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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
Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in Washington, Oregon, California
Aug 03, 2016
Timber Industry Attempt to Open Lands to Logging Fails, But Designation Still Neglects Critical Marine Areas, Old-growth Forests on State, Private Lands
Polling shows 80% support for restoring North Cascades grizzly bears
Jun 06, 2016
New partnership of conservation, business and other groups back the return of a missing Northwest icon
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”
Public Lands For All rally to show support for keeping lands public
Jan 16, 2016
Conservation, outdoor recreation and other groups are planning a rally supporting America’s parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands on Tuesday, 1/19/2016 at noon at Seattle’s Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104. The rally will last roughly 30 minutes.
WDFW, National Park Service, Conservation Northwest and partners reintroduce fishers into Cascades
Dec 03, 2015
The fisher, a small native carnivore, is being reintroduced to the Cascade mountains thanks to collaboration between the National Park Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Conservation Northwest.
Conservation organizations, recreation groups, local businesses raise concerns about Army proposal
Nov 03, 2015
Combat helicopter training areas in North Cascades and Southwest Washington pose impacts to Wilderness Areas, Trails, wildlife and local economies
Conservation Northwest Lauds Proposal for new National Park in British Columbia
Aug 13, 2015
Groups urge full protection of area to safeguard natural and cultural heritage, wildlife habitat
Conservation, Recreation and Wildlife Groups Join Local Residents in Concern about Army Proposal
Jul 30, 2015
Combat helicopter training areas in North Cascades and Southwest Washington pose impacts to Wilderness Areas, Pacific Crest Trail and local economies
Cow depredation confirmed within territory of Teanaway wolves
Jul 21, 2015
The cow belonged to one of seven Washington ranchers currently partnering with Conservation Northwest to implement “range riders”, herd supervisors that help deter depredations as the region’s wolf population recovers and their territory overlaps with public forest land now used in part for livestock grazing.
Wolf Photographed Between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass
May 21, 2015
Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project helps document wolf recovery and other rare Northwest wildlife
Newhouse Proposes to Remove Federal Protections for Pacific Northwest Wolves
Apr 15, 2015
Wolves in the Cascades are still beginning to recover and in need of federal protections
Wolf OR-7 Film Screening, Panel Discussion Set for Spokane’s Bing Crosby Theater, Friday and Saturday Night
Apr 02, 2015
Event to Highlight Wolf Recovery, Coexistence
Court Gives Endangered Caribou another Chance at Adequate Protected Critical Habitat
Mar 24, 2015
Judge finds USFWS did not give public opportunity to comment on agency’s decision to cut critical habitat by 90 percent
Logging Industry Fails Again to Strip Threatened Seabird of Protections
Mar 02, 2015
Court upholds marbled murrelet protection in Washington, Oregon, and California
Erosion threats prompt appeal of state timber sale in burned area
Feb 16, 2015
Proposed “salvage” sale undermines forest recovery and restoration
Public meetings on North Cascades grizzly bears announced
Feb 13, 2015
Conservation groups call for a show of support for restoring a Northwest native
New transmission line threatens Methow Valley habitat
Jan 30, 2015
Twisp, WA
Supreme Court allows Okanogan PUD to condemn state lands for new powerline
Reward Increased to $20,000 in Killing of Endangered Wolf in Washington
Dec 23, 2014
Conservation groups are now offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible for the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack.
Conservationists Seek Habitat Protections for Canada Lynx in Washington and Oregon
Nov 17, 2014
Winthrop, WA
Failure to protect Kettle Range and other key landscapes undermines lynx recovery
Conservation Groups Offer $15,000 Reward After Endangered Wolf Killed in Washington
Nov 14, 2014
Teanaway wolf shot was the pack's breeding female
Conservation groups push for wolverine protection
Oct 13, 2014
Despite recent sightings, Washington’s wolverines are under threat from climate change, shrinking snowpacks, and increasingly fragmented habitat
Recovery Planning Proposed for North Cascades Grizzly Bears
Aug 21, 2014
Washingtonians, conservation groups say now is the time to save a threatened species
Federal Agency Ignores Best Available Science In Decision Not To List Wolverine
Aug 12, 2014
Conservationists Promise Legal Action to Protect Rare Species
Conservation Northwest and Methow Valley Citizens’ Council appeal Okanogan County ATV decision
May 29, 2014
The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council and Conservation Northwest have appealed Okanogan County’s determination that opening nearly 600 miles of county roads to All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) has no significant environmental impact. The groups believe this “Determination of Non-significance” under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was reached with inadequate analysis and ignored substantial evidence of likely environmental damage raised in public comments.
