Recent media coverage on our work
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September 25, 2020 – Capital Press
In response to wildfires, insects, diseases and floods, the Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative was formed in 2013. Its membership includes public officials, conservationists, tribal leaders and community members.
September 23, 2020 – Methow Valley News
Conservation groups have distinctly different interpretations of a proposed forest restoration project in the Libby Creek area.
September 25, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile
In the brief, Conservation Northwest, Methow Valley Citizens Council and The Wilderness Society highlighted the thorough scientific and environmental review, and substantial forest and watershed restoration actions as principal reasons for their support.
September 24, 2020 – Quad City Herald
Earlier this month the first phase of Safe Passage 97 – a project to build a wildlife fence and highway undercrossings along nearly 13 miles of SR97 between Tonasket and Riverside – was completed according to a media release by Conservation Northwest.
One of Pemberton Meadows’ ‘largest remaining intact private valley-bottom parcels’ just became a conservation area (VIDEO)
September 16, 2020 – Pique Magazine
According to the NCC, the Pemberton Wildlife Association, Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative and Conservation Northwest also offered “valuable local insight into the natural values in the Pemberton Valley.”
Endangered wildlife, habitat burned in Washington wildfires; years of effort to boost populations wiped out
September 16, 2020 – The Seattle Times
Much of the area burned east of the mountains included shrub-steppe habitat. The assemblage of sage and other plants is critical to the survival of the pygmy rabbit, sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse.
September 9, 2020 – Capital Press
September 4, 2020 – The Spokesman Review
Work concluded this month on the renovation of Janis Bridge to serve as a wildlife undercrossing, deer fencing completed on either side of Highway 97 for 1 mile south of the bridge, and required gates and cattle guards installed at access roads within the project area.
September 3, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle
We appreciate his guidance, and we agree, that in light of the conclusions of the recent draft Environmental Impact Statement, that the dam would have significant, unavoidable impacts and provide insufficient flood reduction across the Chehalis Basin. Therefore, the state should stop wasting money on a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem.
September 2, 2020 – The Omak Chronicle
TONASKET – The first phase of Safe Passage 97 has been completed, with a wildlife undercrossing added to Janis bridge and deer fencing completed on both sides of Highway 97 south of the bridge.
August 31, 2020 – The Wenatchee World
TONASKET — An environmental organization finished work last week on the first phase of a project to reduce collisions between deer and vehicles on Highway 97.
August 30, 2020 – The Seattle Times Op-Ed
Six years ago this month, British Columbia suffered an environmental catastrophe when a dam at the Mount Polley Mine collapsed, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into Quesnel Lake and the Fraser Watershed.
August 29, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio
Jay Kehne, with Conservation Northwest, said they’ve seen “countless numbers of deer,” cougar, coyotes, bobcats and even a skunk follow the undercrossing.
August 28, 2020 – Popular Science
Wolverine habitats have become so segmented over the years by cities and highways, she says, but these four wolverines are a sign that different interventions—like the wildlife bridges across the I-90 highway—are an indication that Mount Rainier National Park and its neighbors’ efforts to usher the animals back are not in vain.
August 23, 2020 – The seattle times
To learn more about wolverines and community-based science efforts to protect these animals, visit Cascades Carnivore Project and their partners at Cascades Wolverine Project.
August 23, 2020 – National Parks Traveler
For the first time in more than a century a female wolverine and her two kits have been confirmed to be roaming Mount Rainier National Park.
August 21, 2020 – KCEN TV
Scientists say they have discovered the first reproductive female wolverine and her two offspring (kits) in the park in more than a century.
August 20, 2020 – Nisqually Valley News
Scientists have discovered the first reproductive female wolverine and her two offspring — called kits — in Mount Rainier National Park in over 100 years.
August 11, 2020 – Sierra Magazine
Citizen scientists are protecting the small but ferocious predators
“There are still many battles that are going on around logging, but it’s a lot less acrimonious these days, with both sides (timber and environmentalists) trying to work together for good,” says Chase Gunnell, the Communications Director of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit that encourages collaborative logging projects.
August 5, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly
In a reversal of ecological policy that’s become common in the Trump administration, the U.S. Forest Service has apparently scrapped its integrated conservation and enhancement plan (NICE) for the upper reaches of the Nooksack River and proposes instead a more extensive logging plan for the North Fork and its tributaries.
July 29, 2020 – The Wenatchee World
It was telling that even here, at the Omak event, a number of local residents bravely stood up and voiced strong support for grizzly restoration guided by science and community input.
July 27, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle
Is that the final word on grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades? “Hell no,” says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest (CNW), which has been working to restore the grizzly population for decades. “You tell me how this is good policy or governance.”
July 24, 2020 – KUOW
The Chehalis proposal has been controversial, with tribes and salmon advocates fighting it.
July 24, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Chase Gunnell of Conservation Northwest called Inslee’s project pause “a major shot over the bow for the proposal to dam one of Washington’s best salmon and steelhead rivers.”
July 24, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile
The Northeast Washington Forest Coalition has filed an objection to the San Poil project on the Colville National Forest.
July 23, 2020 – National Geographic
Congress also agreed to pump billions of dollars into repair projects in federal forests, wildlife refuges, and grasslands. And lawmakers committed, for the first time, to set up a continuous stream of money to buy and conserve land across the country.
Washington state expected to get millions more for parks, forests as Congress approves conservation bill
July 22, 2020 – The Seattle Times
In Washington, the bill is expected to raise the annual allocation from the fund from about $15 million to about $35 million.
July 22, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly
Earlier this month, the White House elected to roll back efforts to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem.
July 14, 2020 – KGMI Bellingham
Executive Director Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest in Bellingham says it’s the only area in the lower 48 states outside of the Rockies that could support a grizzly population.
July 13, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald LTE
The termination of the grizzly bear recovery planning process in the North Cascades is yet another example of the Trump administration going against science in the name of politics.
July 13, 2020 – Crosscut
Last week, the Trump administration halted a three-decade push to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades. But advocates say there’s still hope.
July 11, 2020 – Associated Press / PBS / The Seattle Times
The environmental group Conservation Northwest was disappointed by the decision, but did not think it was the final word on the bears.
July 8, 2020 – The Spokesman Review
“Despite what Rep. Dan Newhouse has claimed, many local residents of Okanogan County support grizzly bear restoration, including attendees at the Omak event last fall and many of the more than 250 people who turned out for Conservation Northwest and Methow Valley Citizen’s Council’s event in Winthrop in October.
July 8, 2020 – Methow Valley News
A six-year environmental study on restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades came to an abrupt end on Tuesday (July 7) with an announcement by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior at a meeting in Omak.
July 8, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald
“We’re concerned about the lack of transparency that led to this decision and its departure from the years-long public process that consistently documented strong public support for careful grizzly bear restoration led by science and community input,” Conservation Northwest Communications Director Chase Gunnell said.
July 7, 2020 – NW Public Broadcasting
Recovery efforts have been ongoing in Washington for decades, but it hasn’t worked, said Chase Gunnell with Conservation Northwest. The group has supported introducing more grizzlies to the North Cascades.
July 7, 2020 – Bloomberg Law
“We believe restoring this native species is required under the Endangered Species Act, and we’re confident it will move forward,” he said. The group is considering next options, he said.
July 7, 2020 – Associated Press / The Seattle Times
The environmental group Conservation Northwest was disappointed by the decision, but did not think it was the final word on the bears.
July 7, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile
“We’re concerned about the lack of transparency that led to this decision, and its departure from the years-long public process that consistently documented strong public support for careful grizzly bear restoration led by science and community input, including more than 130,000 supportive comments,” Gunnell said.
July 7, 2020 – Capital Press
Conservation Northwest spokesman Chase Gunnell said some of the region’s residents backed reintroducing grizzlies. “We saw many folks stand up and voice support for grizzly restoration,” he said.
July 7, 2020 – Missoula Current
As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must finally decide if a warming climate threatens wolverine survival enough to require listing the species as threatened, according to a court settlement.
