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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.

Ranches With Wolves

Dec 12, 2017 – The Planet Magazine

Ranchers and conservationists learn how to live in coexistence with wolves that are returning to Washington.

LTE: Public lands: ‘Save treasured places’

Dec 29, 2017 – The Seattle Times

By shrinking two national monuments in Utah (Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante) by some 2 million acres, Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are effectively giving wilderness that belongs to all Americans to extractive industries.

Proposal to return grizzlies to N. Cascades apparently on hold

DEc 28, 2017
– Methow valley news

Unclear how decision to delay process came about.

Bill in Congress Would Protect Species Before They’re Endangered

DEC 18, 2017 – Public News Service

What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list?

Grizzly bears in the North Cascades? Not unless Washington, D.C., makes a move

DEC 18, 2017 – The Yakima Herald

A decision on whether to bring grizzly bears back to the North Cascades won’t be made as soon as planned.

Conservation group raises concerns about proposed Wolf Creek logging

DEC 14, 2017 – methow valley news

Conservation Northwest isn’t opposed to the sale, but the design needs to be consistent with forest-improvement guidelines and leave enough trees to provide long-term income for the school trust

Reward offered in poaching cases of two Washington wolves, including survivor from Profanity Peak pack

DEC 12, 2017 – The Seattle Times

Paula Swedeen, policy director for Conservation Northwest, which offered $10,000 toward the reward, called the illegal killings “sad and tragic.” The nonprofit has worked extensively in ranching country to build acceptance for wolves.

$20,000 Reward Offered In Eastern Washington Wolf Poaching Cases

DEC 12, 2017 – KUOW/NW News Network

Conservation groups are offering a hefty reward for information leading to the poachers who killed two protected wolves in northeastern Washington state.

2 wolves shot in Eastern Washington; poachers feared

DEC 10, 2017 – THe Seattle Times

Two wolves were killed last month in northeastern Washington; conservationists offer $10,000 reward.

Poachers kill two wolves in northeast Washington, at least one in Stevens County

DEC 11, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Two wolves were illegally killed in northeast Washington last month, according to a nonprofit conservation group.

Two wolves shot dead in Eastern Washington

DEC 9, 2017 – KING 5 News

Wildlife officials so far have no leads for suspects. Conservation Northwest is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the wolf killings.

Gift idea: Get a close-up look at wildlife with a critter cam

Dec 6, 2017 – The Seattle Times

Whether you’re camping or have a cabin, a wildlife camera can help you get a look at creatures that visit while nobody’s looking.

Guest opinion | Collaborative forest restoration is addressing wildfire risks

nov 29, 2017 – tHE wENATCHEE WORLD

Our forests need quality restorative management. A vibrant middle ground is showing the way. By using careful management to improve forest resilience, safely employing fire as a tool, and increasing community preparedness, we can protect homes, improve habitat, and create quality jobs

Blanchard Mountain in danger of deforestation

Nov 10, 2017 – kgmi

Mitch Friedman with Conservation Northwest said state Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has stepped in to temporarily protect the area from logging. But he says he’s optimistic that the Capital Budget will finally pass now that Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

Extreme Athletes Are Braving the Harshest Environments on Earth For Science

Nov 2, 2017 – Earther

Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project began by teaching citizen scientists how to install and monitor camera traps. Now, it also manages a snow-tracking program for volunteers to follow wolverines and gray wolves along the I-90 corridor through the Pacific Northwest, monitoring wildlife underpasses and overpasses on the interstate.

How to fight Northwest wildfires? Bill would focus on most at-risk forests

Oct 22, 2017 – the bellingham herald

The U.S. Forest Service would get new rules to help fight wildfires in some of its most at-risk areas under a bipartisan plan introduced Thursday by Northwest senators.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Oct 20, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Announcement of the bill included support from Russ Vaagen of Vaagen Timbers in Colville, the American Forest Resource Council, Conservation Northwest and the National Wildlife Federation.

Proposal would open 368 miles in north county to ATVs

Oct 19, 2017 – Methow Valley News

The Methow Valley Citizens Council and Conservation Northwest filed a lawsuit in 2014, which successfully argued that the county was required to look at conditions on individual roads, such as proximity to wetlands or fragile ecosystems.

Wolf recovery is something a divided WA can get behind

Oct 6, 2017 – Crosscut

Gray wolf numbers in Washington have grown rapidly over the past few years, prompting collaboration with stakeholders.

