West-wide wildlife connectivity
Wildlife do not recognize political borders, therefore coordination with our neighbors especially critical.
Working regionally for wildlife
Wildlife do not recognize political borders, they travel where they need to go to live and thrive. Therefore coordination on connectivity with our neighbors is critical.
Each year we reach across borders to bring people together in our annual Wild Links conference that focuses on a specific timely landscape or issue important to wildlife. We also engage in the Wildlife Council to help with the Western Governors Association's Wildlife Corridors Initiative.
In 2007, the Western Governors Association (WGA) recognized the importance of protecting and maintaining habitat connectivity across the West. They set up the wildlife council to ensure a coordinated effort across state boundaries to implement the initiative. Today Conservation Northwest as part of the Wildlife Council, is one of the lead environmental representative for Washington. We help informing wildlife council discussions and coordinate with state and nongovernmental partners.
The Wildlife Council is currently working to deliver a West-wide mapping tool that identifies important crucial habitats and corridors called CHAT, while facilitating implementation by working with partners. Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire is chair of the WGA in 2012, which provides added opportunity to highlight the work we are doing in Washington.