July 1, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly
Although Safe Passage 97 has had success in renovating the Janis Bridge to serve as an undercrossing—many animals including mule deer, bobcats and cougars have already avoided dangerous collisions with motorists—additional funding must be raised to complete the work.
June 17, 2020 – The Lewis County Daily Chronicle
I wholeheartedly support the Tribe’s commitment to finding non-dam solutions that can reduce flooding and support fish in the Chehalis Basin. However, the purpose of this letter is to specifically thank the Tribe for their inclusion of comments addressing habitat connectivity, migratory corridors, and wildlife.
June 16, 2020 – KUOW THE WILD PODCAST
Daniel’s work as a range rider is supported by Conservation Northwest and the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC).
June 11, 2020 – Columbia Insight
Inside the inspiring effort that confirmed the first reproductive wolverine den in Washington’s southern Cascade Range in modern times
June 11, 2020 – The Yakima Herald
The Forest Service, DNR, Conservation Northwest, the Yakama Nation, the Nature Conservancy, the Yakima Fish and Wildlife Board, and the American Forest Resource Council are among those with vested interests in the projects.
June 9, 2020 – Public News Service
The perils of traffic aren’t just a human concern. Wildlife advocates say animals need highway crossings to survive.
June 1, 2020 – Investigate West / Crosscut
With summer still weeks away, Washington’s fire season is shaping up as onerous — and in this pandemic year, especially dangerous.
May 28, 2020 – KING 5 News
A rare wolverine was spotted at a Pacific County beach – and researchers want to learn more about where it came from.
May 27, 2020 – The Chinook Observer
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most secretive and seldom-seen animals escaped to the beach during the Memorial Day weekend. A wolverine was photographed in south Pacific County last week at two locations separated by dozens of miles.
May 11, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle
Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman says that when he and his organization started working to save lynx, as far back as the presidency of George H.W. Bush, Washington had maybe 300,000 acres of lynx habitat. Now, he says, the state has maybe a third or a fourth of that.
May 8, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle
The Office of the Chehalis Basin board is going to explore other options for flood reduction and mitigation in the Chehalis Basin in addition to a proposed dam near Pe Ell, the board decided in a meeting on Thursday.
May 8, 2020 – KUOW The Wild Podcast
Conservation Northwest Major Gifts Director Paul Bannick talks owls with host Chris Morgan.
May 1, 2020 – LTE in The Seattle Times
As a resident of Lewis County, I appreciate the leadership of the Quinault Nation opposing a massive dam proposed for the Chehalis River. Gratitude should also go to the Chehalis Tribe for its opposition.
April 27, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio
With help from agencies and groups like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Northwest, King picked out spots on maps that looked like good habitat. Getting there was a different story, he said.
April 23, 2020 – The skagit valley herald
“Surveys indicated a single wolf maintained the Diobsud Creek territory this winter, which had been considered the only Western Washington pack, but no longer meets the definition of a pack for 2019,” a news release states.
April 23, 2020 – The Spokesman Review
Washington’s annual wolf report, released Monday, was a mixed bag, according to regional conservation groups.
April 22, 2020 – KING 5 News
This year, people couldn’t get out to pick up trash but instead had to celebrate Earth Day virtually.
April 20, 2020 – Capital Press
Washington’s wolf population grew by 15% in 2019, even as statewide recovery goals lost ground, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
April 9, 2020 – Science Daily News
Canada lynx are losing ground in Washington state, even as federal officials are taking steps to remove the species’ threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. A massive monitoring study has found the big cat on only about 20% of its potential habitat in the state.
April 9, 2020 – WSU News
This research was supported by a Seattle City Light Wildlife Research Grant, Conservation Northwest, the United States Forest Service and a Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Research Fellowship.
Department of Ecology Conducts First Public Hearing for Proposed Chehalis Basin Dam Via Webinar Due to COVID-19
April 3, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle
Brian Stewart, of Onalaska, expressed concern about mitigation on fish and wildlife migration routes throughout the Chehalis Basin and how they might be affected by the dam.
April 1, 2020 – The Skagit Valley Herald
“We’re really fortunate to share the North Cascades with wolverine,” Werntz said. “It’s one of just a handful of places in the lower 48 states where you can find wolverine anymore.”
March 18, 2020 – FILSON LIFE
Conservation Northwest was established 30 years ago, “with a vision of bringing together activists, agencies and other stakeholders—even those we might not always agree with, like loggers and ranchers—to find common ground to build on
March 15, 2020 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest believes the minimum count is an important metric, but it would like to see additional estimates released by WDFW.
March 3, 2020 – Issaquah Reporter
Conservation Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo discuss engaging the community in conservation efforts.
February 28, 2020 – National Geographic
It’s been a hundred years since the weasel-like fisher, grizzly bears, gray wolves, and other predators have shared their historical range.
February 27, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Mule deer and other critters are taking to a recently renovated path underneath a busy North-central Washington highway, providing a glimpse of how more wildlife fencing and crossings could protect wildlife and drivers in a high roadkill location.
February 26, 2020 – Ellensburg Daily Record
In January, representatives of nearly 50 very diverse stakeholder organizations across our state sent the following to legislators.
February 25, 2020 – The Seattle Times
But due to geologic fate, mining waste is something British Columbia may share in profusion with us in Washington, as well as Alaska, Idaho and Montana. It’s something we should worry about, and that Olympia must take action on.
February 21, 2020 – CRosscut
Across the border in British Columbia’s Skagit River headwaters, a proposed open-pit mine has drawn protests from Native tribes, environmentalists and politicians.
February 19, 2020 – Stateline from Pew Charitable Trusts
The state has been sued by the timber industry and rural governments that say the plan will further reduce their dwindling timber funding, as well as by environmental groups, which say the plan will not prevent the continued decline of the species.
February 14, 2020 – KNKX RADIO
Biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service and Conservation Northwest began reintroducing them to the state in 2008 — the result of a longstanding partnership.
February 13, 2020 – The Seattle Times
Wolverines are slowly returning to the Northwest, but researchers are not totally sure where they’re coming from, Williams says.
February 9, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle
Can Washington manage its vast forests in part to, say, slow climate change or protect drinking water, or must it manage them exclusively to generate money for public school construction and the budgets of cash-strapped counties?
February 5, 2020 – Bevnet
“With the donation generated by ‘Tabs for Good’, our team will be able to restore wild areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts and vital for the recovery of wolves, wolverines, salmon…and of course, the Wild Rainiers.”
February 2, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald
Nine groups are calling on the federal government to list the wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
January 27, 2020 – The Yakima Herald
Support from a diverse group of stakeholders could be vital as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks to acquire the state funds it says are needed to operate at full capacity.
January 22, 2020 – The Columbian
Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, one of the signatories of the funding letter, spoke to the diversity of the letter’s coalition. “What brings us all together is that if the department does not get funded, we all lose,” Friedman said.
January 20, 2020 – KUOW
Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines.
January 19, 2020 – Skagit Daily Herald
One lawsuit was filed in Skagit County Superior Court and the other in King County Superior Court.
January 17, 2020 – Jackson Hole Daily News
A two-decades-running legal fight to establish federal protection for the wolverine — an alpine species scientists say is imperiled — is advancing in the courtroom once again.
January 16, 2020 – The Missoulian
A coalition of nine environmental groups alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken far too long to list the wolverine as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.
January 16, 2020 – The Spokesman Review
On Monday, More than 45 groups representing the interests of outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, petitioned the Washington Legislature to fund the state’s wildlife management agency.
January 13, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman
A broad range of fishing, hunting and other outdoor groups are calling on Washington lawmakers to fully fund WDFW through the General Fund.
January 13, 2020 – Capital Press
“I absolutely think we have to have this section. Our community would be really angry with us if we walked away without this,” Conservation Northwest policy director Paula Swedeen said.
January 13, 2020 – Crosscut
Fishers are on their way to recovery in Washington, completing a critical conservation milestone years in the making.
January 11, 2020 – National Parks Traveler
State, non-profit, and federal biologists met recovery goals for fishers with the release of four of the small carnivores in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park.
