Conservation Connection March 2011
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In this issue:
- Help for wolves
- Support wildlife bridges
- Moving forward for wilderness
- We are everywhere
The documentary film, "Lords of Nature" asks: Can people and predators coexist? Can we afford not to?
You Helped Protect
Washington's Wolves–There's More to Do
Thanks to all of you who
championed Washington's wolves over these past weeks,
writing a letter or attending a hearing. Your efforts helped stop several anti-wolf
bills in the state legislature. To further protect wolves, Conservation Northwest
expand a reward fund to apprehend poachers who illegally kill Washington
wildlife, including wolves and grizzly bears.
Ten conservation groups have announced a
legal settlement regarding wolf recovery and
management in the Northern Rockies. If approved, the agreement would remove Endangered
Species Act protections for gray wolves in Idaho and Montana where they are faring
well and return management authority to those states, while retaining full protection
in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Utah.
We are encouraged by this recent development because it helps defuse what was
becoming an increasingly polarized and hostile debate, spilling over into Washington.
The agreement also highlights the importance of having scientifically credible
wolf plans and would establish a panel of scientists to monitor the viability and
connectedness of wolf populations. In the long run, this approach will benefit Rocky
Mountain wolves as a whole and improve the chances of wolves dispersing to the Cascades.
A black bear near the site of the proposed Rock Knob overpass.
Photo: CNW remote camera
Momentum Builds for
I-90 Wildlife and Safety
promising move by the state House and Senate transportation committees approves funding and
advances completion of an important highway project. The decision builds momentum for safe
passage for wildlife and people on Interstate 90 in an important north to south connectivity
route through the Cascades.
Funding for the next phase of the I-90 Project will add 1.5 miles of expanded freeway near
Keechelus Dam, plus a truck chain-up area, expanded snowsheds in a high avalanche zone,
and potentially the
first ever wildlife bridge in Washington State between Snoqualmie and
Partner groups in the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, including Conservation Northwest,
are working to ensure the integrity of the next phase of this critical project. We're
thankful for the help of many legislators for getting us to this point, but most especially
Rep. Judy Clibborn, House transportation committee chair. We're also appreciative of
supporting organizations, including AAA and the Potato Growers of Washington.
"We don't have to choose between protecting wild country up on the Kettle Crest and productively managing our
Moving Forward for
Wilderness and Wildlife
Make sure to check out recent
profile ads that have been running in local papers around
northeastern Washington, from Republic to Newport, this past month. The ads feature the
voices of local people telling the story of eight years of cooperation developing a balanced
plan for working lands, wilderness, and recreation in Washington's Columbia Highlands.
"What the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition is doing is something that Teddy Roosevelt
would have done, something to that scale.... A balanced plan will benefit all different
angles–from ATV enthusiasts, to sportsmen, to cattlemen, to timbermen. It's what we
need to move ahead in the northeastern counties." - Tommy Petrie, Pend Oreille County Sportsmen Club
Looking forward to the events of spring–and summer.
Photo: Crystal Gartner
We Are Everywhere
Conservation Northwest has an active social calendar, from Earth Hour to Green Drinks, from
service trips to butterfly talks, and from Northwest trivia night to presentations on
Lords of Nature and the Columbia Highlands. We also track public hearings, open houses,
and other opportunities to help you stay active in keeping the Northwest wild. Visit
calendar to see what's coming up in your part of the state!
One date you won't want to miss is Wednesday, June 8, and our fun annual
auction at Herban Feast's historic SoDo Park. At
Hope for a Wild
Future, we guarantee a special and exciting night celebrating Conservation
Northwest's work protecting and connecting wildlife and habitat from
the Coast to the Rockies.