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May 2008

Conservation Connection May 2008

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In this issue:

  • Groovin' for Grizzlies
  • Summer auction
  • Wildlife forum
  • Volcano victory

Rose Oliver

Grassroots Coordinator Rose Oliver goes all out organizing an all-star cast for the best loved bears in Washington.
Photo: Ali Illyn


Groovin' for Grizzly Bears

Here at Conservation Northwest we are doing the difficult work for bears, promoting recovery for the Cascades grizzly, of which a scarce dozen are thought to remain. Thanks to that work and your letters, Representative Larsen has demonstrated leadership for recovery of Cascades grizzly bears.

This week, Bear Awareness Week marks a celebration of grizzly and black bears. Wildlife enthusiasts around the state are lending their business support with special products, from a hungry bear breakfast at the Calico Cupboard in Anacortes to 10% off bear-country camping gear at Winthrop Mountain Sports. Our apex event is Groovin' for Grizzlies in Bellingham, with music, dancing, and information about bears, who need our care and attention for recovery. See you there!

Hope for a Wild Future

Conservation Northwest's silent auction is a lively affair.
Photo: Gary Ide

Hope for a Wild Future

The stars of the evening are lynx, bears, wolves–and you! Please join Conservation Northwest for our 5th annual auction on June 11 at the Woodland Park Zoo's North Meadow. Join State Representative Christine Rolfes as emcee and Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman as presenter for an evening that features an engaging multimedia presentation highlighting the rich diversity of wildlife in northeast Washington's Columbia Highlands.

Silent and live auctions include exciting trips and getaways, a selection of fine wines, outdoor gear, excursions with biologists, work by local artisans, family experiences, and certificates for fine restaurants and entertainment. Kids' events include a special, private guided tour through one of the zoo's exhibits. Bring your family and support our work to keep the Northwest wild!



At the forum learn how people are designing passage that keeps elk–and people–safe from collisions.
Photo: Gary Braasch


Safe Passage for Wildlife

Attend a Wildlife Corridors Public Forum, Thursday, June 5, at The Mountaineers Building near Queen Anne in Seattle. The evening includes guided discussions from leaders in the field, describing the latest efforts to provide safe passage for wildlife across the landscape, around the nation and in Washington state. Hear information on the Western Governors' Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative and the latest on the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, which, together with the work of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, is providing safe passage for people and wildlife and turning heads close to home.



Horseback riding on Goat Mountain

With the threat of a proposed mine gone, journeys on the Goat Mountain Trail continue unperturbed.
Photo: Jim Thode

Veritable Victory at Mount St. Helens

Conservationists around the state celebrated as an open-pit mine in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mount St. Helens was rejected by the Bureau of Land Management. The agency found that the proposed mine was not in the public's interest after receiving 33,000 comments on the issue, including those written by Conservation Northwest supporters like you. Thank you!

Rejection of the mine protects the drinking water supplies of Kelso, Longview, and Castle Rock and keeps threatened salmon and steelhead in the Green River safe from acid drainage. It protects ancient forest habitat and recreation destinations including Goat Mountain Trail and the Green River Horse Camp.



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