2013: Protecting and connecting
In 2013 Conservation Northwest gained a new 15 square mile park – the largest local park in the state - at Lake Whatcom and much more around the state.
Protect the lands and wildlife
Conservation Northwest in 2013 continued to protect and connect. We also made measurable progress toward our goal of making Washington the state that does wolf recovery right. There were no substantial conflicts between wolves and livestock this year, due to our contributions to coexistence. Other accomplishments:
- Gained a new 15 square mile park – the largest local park in the state – to protect the steep forested slopes around Lake Whatcom, between Bellingham Bay and the North Cascades
- Completed our Columbia Highlands Initiative Capital Campaign, including the final phase of on-the-ground habitat protection on 1,024 acres of working ranchlands containing habitat key to the Cascades to Rockies habitat corridor. The easements helped these families fulfill their dream of committing their land to agriculture, open space, and wildlife habitat.
- Enjoyed a quiet year of continued wolf recovery with minimal conflict, thanks in part to Conservation Northwest’s conflict-avoidance program and its three range riders pilot projects
- Helped pass a bill through Olympia to fund wolf recovery and conflict management using a fee on certain license plates
- Created safe crossings for Cascades wildlife as part of the I-90 Project for Cascades wildlife and gained firm funding for the first-ever wildlife bridge in Washington, scheduled for construction in 2015
- Documented four Cascades wolverines as part of Conservation Northwest's Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project
- Spearheaded development and implementation of new forest restoration science to restore healthy and resilient forest ecosystems within the Kettle Range and other parts of the Colville National Forest
- Launched the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative with Canadian partners and St’at’imc First Nations, to save grizzly bears in the transboundary ecosystems of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington
- Started a BC bear sighting hotline and a reward fund for information leading to conviction of whoever poached the Jewel, a mother bear that lived near Lillooet, BC
- Supported the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in development and launch of its Working for Wildlife Project to advance coexistence of working ranches, forests, and wildlife in a key bottleneck of the Cascades to Rockies habitat corridor