Conservation Connection May 2008
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In this issue:
- Groovin' for Grizzlies
- Summer auction
- Wildlife forum
- Volcano victory
Grassroots Coordinator Rose Oliver goes all out organizing an all-star cast for the best loved bears in Washington.
Photo: Ali Illyn
Groovin' for Grizzly Bears
Here at Conservation Northwest we are doing the difficult
work for bears,
promoting recovery for the Cascades grizzly, of which a scarce dozen are thought to remain. Thanks to
that work and your letters, Representative Larsen has demonstrated leadership for recovery of Cascades grizzly bears.
This week, Bear Awareness Week marks a celebration of grizzly and black bears.
Wildlife enthusiasts around the state are lending their business support
products, from a hungry bear breakfast at the Calico Cupboard in
Anacortes to 10% off bear-country camping gear at Winthrop Mountain
Sports. Our apex event is Groovin'
for Grizzlies in Bellingham, with music, dancing, and information
about bears, who need our care and attention for recovery. See you there!
Conservation Northwest's silent auction is a lively affair.
Photo: Gary Ide
Hope for a Wild Future
The stars of the evening are lynx, bears, wolves–and you! Please join Conservation Northwest for our
5th annual auction on June 11 at the Woodland Park Zoo's North Meadow. Join State Representative Christine
Rolfes as emcee and Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman as presenter for an evening that
features an engaging multimedia presentation highlighting the rich diversity of wildlife in northeast Washington's
Silent and live auctions include exciting trips and getaways, a selection of fine wines, outdoor gear,
excursions with biologists, work by local artisans, family experiences, and certificates for fine restaurants
and entertainment. Kids' events include a special, private guided tour through one of the zoo's exhibits.
Bring your family and support our work to keep the Northwest wild!
At the forum learn how people are designing passage that keeps elk–and people–safe from collisions.
Photo: Gary Braasch
Safe Passage for Wildlife
Wildlife Corridors Public Forum,
Thursday, June 5, at The Mountaineers Building near Queen Anne in Seattle. The evening includes guided discussions from leaders
in the field, describing the latest efforts to provide safe passage for wildlife across the landscape, around the nation and
in Washington state. Hear information on the Western Governors' Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative and the latest on
the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, which, together with the work of the
I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, is providing safe passage for people and
wildlife and turning heads close to home.
With the threat of a proposed mine gone, journeys on the Goat Mountain Trail continue unperturbed.
Photo: Jim Thode
Veritable Victory at Mount St. Helens
Conservationists around the state celebrated as an open-pit mine in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mount St. Helens
was rejected by the Bureau of Land Management. The agency found
that the proposed mine was not in the public's interest after receiving 33,000 comments on the issue, including those written
by Conservation Northwest supporters like you. Thank you!
Rejection of the mine protects the drinking water supplies of Kelso, Longview, and Castle Rock and keeps threatened salmon
and steelhead in the Green River safe from acid drainage. It protects ancient forest habitat and recreation destinations
including Goat Mountain Trail and the Green River Horse Camp.