January 10, 2020 – Nisqually Valley News
The release of four fishers on Friday, Jan. 10, in the Nisqually Watershed marks the final phase in a program that resulted in the release of more than 250 in the Cascade Range and Olympic Peninsula
January 10, 2020 – KIRO 7 News
On a snowy Friday a team of scientists released four fishers into the wild. A sight that had a handful of adults all smiles as Dr. Tara Chestnut, an ecologist with Mount Rainier National Park, jumped up shouting: “We did it!”
January 9, 2020 – Peninsula Daily News
The Jan. 2 complaint filed by Conservation Northwest, Olympic Forest Coalition, Washington Environmental Council and eight individuals it says the state has broader obligations to all residents beyond maximizing revenue from timber harvest.
January 9, 2020 – The Narwhal
Logging permits in the Skagit River headwaters will no longer be issued by the B.C. government but mining exploration is causing friction with Americans downstream. We travelled the river to meet the people fighting an Imperial Metals permit
January 8, 2020- The Wahkiakum County Eagle
A suit filed January 2 in King County by individuals and environmental groups also asks the court to remand the sustainable harvest calculation and murrelet management plan back to the DNR for further consideration.
January 9, 2020- KGMI Radio
Skagit County has appealed a recently-approved state timber harvest plan that’s expected to bring less revenue for local taxing districts, and two other lawsuits have been filed against the plan. Conservation Northwest Policy Director Paula Swedeen joins Joe to discuss the state’s plan.
January 7, 2020- The Seattle Times
Letter to Editor: The Washington Legislature must step up to finance cities and counties in an accountable way that actually meets the needs of “future generations.”
Environment groups, logging interests and communities across Washington sue over state’s plans to sell timber
January 6, 2020 – The Seattle Times
An environmental coalition, including the Washington Environmental Council, the Olympic Forest Coalition, Conservation Northwest and several individuals, filed a separate lawsuit Thursday in King County Superior Court, saying DNR’s management of timber lands does not adequately serve local communities or the public schools that benefit from timber sales.
January 2, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio
Through that work, in cooperation with the Forest Service, timber interests and other local groups, Luke believes that projects, especially on federal land, are better for the environment than they used to be.
January 1, 2020 – Crosscut
Study shows trees along the coast and in the Cascade and Olympic mountains have the most potential to sequester carbon.
What is the future of Washington state’s forests? Endangered marbled murrelet seabird caught in fight
December 30, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Paula Swedeen, of Conservation Northwest, pointed out that DNR’s modeling projects murrelet populations will decline for several decades under the plan and in 50 years have a population lower than it is today.
December 29, 2019 – Mountain Culture Group
In Washington State’s Cascade and Olympic Ranges, thanks to vital government and NGO co-operation, this delightfully wicked weasel is returning.
December 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Many others with various perspectives concerning wolf recovery are spending significant time and resources sincerely attempting to work together.
December 17, 2019 – KUOW
Washington state has a new conservation plan for marbled murrelets, an endangered seabird. But both environmental advocates and the timber industry are upset about it.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is caught in the crossfire between wolf lovers and haters
December 12, 2019 – Spokane Inlander
The rhetorical climate, Madden argues, is a reflection of the national climate of zero-sum partisanship.
December 10, 2019 – The Everett Herald
Fewer hunting and fishing licenses are being sold, which means a loss of revenue to manage resources.
December 6, 2019 – Peninsula Daily News
The Marbled Murrelet Coalition, comprised of several environmental groups, criticized the plan for not doing enough to protect the threatened seabird and its habitat.
December 6, 2019 – Longview Daily News
However, conservationists previously have said the plan is not protective enough.
December 6, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
“Yet the threat of industrial mining still hangs over the transboundary Skagit Watershed, and the orcas, salmon, tribes and local communities that depend on its clean water.”
December 5, 2019 – Post Alley
Therefore, says Conservation Northwest science and conservation director Dave Werntz, it’s important to create or maintain connection between patches of lynx habitat.
December 5, 2019 – Forks Forum
Final plan for marbled murrelet recovery shows lack of leadership leaving unanswered questions for the future of both wildlife and rural communities
December 5, 2019 – The Lens
In a statement, Conservation Northwest Policy Director Paula Swedeen said “we believe the state’s constitution provides a mandate to the Department of Natural Resources and its Board discretion to better support marbled murrelets and all public resources in addition to coastal communities.”
December 5, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
In a letter dated Nov. 27, but made available Monday, WDFW addressed Gov. Jay Inslee’s Sept. 30 letter asking the agency to kill fewer wolves in response to repeated wolf attacks on cattle in Northeast Washington.
December 2019 – Fall 2019 Washington Trails Magazine
How scientists are using motion-activated cameras and other methods to learn more about elusive wildlife | By Keiko Betcher
November 29, 2019 – The Omak Chronicle
TONASKET — Work on wildlife crossings on Highway 97 is moving forward despite setbacks from Olympia.
November 26, 2019 – KPQ News Radio
The toughest part about studying wolverines is acquiring data about their habits and lives. In fact, there are only 30 or 40 wolverines in the North Cascades, and they are very elusive.
November 18, 2019 – Patagonia Fall Catalog and The Cleanest Line blog
“Along with Galbraith, the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance and Mount Blanchard are two issues that really engaged mountain bikers and conservationists together,” Friedman says. “Those were both vital coalitions.”
November 11, 2019 – Let’s Get Outdoors Canada
To re-populate the Fisher species, officials from Washington reached out to Alberta Trappers for help. This documentary film is the story of how a number of trappers have utilized their skills to help with this significant conservation effort. It also shows the coordination and participation by organizations like the Calgary Zoo.
November 10, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
A measure restricting statewide vehicle registration fees will hamper efforts to reduce deer-vehicle collisions in the Okanogan Valley.
November 8, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald
In a continuing effort to restore house cat-like, furry predators called fishers to Washington’s Cascades, another eight of the critters were released late last month into forest land east of Darrington.
November 5, 2019 – KUOW
A 12-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 97 is one of the most dangerous corridors for wildlife collisions in the state. More than 350 deer are hit each year along the north-south road between Riverside and Tonasket.
The Cowboy Whisperer: Ferry County range rider works to build understanding in Washington wolf country
November 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Since 2008, as wolves have filtered back into Washington, tensions have grown between those who want Canis lupus and those who don’t.
October 29, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
In the North Cascades, the recent release of eight fishers brings the total released in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest lands to 44.
October 25, 2019 – CTV News Calgary
Decades after fishers, a cat-sized member of the weasel family, were eliminated from Washington State through over–trapping and habitat loss, the Calgary Zoo is helping to bring them back.
October 25, 2019 – KXLY Spokane
Biologists released eight fishers in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest on Thursday as part of an effort to restore the species to Washington State.
October 9, 2019 – Methow Valley News
That said, Shultz noted that among the 126,000 comments received during the first round of public comment, “the overwhelming majority was leaning toward restoration.”
October 9, 2019 – Oregon Public Broadcasting
Some conservationists were sprinkled throughout the crowd. Jasmine Minbashian, with the Methow Valley Citizens Council, lives near the area where bears could be reintroduced. She brought along a list of other Methow Valley residents who wanted to see the grizzlies brought back.
October 6, 2019 – Associated Press
Conservation Northwest noted that Washington kills off relatively few wolves, compared with neighboring states. “However, we agree with Gov. Inslee that more work is needed in certain areas,” the organization said.
October 4, 2019 – The Narwhal
In a long-delayed decision, B.C.’s imperilled southern mountain caribou populations have finally been listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, raising hopes that the B.C. and federal governments will take action to protect the world’s only deep-snow caribou.
October 3, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
The state Department of Natural Resources, has completed a series of land exchanges that will protect “forever” a 1,600 acre core area of Blanchard Mountain, looking out over the Samish delta and Skagit Valley south of Bellingham.
October 2, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald
“After 20 years of work to protect the heart of Blanchard Mountain, we couldn’t be happier and more proud of this outcome,” Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said.
October 2, 2019 – The Wenatchee World
A lot of grizzly bears’ diets also don’t consist of much meat, Kasworm said. About 80% of it is berries, insects and roots. Bears will hunt once in a while, but they also eat carrion and will scavenge.
