Conservation Connection November 2011
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In this issue:
- Support for wolves
- Green giving
- Cascades grizzly bears
- Wildlife-friendly energy
Shared values for wolves emerged at public hearings this year: this one in Spokane.
Photo: Crystal Gartner
2-to-1 Learning to Live
During the final public hearing in Spokane, you did it again, turning out 2 to 1 in support of a
state plan for Washington's wolves. The state wildlife commission has heard convincingly from
thousands of you this year: Washington's wolves deserve a fair and balanced wolf plan. The
Commission votes on final passage of the plan on Dec 3; we'll keep you posted on the outcome.
A recent poll showed some 75% of the public support wolf recovery in Washington. The proposed wolf plan
is a pragmatic and broadly supported blueprint for recovering wolves, minimizing livestock conflicts,
and maintaining healthy ungulate populations and hunting opportunities. Thank you for taking action these past months!
Go wild with our newest T-shirt: Salish wolf art by Joseph Sxwaset
From Black Friday to Green Giving
Want to avoid the mall and give gifts with real meaning this year? Join us in turning "Cyber Monday"
into Green Gift Monday. Our online store has great gear and gift membership packages, perfect for
your favorite wildlife and wildlands fan. Visit our Green Gift blog by Monday for a special coupon!
New! Click here to go to our special
REI.com portal, and 5% of your purchase will help keep the Northwest
wild. From grizzly bears to lynx, North Cascades to the Columbia Highlands,
your gifts connect and protect the region's ecologically vital habitats.
Biologists Bill Gaines and Scott Fitkin are featured in the HCN story.
Photo: Nathan Rice
High Time for North Cascades Grizzly Bears
From recent front-page coverage of the first bear photographed in 15 years to a new in-depth feature in
High Country News, North Cascades grizzly bears are finally getting noticed. Reporter Nathan Rice's
excellent piece illustrates why now is the time to push for full recovery of these bears before they
"blink out" of existence.
"The Cascades grizzly bear has always been the red-headed stepchild of the grizzly bear recovery program,"
says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, the leading local advocacy group for grizzly recovery.
"It generally gets the hand-me-downs, leftovers, and pocket change."
Scott and Conservation Northwest have led the charge for Cascades grizzly bear recovery for more than
20 years. With your help, we'll do even more for bears.
Forests really suck - carbon that is.
Photo: James Johnston
Alternative Energy? Living Forests
Climate change demands we stop using coal and invest in alternate energy. We believe energy alternatives
can be designed to protect, not endanger, rare wildlife and habitat, and you have helped stop two bad projects.
This month, the plug was pulled on two misguided energy projects, which would have irreparably harmed
wildlife and habitat. Marbled murrelets breathe easier in the state's best old-forest habitat for them
near Willapa Bay. And bighorn sheep, upland birds, and other wildlife continue to savor un-dammed valley
lands along the Similkameen River near the town of Loomis. Thank you for taking action for wildlife-friendly energy!
It's not just about engineering more clean energy. Forest restoration initiatives and old-growth forest
protections suck and store carbon out of the air and combat climate change. The recent victory for roadless
forests is a huge help with protecting natural carbon storage across the US.