What we do
Some of Conservation Northwest's and our membership's many achievements keeping the Northwest wild since 1989.
Creative and effective, for over 25 years Conservation Northwest has protected hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlands and wildlife habitat, and touched thousands of lives throughout the greater Northwest. We're your voice for conserving wildlands and amazing wildlife.
Our M.O. is simple: connect the big landscapes, protect the most vulnerable wildlife, and conserve our natural heritage for future generations.
Keeping the Northwest wild
Using creative conservation since our founding in 1989, we work to "Keep the Northwest Wild" -- protecting, connecting and restoring old-growth forests and other wildlands from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies for the benefit of people and wildlife.
We also champion iconic wildlife in our region, from gray wolves, wolverines, lynx and grizzly bears, to marbled murrelets, woodland caribou and fishers. Our wildlife advocacy, annual WildLinks Conference and Citizen Wildlife Monitoring programs are at the core of our work for a wilder Northwest.
We work hard to protect wildlife and connect habitat because what is good for wildlife is good for people, too. Clean air and water, protected forests, mountains, and other wildlands, healthy and connected natural ecosystems—it all adds up to a better quality of life in our region.
We're known for being tenacious yet pragmatic. We work with diverse stakeholders and engage in open dialogue and genuine listening to find common ground and collaboratively reach solutions to challenging issues including wildlands conservation, endangered species recovery, and sustainable natural resource use.
We're local. We're committed to working on-the-ground in communities and rural areas around the Northwest. Our staff and contractors live in small towns and big cities across our region, from Colville and Chewelah to Omak and Olympia. We're a grassroots part of these communities working for a better future for wildlife, wildlands, and people.
Our conservation community
Conservation Northwest represents over 4,000 dues-paying members in Washington, British Columbia and beyond. Our conservation community also includes over ten thousand activists, supporters and online followers.
- We are ensuring that our region is wild enough to support wildlife, from wolves to grizzly bears and mountain caribou.
- We work with local communities to restore forests and help protect old-growth and wildlands.
- We coordinate with state and federal agencies on the recovery of native species like the pacific fisher.
- We work on-the-ground with ranchers and farmers to minimize conflict with predators like Washington's recovering wolves.
- We are safeguarding grizzly bears in British Columbia and promoting grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.
- For mountain caribou, we helped protect 5 million acres in the Inland Temperate Rainforest of British Columbia, connecting down to the US border.
- We collaborate with recreation groups, off-road vehicle clubs and other organizations to promote responsible motorized recreation.
- We go to court for endangered northwest natives like the wolverine and Canada lynx.
- We are ensuring healthy and connected habitat for wildlife, including those moving in the Cascades across Interstate 90, across the Canadian border into B.C., and east and west between the Cascades, Columbia Highlands and Rocky Mountains.
Our work in review
- 2015: Fishers reintroduced, wildlife crossings, grizzlies and more
- 2014: Looking forward for wildlife and wildlands
- Our 25th Anniversary! Milestones of our work
- 2013: Connecting and protecting
- 2012: Gaining ground
- 2011: A wilder year
- 2010: Reinventing conservation
- 2009: Protecting and connecting, Coast to Rockies
- 2008: Welcome back, wildlife
- 2007: Year of quiet success
- And beyond: Our timeline
Our accomplishments include
- In 2008, our wildlife monitoring cameras documented the first wolf pack to return to Washington in 70 years. In 2011, volunteers did it again, providing the first record of the Teanaway Pack, as well as the recovery of wolverines south of Stevens Pass.
- We led, and won, protection for Canada lynx under the Endangered Species Act.
- We helped gain a recovery plan for Washington's wolves and are finding solutions to improve the outlook for wolves and ranchers and others.
- We protected 25,000 acres of the Loomis State Forest in north-central Washington, essential habitat for lynx.
- We helped reintroduce the Pacific fisher to the Olympic Peninsula; next step is recovery of this native forest mammal to the Cascades.
- We achieved, with Canadian conservation groups, a major commitment from the BC government to protect habitat for the endangered mountain caribou
- Over the years we've spearheaded a number of successful partnerships and coalitions, including The Cascades Conservation Partnership in 2000, and the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative in 2013.
- In northeastern Washington's Columbia Highlands we are keeping wilderness alive, connecting wildlife habitat, protecting forests, and improving local jobs.