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Recent media coverage on our work

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Conservationists defend forest thinning in north-central Washington

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.

‘Healthy forest’ definition at heart of Mission Project suit

September 23, 2020 – Methow Valley News

Conservation groups have distinctly different interpretations of a proposed forest restoration project in the Libby Creek area.

Groups support Methow restoration

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.

97A wildlife fence helps reduce vehicle/animal collisions

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.

Inslee mirrors environmental groups on wolf removal

September 9, 2020 – Capital Press

Swedeen, who’s on the Wolf Advisory Group, said Conservation Northwest hasn’t pushed for a rule, concerned about the unintended consequences. The organization has tried to collaborate with ranchers to foster tolerance for wolves, she said. “If it wasn’t happening, I think a lot more wolves would be dying,” she said.

First phase of Safe Passage 97 project completed with private funding

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.

Letter to the Editor: Response to the Governor’s Letters Regarding the Dam

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.

First phase of Safe Passage 97 completed

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.

Wildlife underpass built on Highway 97

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.

Protect Washington’s rivers from British Columbia mining waste

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.

‘The Deer … Just Get Whacked’: Private Funds Help Reduce Wildlife Hits On Bad Stretch Near Tonasket

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.

Mount Rainier’s first wolverine mama in a century is a sign of the species’ comeback

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.

Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100 years

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.

Wolverines Seen Roaming About Mount Rainier National Park

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.

WATCH: Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100-year absence

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.

Wolverines Return to Mount Rainier National Park After More Than 100 Years

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.

Tracking Wolverines in the Cascades

August 11, 2020 – Sierra Magazine

Citizen scientists are protecting the small but ferocious predators


August 10, 2020 – The Fison Journal

“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.

Forestry plan could allow extensive logging in Nooksack watershed

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.

Newhouse wrong on grizzly restoration; bears deserve a place in the Cascades

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.

More Bad News For North Cascades Grizzlies

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.”

Inslee puts Chehalis dam on hold, calls for non-dam fixes for river’s woes

July 24, 2020 – KUOW

The Chehalis proposal has been controversial, with tribes and salmon advocates fighting it.

Inslee Pauses Chehalis Dam EIS Work, Asks For No-dam Alternative to Be Developed

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.”

Forest coalition files San Poil objection

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.

In a rare bipartisan vote, Congress sends billions to the national parks

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.

Restoring the Grizzly

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.

Local wildlife advocates dismayed by scrapped grizzly plans (audio version)

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.

Letter: Another casualty of the Trump administration

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.

Trump rejection of grizzly plan won’t deter bear advocates

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.

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

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.

In Brief: Dept. of Interior halts grizzly bear restoration plan for North Cascades

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.

Interior abruptly halts grizzly restoration efforts

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.

No grizzly bear restoration for North Cascades

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.

Interior Secretary: Grizzlies Will Not Be Brought Back To Washington’s North Cascades

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.

Interior Drops Plan to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in 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.

Feds scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies to North Cascades

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.

Feds cancel grizzly bear reintroduction plans

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.

Interior Department: No imported grizzlies for North Cascades

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.

Missoula District Court: Feds have 2 months to consider wolverine listing as climate warms

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.

Walk4Wildlife: Man on a mission

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.

Letter to the Editor: We All Owe the Chehalis Tribe a Great Debt of Gratitude

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.

The Wild Podcast: The Wolf Ranger


Daniel’s work as a range rider is supported by Conservation Northwest and the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC).

Wolverines break through … finally!

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

Restoration project hope to improve recreation and nature

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.

Congress Could Help Wildlife Cross Treacherous Highways

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.

Rare wolverine spotted in Pacific County

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.

Rare beast visits the beach: Wolverine confirmed in Pacific County

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.

Climate Change And Dubious Science Threaten The Canada Lynx In U.S. Mountain Forests

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.

Office Of The Chehalis Basin Board to Look at Flood Reduction Options Other Than Dam

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.

How to spot an owl in Washington (it’s easier than you think)

May 8, 2020 – KUOW The Wild Podcast

Conservation Northwest Major Gifts Director Paul Bannick talks owls with host Chris Morgan.

Chehalis River: ‘We need a shared vision’

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.

Big Study Finds Small Territory Usage For Washington’s Medium-Sized Wild Lynx

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.

