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March 2007

Conservation Connection March 2007

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In this issue:

  • Member Madness
  • Cross-base waste
  • Film Fest
  • Comment for Blanchard
  • Caribou reprieve

Team Conservation Northwest, Bellingham Traverse

Conservation Northwest’s winning team from the 2005 Bellingham Traverse
Photo: Oliver Ross



Membership Madness and a Chance to Win


March is Membership Madness, our annual celebration of our most important allies–members like you. Please help us increase our effectiveness by sharing our work with conservation-minded friends. When you refer two or more new members by March 31, we'll enter you and your friends into a raffle for great prizes. Each new member you refer after that is one more raffle entry, increasing your chances of winning. Right now, new membership rates are just $15 per household. That's 4 cents per day to support Northwest conservation, wildlife, and habitat!



saying No on Cross-Base

On March 5th, 60 people picketed outside the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, urging transportation agencies to drop the Cross-Base Highway.
Photo: Colby Chester


Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot?


That’s just what the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) is planning to do with your tax dollars. RTID wants to build a brand new, $500 million, four-lane highway development through the last and best remaining oak-woodland prairie left in our state–home to many threatened wildlife and plants. Ask RTID to remove the Cross-Base Highway from their transportation package. Choose habitat over sprawl between the Sound and Mount Rainier.



Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival








Film Fest Highlights Climate Change


Climate change gets top billing at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, March 30 to April 1, 2007. The 9th annual event, cosponsored by Conservation Northwest, will be held this year for the first time ever in Seattle. The festival launches Thursday, March 29, at the Woodland Park Zoo with a special screening of “Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies,” about Charlie Russell and his work raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs in Kamchatka. The full festival begins March 30 at the University of Washington's Kane Hall with “The Great Warming,” including a segment on west coast forests and their role in the carbon cycle.



Conservation Northwest

Blanchard Mountain shows clearly on Google Earth.
Image: Google Earth




Write a Letter for Blanchard


A landmark collaborative agreement for Blanchard Mountain, the only place where the Cascades meet the sea, needs your support. The management plan 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 hard-won plan also helps stabilize working timberland to prevent Chuckanut forests from converting to sprawl. The future of the proposal now lies in the hands of members of the state legislature for funding. Please take a moment to visit our easy-to-use action center to send a message.



Conservation Northwest

The small forms of caribou grace this snowy photo. Unfortunately, those who snowmobile compete for the very same habitat that mountain caribou need to survive.
Photo: Bob Weinard



Critical Winter Habitat Protected for Caribou


The last remaining mountain caribou in the US received some love in a Valentine's Day court ruling. The decision allows the endangered caribou to migrate across their habitat, while still providing snowmobile access to the Priest Lake region. Like elk and many other wildlife, caribou are most vulnerable in the winter when they are stressed by cold weather and deep snows, and snowmobiles put additional strains on the herd. The ruling comes on the tails of an agreement among conservationists and recreationists, allowing snowmobiling in areas along the edges of the designated recovery area, while prohibiting them in the most essential areas of the caribou’s habitat.




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