Fisher Baby Spotted at Mount Rainier a Good Sign for Recovery

Sept 26, 2017 – Washington Trails Association signpost Blog

A young female fisher, called Lily, was photographed this summer by a trail camera while carrying her baby, called a kit, down a tree in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Plan to bring fishers to North Cascades delayed

 sept 22, 2017 – Skagit Valley herald

A plan to restore fishers, a mammal related to otters and wolverines, to the North Cascades has been delayed.

Wildfires delay efforts to return fishers to North Cascades

Sept 23, 2017 – The spokesman review

A state-led effort to return the weasel-like fishers to Washington’s North Cascades has been delayed because of the massive wildfires in British Columbia.

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.

Washington continues to kill wolves that prey on livestock

Sept 5, 2017 – High Country News

The state’s increasing wolf population is creating a tangle between advocates, ranchers and politicians.

Second wolf pack targeted by Washington state after more cattle deaths

Aug 26, 2017 – The Seattle Times

A ranch owners aid his family’s cattle operation has lost at least nine calves so far this summer to wolves. The family leases federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest and operates one of the largest cattle operations in the state.

Officials try to blame eclipse, tides for Atlantic salmon spill in Puget Sound

Aug 22, 2017 – KUOW

Officials said the eclipse brought on high tides around Cypress Island, off Washington state – and that’s why thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon managed to free themselves from their floating net pens in Puget Sound. It turns out that explanation doesn’t hold water.

Reintroduced Fishers Are Reproducing In The Cascades

Aug 23, 2017 – Northwest Public Radio

There’s no way to know for sure how many fishers lived in the Cascades historically, because the small brown mammal was almost entirely eradicated by trappers by 1930. But this week, there’s evidence that they are reproducing

WDFW keeps close watch on Smackout wolfpack


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports the Smackout pack in Stevens County has not attacked cattle since the agency killed two wolves

Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches


People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website, according to a news release.

Wolf collared in east county remains elusive

Aug 19, 2017 – Skagit Valley Herald

A wolf fitted with a tracking collar near Marblemount in early June has remained in the area.

Reintroduced fishers produce young in South Cascades

Aug 22, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit captured by a remote camera this summer provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades.

Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches

Aug 05, 2017 – The Daily Record

People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website

Zinke recommends no changes to Idaho, Washington monuments

Jul 13, 2017 – Associated Press

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state are no longer under review for possible modification of their protected status.

Fishers reproducing in Gifford Pinchot

Jul 05, 2017 – The Columbian

Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the southern Washington Cascades, where state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce them.

Fishers are back — with a baby!

Jul 04, 2017 – Crosscut

A grainy trail camera photo shows a female fisher in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest coming down a tree headfirst carrying a baby.

Furry fisher in South Cascades has a baby! Biologists say grainy photo shows kit

Jun 29, 2017 – The Seattle Times

Biologists caught Lilly the fisher on camera and with a kit. Fishers were driven out of Washington decades ago, and biologists are attempting to reintroduce the members of the weasel family to the south Cascades.

Wild-Born Fishers Show Up on Trail Camera in South Cascades

Jun 29, 2017 –

A trail camera hidden in the forests of Southwest Washington has given officials what they believe to be the first glimpse of a fisher born in the area since reintroduction efforts began two years ago.

Rare fishers are reproducing in Washington state, WDFW image shows

Jun 28, 2017 – KING5

New images from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife trail cameras show that rare fishers are reproducing in the South Cascades.

Cameras catch first fisher kit

Jun 28, 2017 – Yakima Herald

Trail cameras captured evidence of the first fisher born since the animals were released into the south Cascades as part of a reintroduction plan that began 16 months ago.

WDFW pins calf kill on Sherman pack, not Profanity Peak

Jun 19, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington wildlife managers rule the Sherman pack killed a calf, not a wolfpack that already has a record of depredations that could trigger lethal removal.

Move work ahead to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

Jun 16, 2017 – The Everett Herald

Since before Washington state was founded, grizzly bears have lived in the region; in fact, grizzly bears have lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. However, now fewer than 10 bears remain.

Ranchers, Range Riders Brace For Another Grazing Season Among Wolves

Jun 01, 2017 – KUOW

Ranchers in northeastern Washington state can turn out their cattle to graze on the Colville National Forest June 1. Last year a statewide battle broke out over how best to manage wolves and cattle together.

As summer grazing begins, Washington puts wolfpacks on shorter leash

Jun 02, 2017 – Capital Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new written policy on responding to attacks on livestock by wolves.