Community comes together for celebration of new park
Jan 25, 2014
Lake Whatcom park now the largest local park in Washington State
26 million acres of protected critical habitat proposed for Canada lynx
Sep 25, 2013
Proposed lands in Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Wyoming
Logging Industry Loses Latest Attack on Threatened Seabird
Sep 05, 2013
Washington DC
Marbled murrelets, a unique coastal bird, and their old-growth forest habitat will remain protected
Okanogan County commissioners overstep state ATV law; groups file suit
Aug 14, 2013
Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council today filed a lawsuit against sweeping ordinances allowing ATVs on most roads, including high speed highways, in Okanogan County.
Wolverines closer to long-awaited federal protections
Feb 01, 2013
“Threatened” listing will help protect species and promote recovery
Conservation groups challenge short-changing US mountain caribou
Jan 31, 2013
Lawsuit launched after agency eliminates 90% of protected habitat for one of our nation's most endangered animals
Statement on wolves before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
Oct 05, 2012
Made by Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest
Statement of Conservation Northwest on the Killing of Wedge Pack Wolves
Sep 26, 2012
Statement of Conservation Northwest on the killing of more members of Wedge Pack
Statement on Wedge Pack wolf management actions
Sep 21, 2012
From Conservation Northwest, Washington Cattlemen’s Association, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Twenty-four conservation groups call on President Obama to keep protections for wolves in the Pacific Northwest
Aug 14, 2012
Conservation groups sent a letter to President Obama today asking for continued Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest. The groups included Conservation Northwest.
Conservation Northwest on lethal removal of Wedge Pack wolf
Aug 07, 2012
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said, “The killing of problem wolves will be part of life in Washington from here out. But it’s unclear in this case whether the right livestock stewardship steps have first been tried to reduce conflict potential. If we expect wolves to behave, ranchers need to meet them half way.”
Groups Ask People to Report Grizzly Bear Sightings
Jul 24, 2012
Hotline offered in BC, 1-855-GO-GRIZZ
Statement of Conservation Northwest on sentencing of Lookout Pack poachers
Jul 11, 2012
Bellingham - This morning, Judge Frem Nielsen, of the US District Court in Spokane, ruled on sentencing of the three members of the White family, of Twisp, for their respective roles in 2010 federal crimes related to poaching of members of the Lookout Wolf Pack and for other wildlife related crimes.
“Man vs. Wolf” investigates wolf pack sightings in the Pacific Northwest
Jun 29, 2012
Discovery Channel Press Release on TV Special Airing on July 7 at 8 PM ET/PT
Plea Deal Sends Wrong Message to Wildlife Poachers
Apr 05, 2012
Conservation Northwest expresses disappointment in plea deal for poacher Bill White
Wildlife commission adopts wolf recovery plan
Dec 03, 2011
Olympia, WA
Conservation Northwest applauds collaborative approach to wolf conservation
Conservation easement protects working ranch and wildlife habitat
Dec 01, 2011
Conservation Northwest today completed the purchase of a conservation easement for 303 acres of the Gotham ranch in the Kettle Range Mountains, committing these acres to continued agriculture, open space, and wildlife habitat by retiring rights to develop residential or mineral values.
Washington Supreme Court Rules Attorney General Must Represent Lands Commissioner
Sep 01, 2011
State’s appeal of controversial Methow powerline plan will now move forward
Wolves are returning to Washington State!
