Conservation Connection October 2009
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In this issue:
- Wolf hearings
- Nay on I-1033
- Go wild with film!
- Get your tracks on
With wolves returning to Washington, how can we do best by them, and us?
A plan needs your comment.
Wolf Hearings Come to Town
A draft wolf conservation and management plan is now ready for public comment,
public hearings around the state. And now that wolves have started showing up—with two packs
confirmed in the state—we want to make sure Washington's plan is visionary, pragmatic, and strong
enough to manage wolves in a balanced way that will ease the transition for everyone, including the wolves!
The current draft plan is on the right track, but key improvements are needed to ensure that wolves are
given the chance to recover to a healthy and stable population and effectively play their role as top
predators in Washington's wild lands. Last night, nearly 100 people attended the Spokane hearing, and
participated in a lively exchange, from practical concerns about wolf management to a celebration of
In Colorado, a law similar to I-1033 did so much damage to the state's economy that in 2005, Coloradans voted to suspend it.
Photo: Charlie Raines
Common Sense Says "No" on I-1033
The real effects on Washington state of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033, currently on the ballot,
are well known. All we have to do is look to Colorado, where a similar initiative led to such deep
cuts in the social fabric and economy that Coloradans later voted to suspend the law.
I-1033 is expected to reduce revenues for education, children's health care, the environment,
and other services that keep our communities healthy, clean, and safe, by $5.9 billion over the
next five years. It would also greatly hamper the legislature's ability to fund state programs
critical for conservation: protection of wildlife habitat, preservation of working farms, and
creation of new local and state parks. Times are tough. Let's not make them worse!
Vote no on I-1033.
Papiroflexia, one of the featured films at the Wild and Scenic Film
Festival, will inspire on November 4.
Nov 4, Seattle: The Wildest Film Festival
On Wednesday, November 4, Conservation Northwest hosts the
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle. The
featured film of the evening is
Division Street, a thought-provoking look at the
impact of roads on wildlife and wild places and what visionary people around the country are doing to
solve the problem. Other engaging and entertaining short documentary, fiction, and adventure films
highlight how ordinary people are creating real change across the globe.
Join us for a night of breathtaking films, fun door prizes, and an amazing raffle,
including giveaways from Stevens Pass, Keen Footwear, and Osprey Packs. Reception starts at 6 pm, films
at 7 pm. Enjoy Sierra Nevada ales and celebrate with us as we showcase inspiring conservation efforts,
including our work to connect and protect wild places and wildlife in the Northwest. The film festival
is the largest of its kind on the West Coast and not to be missed.
A very blond black bear, ever curious, sniffs the camera site at Kendall Peak. Bears are expected to benefit greatly from the wildlife bridges currently being built across I-90.
Photo: Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Program
A Big Year for Wildlife Monitoring
The last photos from our work monitoring wildlife this spring and summer are returning from the field,
including thousands of images from cameras near proposed wildlife road-crossing structures and core
Cascades wildlife habitat.
Sixty volunteers installed and maintained cameras in the Cascades, the Olympics, and in northeastern Washington,
where our French intern combined hair snares and remote cameras in a search for lynx in the Kettle River Range.
In our first year helping agency biologists monitor the fishers that we've released into the Olympics, collared
female fishers visited our camera station.
Next, it's time to prepare for our winter season! This year, we are returning to Snoqualmie Pass with the
Wilderness Awareness School and adding wolverine snowtracking trainings for backcountry enthusiasts. If you
have participated in these efforts before, or are just interested in learning more,
check out our calendar.