Conservation Connection October 2008
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In this issue:
- Vote reminder
- Wolverine future
- Get outdoors
- Watershed preserve
Vote! You'll feel big and strong. Bodie Mountain Roadless Area in northeastern Washington.
Photo: Eric Zamora
Vote with Nature in Mind
We all know the upcoming election is likely the most important election of our lives. But the importance isn’t just a
matter of who will be America's next president. In Washington State, also at stake are the key issues of who will become
our governor and our commissioner of public lands (in charge of two million acres of state forest and the regulator of
private timberlands). There are countless legislative races, including vital local elections, from county commissioner
to other public office, which all have massive influence our land and wildlife issues.
Don’t waste our forests: Vote the whole ballot! Vote every race with nature in mind. Doing so shows your respect–not
just for the trees on which the ballot is printed, but also for wild lands and wildlife. Their fate can rest upon the
candidates you choose.
A remote camera photo taken in April of this year of the wolverine nicknamed "Melanie" by biologists.
Photo: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wolverines Threatened by Climate Change
Concerned by what is seen as government corruption of science and failure to acknowledge the serious threat of
climate change, Conservation Northwest and a coalition of ten conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the
US Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The
wolverine, a solitary animal known for its ability cross mountain ranges and cover large distances, is likely at
risk from changes in the climate.
"Washington State is one of the last strongholds for this gritty animal," said Joe Scott, our international
conservation director. "Wolverines are the ultimate survivors, able to live in mountains that routinely get 20
feet of snow. But in the face of climate change we must work with our Canadian friends, not depend on them, to
ensure these animals have a future."
This fall and winter join the Cascades Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project.
Photo: Conservation Northwest
Tracks, Feathers, and Fur
Meet photographer, naturalist, and Conservation Northwest development director Paul Bannick as he
presents breathtaking images from his new bird book, "The Owl and the Woodpecker." Join us for these free events October 23 (Seattle-REI), November 6 (Bellingham), and November 12 (Seattle-Burke Museum).
Also in Bellingham, October 27, catch a sneak preview of the upcoming film, BEARTREK, following renowned bear biologist and naturalist Chris Morgan on a motorcycle adventure across
four continents to understand and conserve the rarest bears on earth, including the rare North Cascades grizzly bear!
We need you this winter for snow tracking surveys along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass.
The Cascades Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project
puts people on the ground to document and better understand wildlife movement and presence of animals, from bear to wolverine,
in Washington's Cascades. Participation requires training and tracking dates November through March.
Lake Whatcom watershed: Worthy of a preserve!
Photo: Tore Ofteness
Preserving Lake Whatcom Watershed
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to log forests in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Thanks to
efforts by local citizens and legislators, the agency has been required by law since 2000 to follow logging
rules set by the Lake Whatcom Landscape Plan. But how strict are these rules? Photographer Aric Meyer documented logging conducted in the summer of 2008
under the plan rules.
This just in! Tuesday night, Whatcom County approved the creation of a 8,400 acre preserve that shifts
management of 25% of the Lake Whatcom watershed from DNR management to county park management. Creation of this
park prevents timber sales like the White Chanterelle, above, helps protect the drinking water for more than 90,000
people, creates low-impact recreation opportunities, and provides vital habitat for wildlife like the marbled murrelet.
Watch our blog, Scat! and our website for more on the story.