Jul 19, 2011
Seattle event offers insight, activism
Wolverines jump to the front of the line for endangered species protections
Jul 12, 2011
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to make listing decision by 2013
Historic accord for old-growth conservation and forest restoration clears court
Jul 07, 2011
Commensense plan protects rare wildlife and promotes habitat restoration
New wolf pack confirmed in Washington State
Jul 05, 2011
Conservation Northwest’s remote camera photos lead to the confirmation of the second known pack in the Cascade Mountains
Conservation groups respond to Colville NF wilderness recommendations with mixed feelings
Jun 30, 2011
With release of the Forest Service proposed action for the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests’ forest plan revision today, local conservation groups responded to the preliminary recommendations for wilderness on the Colville with mixed feelings. The proposed action for the Colville National Forest includes preliminary administrative wilderness recommendations for four distinct roadless areas, including much of the Bald/Snow, Profanity, and Hoodoo Canyon areas in the Kettle Range and the Abercrombie Mountain area northeast of Colville in the Selkirk Mountains. Several thousand acres of roadless land adjacent to the existing Salmo-Priest Wilderness, which is northeast Washington’s only designated wilderness area, is also recommended for wilderness.
Gotham Ranch beef highlighted for stewardship in new marketing effort
Jun 15, 2011
“Today’s American consumer wants to feel good about their beef,” said Tim Loveall, President of Ameristar Meats, who grew up in Colville on a farm that had been homesteaded by Bryan Gotham’s grandfather. "The Gothams practice the type of stewardship that people imagine when they think of cattle ranging free without harming our precious water and wildlife resources." If the US Congress designates that part of the Colville National Forest as wilderness, the Gothams can continue with the same ranching practices they use under present administrative land designations. "We support wilderness designation," said Bryan and Deb Gotham, "because it won’t change our range practices and it may improve the marketing value of our beef and our bottom line."
Washington residents face federal charges for killing several endangered wolves
Jun 08, 2011
Three Twisp area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury and are charged with killing several endangered Washington wolves. The three, all members of the White family, including Bill White, his son Tom White and Tom’s wife, Erin White, were named in the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Tuesday. The White’s have been charged with conspiracy to take an endangered species and to smuggle a wolf hide out of the country, as well as other wildlife charges.
Funding Extends I-90 Upgrade Through Cascades
May 16, 2011
Project includes the first wildlife overpass in Washington State
Feds to review the status of wolves in the Northwest
May 04, 2011
Illegal killing of wolves greatest threat to recovery in the Cascades
Kretz, Conservation Northwest agree on cougar pilot program extension
Apr 01, 2011
Lawmaker, environmental group to build on common ground
Conservation Northwest statement on settlement of wolf recovery lawsuit in Northern Rockies
Mar 21, 2011
Conservation Northwest statement on a legal settlement reached by ten conservation groups with the Department of the Interior regarding wolf recovery and management in the Northern Rockies.
Reward fund to help stop poaching in Washington
Mar 01, 2011
Conservation Northwest announced today that it is partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to expand an enforcement reward fund to assist in apprehending poachers of wildlife from wolves to grizzly bears.
US Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges wolverine face extinction
Dec 13, 2010
Bellingham, WA
Washington State plays important role in providing habitat
New project to document wildlife sightings along I-90
Nov 04, 2010
Website will allow motorists to report wildlife observed near the interstate from North Bend to Easton
Cross-Base Highway lawsuit put on hold
Oct 21, 2010
Controversial project will face challenge, if funding secured
Report finds BC wildlife are at risk of extinction from inadequate laws
Sep 21, 2010
Study finds that 42 percent of all BC species that cross borders at risk
Conservation Northwest Partners with Ranchers on Forest Legacy Project
Jul 16, 2010
In northeast Washington's Columbia Highlands, working ranches, small timber operations, and farms are not only the lifeblood of the community, they are vital to wildlife. Conservation Northwest has submitted an application to the Forest Legacy Program on behalf of Ferry County ranchers Bryan and Debra Gotham to keep their land as a working ranch and tree farm indefinitely.
Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act introduced in celebration of Earth Day
Apr 21, 2010
Together with the Humane Society and many other, Conservation Northwest is supporting introduction of a Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to identify and protect wildlife habitat connectivity. "To maintain and conserve wildlife and fish in Washington State today and into the future, one of the most important things we can do is help wildlife move safely from one habitat to another," said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest. "The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act addresses the priority of connectivity at a national level, which is an exciting step."
B.C.’s Endangered 'Reindeer’ Threatened by New Mining Rules
Jan 12, 2010
Vancouver, BC
B.C.’s 125-year-old Mining Act creates double standard in mountain caribou habitat
Biologists Prepare for Third and Final Year of Fisher Releases
Dec 18, 2009
Native mammals to be released in Olympic National Park
Controversial highway project continues to attract opposition
Aug 26, 2009
Conservationists, local businesses, and citizens still oppose new highway construction across rare and endangered prairie habitat
Coalition of timber, conservation, and business leaders urge Congress to support balanced management for the Colville National Forest at “Listening Session”
Aug 14, 2009
The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition today in Spokane participated in a listening session on forest management hosted by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers called “Communities, Collaboration, and the Colville National Forest.”
Conservationists Applaud I-90 Groundbreaking
Aug 11, 2009
Wildlife underpass included in the construction to beginning today on Interstate 90
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Roadless Area Protections
Aug 05, 2009
President Obama Has Pledged To Support and Defend Nationwide Protections
Groups seek to defend lynx against snowmobile lawsuit
Jul 27, 2009
Conservation Northwest, The Lands Council, and four other conservation groups filed papers today in a Wyoming district court to defend federal habitat protections for the Canada lynx.
Marbled murrelet will retain protection as a threatened species
Jun 17, 2009
Evidence mounts that the Obama Administration must withdraw the Bush Oregon logging plan
Local conservationists praise “time out” for roadless forests
May 28, 2009
Washington, DC
Decision is a result of national and local campaign to Obama Administration
Where wolves and livestock share the land in Washington
May 22, 2009
Twisp, WA
Compensation and deterrents help find a balance
Poachers kill wolves from Washington’s first pack
Mar 27, 2009
Twisp, WA
Conservation Northwest calls for immediate arrest and full prosecution
Government's recovery plans include “IOU” for mountain caribou
Feb 23, 2009
Environmentalists say “protected areas” for caribou need protection not only from logging but also from mining and motorized recreation
Groups launch program to help public better understand wolves
Feb 12, 2009
Bellingham, WA
Effort urges wolf management based on science, not politics
Washington stakeholders join call for President-elect Obama to implement Roadless Rule
Jan 12, 2009
Two million acres of Washington forestland would gain protection from Roadless Rule reinstatement
Conservation Groups Act to Restore Wildlife Protections
Dec 11, 2008
Washington, DC
Bush administration removes federal wildlife experts from important decision making
Report released on citizen monitoring effort in the Cascades
Dec 03, 2008
Seattle, WA
Thousands of images of wildlife captured on camera by citizen volunteers this spring and summer
Wolverines threatened by climate change
Sep 30, 2008
Bellingham, WA
Conservation groups challenge Bush decision to deny protections
Conservation Organizations Sue Government over Backroom Deal
Sep 10, 2008
Seattle, WA
Lawsuit filed today against the Bush administration for illegally steering $350 million to timber industry-dominated forestry foundations
Conservation Northwest Expresses Substantial Concerns With Settlement Agreement in Lake Whatcom Lawsuit
Sep 08, 2008
Bellingham, WA
Conservation Northwest, an intervener in a lawsuit involving regulation of logging on state forest land around Lake Whatcom, expressed substantial concerns with a policy matter included within the proposed settlement.