October 2, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Nearly a year after the last caribou that occasionally roamed into the Lower 48 were relocated farther north, the federal government is beefing up protections for the elusive ungulates.
October 1, 2019 – KUOW
In an emailed statement, Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said there is more work needed in northeastern Washington’s Kettle Mountain Range. The group works with some livestock producers in the region.
October 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Inslee acknowledges that in most cases Washington’s wolves are coexisting peacefully with livestock and people.
September 28, 2019 – Associated Press
Each option in the draft plan takes a different approach to grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.
September 28, 2019 – The Everett Herald
The grizzly population in the North Cascades is entirely isolated from other reproducing groups, so it won’t ever recover on it’s own, Scott said.
September 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
September 25, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
Washington and 17 other states are suing the Trump Administration to block new rules that would gut the federal Endangered Species Act, described by Attorney General Bob Ferguson as “a cornerstone of national conservation law.”
September 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Manoj Sarathy, a young gamer and a volunteer at the Seattle-based nonprofit Conservation Northwest, set out to eliminate the problem using his knowledge of AI.
September 20, 2019 – Tacoma News Tribune
Paula Swedeen, policy director of Seattle-based Conservation Northwest, said the nonprofit group favored setting aside more state land for murrelet habitat. But she said DNR officials did “as good a job as they can walking the line between compliance with the Endangered Species Act and their interpretation of their fiduciary responsibilities under their trust mandate.
September 3, 2019 – KUOW
Threats of violence have caused Washington officials to cancel a series of in-person informational wolf management meetings.
August 29, 2019 – OPB
Conservation Northwest spokesman Chase Gunnell said the advocacy group thought it was unfortunate that the meetings were canceled, noting that the threats of violence came from both sides of the issue.
August 29, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
According to an analysis by Conservation Northwest, “when the Rocky Mountain States of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming were at the same point 11 years into wolf recovery, lethal control for livestock depredations amounted to 142 wolves or 12 percent of their total minimum wolf count.”
August 28, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“It’s unfortunate that this topic has become so polarized and/or political that it would become too dangerous to have public meetings,” said Paula Swedeen, Conservation Northwest’s policy director and a member of the WAG.
August 25, 2019 – The Everett Herald
Plans to reintroduce the bear to the North Cascades would return an important part of the ecosystem.
August 21, 2019 – The Ellensburg Daily Record
Please report wildlife sightings on Snoqualmie Pass on the relaunched website — a collaboration among Conservation Northwest, CWU, our state Department of Transportation, WDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Report at i90wildlifewatch.org.
August 7, 2019 – Methow Valley News
“We are confident that the result will be the same as it was prior to the interruption of the process – overwhelming support for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades, including from people in areas around the recovery zone,” Conservation Northwest said in the release.
August 11, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
Pendley will serve as “acting” director of BLM, which means his name will not be sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The western affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation, in a letter last week, urged the Senate to do something about this.
August 6, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened a public comment period to gather input on how the department will manage wolves in Washington post-recovery.
August 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
With a decade of growth in the state’s wolf population, including a pack identified in Skagit County last year, the state is preparing a plan for post-recovery management of the species.
July 27, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
The Colville National Forest has one federally designated wilderness area – the 41,335-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness – which represents 3 percent of the Colville National Forest’s 1.1 million acres.
July 26, 2019 – The Narwhal
For more than 15 years, efforts to create a national park in the grasslands, one of Canada’s most unusual and beautiful landscapes, have started, stalled and re-started.
July 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
Comments are being accepted online and at the North Cascades National Park Service Complex office in Sedro-Woolley.
July 26, 2019 – CNN
The grizzly was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in July 1975. The last time a grizzly bear was spotted on the US side of the North Cascade was in 1996, Shultz said. Federal proposal to bring grizzly bears to North Cascades back on.
After an abrupt halt, the process that would bring grizzly bears back to North Cascades National Park is back on
July 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
In a statement, Conservation Northwest welcomed the new comment period “if it leads to the completion of the (Environmental Impact Statement) and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”
July 26, 2019 – NCW Life
In a news release the group says it “welcomes the new comment period if it leads to the completion of the FEIS and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”
July 25, 2019 – Q13 News
Grizzly bears are native to North Cascades National Park, but their population was decimated by hunters through the mid-1900s. The last confirmed sighting in Washington was more than 20 years ago.
July 25, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Biologists estimate that fewer than 10 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades, the most at-risk bear population in North America.
July 25, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
“Our public lands and Northwest natural heritage are greatly diminished without these animals. We are privileged to be one of only four states in the ‘lower 48’, and the only wild area outside the Rocky Mountains, to have the opportunity currently to restore this magnificent animal,”
July 15, 2019 – Capital Press
“The history of conflict here shows it won’t be easy, but we want to see successful coexistence in the Kettles into the future. We are anxious to participate in community-wide discussions of all interested parties on how to end this cycle of loss,” said Swedeen, who’s on the Wolf Advisory Group.
July 10, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
The inaugural Get Out Fest in Republic, Washington, was a success, at least judging from attendance numbers.
July 10, 2019 – Cascadia Magazine
The South Okanagan-Similkameen region is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Canada.
July 2, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
An American group, Conservation Northwest, has worked across the border promoting preservation. “A new national park will benefit people and wildlife in both southern British Columbia and nor-central Washington,” executive director Mitch Friedman said Tuesday.
June 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“It’s got incredible mountain biking and hiking and areas for motorized recreation,” he said. “It’s like the captain’s platter of national forests. It’s gorgeous.”
June 19, 2019 – The Fly Fish Journal
It’s beautiful country and viable habitat for grizzlies, bull trout, and other sensitive species. This is where Imperial Metals wants to build a copper mine.
June 17, 2019 – The Narwhal
Imperial Metals, the company responsible for the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster, has applied to drill in southwestern British Columbia, in the headwaters of a river that provides water for millions of people.
June 17, 2019 – Earth Island Journal
How biologists are trying to ensure that wolverines, fishers, and martens have a future in Washington.
June 16, 2019 – The Vancouver Sun
Environmental groups on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are calling on the B.C. government to deny an application by Imperial Metals to explore for minerals in an area on the edge of Manning Park.
June 13, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Eight U.S. senators ratcheted up pressure on British Columbia Premier John Horgan as worries persist over the province’s mining practices and their impacts on rivers that flow into the United States.
Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties
June 13, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“Ferry County is swimming in public land,” said Bobby Whittaker, the other organizer and founder of the festival. “And some of it in respect to outdoor recreation is underutilized.”
June 12, 2019 – KGMI 790 Radio Bellingham
For more than 50 years, The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, trails, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level. Mitch Friedman with Conservation Northwest joins Joe to discuss the what it means for Washington State and the rest of the country.
June 10, 2019 – The Wenatchee World
A new law will require a statewide analysis by the Department of Fish and Wildlife of wolf recovery efforts to see if a change in conservation status is warranted.
June 7, 2019 – THE Everett Herald
What happens in a watershed’s farthest reaches can affect the health of the river downstream, its wildlife and the communities that depend on the river for fisheries, agriculture, tourism and more.
June 4, 2019 – The Seattle Times
For the good of our shared region, the government of British Columbia must listen to the chorus rising against the mining of the Skagit River headwaters and stop it.
June 2, 2019 – Tri City Herald
Washington state is at the northwest end of their native range, but their population declined significantly in the state in the 1800s and they became locally extinct.
June 1, 2019 – National Wildlife Magazine
Reconnecting and restoring habitat corridors is a top conservation priority.
June 1, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
“Recovering pronghorn populations in Washington is important for the landscape, because they increase biodiversity and restore a part of the shrub-steppe ecosystem,” states the Seattle-based organization, which is working to link species and habitat in the state’s core sagelands.
June 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a conviction.
May 31, 2019 – Capital Press
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death of a wolf found Monday in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Washington.
May 31, 2019 – Courthouse News Service
There are at least 126 wolves in Washington state, according to the agency’s last count in March
May 31, 2019 – U.S. News and World Report / Associated Press
A conservation group is offering a $7,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the death of a gray wolf in northeastern Washington state.
May 31, 2019 – Tacoma News Tribune
Some people hope a solution is not too late in the making.