State report: No more Diobsud wolf pack

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.

As Washington’s wolf population continues to grow, some wonder when will they spread out

April 23, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

Washington’s annual wolf report, released Monday, was a mixed bag, according to regional conservation groups.

Reflecting on 50 years of Earth Day in the Northwest

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.

Washington’s wolf population increases by 15%

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.

Canada lynx disappearing from Washington state

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.

Canada lynx disappearing from Washington 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.

Lawsuit filed to protect wolverines

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

In Washington, annual wolf count sets policy for the coming year

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.

Conservation programs hold presentation in Issaquah on coexisting with local wildlife

March 3, 2020 – Issaquah Reporter

Conservation Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo discuss engaging the community in conservation efforts.

Washington has all its carnivores back with return of this furry predator

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.

Early Hwy. 97 work promising, but state funding would really reduce roadkill, reps say

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.

Inside the Outdoors: About WDFW’s 2020 budget request

February 26, 2020 – Ellensburg Daily Record

In January, representatives of nearly 50 very diverse stakeholder organizations across our state sent the following to legislators.

Op-Ed: Washington’s rivers, salmon and orcas need protection from Canadian mines

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.

Tribes worry a Canadian mine could poison Washington salmon

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.

Less Logging Means Less Money for Schools in the Northwest

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.

Final batch of fishers reintroduced in habitat near Darrington

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.

Bringing back ‘the spirit animal of the backcountry’

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.

Lawsuit: Who Should Benefit From Revenue From State Forests?

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?

Rainier Brewing Launches ‘Tabs for Good’ to Preserve Wilderness

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.”

Fight re-emerges over protecting wolverines

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.

WDFW finds allies for budget push

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.

WDFW looks to legislature for funding

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.

Where Have All The Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List

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.

Lawsuits stack up over state’s timber plans

January 19, 2020 – Skagit Daily Herald

One lawsuit was filed in Skagit County Superior Court and the other in King County Superior Court.

Local NGOs join wolverine lawsuit

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.

Earthjustice threatens new lawsuit over wolverine

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.

Bevy of groups representing outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes request funding for WDFW

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.

WDFW looks at adding to cattle-wolf policy

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.

Washington gets closer to restoring a fuzzy, charismatic carnivore you’ve probably never heard of

January 13, 2020 – Crosscut

Fishers are on their way to recovery in Washington, completing a critical conservation milestone years in the making.

Fisher Recovery Goals Met At Mount Rainier National Park

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.

Four Fishers Released in Nisqually Watershed, Capping Final Phase of Reintroduction Program

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

Fishers released into Mount Rainier National Park

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!”

Marbled murrelet plans spark lawsuits

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.

‘The border is this imaginary line’: why Americans are fighting mining in B.C.’s ‘Doughnut Hole’

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

Suits flying over DNR sustainable yield, murrelet habitat plans

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.

State Timber Harvest Plan

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.

Department of Natural Resources should focus on mission

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.

Conservation Groups Mixed On Proposed Wildfire Prevention Fund

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.

Pacific Northwest forests fit trifecta for curbing climate change — if we stop logging them

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.

What’s More Badass Than a Honey Badger? These Guys. And They’re Returning to the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Rep. Joel Kretz and Jay Shepherd:: Wolf management works better when collaborative

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.

New plan for endangered Washington bird doesn’t make anyone happy

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.

Editorial: State fish, wildlife agency in a hunt for funding

December 10, 2019 – The Everett Herald

Fewer hunting and fishing licenses are being sold, which means a loss of revenue to manage resources.

Board greenlights marbled murrelet conservation plan

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.

DNR adopts plan for marbled murrelet

December 6, 2019 – Longview Daily News

However, conservationists previously have said the plan is not protective enough.

Logging prohibited in Skagit River headwaters, mining still a possibility

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.”

Circle Of Life: Climate Change And Its Impacts On Northwest Animals

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.

Washington Board of Natural Resources conservation strategy fails endangered seabird

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

Conservation strategy “lays off” working forestland

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.”

WDFW responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request to kill fewer wolves

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.

Where the Wild Things Are

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

Funding sought for wildlife crossings

November 29, 2019 – The Omak Chronicle

TONASKET — Work on wildlife crossings on Highway 97 is moving forward despite setbacks from Olympia.

