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Wild Links 2007

Summary page for the 2007 Wild Links conference in Ellensburg, Washington, focused on the North Cascades ecoregion.

Washington's North Cascades Ecoregion

On September 10th, 2007, over fifty people gathered at Central Washington University around this year's theme of "Washington's Cascades:  I-90 and North." The event highlighted the amazing combined efforts of many to understand and improve the landscape of the North Cascades.Another event is planned for September 2008.

The first Wild Links included an impressive program agenda and list of speakers. In the morning panelists--Bill Gaines (USFS), Jeff Krupka (USFWS), and Denise Joines (Wilburforce Foundation)--addressed questions about landscape-level challenges to wildlife, touching on ongoing efforts and what we are doing right. In the afternoon they returned to review gaps in our current efforts, looking ahead to next steps and a vision for this landscape.

Click below to download pdf files of presentations from the event. Some of the files are large, please be patient. If you have trouble downloading, contact jen (a) to receive a CD.


Presentation (click on title to download PDF)

Gary Koehler, WDFW  

Status of the North Central Cascades Lynx Population.

(8.9 MB pdf)

John Rohrer, USFS

The North Cascades Wolverine Project

(2.6 MB pdf)

John Lehmkuhl, PNW Research Station

Small mammals in eastern Cascades dry forests

(1.6 MB pdf)

Larry Matson, WSDOT and Robert Long, WTI

Monitoring Cascades Wildlife for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project

(3.5 MB pdf)

Todd Thorn, Okanogan Valley Land Council

Land Conservation in the Okanogan

(1.3 MB pdf)

Bob Bugert, Chelan Douglas Land Trust

Habitat protection in North Central Washington

(5.9 MB pdf)

David Gerth, Kittitas Land Trust

Land Protection in Kittitas County

(8.2 MB pdf)

Jill Arango, Cascade Land Conservancy

The Cascade Agenda:  Kittitas County

(4.1 MB pdf)

Joe Scott, Conservation Northwest

It's the wildlife, stupid!

(2.4 MB pdf)

Dale Swedberg, WDFW

Managing fire dependant wildlife habitat without fire

(9.4 MB pdf)

 Cynthia Wilkerson, The Wilderness Society

North Cascades Initiative

(2.5 MB pdf)

 Charlie Raines, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition

Citizen Monitoring in the I-90 corridor

(4.2 MB pdf)


Additional resources highlighted or shared with and by attendees

Scientific Studies

Mountain Goat Conservation in Washington's Cascades:  A Genetic Approach by Western Washington University Professor David Wallin.

Written report of North Cascades Wolverine Study.  Link to this report as covered by presenter John Rohrer of the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest.

Habitat Protection and Land Trusts Work

The Nature Conservancy's Ecoregional Assessment of the North Cascades Ecosystem.

Non-profit Efforts and Collaboratives

Grizzly Bear Outreach Project's polling on public opinion and knowledge of bears and recovery efforts.

Funding Sources

Wildlife Research Grants from Seattle City Light.  Grants awarded are likely to range from $5,000 to $30,000.  Pre-proposals due twice a year around April and September.


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