Wolf pack confirmed in Washington State
Jul 23, 2008
Twisp, WA
Conservation Northwest camera captures first known images of pups in the “Lookout Pack”
Endangered Species Protections Sought for U.S. Wolverines
Jul 08, 2008
Washington, D.C.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cannot defer responsibility to Canada to address global warming and other threats to this highly imperiled species
Government Denies the Wolverine Protection under ESA
Mar 11, 2008
Bellingham, WA
Fish and Wildlife Service defies scientific evidence in refusing to protect the species
Revised Canada Lynx Habitat Plan Released
Feb 28, 2008
Bellingham, WA
Timber sales and elimination of habitat protections threaten lynx recovery in Washington
Pacific fisher returns to washington
Jan 27, 2008
Port Angeles, WA
Conservation Northwest welcomes the return of a native forest mammal to our state
Forest Service Drops Old-Growth Habitat from Tripod Timber Sale
Nov 19, 2007
In a press statement, Conservation Northwest applauds agency decision
BC Government Announces Landmark Caribou Recovery Plan
Oct 16, 2007
Conservation groups applaud efforts to protect over five million acres of prime mountain caribou habitat
Tainted Canada Lynx Habitat Plan Needs Significant Revision
Aug 08, 2007
Bellingham, WA
Elimination of habitat protections threatens lynx recovery
Forestry Coalition Finds Balance in the Woods
Jul 25, 2007
Colville, WA
Local community groups and businesses develop model forest management plan
Conservationists and The Summit at Snoqualmie Agree on Proposed Expansion
Jun 11, 2007
Seattle, WA
Commonground alternative leaves out expansion into key habitats, while allowing ski area to grow
Last Minute Compromise Adds Cross-Base Back into Roads and Transit Package
Jun 08, 2007
Seattle, WA
Move could lead to paving of our last, best remaining prairie
Two Big Wins for the Chuckanuts
May 08, 2007
Blanchard Mountain Receives Extra Protection
More Protection Granted for Mountain Caribou
Feb 16, 2007
Priest Lake, Idaho
Judge’s Ruling Shields Essential Caribou Habitat While Maintaining Access for Snowmobiles
Cross Base Highway Hits Roadblock
Nov 29, 2006
Tacoma, WA
Coalition announces lawsuit against new highway proposal
BC Announces Recovery Plan for Caribou
Oct 26, 2006
Vancouver, BC
Strategy gets mixed reaction from conservationists
Canada's Endangered Species Law under Scrutiny
Oct 11, 2006
Vancouver, BC
International Commission asked to review Canada’s failure to enforce endangered species law
Wolverine Considered for Protection
Oct 02, 2006
Bellingham, WA
North Cascades provides important habitat for rare carnivore
Snowmobiles Prohibited in Caribou Recovery Habitat
Sep 25, 2006
Priest Lake, WA
Judge Rules to Keep Snowmobiles Out of Recovery Area
Spotted Owl Hearing 2006
Aug 09, 2006
Portland, OR
Federal agencies developing recovery plan for spotted owls, science shows loss of habitat a key factor in their decline
Federal agencies to hold listening session on collaborative cooperation
Aug 08, 2006
Spokane, WA
Members of the NE Washington Forestry Coalition will attend to share their success
British Columbia, Canada try to Fool the World on Its Environmental Record before the Winter Olympics
Apr 28, 2006
Vancouver, BC
Contentious plan for endangered Spotted Owl designed to delay extinction until after 2010 Olympics
Court Ruling Protects Salmon and Clean Water from Harmful Logging
Mar 29, 2006
Seattle, WA
Bush Administration Violated Law in Weakening Salmon and Clean Water Safeguards from Logging on Federal Forests
Washington Takes a Major Step to Control Invasive Species
Mar 20, 2006
Governor signs bill to create state’s first Invasive Species Council
Scientists Warn Congress About Logging after Fire
Mar 14, 2006
169 sign letter saying logging can set back forest recovery
Cross Base Highway Controversy
Jan 26, 2006
Seattle, WA
Highway would bisect largest remnant of Puget Sound oak-woodland prairie
Lynx Habitat Excluded
Jan 19, 2006
Twisp, WA
Bush administration intervenes at last minute to block lynx recovery effort
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