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November 2006

Conservation Connection November 2006

Conservation Connection - October 2006


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In this issue:

  • Election results
  • Take action for murrelet
  • Good news for wildlife bridges
  • Conservation and community

North Cascades

The biggest election winner–forests and wildlife.
Photo: Jasmine Minbashian



Elections Bring Change for Forests and Wildlife


Everyone is abuzz about the changes in Congress in the midterm elections. But the untold story is about the biggest winner: our environment.

Of the "pay-or-waive" property initiatives on ballots in the West, three were trounced in Washington, Idaho, and California. Rural Skagit County garnered the highest percentage of "no" votes against Washington's I-933 (73%), more than any other county including King. Loophole-ridden sections of these initiatives would have waived land use and habitat protections in favor of harmful, irresponsible development.

Perhaps the biggest news for people who value wildlife and wildlands is the unseating of Richard Pombo, anti-environment crusader and now the lame duck chairman of the House Resources Committee, by alternative energy expert, Jerry McNerney. Say goodbye to extreme proposals for oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, revisions to the Endangered Species Act, and waivers to the National Environmental Policy Act.


marbled murrelet in mossy nest

Old-growth trees near marine waters are needed by murrelets for nesting and rearing their young.
Photo: USFWS




Critical Time for Marbled Murrelet


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to substantially reduce critical habitat for the marbled murrelet in the Washington, Oregon, and California, a proposal that couldn't come at a worse time for the elusive, robin-sized seabird as its population continues to drop precipitously. The murrelet is a unique bird that requires healthy marine and old growth habitat for nesting and rearing its young. In many ways the fate of the murrelet and the fate of old growth go hand in hand, and the decline of one is indicative of the health of the other.

You can make a difference! Please speak up for murrelets and the Northwest's coastal old-growth forests.


mule deer at forest's edge

Providing safe passage for deer and other wildlife protects people driving the interstate, too.
Photo: James Johnston




Safe Passage for Wildlife at Gold Creek


The US Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a grant of $3.9 million to acquire lands in the Gold Creek valley, habitat key to the success of a new wildlife underpass approved for Interstate 90 between Hyak and Easton. Gold Creek experiences one of the highest levels of deer and elk roadkill along I-90. It has also been identified as an area that could provide the safest passage for wide-ranging species sensitive to road densities, such as fisher, wolverine, gray wolf, and grizzly bear.

The Gold Creek funds are yet another success for The Cascade Conservation Partnership and its legacy work that continues through the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition: improving habitat and wildlife connectivity between the North and Central Cascades.


Conservation Northwest

Caps and t-shirts tout Conservation Northwest.

Give Conservation, Create Community


Need a gift this holiday season for the person who has nearly everything? For just $20 (regularly $35) give a gift membership to Conservation Northwest. We send your gift recipient a gift card and beautiful welcome packet, regular updates on our campaigns, and Conservation Northwest Quarterly. And of course we won't send the new member any other member solicitations for the entire year.

Help build Conservation Northwest–we are your conservation community working to protect and connect old-growth forests and wild areas from the Coast to the Rockies. In case you need a few more gift ideas, we also have ball caps, t-shirts, and other items, all supporting Conservation Northwest!



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