Cascade Wolverine Project Looking to Educate Public Next Week in Leavenworth

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.

What Good Neighbors Do

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.”

Alberta Trappers play key role in conservation program

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.

With passage of I-976, wildlife crossings in Okanogan Valley in limbo

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.

More fishers released into North Cascades near Darrington

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.

Oh, Deer! Washington Officials Warn Of Increased Vehicle Collisions During Mating Season

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.

More fishers released into North Cascades

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.

Alberta fishers headed from Calgary Zoo to Cascade Mountains in Washington State

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.

WDFW releases eight fishers as part of effort to reintroduce species to North Cascades

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.

Most at Okanogan public meeting oppose grizzlies

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.”

Proposal To Restore Grizzlies To Washington Draws Hundreds Of Voices

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.

Inslee seeks to reduce number of wolves killed in Washington

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.

U.S. lists B.C. caribou as endangered while province approves logging in critical habitat

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.

Bluffs, lakes of Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham — protected ‘forever’

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.

Final land transfer to preserve Blanchard Mountain approved

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.

The myths around grizzly bears

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.

U.S. boosts caribou protections a year after relocating the last Lower 48 caribou to Canada

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.

Inslee Calls On State Wildlife Agency To ‘Significantly Reduce’ Lethal Wolf Actions

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.

Inslee asks Washington wildlife agency to kill fewer wolves, pursue new management methods

October 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Inslee acknowledges that in most cases Washington’s wolves are coexisting peacefully with livestock and people.

Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

September 28, 2019 – Associated Press

Each option in the draft plan takes a different approach to grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.

Feds seek new comments on grizzly bear plans

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.

State releases plan for protecting the marbled murrelet

September 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

After two decades of studying a small bird called the marbled murrelet that is found in coastal habitats of Washington including in Skagit County, the state has released a new management plan for the species.

Don’t gut Endangered Species Act: Washington and 17 other states sue Trump Administration

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.”

Conservationists harness AI to help wolverine recovery in Washington

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.

Endangered bird, loggers both get something from new plan for state lands

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.

Wolf meetings canceled after threats of violence

September 3, 2019 – KUOW

Threats of violence have caused Washington officials to cancel a series of in-person informational wolf management meetings.

Washington Cancels Wolf Meetings Under Threats Of Violence

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.

Washington wolf issues are heated, but experts urge perspective

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.”

Statewide wolf meetings, including one in Spokane, canceled after threats of violence

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.

Editorial: Plan for grizzly bears’ return reemerges from den

August 25, 2019 – The Everett Herald

Plans to reintroduce the bear to the North Cascades would return an important part of the ecosystem.

Playing Outside — Aug. 21, 2019 – I-90 wildlife spotting

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

Conservation Northwest weighs in on grizzly restoration process

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.

Connelly: Stealth Trump — take public lands out of Americans’ hands

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.

State begins work on wolf management plan

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.

Wolf post-recovery plan comments sought by Washington wildlife managers

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.

After nearly two decades, Colville Forest plan coming to a close

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.

The delicate act of creating a national park in polarized times

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.

Public comment reopened for grizzly bear restoration

July 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

Comments are being accepted online and at the North Cascades National Park Service Complex office in Sedro-Woolley.

The federal government might reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington

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.”

North Cascade grizzly bear plans reopened for public comment

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.”

Renewed effort to bring grizzly bears to the North Cascades

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.

Feds look again at reintroducing grizzly bears to North Cascades

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.

Grizzly bears back in North Cascades? Tell feds what you think

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,”

Cattlemen say ‘incremental’ removal of wolves ineffective

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.

Get Out Fest deemed success for Ferry County

July 10, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

The inaugural Get Out Fest in Republic, Washington, was a success, at least judging from attendance numbers.

Get Outside! Mount Kobau by Craig Romano 

July 10, 2019 – Cascadia Magazine

The South Okanagan-Similkameen region is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Canada.

Canada to get new national park just over border from Washington

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.

Get Out Fest brings people, music, outdoors together

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.

Why an international coalition is going all out to stop mining in B.C.’s Skagit headwaters

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.

A Tale of Three Weasels

June 17, 2019 – Earth Island Journal

How biologists are trying to ensure that wolverines, fishers, and martens have a future in Washington.

Environmental groups fight to prevent mine exploration on edge of Manning Park

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.

