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May 2010

Conservation Connection May 2010

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In this issue:

  • June 10th Hope
  • Similkameen SOS
  • Wildlife connections
  • Party on the trails

Family fly fishing

Get your own private Idaho and other great adventures, only at our annual "Hope for a Wild Future" auction!

SoDo that Summer Auction You Do So Well

We still have a few spots left at our fun-filled Hope for a Wild Future auction on Thursday, June 10. This year we will be dining on local, organic cuisine by Herban Feast at their hip SoDo Park warehouse in south downtown, Seattle.

Preview our auction catalog so you can bid on exciting getaways, fine wines, outdoor adventure, and more, with celebrity auctioneer John Curley. You might even win the live auction item of your choice by purchasing one or more $25 raffle tickets! Come celebrate with us for Columbia Highlands wilderness and 21 years of keeping the Northwest wild. Hope to see you there.

Above the Similkameen Valley

High mountain, grassland valley, rare habitat, vital connection.
Photo: Sandy Terbasket

SOS for Similkameen Grasslands

The Canadian government just needs a push from you and me to create a new national park in British Columbia in the South Okanagan-Similkameen (SOS). Home to more than a third of BC's threatened and endangered birds, mammals, and plants, these natural grasslands and interior desert communities, found nowhere else in Canada, are increasingly threatened by growing development, conversion of natural grasslands to vineyards, and climate change.

The grasslands and mountains of the SOS region connect directly with the arid ecosystem of the Okanogan and Similkameen valleys of Washington State. Our shared future for healthy wildlife knows no borders. Urge creation of the SOS National Park. Send your letter today!


Moose traveling in snow in Washington

Many wildlife, like these moose in northeastern Washington, need room to forage and travel.
Photo: Dana Base/DFW



Ensuring Connectivity for Wildlife

Our very own Jen Watkins was recently appointed as the Washington State citizen representative to the Western Governors Association Stakeholder Advisory Group. This means she will work with other organizations and advise the governors on wildlife connectivity. For example, a recent pilot project is developing ways to cooperatively and consistently manage wildlife and habitat in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho's shared arid landscapes.

"The governors set a tremendous framework for us to make a difference for wildlife in Washington and work across statelines that our shared wildlife regularly cross," said Jen. "Non-profits have an important role to play for wildlife and it is exciting to see that formally recognized."



happy Hall Mountain hikers

Hikes, trailwork, good company, laughter, good food: Get it all at this year's Kettle Range Rendezvous.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen


What's Your Pleasure: Colville Trailwork or Refreshing Hike?

Solitude, wildlife, and new scenery are within reach in northeastern Washington this summer! Join us and the Washington Trails Association for trailwork and refreshing forest hikes. Volunteer trail work is a fun, fulfilling way to get out in nature with old and new friends, learn about wilderness traditions and tools, and give something back to the trails that make it possible for so many of us to enjoy our treasured wild places and wildlife.

Save the date of June 26-27 to get "two for one," hikes and trailwork, at the Kettle Range Rendezvous. It's the best way to meet new friends, hang out with Conservation Northwest staff, and discover new wildlands in the grand northeastern portion of our state.




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