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October 2011

Conservation Connection October 2011

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In this issue:

  • Wolves belong
  • Old growth wildlife wins
  • Not scary - join us!
  • Protect Lake Whatcom

Washington's wolves deserve a balanced plan.

Washington's wolves deserve a pragmatic and balanced state wolf plan.
Photo: Remote camera, Conservation Northwest

Wolves Belong in Washington

Today, an estimated 30 wolves in five packs live in Washington State, but they still face threats and uncertainty. How do we make sure wolves remain part of our Northwest conservation heritage? Join us in urging the state's Fish & Wildlife Commission to support a wolf recovery plan.

In Spokane on Nov 1 attend a screening of the acclaimed documentary on "Lords of Nature," followed on Thurs Nov 3 by the final public hearing for wolves before the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Be part of a historic moment for wolves! Don't let those who oppose wolves return us to the days when wolves were banished from Washington.

For those who can't be there, it's important: Contact the Commission. If you have already sent a letter for Washington's wolf plan – thank you!

Survey and Manage - and commitment and common sense protects old growth and wildlife.

Survey and Manage – and commitment and common sense protects old growth and wildlife.
Photo: Cascadia Wildlands

Two Steps Forward for Old Growth & Wildlife

A recent ruling caused demise of WOPR, a logging plan for Oregon old growth that had lingered, zombie-like, till now. "The judge confirmed what everyone's been saying for years – that Bureau of Land Management took an illegal shortcut to avoid scientific scrutiny," said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney who represented conservation groups including Cascadia Wildlands. The WOPR's last gasp protects old growth and wildlife, from northern spotted owls to salmon.

This summer an historic agreement was reached between federal forest agencies and conservation groups, including Conservation Northwest, over the rules that requires wildlife surveys in old forest habitat. "It's a sensible premise: Rare species that rely on rare old forests deserve protection, and bona fide restoration projects that improve wildlife habitat should move forward efficiently," said Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest science director.



We've made it easy to donate, never scary. And there are prizes!

We've made it easy to donate – never scary. And there are prizes!


Ensure a Northwest with Wildlife

A world without wildlife truly would be frightening. Imagine a walk in a truly silent wood; not a bird chirp or a vole skitter, not an owl hoot or a squirrel yip; no wolf howl off in the distance. Imagine your favorite place barren and devoid of deer, salamanders, trout, and butterflies; missing beavers, bears, and lynx. This forest, even full of trees, is a ghost of a place.

Now is the best time to dispel that frightening wildlife future. For just $10 for a Conservation Northwest membership during our special drive, you will ensure the future of the places and critters you hold dear. It's a great time to ask your friends to join our efforts and renew your own membership!



Swapping lands to create a park helps protect a drinking watershed.

It's getting wild in here: Swapping lands to create a park helps protect nearly a third of the forests around Lake Whatcom.
Photo: Erin Moore





Protecting the Lake Whatcom Watershed

It's a critical time for a drinking watershed: Creation of a new Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve would protect forests and nearly a third of the Lake Whatcom watershed for drinking water, wildlife habitat, and local recreation. Nearly half of the people in Whatcom County – about 90,000 people – rely on Lake Whatcom for their drinking water.

To help protect that resource, the Whatcom County Council is formally requesting reconveyance of state lands back to county ownership as a Forest Preserve park, which is allowed under state law. Want to help protect 8,700 acres in the Lake Whatcom drinking watershed? Send a letter today. "Reconveyance is one of the most cost-efficient things we can do to benefit the lake," said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest executive director.




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