News Releases

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“Keeping the Northwest wild” since 1989, Conservation Northwest is a regional conservation organization working to protect old-growth forests and other wildlands, connect large landscapes and vital habitats, and restore native wildlife.

Conservation Northwest represents more than 4,000 dues-paying members in Washington, British Columbia and beyond. Our conservation community also includes over ten thousand activists, supporters and online followers. Our staff work around Washington state and into southern British Columbia, including a main office in Seattle and field offices in Bellingham, Spokane and Twisp.

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Recent news releases:

Marbled Murrelet Coalition Statement on preferred alternative for Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy

Nov 8, 2017 – Yesterday, Washington’s Board of Natural Resources selected their preferred alternative for additional analysis as part of a long-term conservation strategy for the endangered marbled murrelet, a seabird native to Washington’s coastal areas. The Marbled Murrelet Coalition, a group of local and regional conservation organizations that work to protect and restore marbled murrelets and their habitat on public lands in the state of Washington, issued the following statement.

Statement on Washington DNR’s 20-Year Forest Health Plan

Oct 25, 2017 – Conservation Northwest has long advocated for science-based forest restoration on state and federal lands to restore forest health, improve wildlife habitat, and better protect communities from fire. IN RESPONSE TO DNR’S NEW 20-YEAR FOREST HEALTH PLAN, MITCH FRIEDMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION NORTHWEST, OFFERED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT.

Friedman: Embrace collaborative forest restoration to address wildfire risks

Oct 19, 2017 – This year’s wildfires in Washington and across the West marked some of the worst on record. While we may wish this was an outlier, it’s more likely a taste of what’s to come. We best honor those most affected, both victims and firefighters, when our response improves a situation that is far from simple.

I-90 Wildlife Watch urges motorists to report wildlife in Snoqualmie Pass area

Aug 01, 2017 – Re-launch of wildlife monitoring website provides opportunity for motorists to engage in wildlife conservation along Snoqualmie Pass

Conservation Northwest Statement on Smackout Wolf Pack

Jul 20, 2017 – While heartrending, it is our hope that this action to attempt to remove up to two members of this pack, in addition to the one already killed, will cease further livestock depredations and prevent the need for additional lethal actions, protecting the integrity and future of this pack. We see this as a test of the theory that early lethal intervention can disrupt depredating behavior.

Statement on Hanford Reach National Monument protections

Jul 13, 2017 – “We appreciate that Secretary Zinke and the White House have chosen to listen to the many thousands of Washingtonians who want to see monument protections remain in place at Hanford Reach,” said Mitch Friedman, Executive Director of Conservation Northwest.

Statement on U.S. House Resolution 2936

Jun 28, 2017 – “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” does not promote resiliency and instead undermines years of collaborative restoration work.

Trail cameras show first evidence of fishers born in the South Cascades
Jun 28, 2017 – Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades, where state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce them.

Statement on Revised Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol

Jun 02, 2017 – We support the revised protocol as an important collaborative policy that ensures a future with healthy, sustainable wolf populations and thriving rural communities.

Conservation Northwest statement on confirmation of Rep. Ryan Zinke as Secretary of Interior

Mar 01, 2017 – While we admire Representative Zinke for being a Western outdoorsman who understands the beauty and value of our natural heritage, his stances on undermining environmental protections and prioritizing natural resource extraction cause great concern. If he is confirmed, we can only hope that the side of him we’ll see is that which has made strong statements in favor of keeping America’s national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands in federal hands.

Restore the North Cascades Grizzly Bear

Jan 12, 2017 – Release of draft restoration strategies welcomed as a historic step towards recovery of North America’s most at-risk bear population

Fishers Reintroduced at Mount Rainier National Park

Dec 02, 2016 – Release marks the return of a native species after an absence of about 75 years

Washington State’s Forestry Plan Leaves Murrelets Behind

Dec 02, 2016 – Washington State’s Forestry Plan Leaves Murrelets Behind

Court Orders Fish & Wildlife Service to Reexamine Lynx Critical Habitat

Sep 07, 2016 – Feds Failed to Protect Key Habitat in Colorado, The court ruled the Service did not improperly fail to designate historical Canada lynx habitat in Oregon and Washington’s Kettle Range, disappointing wildlife advocates.

Joint Conservation Wolf Advisory Group Statement

Aug 23, 2016 – By Wolf Haven International, the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, and Conservation Northwest

Lethal Removal of Profanity Peak Wolves Unfortunate, but Part of State’s Wolf Management Policy

Aug 03, 2016 – Five confirmed depredations by Profanity Peak pack trigger DFW’s lethal take protocol, yet wolf recovery in Washington still expected to succeed

Court Overturns Government Refusal to Protect Wolverine

Apr 04, 2016 – Climate change and genetic isolation threaten famously tough carnivore

Erosion threats prompt appeal of state timber sale in burned area

Feb 12, 2016 – Proposed “salvage” sale undermines forest recovery and restoration

Rallies show strong support for public lands

Jan 19, 2016 – Washingtonians speak up in defense of “America’s Best Idea”