Rules Allow Faster Action After Wolf Attacks in Washington

Jun 02, 2017 – Associated Press

The state of Washington has issued new rules that allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to move more quickly when a wolf pack begins preying on livestock.

Washington sets new gray wolf conflict protocols, requires deterrents

Jun 02, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Washington has released a revised “Protocol for Wolf-Livestock Interactions” that requires livestock producers to try at least two proactive deterrence measures appropriate to their operation before the state would consider using lethal control in cases of wolf attacks on cattle, sheep and other stock.

Grizzly recovery based on facts

May 31, 2017 – Cascadia Weekly

Based on successful restoration efforts elsewhere—including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and Montana’s Cabinet Mountains—the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan is considering several options to re-establish a self-sustaining number of bears in a 10,000-square mile (over 6 million acres) North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Area.

Can This Forest Be Saved?

May 10, 2017 – Cascadia Weekly

Blanchard Mountain hangs in the balance

Photographing the elusive, endangered lynx

Apr 27, 2017 – WSU News

An assistant professor in the School of Environmental Science, Thornton and environmental science graduate students Travis King and Arthur Scully are helping to lead the largest lynx camera survey ever done in the state this June-October.

WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves

Apr 20, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington lawmakers thrust Department of Agriculture into new campaign to prevent wolves from killing cattle in Ferry, Stevens, Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties.

Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Apr 20, 2017 – Crosscut

Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in the face of climate change and megafires that have killed firefighters and cost the state millions of dollars.

9,000 acres of forest to be set ablaze — to prevent Washington wildfires

Apr 21, 2017 – The Seattle Times

As the spring rains ease, the Forest Service is looking for drier weather to set controlled fires that can help reduce the risk of runaway blazes. The tactic has gotten strong support in the Legislature.

Big, wild country needs grizzlies

Apr 05, 2017 – Wenatchee World

In order to be truly wild, this wild country needs to contain all the iconic animals that once roamed here. The North Cascades and Pasayten Wilderness are big wild country in every respect except for the fact that they don’t have the animals necessary to be truly wild — grizzly bears.

Washington wolf group charts quicker path to lethal control

Mar 31, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group revises lethal-control protocol, with goal of saving livestock and wolves

Report: State wolf population up 28 percent

Mar 20, 2017 – Omak Chronicle

The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.

Making a comeback: Washington’s endangered wolf population in ‘wave of recovery’

Mar 31, 2017 – The Seattle Times

The wolf population jumped 28 percent, including two new packs, an annual state survey shows.

Move to Prevent Wildfires Gains Momentum in Washington Legislature

Mar 23, 2017 – Spokane Public Radio

Two forest health bills are moving through the Washington legislature. The bills are sponsored by two eastern Washington legislators, Sen. Brad Hawkins (R-Wenatchee)and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Okanogan County).

Report: State wolf population up 28 percent

Mar 20, 2017 – The Omak Chronicle

OLYMPIA – The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.

Reappearing Act

Mar 21, 2017 – National Parks Conservation Association Magazine

The elusive fisher is making its way back to the Northwest with a little help from its friends.

Coalition launches campaign to limit mining in the Methow

Feb 18, 2016 – Methow Valley News

Washington welcomes its wolves back — across deep political divides

Oct 26, 2015 – High Country News
The state’s emphasis on non-lethal control is saving livestock and wolves, but rural residents are still leery.

Report: Washington wolves continue steady increase of nearly 30 percent a year

Mar 17, 2017
The Spokesman Review
Gray wolves continued their steady increase in population and range in Washington last year despite the deaths of at least 14 animals, according to a 25-page annual report on the endangered species’ recovery.

B.C. fishers used to repopulate Cascade Mountains with endangered animal

Nov 30, 2015
CBC News
40 of the weasel-like animals to be introduced each year for the next 2 years

‘The Oatmeal’ Cartoon Rallies To Save American Grizzlies

Mar 14, 2017
Gear Junkie
Read, laugh, sign (and help repopulate American grizzly bears).

County plans public process to create new ATV routes

Mar 08, 2017
Methow Valley News
The county has to rescind its 2014 ordinance that opened all roads with speeds of 35 miles per hour (mph) or lower to wheeled ATVs — almost 600 miles — and then analyze possible environmental impacts before opening specific routes. Wheeled ATVs are a special class of ATVs that must have certain safety features, including lights, mirrors and a special license.