May 31, 2019 – High Country News
Recovering the endangered rabbits will test society’s willingness to let nature reclaim a landscape.
May 30, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Pound for pound, the Northwest’s most ferocious predator is not the grizzly bear, the cougar or the gray wolf. Instead, it’s a stealthy, slender member of the weasel family no larger than a house cat: the fisher.
May 30, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Pound for pound, the Northwest’s most ferocious predator is not the grizzly bear, the cougar, or the gray wolf. Instead, it’s a stealthy, slender member of the weasel family no larger than a housecat: the fisher.
May 22, 2019 – Methow Valley News
Sagebrush once covered 250 million acres of western North America but today that ecosystem is half the size it once was, and it’s burning more frequently.
Mining proposal for Skagit River headwaters in B.C. sparks outcry from congressional Dems, Gov. Inslee
May 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Nine members of Washington state’s congressional delegation, all Democrats, called Wednesday for the U.S. Department of State to intervene in a simmering dispute with Canada over a company’s proposal for exploratory mining in the headwaters of the Skagit River.
May 20, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
“Industrial activities as proposed in the application are ill-advised and inappropriate in such a sensitive area with such high ecological, environmental and recreational values,” Conservation Northwest wrote.
May 16, 2019 – Osoyoos Times
American conservationist Jay Kehne is hosting a walking tour as part of the Meadowlark Festival on May 17.
May 16, 2019 – The Chewelah Independent
The partnership on the project included help and resources from the Colville Confederated Tribes, Douglas County PUD, Okanogan Conservation District, Conservation Northwest, and the support of numerous private landowners.
May 15, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald
With Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature last week, a plan to permanently conserve recreation lands in the state forest on Blanchard Mountain is one step closer to being realized.
May 15, 2019 – The Yakima Herald
With other revenue streams drying up, we call for the Legislature to revisit the WDFW’s needs in a supplemental budget next year.
May 10, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Fishers are large, shy weasels, and seeing one is a big deal because they aren’t supposed to be in the central Cascades.
May 10, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Washington state’s fisher population was wiped out entirely by the mid-1900s due to overtrapping for their lush pelts. Over the past decade, state agencies and nonprofits have been working to reintroduce them.
May 9, 2019 – KING 5 Evening Magazine
Bears, monkeys and an extinct weasel are just a part of Highway 20’s charm. North Cascades Highway is 2019’s Best Road Trip.
May 9, 2019 – The Chewelah Independent
“On topics where objections brought suggestions for specific detailed changes, we had satisfactory progress toward outcomes.”
May 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“It’s important to direct wildlife agency resources toward species of the greatest ecological need,” Gunnell said.
May 6, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
There is a “donut hole” of unprotected land, surrounded by the two provincial parks. The British Columbia government has let in the loggers.
May 5, 2019 – National Parks Traveler
The goal is to release a total of 80 fishers in both the North and South Cascades areas.
May 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
In a statement, Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman pointed out that the department’s general fund allotment is less than it was in 2008.
April 27, 2019 – Quartz
ll around the world, local infrastructure planners are increasingly adopting a technique to solve these problems: wildlife overpasses.
April 19, 2019 – Chewelah Independent
DFW reports growth of wolf population in WA for tenth straight year
April 17, 2019 – Bellevue reporter
Hot, dry summers are stressing native tree species in Western Washington.
April 17, 2019 – Seattle P.I.
Views from Oyster Dome down to the Samish River, Skagit Valley and out over the San Juan Islands are to die for, once you have puffed up the trail that takes off just south of the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive.
April 16, 2019 – National Geographic
Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide.
April 10, 2019 – Cascadia Weekly
One appeared. Then two. Now it seems Western Washington may have its first resident wolves in decades.
April 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Essentially, Dellinger said, wolves “had little or no impact on the deer from a survival standpoint.”
April 5, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman
He added that what would be taxed under the bill needs to better defined, a work-in-progress sentiment that was echoed by Tom Echolls of the Hunters Heritage Council and Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest.
WDFW gives update on latest wolf numbers, including new pack in Western Washington, but not all are thrilled by count
April 5, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Washington’s wolf population continued to grow in 2018, with a pack documented west of the Cascade crest for the first time.
April 4, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Chase Gunnell, a spokesperson for Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit with a representative on the state’s advisory group on wolf issues, said the state’s investment in nonlethal measures is paying off.
April 4, 2019 – Capital Press
“After years of reports of wolves in Western Washington, we are particularly excited by the confirmation of the first wolfpack west of the Cascade Crest in nearly a century,” Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said in a written statement.
April 4, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
And, in another sign that the apex predators are spreading, a pack was confirmed west of the Cascade crest for the first time, according to a WDFW news release.
April 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“I don’t see anything threatening to wolves in this legislation,” said Paula Swedeen of Conservation Northwest. Conservation Northwest strongly supports the amended version of HB 2097 as a positive step for both wolves and ranchers.
April 3, 2019 – Capital Press
The Cattle Producers of Washington and environmental group Conservation Northwest also supported the bill, as did the Colville Confederated Tribes in northeast Washington.
March 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times
Now is the time to invest in conservation and outdoor opportunity, not continue to shortchange the legacy we hold in trust for future generations.
March 20, 2019 – Methow Valley News
“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met,”
March 18, 2019 – Methow Valley News
Three-year study finds white-tailed deer not affected
March 16, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest, the Washington State Farm Bureau, the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and the Audubon Society have all testified in favor, citing numerous benefits.
March 7, 2019 – Outside Magazine
States like Washington and California have robust wolf management plans in place, and are likely capable of offering the species adequate protections within their borders.
March 7, 2019 – Capital Press
“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington, and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met,” the group’s spokesman, Chase Gunnell, said in an email.
March 6, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Because of laws that already exist in Washington, a federal delisting wouldn’t have a large impact on the Washington wolf population.
March 6, 2019 – Spokane Public Radio
With an estimated 150 wolves in the state, it appears the population, is making a good recovery, and delisting on the federal level is not necessarily a bad thing.
March 6, 2019 – Associated Press
“However, given the quality of Washington’s wolf plan and investments in collaborative wolf conservation and management work here, we do not expect federal delisting to have a significant impact on wolves in our state.”
March 6, 2019 – Earthfix / kuow news
“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met.”
February 27, 2019 – UW NEWS
As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact other animals — particularly the ones these large carnivores target as prey.
February 26, 2019 – Mercer Island Reporter
The legislation has now been passed by the Senate and House, and is headed to the president’s desk.
February 23, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest supported much of the bill in a news release but said that “setting a precedent of regional delisting could have unintended consequences for other species in the future. As such, we do not support provisions of this bill related to regional delisting.”
February 15, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman
Washington lawmakers heard arguments for and not-quite-fully-against on a pair of bills that would increase fishing and hunting license fees by 15 percent during public hearings held late this week.
February 10, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald
Another six fishers scurried into the forest Wednesday near the base of the North Cascades east of Darrington after being released from wooden crates.
February 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“Washington state law allows people to shoot wolves that are caught in the act of attacking livestock or pets,” Chase Gunnell, communications director of Conservation Northwest, said in an email. “As difficult as situations like this are, we support this policy as a reasonable component of responsible wolf conservation and management.”
February 9, 2019 – Centralia Chronicle
A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts urges Legislature to fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
February 5, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
February 5, 2019 – KUOW News
Wasser told a state Senate committee last week that it’s possible the population of wolves is closer to 200 animals.
February 2, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald
“We believe listing them in Washington is not warranted because we’re already doing everything we can do to recover them and actually listing them might slow recovery,”
February 2, 2019 – The Seattle Times / Associated press
The number of wolves in Washington state is likely much higher than previously thought, according to a University of Washington researcher who spent two years studying the animals using scat-sniffing dogs.
January 27, 2019 – The Yakima Herald
The search for wolves in Washington now extends into the south Cascades and Yakima County.
January 25, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
The number of wolves roaming Washington is higher than official estimates, according to University of Washington researchers.
Calgary Zoo preps fishers — cat-sized weasel relatives — to help repopulate forests of Washington State
January 25, 2019 – CBC News
‘They really are beautiful little creatures’
January 23, 2019 – KING 5 News
Wolf populations are increasing in Washington state faster than officials expected.
