Conservation Connection March 2008
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In this issue:
- Scat! Our blog
- March madness
- Wildlife wins and woes
- Old growth hearing
From fishers to forestry, get the inside scoop by reading our new blog.
Photo: Paul Bannick
Scat! A Blog for Conservation Northwest
What do okra and old growth
have in common? Find out by reading Conservation Northwest's newly
launched blog. From in-the-field accounts of
on the Olympic Peninsula, to inside-the-chamber news from Congress, Conservation Northwest staff and guests are
blogging on topics important to wildlife
and wildlands in the Northwest. Go online today to read tales from the trails, get the inside
scoop on our work, and chat with other
conservationists about the latest news. "Scat!"
is a friendly blog bent on fun, and we hope you will join in. Read the blog, ask us
questions, or lend your comments.
Team up with Conservation Northwest.
Photo: Hudson Dodd
March Madness Has Begun
This year March Member Madness has gone digital. Online tools like a
Myspace profile make it easier than ever to share
your passion for protecting wild places! Every new person you refer scores you entries in a raffle for some
Northwest gear. And all new
members in March double their impact with a matching gift from a challenge fund.
You can also become a Conservation Northwest star player by providing stable funding as a
Wildland Partner monthly donor.
New Wildland Partners in March are also entered into our raffle!
Marbled murrelets co-evolved with the big old forests that once blanketed the West Coast, nesting exclusively in the canopies of old growth trees.
Photo: Thomas Hamer, Hamer Environmental L.P.
The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: News on Endangered Wildlife
This spring has brought in a slew of mostly good news for Northwest wildlife. Earlier this month, the US Fish
and Wildlife Service released a revised habitat plan for
Canada lynx after it came to light that
political meddling last year compromised the integrity of previous drafts. The
for designating critical habitat is a vast improvement, but still contains some serious gaps. Conservation Northwest
is working to ensure that all areas that are important to recovery and survival of lynx, such as the
Kettle River Range in northeast Washington,
will be included in the final proposal.
In another triumph of common sense over politics as usual, federal wildlife officials announced last month that
controversial plans to sharply reduce protected critical habitat for
marbled murrelet, a rare coastal seabird of
old-growth forests. The decision could also help thwart a
plan proposed by the Bureau of Land Management to open
lowland old-growth forests to logging in Oregon.
The news for
wolverine, unfortunately is not as
optimistic. This month the US Fish and Wildlife Service declared for the second time that
it will not use
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to assist what is one of the rarest forest mammals in the West.
In 2000, a coalition of conservation groups including Conservation Northwest petitioned the agency to
list the wolverine as a protected species under the ESA.
The Westside Timber Sale near Medford, Oregon, on BLM public lands.
Photo: courtesy Oregon Heritage Forests
Old Growth's Day in the Sun
This month the US Senate's Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests held a hearing on the management
of old-growth forests, chaired by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, and including forestry legislation by the
Senator with an updated plan for protecting old-growth forests. Conservation Northwest's Executive
Director Mitch Friedman
attended the hearing, where
prominent forest scientist Dave Perry emphasized that big, old trees are the best
refuge for carbon and most resistant to wildfire.
Many national forests in the Northwest, logged of their old growth in the last century, have grown up
into dense forest thickets. How do we make these second-growth plantations more resilient to climate change
and into better habitat for wildlife? Mitch Friedman explains how in his
Restoration Marshall Plan for national
forests in Scat!, Conservation Northwest's newly launched blog.