Hope for a wild Earth

Hope for a wild Earth

ConservationNWAdmin / Apr 22, 2015 / Wolverine

Another wolverine photo from the same 20016 image series. Photo: CNW/CWMP
By Chase Gunnell, Deputy Communications Director

When we think about the future of our planet on this Earth Day, things can seem grim, especially for wildlife. But here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re working for a wild future.

Ten years ago, Conservation Northwest and other environmental leaders had made great progress protecting ancient forests and other Northwest wildlands. But iconic species like wolverines, gray wolves and grizzly bears were still functionally absent from our region.

And then, in September 2006, our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project captured this image, one of the very first of a wolverine back in Washington state.

Wolverine at Thunder Basin, North Cascades, September 2006. Photo: CNW/CWMP
Wolverine at Thunder Basin, North Cascades, September 2006. Photo: CNW/CWMP

Today, there is a growing and protected population of wolverines expanding southward in the Cascades. Big strides are being made towards North Cascades grizzly bear​ restoration, as well as safer habitat connections through the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative​. Washington’s wolves​ are continuing their natural recovery, with proven non-lethal tools like our Range Rider Pilot Programhelping to reduce conflicts between people and native predators. And we’re restoring and connecting habitat for these and many others species including elk, black bears, and cougars in the Cascades and building safe wildlife crossings under and over I-90.

We’re championing the recovery of these iconic species and protecting, connecting and restoring cherished wildlands because what is good for wildlife is good for people, too. Clean air and water, protected forests, mountains, and deserts, healthy natural ecosystems—it all adds up to a better quality of life for our region and our planet.

As you celebrate Earth Day, consider becoming a Conservation Northwest member or making a gift to support wildlife and wildlands conservation in our region.

Together, we’re preserving our vital natural heritage and working for a wild future, for the great Northwest and for our planet Earth.