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February 2007

Conservation Connection February 2007

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In this issue:

  • Blanchard Mountain
  • Return of Member Madness
  • Once again for caribou
  • Welcome, wolves

Blanchard Mountain view

View from Blanchard Mountain, where the Cascades touch the sea.
Photo: Paul Anderson



Meeting the Modern Challenge of Forest Protection


After years of worry that the state forests on Blanchard Mountain would be clearcut entirely, a landmark collaborative agreement has been reached resolving threats for this southernmost tip of the Chuckanut Mountain range. The agreement that Conservation Northwest helped negotiate protects a roadless core containing most of the mountain's older forests, its sensitive lakes, balds, and caves, and the heart of its trail system. The compromise was painful in that we didn't secure as large a core as we would have liked, but the agreement had other great benefits that outweigh this cost. Namely, all parties will work together to both expand DNR ownership and otherwise stabilize working timberland to prevent Chuckanut forests from converting to sprawl.

Conservation Northwest has labored for years to protect Blanchard Mountain. In the face of stalemate, the state Department of Natural Resources, who manages the forest for the school trusts, convened a diverse group of citizens to come up with a forest management plan for Blanchard that could meet the needs of many: the school trusts, local counties, conservationists, and recreationists.



Kettle River Range wild lands

Our youngest members are perhaps our best asset: we do it all for them. Here, removing invasive plants last summer from Discovery Park.
Photo: Nathan Wilfert



Heading into March Member Madness


While sports fans celebrate games won this March, you can make a slam dunk for wildlife and wild places! We want to improve our winning conservation team by adding 250 new members in March, and we'd like you to help us recruit these new souls. For new members, we're offering a special, reduced annual rate of only $15 per household. And for every two or more new members you bring in, we'll add your name to a raffle for great prizes generously donated by supporting businesses.

Simply use the easy tools below to share our work with your friends and family. Our members give wildlife a voice and supply 70% of Conservation Northwest's annual revenue to keep the Northwest wild, and we can't do it without you! Thanks for jumping in today for March Membership Madness.



Nountain caribou and calf

Mountain caribou can't make it on pavement alone. To survive they need lichens that grow in old-growth forests.
Photo: J.M. Medig




Urgent, Needed: An American Voice for Caribou


The British Columbia government is currently taking comment to decide how much old-growth forest habitat it will protect for the globally unique mountain caribou. Mountain caribou are one of the most endangered mammals in North America and the southernmost caribou population in the world. The larger BC herds anchor a small population of caribou that range into northern Idaho and Washington and northwestern Montana. Conserving caribou in the United States is absolutely dependent on the effectiveness of recovery efforts in Canada and how much of their old forest habitat is protected.

Perhaps most importantly, mountain caribou are indicators of the health of the world's only Inland Temperate Rainforest. A caribou recovery plan defendable by science benefits a range of other plants, animals, and human values including clean water, salmon, wolverines, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and dozens of others. Protecting these forests, some of which are more than 1,000 years old, will also, by storing carbon, mitigate the effects of global warming.



Conservation Northwest

The gray wolf is popping up in Washington; here, near Hozomeen in the North Cascades.
Photo: USFWS



Conservation Northwest Joins Wolf Working Group


It's an exciting time for wolves in Washington as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife develops a plan for conservation and management of gray wolves, who are already making their way back to historic habitat in the Columbia Highlands and Washington's Cascades. Conservation Northwest's Outreach Coordinator Derrick Knowles was recently invited to join a working group of diverse stakeholders formed to help guide the agency plan. Derrick and Conservation Northwest will be working with hunters, ranchers, biologists, and other conservationists over the next year to identify common ground and develop a plan for managing wolves once they are recovered in Washington. A draft plan is scheduled for completion by December 20, 2007, followed by a public comment period.




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