Conservation Connection September 2010
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In this issue:
- Columbia Highlands
- Workplace giving helps
- Farm & ranch protection
- Vote for wildlife!
Jungle Hill leads to Wapaloosie, and big views along the Kettle Crest.
Photo: Steve Schubert
Be a Part of
Columbia Highlands Wilderness
You are invited Tuesday, September 21, 6 pm to 9 pm, to a special western
Washington grassroots kick-off party for the
Columbia Highlands Grassroots Campaign at Piecora's Pizza in Seattle. Enjoy
free food and drinks and the premiere showing of our new Google Earth tour of the Columbia Highlands.
Be part of this historic wilderness effort! RSVP to
The town of Republic in northeastern Washington hosts its own
party and launch of the Columbia Highlands Initiative, with a potluck and benefit concert by the world-renowned
musician and sharp-witted balladeer,
Dana Lyons. Email
Crystal Gartner to say you'll attend.
Whether you live east or west of the Cascades, you'll enjoy
exploring the trails
of the Columbia Highlands. On Sept. 25, climb Jungle Hill on the Kettle Crest and on Oct. 9,
summit Columbia Mountain for the golden foliage of western larch. On Oct. 2, help us help
the Forest Service revegetate a decommissioned forest road in beautiful wildlife
habitat in the Selkirks.
Reach a hand out to wildlife through your workplace giving.
Photo: Aaron Theisen
Workplace Giving Helps
Wildlife–and It's Easy!
Many workplace giving campaigns are launching this month and next, and through them you can help
wildlife with almost no effort. If your employer has a workplace giving campaign, you can spread
your gift out in small, manageable amounts over the next year. Having just $10 held back from a
biweekly paycheck can send Mitch to DC for a groundbreaking wilderness bill or help us host
letter-writing parties to protect wolves in Washington.
Conservation Northwest is already listed in the catalogs of some big
workplace campaigns, such
as Microsoft, and we can receive gifts via United Way as well. Thank
you for adding wildlife and wilderness to your giving!
Conservation easements help ranches become a living heritage.
Photo: Paul Bannick
Approved for Farm and Ranch Protection Program
This month, a conservation easement on the Colville ranch property of John and Melva Dawson
was approved by the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The ranch provides valuable habitat
for wildlife, including prized, trophy white tail and mule deer.
"Our family continues to enjoy a lifestyle of working on the land, appreciating the freedom and
beauty of open country. It would have broken our hearts to see the ranch broken up and developed.
We are very happy and thankful for this opportunity," said John Dawson.
The Inland Northwest Land Trust of Spokane, Conservation Northwest, and the Dawsons worked together
to better connect lands important for people and wildlife between the
Cascades and the Rockies.
Conservation Northwest aims for #1 in western Washington.
Your King 5 Vote Takes
Wildlife to the Top
We've been nominated as a favorite local charity on King 5's Best of Western Washington.
Last year, Conservation Northwest placed in the top 5. This year, we are aiming for #1,
and you can take us there!
is simple and requires only an email. Your vote will be a huge boon
to the Columbia Highlands Initiative, which aims to protect wilderness,
recreation access, and economic opportunity for the communities and
forests of northeastern Washington. Thank you for voting for the wildlife
and wild places you love. You can also use your
phone and a barcode scanner app to vote, very cool.