Eight U.S. senators ratchet up pressure on B.C. over mining’s effects on American rivers

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.”

Future of Land and Water Conservation Fund uncertain

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.

Lawmaker Wants Review of Wolf Recovery Efforts

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.

Editorial: B.C., Canada should block mining on upper Skagit

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.

Editorial: Mining Skagit River headwaters invites disaster

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.

Ever seen an antelope near the Tri-Cities? You might now

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.

President’s View: Creating Safe Passage for Wildlife

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.

Two wolves killed in Stevens County over Memorial Day weekend

June 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a conviction.

WDFW officials investigate wolf’s death

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.

Two Gray Wolves Killed in Washington State; Probe Underway

May 31, 2019 – Courthouse News Service

There are at least 126 wolves in Washington state, according to the agency’s last count in March

Conservation Group Offers $7,500 Reward in Killing of Wolf

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.

Can Washington thread the needle between endangered birds and endangered communities?

 May 31, 2019 – Tacoma News Tribune

Some people hope a solution is not too late in the making.

After nearly going extinct, Washington’s pygmy rabbits need room to grow

May 31, 2019 – High Country News

Recovering the endangered rabbits will test society’s willingness to let nature reclaim a landscape.

Fishers have returned to western Washington. Are the Selkirks next?

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.

Fishers in Washington Photogallery

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.

Sagebrush under siege

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.

Opposition grows for proposed mining in Skagit River headwaters

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.

Meadowlark walking tour covers habitats across human borders

May 16, 2019 – Osoyoos Times

American conservationist Jay Kehne is hosting a walking tour as part of the Meadowlark Festival on May 17.

Partnership brings sharp-tailed grouse to Eastern Washington

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.

Inslee signs bill to protect Blanchard Mountain core

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.

Editorial: Legislature fails Fish and Wildlife

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.

How a simple trail camera lead to an epic wildlife discovery

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.

About Washington’s fisher population

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.

North Cascades puts the ‘Scenic’ in ‘Scenic Highway’

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.

Objections heard at Colville National Forest Plan meetings

May 9, 2019 – The Chewelah Independent

“On topics where objections brought suggestions for specific detailed changes, we had satisfactory progress toward outcomes.”

WDFW director supports federal delisting of wolves in letter

May 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“It’s important to direct wildlife agency resources toward species of the greatest ecological need,” Gunnell said.

Connelly: British Columbia — Don’t trash the ‘magic Skagit,’ eh?

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.

Work Progressing To Recover Fisher Populations In Pacific Northwest

May 5, 2019 – National Parks Traveler

The goal is to release a total of 80 fishers in both the North and South Cascades areas.

Washington hunting, angling fee increase fails; WDFW faces $7 million deficit

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.

Wildlife overpasses that protect animals from cars are spreading globally

April 27, 2019 – Quartz

ll around the world, local infrastructure planners are increasingly adopting a technique to solve these problems: wildlife overpasses.

The numbers are in for the wolves

April 19, 2019 – Chewelah Independent

DFW reports growth of wolf population in WA for tenth straight year

King County forests are facing new challenges

April 17, 2019 – Bellevue reporter

Hot, dry summers are stressing native tree species in Western Washington.

Connelly: Preserving a pearl of a view — Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain is saved

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.

How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer

April 16, 2019 – National Geographic

Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide.

The Pack Is Back: Wolves return to Skagit County

April 10, 2019 – Cascadia Weekly

One appeared. Then two. Now it seems Western Washington may have its first resident wolves in decades.

Study: Wolves push mule deer higher, don’t impact whitetail

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.

Wolf pack living west of Cascade Mountains for first time in decades

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.

Washington wolves go west as count increases

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.

Washington’s wolf population continues to grow, pack documented west of Cascades

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.

Committee backs money for nonlethal wolf control

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.

Washington bill concedes uneven wolf recovery

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.

Op-Ed: Lawmakers, stop underfunding Fish and Wildlife, the agency that protects our lands and water

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.

Feds propose eliminating protection for gray wolves

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,”

Wolf populations influence mule deer behavior, UW research finds

March 18, 2019 – Methow Valley News

Three-year study finds white-tailed deer not affected

Rangeland fire protection associations should be created in Washington

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.

Wolves and the Endangered Species Act, an Explainer

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.

