Conservation Connection November 2007
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In this issue:
- Tripod victory
- Fisher first
- Election wrap-up
- Internships are in
- Giving and gear
Big trees like this will be retained for wildlife habitat at the site of the 2006 Tripod burn.
Photo: Jen Watkins
Big, Old Trees Protected in the Okanogan
In an important victory for wildlife in the Okanogan, the Forest Service announced last Friday that they
will not log old-growth habitat at the site of the Tripod fire. Conservation Northwest members repeatedly
wrote the Forest Service about this post-fire sale, urging the agency to protect the largest burned trees
for lynx and other wildlife. Conservation Northwest staff also worked closely with a collaborative group
in the months immediately following the fire to identify common-ground principles for developing a post-fire
project in the burn area. That work paid off.
The decision shows an agency responsive to the public's concerns and one that understands that we cannot
afford to lose anymore of the few remaining large trees in eastside forests.
Dead trees–snags–are critical for
wildlife denning and nesting. Conservation Northwest looks forward to working with the Forest Service to
apply the lessons learned at Tripod to other large fires on our public forests.
People needn't feel lonely in Olympic National Park; fisher are returning!
Photo: Regan Nelson
Return of Fisher to Washington's Forests
In response to widespread support and to your letters, the National Park Service has decided to
translocate animals from healthy populations in British Columbia to reestablish self-sustaining
populations of fisher
in Olympic National Park. A 2004 feasibility study found abundant prey and denning habitat in the park,
and biologists expect them to thrive there.
Conservation Northwest teamed with the Department of Fish and Wildlife three years ago to bring
fisher back. The recent decision is an exciting opportunity to restore the full suite of wildlife
once roaming the wilderness. The plan could provide a template for restoring this small, reclusive
member of the weasel family to the Cascade Mountains and the Kettle River Range.
A Taylor's checkerspot butterfly feeds on blue camas in the oak-woodland.
Photo: Cross-Base Highway Coalition
Saving Our Oak-Woodland Prairie
Proposition 1, the largest transportation package proposed in state history, was soundly rejected
this election, with voters in the greater Puget Sound sending a clear message to the region's transportation
planners: More transit, less roads. According to Sierra Club exit polls, 52% of "no" voters would have
voted for a transit-only package. With the proposition's failure, the
a particularly controversial aspect of the roads package, is far short of funding. Had the proposition passed,
the project would have received $90 million and construction would have begun paving a freeway across one of
the best remaining of our region's oak-woodland prairies. For now, the future of Washington's prairie is a
Unfortunately for broader conservation in Washington, Initiative 960 passed. The measure makes it more
difficult for the legislature to raise revenue to meet basic state needs, including key conservation
projects such as protecting the North Cascades grizzly bear and constructing wildlife bridges across
I-90. Time will tell how passage of this initiative shakes out for conservation in our state.
Intern Kate Burton field-documented post-fire timber sales.
Photo: Reeves Parrish
Follow Your Dreams: Internship Opportunities
Conservation Northwest offers a robust internship and fellowship program to smart, committed
individuals. These positions give aspiring conservationists real-life experience in nonprofit
advocacy work, in fields ranging from science (national forest and endangered species research and
advocacy) to grassroots organizing (public outreach and event coordination) to education
(environmental journalism and school outreach).
A few testimonials from past interns:
"The experience I gained during my short tenure has allowed me to follow my dreams."-J.R. Barker
"The life experience I gained working to protect old growth prepared me for a career with national environmental
nonprofits in Washington, DC." –Kate Freund
"I would like to thank you for the incredible opportunity I had working under your wings; in such a short
amount of time I learned so much.”"-Alyson Maggiora
A little vole means a lot.
Photo: © Gary Brasch
A Gift for Wildlife, Wildlands, and your Favorite People!
This year, your holiday gift-giving can also support our vital conservation work. We have plenty of
fun items that are sure to please: t-shirts, hats, SIGG water bottles, work gloves, and a beautiful
new book about the Columbia Highlands
. Or, if you want to be "stuff-free," share your love of the Northwest's special wildlife and wild
places by giving gift memberships to your loved ones. Please visit our new,
for secure, easy, and meaningful holiday giving.