the woods"; natural selection is nature's golden rule; and why big fierce animals, such as wolves, are ultimately rare–and valuable. In our recent newsletter, "Predators and prey: Finding balance," International Conservation Director Joe Scott sheds light on the place of predators in our natural systems.



Supporters enjoy a smile and good times at

Staff and volunteers enjoy a smile and good times at "Hope for a Wild Future" auction.
Photo: Kaylyn Messer





You Are Our Hope for a Wild Future!

Thanks to everyone who attended our 8th annual Hope for a Wild Future auction on June 8 at Seattle's Herban Feast on June 8. Together, we raised $132,000 to support Conservation Northwest, protecting wildlife from gray wolves to Canada lynx and connecting wild places from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies. Couldn't be there? Please make an online "paddle raise" for wildlife and lands!

This summer, treat yourself by visiting two new exhibits at Seattle's Burke Museum: one based on Conservation Northwest's own Paul Bannick and his award-winning book The Owl and the Woodpecker; the other on "Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century." North America's owls, woodpeckers, and wolves enrich the very habitats on which they depend. They are worth enjoying– and fighting for!




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