If feds delist wolves, Washington’s plan goes statewide

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.

Spokane conservationist: Plan to end wolf protections premature, political

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.

Fish and Wildlife Service may remove Wolves from endangered list

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.

Lifting federal protections for wolves gets mixed reaction

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.”

Wolf-Delisting Plan Would Remove Federal Protections In Oregon, Washington

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.”

Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

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.

Cantwell, DelBene lead rally for national conservation, recreation program

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.

Wolf review bill passes state committee

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.

More fishers released in North Cascades

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.

Wolf shot, killed near Sprague Lake about 40 miles from Spokane

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.”

Outdoor Enthusiasts Urge Legislature to Fully Fund the WDFW

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.

Washington’s Wolf Population Likely Larger Than Estimated, Researcher Says

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.

Agency seeks input on giving fishers threatened species status

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,”

Researcher says Washington wolf population likely larger than estimates

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.

Is there a lone wolf in the Yakima Valley? Researcher wants to know

January 27, 2019 – The Yakima Herald

The search for wolves in Washington now extends into the south Cascades and Yakima County.

UW researchers use scat-sniffing dogs to bolster wolf count in Washington

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’

Wolves making faster comeback than expected in Washington state

January 23, 2019 – KING 5 News

Wolf populations are increasing in Washington state faster than officials expected.

New Washington State Wildlife Corridor is Already Saving Lives

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.

Watch elk migrate across a Washington highway, bringing traffic to a standstill

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.

Wolves kill two calves, one cow in Ferry County

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.

Stevens County Commissioners issue wolf safety announcement

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,”

Caribou Rainforest — David Moskowitz ‘Heartbreak To Hope’ Multimedia Book Tour

January 7, 2019 – The Nelson Daily

This Tour is sponsored by WildSight, Yellowstone to Yukon, Conservation Northwest, Braided River.

Plan to relocate grizzlies to North Cascades stalls

December 27, 2018 – The Columbian

Zinke’s departure from Interior throws proposal into doubt

New Animal Overpass Is Already Protecting Critters in Washington State

December 28, 2018 –

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

Salmon advocates criticize Gov. Inslee’s budget to help orcas

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.

With Zinke Out, North Cascades Grizzly Reintroduction Plan Stalls

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.

Fishers reintroduced to North Cascades

December 19, 2018 – Methow Valley News

Restoration project brings endangered species back

Returning Fishers to the North Cascades

December 19, 2018 – Earth Island Journal

Biologists are reintroducing the regionally extinct mammal to its former bounding grounds in Washington

How Did the Animals Cross the Road?

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.

Washington State Builds New Bridge for Migrating Wildlife

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.

Wildlife bridge helps animals avoid car collisions

December 12, 2018 – Associated Press Video

(12 Dec 2018) Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge.

Washington state builds new bridge for migrating wildlife

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.

Documentarian ‘over the moon’ after coyote uses I-90 wildlife bridge

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.

Six rare fishers released in North Cascades

December 8, 2018 – The Spokesman Review

Six rare, and elusive carnivores were introduced to the North Cascades Wednesday.

Calgary Zoo working to bring furry creatures to U.S. state where they disappeared

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.

Calgary ecologists work to save nearly extinct species in Washington state

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.

First animal spotted using I-90 wildlife crossing

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.

WATCH: Coyote crosses I-90 using new wildlife overpass

December 6, 2018 – king 5 news
A coyote was captured on camera using a wildlife overpass near Snoqualmie Pass. The bridge uses trees and vegetation to mimic a natural environment and help animals to cross I-90.

Coyote crosses I-90 using new animal overpass east of Snoqualimie Pass

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.

Calgary ecologists work to save nearly extinct species in Washington state

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.

Porcupines and hares beware! Weasel-like fishers return to North Cascades

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.

Wildlife Officials Release 6 Fishers in North Cascades

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.

Fishers released into the wild

December 6, 2018 – king 5 news

KING 5 Environmental Reporter Alison Morrow reports.

Fishers once considered extinct in Washington state released in North Cascades

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.”

Fishers released into North Cascades

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.

When wolves made a resurgence, her job was to make peace between ranchers and conservationists

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.

The state needs money. This endangered bird needs the trees

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.

Meet Whatcom’s newest neighbor, who’s pretty darned cute … until it shows its teeth

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.