January 18, 2019 – CARE2
Construction isn’t even finished yet on a wildlife corridor that crosses over busy Interstate 90 in Washington state, but animals are already taking advantage of this safe way to roam.
January 16, 2019 – The News Tribune
“You have a really limited bottleneck for wildlife to move from the north to south Cascades,” explained Jen Watkins, Conservation Northwest’s I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition coordinator, according to the Spokesman-Review.
January 12, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
Jay Shepherd, a co-founder of the North East Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative and the wolf program lead for Conservation Northwest, said ranchers struggled to get their cattle of the federal allotments this year.
January 12, 2019 – The Spokesman Review
“I think educating people on how to respond to wolf encounters is going to help both people and wolves, and their pets and their livestock,”
January 7, 2019 – The Nelson Daily
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December 27, 2018 – The Columbian
Zinke’s departure from Interior throws proposal into doubt
December 28, 2018 – Smithsonian.com
The bridge over Interstate 90 is the first of 20 that will allow animals to cross the busy roadway and connects wildlife in the North and South Cascades
December 21, 2018 – KING 5 News
Governor Inslee says his budget is a bold move toward restoring salmon for orcas. Salmon advocates say it isn’t bold enough.
December 21, 2018 – Oregon Public Broadcasting
Grizzlies in Washington are down to just a handful of bears. Biologists say if nothing is done to help them, they will disappear from the state for good.
December 19, 2018 – Methow Valley News
Restoration project brings endangered species back
December 19, 2018 – Earth Island Journal
Biologists are reintroducing the regionally extinct mammal to its former bounding grounds in Washington
December 15, 2018 – Voice of America News Service
But soon, animals will have a safer choice for crossing the road. They will be able to go above it.
December 12, 2018 – U.S. News & World Report
A new wildlife bridge in Washington state is designed to help migrating wildlife safely cross a busy section of Interstate 90.
December 12, 2018 – Associated Press Video
(12 Dec 2018) Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge.
December 12, 2018 – Associated Press – Shared by many regional and national outlets
For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it.
December 11, 2018 – KING 5 News
A documentary filmmaker was confident more animals would come after seeing footage of a coyote using a wildlife bridge on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.
December 8, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Six rare, and elusive carnivores were introduced to the North Cascades Wednesday.
December 6, 2018 – ctv news
Fishers — a species of weasel-like animals — were eradicated in one U.S. state but the Calgary Zoo is coming to the rescue.
December 6, 2018 – The calgary herald
The Calgary Zoo is helping bring a species of weasel back from the brink of extinction through a conservation partnership with ecologists in the United States.
December 6, 2018 – komo news
A Washington State Department of Transportation camera caught the first animal, a coyote, to use the new animal crossing over I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.
December 6, 2018 – king 5 news
December 6, 2018 – The Seattle Times
The Washington Department of Transportation captured video of a coyote crossing over I-90, east of Snoqualimie Pass, early Wednesday morning.
December 6, 2018 – The Calgary zoo
The Calgary Zoo is helping bring a species of weasel back from the brink of extinction through a conservation partnership with ecologists in the United States.
December 6, 2018 – KUOW News / nw news network
An elusive carnivore in the weasel family is roaming free in Washington’s North Cascades for the first time in at least 70 years.
December 6, 2018 – associated press
Cat-sized carnivores related to weasels were released in North Cascades National Park as part of a continuing effort to reintroduce the furry mammals into forests in Washington state.
December 6, 2018 – king 5 news
KING 5 Environmental Reporter Alison Morrow reports.
December 6, 2018 – KBKW Grays harbor
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this historic reintroduction effort, and thankful to all the scientists, agencies, and supporters who made it possible.”
December 5, 2018 – skagit valley herald
Six fishers — cat-sized, furry carnivores related to weasels — were released Wednesday morning into the North Cascades near the national park visitor center in Newhalem.
December 5, 2018 – Washington Post
One summer, over a decade ago, biologists discovered that gray wolves — once driven to near-extinction in the continental United States — were breeding again in Washington state.
December 4, 2018 – KUOW
Washington state officials are launching a long-term strategy to keep a little bird with a long commute from going extinct, and they’re asking for the public’s help.
December 4, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald
Say hello to your newest neighbor, Whatcom County … or at least an old friend that is moving back in.
November 30, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Washington’s North Cascades will soon see the return of a small, weasel-like predator called the fisher.
Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan
November 28, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
The Colville National Forest released its draft management plan Sept. 8. To the surprise of conservation groups and one of the area’s largest timber producers, the draft didn’t contain many recommendations hammered out over years of give-and-take between stakeholders.
November 25, 2018 – The Seattle Times
Congress must act on bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, writes Mitch Friedman, founder and executive director of Conservation Northwest.
November 16, 2018 – KING 5 News
Mitch Friedman, director of Conservation Northwest, spoke out against the bill, saying Congress shouldn’t be making a policy on specific species.
November 15, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest also doesn’t support the bill. In a statement, the National Wildlife Federation signaled support for delisting wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. However, the federation called the legislation as a whole “too broad.”
November 15, 2018 – Pique Magazine
Yet, according to experts who have been working directly with grizzlies and pushing for actions to protect key habitat, it’s no time to celebrate.
November 12, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
The fate of the mountain caribou highlights the myriad ways in which habitat degradation impacts the natural world. It also illustrates the unsavory choices conservationists often make about which species live and which die.
November 9, 2018 – Earthfix
But for wildlife, this bridge is connecting the northern and southern Cascades — an important migration route for deer and elk, said Jen Watkins with Conservation Northwest.
November 9, 2018 – KCTS 9
This 12-mile stretch of central Washington’s main north-south route is one of the state’s most dangerous corridors for wildlife collisions. More than 350 deer are hit each year.
November 7, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald
The end is nearing for efforts to protect a 1,600-acre “core” of Blanchard Mountain from logging.
November 6, 2018 – Radio Canada International
“This is what extinction looks like, and it must be a wake-up call for wildlife and habitat managers in both Canada and the United States,” said Joe Scott, Conservation Northwest International Programs Director and a member of B.C.’s Mountain Caribou Recovery Progress Board in a statement.
November 5, 2018 – The Associated Press
The Spokesman Review says biologists hope to breed the few survivors of the South Selkirk herd in captivity north of Revelstoke, British Columbia.
Six caribou in North Idaho and Washington – the last in the contiguous U.S. – will be relocated to Canada
November 3, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Caribou, the Grey Ghosts of Idaho and Washington’s forests, will no longer roam the Lower 48.
November 2, 2018 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
What are believed to be the last two mountain caribou in the herd that haunts the rugged Washington-Idaho-British Columbia borderlands will be captured and relocated north this winter.
October 26, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
In an interview Thursday Jay Shepherd, the wolf program lead for Conservation Northwest and one of the founders of the Northeast Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative, said in past years wolf-cattle conflicts had usually tapered off by now.
October 16, 2018 – Seattle P.I.
“Mr. Allen and his foundation have restored the art of waiting for the right moment to give, and it’s extraordinary for us,” Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, who spearheaded the Loomis campaign, said at the time.
October 12, 2018 – Bellevue School District News
Last year Sarathy created a school-based conservation team at Sammamish, which has since deployed two such remote camera traps in the Cascades on behalf of Conservation Northwest. Conservation biologists at this organization use data from these images to determine where to apply their limited rewilding resources, such as to reintroduce animals or build overpasses or underpasses.
October 7, 2018 – The Everett Herald
However, there are many unknowns for the future. Decades from now, will there be enough snowy habitat for wolverines to reproduce and shelter their kits?
October 2, 2018 – Conservation Corridor
On Interstate 90, just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State, the restoration of ecological connectivity is well underway.
Sept. 28, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
“This project isn’t just keeping both people and animals safe, it’s a model for how infrastructure and wildlife can coexist in the 21st century.”
Sept. 28, 2018 – Crosscut
A new $6.2-million overpass on I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass will restore critical habitat connectivity between the north and south Cascades for wildlife like elk, cougars, salmon, and wolverines.
