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March 2010

Conservation Connection March 2010

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In this issue:

  • Beautiful char
  • For wolves
  • Seattle job
  • Wilderness rewards

Harvey Creek near Grassy Top

Home to bull trout, Harvey Creek cascades down through roadless forests north of Spokane.
Photo: Eric Zamora




Cold, Clear Water for Bull Trout

Bull trout are a beautiful native char found in rivers and streams throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, including in the Columbia Highlands of northeastern Washington. To survive, they need cool, clear water; large wood, stable stream banks, and deep pools; and stream connections between spawning and rearing sites.

In the late 1990s, bull trout were listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened with extinction, and they currently occupy only half of their historic range. A new proposal would designate "critical" habitat (those areas necessary to ensure survival and recovery) for bull trout in the greater Northwest. Please comment by April 5, 2010. Urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the best possible protections to bull trout.

Gray wolves return to Washington

Gray wolves are on the path to recovery in Washington's North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. They need a strong conservation plan to continue that success.
Photo: Angel Drobnica

For Wolves: A Big Measure of Success

With your help, Conservation Northwest generated more than 1,000 comments earlier this year to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on their draft wolf conservation and management plan. Together with the work of our partner groups, more than 3,000 positive conservation comments were sent.

One of the most important comments we continue to emphasize with the agency is the need to create a distinct wolf recovery area for the Olympic Peninsula, where wolves would temper burgeoning coyote populations and improve the health of habitat in Olympic National Park. Our advice urging the department to increase its goal for minimum breeding pairs was also recently supported by an independent scientific peer review, which is calling for using a higher number of wolf pairs as a measure of success for wolf recovery in Washington.


Wapaloosie in summertime

Calling all tree huggers! Conservation NW is seeking full-time help in Seattle. Note: Must be open to hugging loggers and ranchers, too.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen


Seattle Outreach Position Open

Over the years, we've led many successful campaigns protecting and connecting from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies. Conservation Northwest today is in a major collaborative effort to designate new wilderness and protect vital wildlife habitat in the Columbia Highlands of northeastern Washington.

To help take us there, we're currently seeking someone to work as full-time outreach staff in our Seattle office, organizing grassroots, planning events, and recruiting and coordinating new supporters. The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter with strong organizational and computer skills, previous campaign experience, and an ethic that embraces collaboration. Could this someone be you or someone you know? Apply online; no phone calls, please.



rendezvous folks

Adopting wilderness in the Columbia Highlands: it's not all hard work.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen

T-Shirt to Wilderness Adopters
Interested in helping to protect our wild places and in looking good while doing it? Columbia Highlands Wilderness t-shirts are now available for free to our "Adopt a Wilderness" participants! Choose from five designs, each featuring a beautiful photograph of a roadless area - Bald Snow, Thirteenmile, Owl Mountain, Hall Mountain and Twin Sisters - deserving of protection as wilderness. These t-shirts are a great way to show your support for wilderness.

There are a dozen easy ways you can help your chosen area in the Colville National Forest achieve permanent protection: for example, committing to get 25 friends and neighbors to sign postcards to elected officials. Sen. Cantwell and Rep. McMorris Rodgers are listening, and for them to confidently champion wilderness legislation for the Columbia Highlands, they need to receive hundreds of letters and postcards supporting wilderness.




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