An Elusive Predator Will Return To The North Cascades

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.

Op-Ed: Congress needs champions of common-sense conservation

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.

US House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

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.

House of Representatives to vote on gray wolf delistment Friday

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.”

On the mend | Charting the gradual, if uneven, recovery of the region’s grizzly-bear population

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.

Declining caribou illustrate the challenges of conservation

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.

These Bridges And Tunnels Save Animals’ Lives — And Prevent Car Wrecks

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.

These Bridges and Tunnels Save Animals’ Lives — and Prevent Car Wrecks

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.

You love Oyster Dome and Samish Overlook. Here’s why this 193-acre swap matters to you.

November 7, 2018 – The Bellingham Herald

The end is nearing for efforts to protect a 1,600-acre “core” of Blanchard Mountain from logging.

Caribou will be repatriated to Canada after failed initiative

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.

Mountain caribou in lower 48 states being sent to Canada

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.

Fish and Wildlife approves killing of remaining two wolves in the old Profanity Peak pack area

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.

Connelly: Thank you, Paul Allen, for the view atop Chopaka Mountain

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.

Sammamish Student Receives Awards from MIT Inspire Competition

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.

The wily wolverine: Iconic species making comeback in state

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?

Bridging an interstate in Washington state

October 2, 2018 – Conservation Corridor

On Interstate 90, just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State, the restoration of ecological connectivity is well underway.

I-90 wildlife overcrossing opens near Snoqualimie Pass

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.”

Bridge over I-90 offers safe passage for wildlife

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.

Blanchard Mtn. permanently preserved for recreation

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.

Critters are already using unfinished animals-only bridge over I-90

Sept. 25, 2018 – KUOW

Deer have already begun using an unfinished wildlife bridge over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.

State’s first wildlife ‘overcrossing’ near Snoqualmie Pass almost complete

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.

‘It’s a long time coming’: $6.2 million wildlife bridge over I-90 nears completion

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.

Washington officials kill wolf in former Profanity Peak pack area, another cow killed

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.

Problem wolves to be removed

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.

Wolves in the crosshairs again in Northeastern Washington

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.

Washington state to kill more wolves in Ferry County

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.

Washington wildlife officials order killing of wolves in old Profanity Peak Pack territory

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.

Lethal action against new Washington wolf pack approved by state

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.

State to purchase land adjacent to Blanchard forest

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.

They saved a 1,600-acre ‘core’ of Blanchard from being logged. This is what’s next.

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.

Federal official’s visit boosts Headwaters Campaign’s efforts

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.

Wildlife advocates fear Trump administration is de-clawing Endangered Species Act

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.

Washington wildlife agency gets green light to kill cattle-hunting wolf

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.

Court injunction throws state’s wolf protocol into disarray

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.

Latest plan would hike hunting, fishing license fees by 15 percent

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.

Frustrated northeast Washington politicians meet after judge blocks killing of Togo pack wolves

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.”

Could Forest Restoration in Washington Privatize Land Management Or Make It More Efficient?

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.

Some of the Pacific Northwest’s Wolves Have Coastal Genes

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.

Newhouse wants more info before grizzly bear decision

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.

Agencies plan to take more time on grizzly decision

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.

Study confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited North Cascades

July 29, 2018 – The SPOKESMAN Review

A National Parks Service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited the North Cascades.

Editorial: Despite concerns, bring back ‘the great bear’

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.

Amendment Defunding Grizzly Transportation To Washington Passes House

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.

House votes to block money to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

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.

Connelly: Grizzly bears, gray wolves big losers in House spending bill

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.

Rep. Newhouse leads fight to keep grizzlies out of 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,”

Grizzly plan could move forward with new option

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.

Western Innovator: Helping ranchers deal with wolves

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.

Washington conservationists are Scott free. Now what?

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.”

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?

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.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife names Kelly Susewind new director

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.

The Pearl Surrounding the Oyster Dome

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.

Aerial Survey Flights Find Reintroduced Fishers Dispersing, Possibly Reproducing

June 6, 2018 – Earthfix / NW NPR

A reintroduction progress report says around two-thirds of the transplanted animals are alive.

Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

June 6, 2018 – Chewelah Independent

Conservation Northwest said their goal is long-term wolf conservation that works for wolves, other native wildlife and people.