Sept. 26, 2018 – The Lynden Tribune
The state recently provided funding and management mechanisms to permanently preserve the area while still meeting school trust obligations.
Sept. 25, 2018 – KUOW
Deer have already begun using an unfinished wildlife bridge over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.
Sept. 25, 2018 – KING 5 News
A wildlife crossing over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass is nearing completion. Bears, deer, elk, bobcats, and other animals spotted in the area are expected to use the crossing.
Sept. 25, 2018 – The Seattle Times
“You’re building a crossing structure for some species and a home for others,” said Jen Watkins, of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit that has championed the project.
Sept. 18, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Although Conservation Northwest has supported lethal removal of wolves in the past they didn’t support the action in this case.
Sept. 17, 2018 – The Omak Chronicle
Swedeen went on to say sufficient reduction of the potential for conflict in that specific territory had not yet occurred.
Sept 13. 2018 – Crosscut
After six incidents resulting in the death of one calf, the state has decided to kill at least one wolf. Conservation groups plan to challenge the ruling.
Sept. 12, 2018 – The Seattle times
The state plans to start killing wolves again in the same area where the animals were killed in 2016 and earlier this year.
Sept. 12, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Although Seattle-based Conservation Northwest has supported lethal removal in the past, it does not support Wednesday’s decision. Paula Swedeen, Conservation Northwest policy director, said the group isn’t supporting lethal removal because “this is the third time in three years in the same spot.”
Sept. 12, 2018 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
But unlike other recent removals, some members of the agency’s Wolf Advisory Group have balked this go-around.
September 12, 2018 – KING 5 and KREM News
The decision comes less than a month after the state killed the male wolf in the Togo pack. In that case, Friedman’s group criticized a lawsuit aiming to prevent the killing, saying the WAG protocol should be followed and that social tolerance is important for co-existence. Pitting ranchers against wolves, he says, has never worked out well for wolves.
September 11, 2018 – The Skagit Valley Herald
Groups including the Skagit Land Trust, Conservation Northwest and Back Country Horsemen of Skagit County called on Natural Resources in the early 2000s to conserve — rather than log — the 1,600-acre area within the 4,800-acre state forest on Blanchard Mountain.
September 10, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald
As for the celebration, it will be held at Samish Overlook and will include remarks by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.
September 5, 2018 – Methow Valley News
A key decision-maker in a process that would protect the upper Methow Valley from mining visited the valley last week to get a first-hand look at the land that is proposed for protection, and to hear about its value to the Methow Valley.
August 31, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald
Paula Swedeen, policy director for Conservation Northwest, a Seattle-based wildlife conservation group, said her group is not opposed to improving the Endangered Species Act. “But these don’t look they’re friendly changes,” she said. “They look like they’re designed to make it easier to avoid implementing the intention” of the act.
August 31, 2018 – KUOW / NW NEWS NETWORK
“Lawsuits and polarization haven’t worked out well for wolves elsewhere, so we see little upside in spreading those tactics to Washington, where wolf recovery is going relatively well overall,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of the Bellingham-based group Conservation Northwest, in a statement critical of the legal challenge.
August 29, 2018 – Chewelah Independent
Seattle-based Conservation Northwest released a statement in response to the legal action between WDFW and wildlife groups from Oregon and Arizona who have filed litigation.
August 29, 2018 – The Yakima Herald
Department spokesperson Bruce Botka said if approved, the proposed fee hikes are estimated to generate an additional $15 million, or roughly 25 percent of the department’s $63 million budget request for the 2019-21 biennium.
August 24, 2018 – The Spokesman REview
“Lawsuits and polarization haven’t worked out well for wolves elsewhere, so we see little upside in spreading those tactics to Washington, where wolf recovery is going relatively well overall” said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest executive director in a news release. “Instead of polarization, our focus is on collaboration and long-term coexistence.”
August 23, 2018 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
An instate organization deeply involved in Washington wolf issues over the past decade is blasting two out-of-state environmental groups whose legal moves have initially blocked WDFW from targeting a pack to head off further livestock depredations.
Washington wildlife officials order members of Togo wolf pack killed, lawsuit temporarily delays action
August 20, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
“We are just supporting the wolf advisory group and the state protocol devised there,” said Jay Shepherd, the wolf program lead for Conservation Northwest. “(We’re) trying to get these situations to become less volatile.”
August 21, 2018 – NW News Network
In 2013, the U.S. Forest Service was looking for someone to reduce wildfire risk and rehabilitate a stand of overgrown trees on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington.
August 10, 2018 – Hakai Magazine
Wolves are recolonizing Washington, Oregon, and California, but new genetic research shows there’s something odd about these new arrivals.
August 15, 2018 – Methow Valley News
Congressman Dan Newhouse told a group of Winthrop and Twisp chamber of commerce members last week that he is “ambivalent” about whether grizzly bears should be reintroduced to the North Cascades — but he wants potentially affected communities to have more of a say on the issue.
August 7, 2018 – The Omak Chronicle
“While our local staff, members and grizzly bear supporters will certainly be participating in any further public input opportunities, grizzly recovery in the North Cascades has languished for 30 years, and now is not the time for further delay,” said Joe Scott, international programs director and grizzly bear specialist for Conservation Northwest.
July 29, 2018 – The SPOKESMAN Review
A National Parks Service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited the North Cascades.
July 25, 2018 – The Yakima Herald
To reject a gradual and strategic plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades based on fear of animal-hiker clashes or perceived threats to livestock on ranches outside forest boundaries is to reject data and fall back on emotion.
July 20, 2018 – Northwest Public Broadcasting / Earthfix
“Our Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service and other wildlife professionals are the ones best suited to address endangered species issues,” Gunnell said.
July 20, 2018 – The Seattle Times
The Senate has yet to pass an appropriations funding bill for the Interior Department, so the bear and wolf measures would have to make it into the final legislation Congress sends to President Donald Trump.
July 19, 2018 – Seattle P.I.
It’s hard to see where Newhouse is coming from. Federal agencies have been doing just that (and consulting rural residents) for years as they study restoration of grizzlies to the North Cascades.
July 19, 2018 – The Yakima Herald
“With all due respect to the congressman, this rider disregards scientific research, hamstrings wildlife professionals, ignores public opinion, and eschews the democratic process planning for the recovery of this endangered native wildlife species,”
July 18, 2018 – The Yakima Herald
An alternative approach could give officials more flexibility in dealing with grizzly bears if they are reintroduced to the North Cascades.
July 13, 2018 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Federal wildlife overseers say the researcher who had to be rescued from wolves yesterday in Northcentral Washington was at their gathering site and also within half a mile of the Loup Loup Pack’s den.
July 7, 2018 – Capital Press
Jay Shepherd runs the nonprofit Northeast Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative for ranchers, which is in its first season. He is also wolf program lead for the environmental group Conservation Northwest, managing its range rider program.
July 6, 2018 – Crosscut
“It’s pretty clear that pollution is a feature of the position, and will likely remain through this administration,” said Mitch Friedman, the founder and longtime executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Whether corruption was a bug or a feature, time will tell.”
July 5, 2018 – The New York Times Magazine
Handled more deftly, the incident could have been a chance to talk more constructively about how to manage wolves better going forward, said Paula Swedeen, policy director of Conservation Northwest, whose group is trying to bring back wolves while bridging the divide with ranchers.
June 22, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Conservation Northwest noted that this is a key time in the state’s conservation history, with a “booming population and rapidly changing state” potentially stressing Washington’s wildlife and environment.
JUNE 20, 2018 – Cascadia Weekly
At a well-attended meeting in Mount Vernon last week, the healthy future of Blanchard Mountain began to take shape.
June 6, 2018 – Earthfix / NW NPR
A reintroduction progress report says around two-thirds of the transplanted animals are alive.
June 6, 2018 – Chewelah Independent
Conservation Northwest said their goal is long-term wolf conservation that works for wolves, other native wildlife and people.
May 31, 2018 – Methow Valley News
Retiring Methow Valley District Ranger has been a good neighbor and forest advocate
May 29, 2018 – 1077 The End
13-minute public affairs radio program with Conservation Northwest Communications Director.
