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September 2010

Conservation Connection September 2010

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In this issue:

  • Columbia Highlands
  • Workplace giving helps
  • Farm & ranch protection
  • Vote for wildlife!

Gotham ranch

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 Kit McGurn.

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.

White-tailed ptarmigan

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!



Hikers in the Columbia Highlands

Conservation easements help ranches become a living heritage.
Photo: Paul Bannick





Colville Property 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.



Mule Deer

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!

Voting 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 smart phone and a barcode scanner app to vote, very cool.




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