Mike Liu: Community trailblazer

May 31, 2018 – Methow Valley News

Retiring Methow Valley District Ranger has been a good neighbor and forest advocate

Conversations With Chase Gunnell, Conservation Northwest

May 29, 2018 – 1077 The End

13-minute public affairs radio program with Conservation Northwest Communications Director.

Wolf attack draws new Washington group into fray

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.

What Really Caused Washington’s Cougar Attack?

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

Grizzlies Might Return to the Cascade Mountains

May 22, 2018 – Seattle Met Magazine

And for that we may have to thank…the Trump Administration?

Dispute Continues Over North Cascades Grizzly Plan

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.

Ranchers Sour On Trump Administration Over Proposal To Bring Back Grizzly Bears

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.

Breeding wolverine heralds comeback in Washington’s Cascades

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.

Video shows need for I-90 wildlife bridge at Snoqualmie Pass

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.

Take 5: ‘Cascade Crossroads’ chronicling I-90 wildlife bridge

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.

1st Wolverine Mother Found In Washington’s South Cascades

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.

Video shows need for I-90 wildlife bridge at Snoqualmie Pass

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.

Grizzly bears could make a return to WA — for real this time

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.

Ryan Zinke is right: Reintroduce the North Cascades grizzly bear

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.

Trump administration backs grizzly bear recovery in North Cascades

April 19, 2018 – Pique Magazine

Announcement delights conservationists and leads to call for B.C. to follow suit

Hey, how about we helicopter grizzly bears into this remote National Park?

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.

Outdoor news: WDFW discuss relocating mountain goats, bringing grizzlies back

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.

Northeastern Washington duo team up to ease wolf conflicts

April 6, 2018 – Lewiston Tribune

Cattleman and biologist form cooperative to deter wolf attacks on grazing areas

Grizzlies Back on Track in the North Cascades

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.

Editorial: Zinke an unexpected ally for Cascade grizzlies

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.

Zinke throws support behind grizzly bear restoration

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.

Zinke Supports Restoration of Grizzlies in 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.

Zinke backs grizzly bear recovery in N. Cascades

March 23, 2018 – Seattle P.I.

Connelly: Interior secretary surprises conservationists

Zinke gives support to grizzly bear restoration plan

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.

Zinke supports bringing grizzlies to N. 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.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke throws support behind grizzly bear recovery in North Cascades

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


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.

Wolf population continues to grow

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.

State’s wolf-population growth slows

March 25, 2018 – The Seattle Times

Not all conservation groups were disappointed by the 2017 numbers.

State’s wolf population grows to 22 packs

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.

State wolf count includes Skagit for first time

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.

Wolves stick to northeast Washington

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.

Washington’s gray wolf population increases for ninth consecutive year


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.

Wolf numbers continue to grow in Washington


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.”

State grants will help two Methow Valley ranchers in keeping the wolves away


Efforts to focus on non-lethal deterrence

Bill that may have encouraged Washington to sell state forest lands amended

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.

DNR Lands Study Bill Amended After Outcry; Now Includes Looking at Rec, Enviro Values

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.

Tracking Down Fishers — But Not For Their Furs

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.

Animal overpasses on I-90 will grant safe passage to Washington wildlife

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.

Fishers are back in Washington — but can they survive?

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.

Once-Vanished Fishers Are Making Their Comeback In Washington

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.

This Mountain Was Saved

Jan 24, 2018 – Cascadia Weekly

Blanchard Forest agreement nears completion

Area projects to proceed with passage of state budget

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.

‘Exultation and relief’ as state OKs money to protect this beloved forest and playground

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.

Critics hit feds’ plan to end protection for lynx

Jan 18, 2018 – Methow Valley News

State officials say species requires more ‘recovery action’

Feds propose revocation of Canada lynx protections

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.

Why Did the DOI Kill the North Cascades Grizzly Plan?

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.

Federal government’s step toward delisting Canada lynx surprises Washington wildlife biologists

jan 11, 2018 – THE Spokesman REview

A species of snow-loving big cats found in Washington and Idaho may lose federal endangered species protection.

Rural communities can coexist with wolves. Here’s how.

Sept 20, 2017 – High Country News OP-ed by mitch friedman

The success of Washington’s collaborative wolf management is seldom celebrated.

Delicate Dances With Those Who Save Wolves

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.


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