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September 2006

Conservation Connection September 2006

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In this issue:

  • Roadless forests
  • Faith and environment
  • To mine - or not?
  • Wildlife-friendly wood

Colville roadless

Irreplaceable wildlife habitat–roadless forest in the Colville National Forest
Photo: James Johnston








Speak Up for Wild Forests


In 2001, 80,000 residents of Washington voiced their support for a rule that protected over 2 million acres of roadless wildlands. Ninety-six percent of those who commented favored roadless area protection. But in 2005, the Bush administration rescinded that rule and replaced it with a state-by-state petition process. Governor Christine Gregoire, representing the people of Washington, is considering a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finally protect roadless areas in our state. But first, she wants to hear from you. There are three ways you can help the Governor protect wild, roadless forests:

1 Attend the roadless workshop September 18 in Olympia, and September 19 in Spokane, and submit your comments
2 Use the online comment form
3 Print your comments and mail by October 13, 2006, to Roadless Areas Comments, Governor's Executive Policy Office, PO Box 43113, Olympia, Washington 98504-3113



Faith and Environment Network founder

Faith and Environment Network stalwart Jason Duba and friend Emily Wells keeping cool in Emerald Lake in the Kettle River Range
Photo: Eric Zamora




Christians Respond to Climate Change


No matter what your religion, we all believe in the need for clean air, clean water, and wild places. The Faith and Environment Network, an alliance that includes Conservation Northwest, is collaborating with the Evangelical Environmental Network to sponsor a free public forum on "A Christian Response to Climate Change" in Spokane, this Thursday, September 14.

As people the world over are feeling the effects of climate change, many Christians are taking a stand on the issue. Attend this forum to learn from several leading Christian thinkers about climate change and the need for Christians to respond to this issue.



Equestrians at Goat Mountain

The popular Goat Mountain Trail and the Green River Horse Camp are at jeopardy.
Photo: Jim Thode





Help Stop Mining near Goat Mountain


If one company has its way, there could soon be an open-pit mine located near Goat Mountain in the heart of the Green River valley near Mount St. Helens. This beautiful valley in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is home to abundant wildlife, including winter steelhead, fall chinook, and the northern spotted owl.

Idaho General Mines, Inc., wants to lease access to 900 acres of public lands in the valley, though the Forest Service must first grant the lease to allow it to happen. Conservation Northwest is working with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force to protect the Green River valley, but we need your help!



Mountain caribou by Patrice Halley

Using FSC-only wood helps protect the Inland Temperate Rainforest, home to endangered mountain caribou, which Conservation Northwest works to protect.
Photo: Patrice Halley


Use Old-Growth Friendly Lumber


You can help save old-growth trees simply by not using lumber cut from these forests! For your construction projects, insist on FSC-certified lumber. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval ensures that the timber you purchase is grown and harvested in a manner that is ecologically sound. That helps animals like the endangered mountain caribou, which rely on the old-growth forests of British Columbia for their survival. Unfortunately, Americans are the most rapacious consumers of caribou habitat. Two-thirds of British Columbia's (mostly old-growth) wood products are exported to customers in the U.S.

There are various outlets for FSC-certified lumber, including Dunn Lumber, with 11 locations throughout western Washington, and Home Depot stores throughout the state.




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