A proposal to bring back grizzlies just got a funny boost

Mar 15, 2017
The Washington Post
Matt Inman is the man behind the super-popular comic website The Oatmeal.

Border-crossing bears? U.S. proposal to transplant B.C. grizzlies gets huge response

Mar 14, 2017
Yahoo! News
More than 100,000 people have weighed in on the proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington State.

Appeals court closes lawsuit against Okanogan County over ATV roads

Mar 10, 2017
The Omak Chronicle
Okanogan County plans to retool its all-terrain vehicle ordinance in the wake of a lawsuit challenging the ordinance that opened many roads to the vehicles.

‘The Oatmeal’ backs plan to reintroduce grizzlies in Washington park and new comic urges fans to help

Mar 13, 2017
Matthew Inman, creator of the popular comic “The Oatmeal,” is leveraging his strength in numbers to attempt to strengthen the numbers when it comes to grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades National Park.

The Oatmeal launched a write-in campaign to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades

Mar 17, 2017
The Verge
Matt Inman has launched a new campaign to help convince the National Park Service to consider a particular course of action for a grizzly bear reintroduction campaign in the North Cascades National Park.

Commentary: North Cascades needs a healthy grizzly bear community

Mar 05, 2017
The Everett Herald
This is exciting news and an historic conservation opportunity for our region.

It won’t be easy to save the marbled murrelet

Mar 07, 2017
The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the final stages of establishing a new long-term conservation strategy for the murrelet, updating a habitat conservation plan that was adopted in 1997.

Consensus Building On Forest Health Restoration

Feb 10, 2017
The Lens
Lawmakers sponsoring two bipartisan bills hope to use a growing consensus on the matter to revitalize forest health work.

Grizzly Bears In The North Cascades: The Debate Is Back

Feb 12, 2017
A new plan could bring more grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades. It’s an idea that’s drawn passionate arguments for decades.

Return of the grizzly?

Feb 21, 2017
High Country News
Feds consider transplanting bears into Washington’s North Cascades.

North Cascades grizzly plan gets mixed reviews in Cle Elum

Feb 15, 2017
The Spokesman Review
As expected, a federal proposal to return grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew mixed reaction in Cle Elum, where the first in a series of meetings was held this week.

In Cle Elum, mixed reviews for federal plan to restore grizzlies to the North Cascades

Feb 15, 2017
The Daily Record
An open house on the federal government’s recently released draft plan to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew 120 people to Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum Monday night.

Advisory group at odds over best way to reduce wolf attacks

Feb 02, 2017
Capital Press
Ranchers want wolves shot sooner, conservationists want ranchers to do more

Bear necessity? Plan would reintroduce grizzlies to Cascades

Feb 01, 2017
The Yakima Herald
A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service would see more grizzlies in Washington, specifically to the Cascade Mountains where large numbers once roamed.

$27 million announced for caribou recovery in B.C.

Feb 01, 2017
Revelstoke Mountaineer
The provincial government announced $27 million in funding over the next three years for caribou recovery efforts in the B.C.

Should grizzly bears be returned to the North Cascades?

Jan 19, 2017
If the plan moves forward – over the next five years, up five bears annually would be captured from other locations and brought to the most remote areas of the North Cascades.

Feds Lay Out Possible Plans for Bringing Grizzlies Back to Washington

Jan 13, 2017
Seattle Weekly
Four alternatives to bring at least 200 self-sustained grizzlies in the North Cascades.

Proposal would restore grizzly bears to North Cascades ecosystem

Jan 18, 2016
Methow Valley News
Public will have chance to comment on alternatives

Race is on to protect entire 1,600-acre core of Blanchard Mountain from logging

Jan 17, 2017
The Bellingham Herald
The race is on to secure $7.7 million needed to protect all 1,600 forested acres on Blanchard Mountain in Skagit County from being logged.

County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

Jan 11, 2017
Methow Valley News
New environmental review required before roads can be approved for use

Officials Propose Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan For North Cascades National Park

Jan 12, 2017
National Parks Traveler
For more than two decades biologists have been working to recover the North Cascades’ grizzlies, a threatened species.

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Jan 12, 2017
Federal officials want to restore the population and on Thursday released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land surrounding North Cascades National Park.

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Jan 12, 2017
The Washington Post
Federal officials want to restore the population and on Thursday released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land surrounding North Cascades National Park.

Delicate Dances With Those Who Save Wolves

Dec 22, 2016
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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