May 28, 2018 – Capital Press
A nonprofit organization funded by a state grant has range-riders watching cattle where a calf was killed by wolves.
May 23, 2018 – Outside Magazine
The experts’ take on what happened last Saturday when a mountain lion killed one cyclist and injured another outside of Seattle
May 22, 2018 – Seattle Met Magazine
And for that we may have to thank…the Trump Administration?
May 22, 2018 – NCW Life TV
A Chelan County Commissioner’s comments opposing plans to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness are being criticized as inaccurate by an official with the group, Conservation Northwest.
May 11, 2018 – NPR All Things Considered
In interviews, environmentalists in the Northwest say they were just as surprised by Zinke’s announcement as officials in Okanogan County. And they say there is plenty of room for a couple hundred grizzlies in a recovery zone that encompasses an estimated 10,000 square miles.
MAY 9, 2018 – The Seattle Times
Wildlife advocates are thrilled to document a breeding female wolverine south of I-90 for the first time in modern times.
May 3, 2018 – KREM 2 News
Currently, there are several options for wildlife to pass under the highway. Video shows everything from elk and coyotes to bobcat, deer and geese.
May 4, 2018 – King 5 News
It will be North America’s largest wildlife crossings project and is expected to open in October of this year.
May 3, 2018 – EarthFix
For the first time in recent history, a mother wolverine has been spotted in the southern part of Washington’s Cascade Mountains.
May 2, 2018 – KING 5 News
Currently, there are several options for wildlife to pass under the highway. Video shows everything from elk and coyotes to bobcat, deer and geese.
April 26, 2018 – Crosscut
If that really happens, then — 43 years after grizzlies were first listed under the Endangered Species Act — federal agencies can start bringing them back to the Cascades.
April 25, 2018 – The Seattle Times
Op-Ed by Conservation Northwest’s Joe Scott: Restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades would be a huge conservation success story and point of pride for the Pacific Northwest.
April 19, 2018 – Pique Magazine
Announcement delights conservationists and leads to call for B.C. to follow suit
April 7, 2018 – Mashable
Recovering a fallen icon of the American West is bold, expensive, and will inevitably have its opponents. But national parks are required to conserve these places as they naturally exist, and grizzly bears are an integral part of this environment.
April 6, 2018 – Stanwood-Camano News
Scott Schuyler of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe said he hopes that someday his children might see grizzly bears in the wild of the North Cascades.
April 6, 2018 – Lewiston Tribune
Cattleman and biologist form cooperative to deter wolf attacks on grazing areas
April 4, 2018 – Earth Island Journal
The North Cascades Ecosystem remains one of the wildest places in the Lower 48, with 6.1 million acres of mostly public lands connected to additional wildlands in British Columbia.
April 3, 2018 – The Everett Herald
The Trump official has restarted a review of bear introduction plans; now he can help with outreach.
Collaborative effort: A Washington cattleman and biologist are working to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts
March 29, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
A fifth-generation cattleman and a wildlife biologist are teaming to help northeastern Washington ranchers coexist with the state’s growing number of gray wolves.
Wolf management proposal floated by Spokane-based conservation group asking ranchers to graze cattle on lower Colville National Forest allotments met with suspicion, hope
March 24, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
Jay Shepherd, the wolf program lead for Conservation Northwest, sees the project as a good long-term solution, but not one that will solve this season’s conflicts.
March 27, 2018 – The omak chronicle
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has thrown his support behind grizzly bear restoration efforts in the North Cascades.
March 23, 2018 – Associated Press
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the federal government is moving forward with plans to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.
March 23, 2018 – Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Interior secretary surprises conservationists
March 23, 2018 – Skagit Valley Herald
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Friday his support for restoring grizzly bears in the North Cascades.
March 23, 2018 – Yakima Valley Herald
“The grizzly bear is part of the environment, as it once was here. It’s part of a healthy environment,” said Zinke, speaking at the park’s administrative headquarters in Sedro-Woolley with a stuffed grizzly behind him.
March 23, 2018 – The Seattle Times
In a surprise announcement the secretary of the interior announced in Sedro-Woolley his full support for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.
Roadless areas in Washington could have been endangered by federal funding bill, conservation groups say
MARCH 22, 2018 – THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW
On Wednesday, reports emerged indicating that a deal was reached that did not include the Alaska exemption. Conservation Northwest praised the news in a statement.
March 29, 2018 – The Chewelah Independent
Those 122 wolves make up 22 packs and 14 successful breeding pairs, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
March 25, 2018 – The Seattle Times
Not all conservation groups were disappointed by the 2017 numbers.
March 20, 2018 – The Omak Chronicle
The state’s wolf population continued to grow in 2017 for the ninth straight year, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
March 20, 2018 – The Skagit Valley Herald
The number of gray wolves in the state continues to grow, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife announced Friday.
March 20, 2018 – Capital Press
Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said in a statement that he was happy to see the population continue to grow and that the number of breeding pairs increased.
MARCH 17, 2018 – THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW
Washington’s gray wolf population increased for the ninth consecutive year, according to an annual statewide survey, but the increases continue to be primarily in the wolf-rich northeastern quarter of the state.
MARCH 16, 2018 – NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN MAGAZINE
Tolerance for wolves in the rural areas where they reside is essential for long-term recovery. Forums including the state’s wolf advisory group are leading to an increased understanding of wolf issues on all sides.”
MARCH 9, 2018 – METHOW VALLEY NEWS
Efforts to focus on non-lethal deterrence
Feb 27, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
A section of a bill that would have studied the economic benefit of selling some state forest lands to counties and timber companies was scrapped after conservation groups raised concerns.
FEB 21, 2018 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Part of a bill that would have studied turning certain Washington DNR lands over to counties, leasing them to private timber companies and considered their value as “higher revenue-producing assets” was dropped following outcry from a sportsmen’s group and others.
Feb 21, 2018 – KCTS9/EarthFix/OPB
Public agencies and the non-profit Conservation Northwest have been working for 10 years now to bring the fisher back in Washington.
Feb 19, 2018 – KIRO 7 News
In an effort to keep animals out of harm’s way, the state has invested millions of dollars into creating animal overpasses that stretch over busy roadways.
A long-planned project, designed to reconnect two isolated habitats, is now visible to westbound I-90 travelers
Feb 17, 2018 – The Spokesman Review
The construction, which is part of the larger billion dollar project, will connect two important animal habitats.
Feb 1, 2018 – Crosscut
Following the lead of successful recovery plans in other parts of the country, nonprofit Conservation Northwest hired licensed trappers to collect fishers in British Columbia.
Jan 30, 2018 – KUOW
The project began in 2008 on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. In 2015, the group took its campaign to the South Cascades, releasing 69 of them.
Jan 24, 2018 – Cascadia Weekly
Blanchard Forest agreement nears completion
Jan 23, 2018 – Skagit Valley Herald
A group of organizations including the Skagit Land Trust and Conservation Northwest have been working with the state, which manages the forest on Blanchard Mountain, and Skagit County, which gets revenue from timber logged on Blanchard, to preserve a 1,600-acre portion of the forest.
Jan 22, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald
Conservationists are celebrating now that the recently approved state capital budget includes money to protect all of a 1,600-acre “core” of Blanchard Mountain in Skagit County from logging – capping an effort that has lasted for years.
Jan 18, 2018 – Methow Valley News
State officials say species requires more ‘recovery action’
Jan 16, 2018 – The Omak Chronicle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to draft a rule to revoke federal protections for the Canada lynx.
Jan 10, 2018 – outside magazine
A plan to bring some 200 bears to Washington’s North Cascades was reportedly stopped by the Department of the Interior, jeopardizing the species’ recovery.
jan 11, 2018 – THE Spokesman REview
A species of snow-loving big cats found in Washington and Idaho may lose federal endangered species protection.
Sept 20, 2017 – High Country News OP-ed by mitch friedman
The success of Washington’s collaborative wolf management is seldom celebrated.
Dec 22, 2016 – Bloomberg
A compromise between ranchers and conservationists to save wolves in Washington state is a real-life fable with a moral that might just solve America.