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What we (and you!) do for Washington's wolves

Conservation Northwest is leading the pack for Washington's wolves, and members are a huge part of that success. From direct involvement with state policy-making to enabling thousands of citizens to help wolves; from funding poaching rewards to helping tell the story of our region's wolves on TV and in science, we are on the ground in the woods and the capitol for wolves.

What we (and you!) do for Washington's wolves

We're positive wolves wouldn't have been quite as welcome in Washington without Conservation Northwest's efforts. Or without you. (photo: Julia Lawrence/Wolf Haven International)

The tale of wolves and Conservation Northwest is a long one. More than a decade ago, we were combing the woods as part of our rare carnivore remote camera project, looking for signs that wolves (and grizzlies and wolverines) still had a foothold--albeit a small one--in our wildest places. We knew then, as we do now, that documenting rare wildlife was an important step to protecting their habitat in Washington.

In the meantime, we continued work to make Washington a good place for wolves by not only connecting and protecting the vital habitat they need to move into the state, but by ensuring the political landscape remained open to wolves, too. To do that, we secured an important seat on the Washington Wolf Working Group, the advisory body tasked with developing a science-based collaborative plan for how the state will manage wolves into the future.

Then, those years of tireless searching paid off big time in 2008 when one of our remote cameras captured pups in the Methow Valley, and our state's first wolf pack in 70 years was confirmed! You could hardly contain the excitement from our supporters, staff, and members!

It was then we knew our work for wolves was about to really step up. And step up it did. Ever since then, with your help, we've been doing quite a lot, as listed below.

And right now, you can  continue this vital work for wolves by becoming a member for just $10 during our "World without Wildlife is Scary" membership drive. 
  • We've helped thousands of citizens to speak against and stop anti-wolf bills in state legislature and to advocate for Endangered Species protection for the Pacific Northwest wolf populations in the Cascades and beyond. Even more have joined us to stand up for the wolf plan over the last 3 years--in letters, emails, and in person at important hearings (and there's still time to help get Washington the right plan!)
  • We're working with local ranchers that have livestock in areas where new packs have been discovered.
  • We're continuing to advocate for the state plan we collaboratively developed in the Wolf Working group by getting citizens to hearings this fall. (Can you join us?)
  • We're holding important educational forums across the state--from the SRO Burke Museum event this summer to expert forums in Ellensburg and special screenings of Lords of Nature. (Join us in Spokane on Nov. 1st, Summerland BC on Nov. 4th, and Yakima on Nov.15 and Nov. 16th)
  • In response to the devastating poaching loss of members of that very first wolf pack, we're putting our money where your wildlife are by funding an important reward to capture poachers.
  • We are engaging conscientious voices among hunters and ranchers for wolf recovery. Two of our local staffers who are also avid sportsmen are working with hunters, ranchers, and rural community leaders to keep quality information available and to highlight common sense, civil voices.
  • We're documenting the return of wolves and continuing to assist the state understand and protect our state's wolves via our citizen wildlife monitoring. Our volunteers place remote cameras or winter track in biologically important lands, with help from experts like David Moskowitz of Wilderness Awareness School.
  • And finally, we're telling the exciting story of wolves returning to the Northwest, as part of a new BBC special in early 2012. Stay tuned for details!

 

We're proud of the many years of hard work we've put in as a leader for one of Washington's apex predators, and we are grateful for our members' support of this work. We're positive wolves wouldn't have been quite as welcome in Washington without Conservation Northwest's efforts. Or without you.

If you think a Washington with wolves is a better place, please become a member or upgrade today as part of our fun, prize-filled membership drive. Thank you!

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