Monitoring wildlife movement along I-5 in the Chehalis Basin

Monitoring wildlife movement along I-5 in the Chehalis Basin

A veteran’s perspective on the habitat connectivity internship in the Cascades to Olympics landscape By Cory Mounts, Cascades to Olympics intern Across the nation population growth and the associated development has continued to expand, as it has in Western Washington for the last several decades. This growth has forced conservationists to ask a fundamental question: … Continued

World Rivers Day: a focus on the Chehalis Basin

In recognition of World Rivers Day, learn about our work in the Chehalis Basin and watch a free viewing of Chehalis: A Watershed Moment By Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Program Coordinator World Rivers Day, which was September 26, 2021, is a day used to highlight the importance of rivers, and encourages stewardship and conservation … Continued

Why the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s acquisition of Centralia Mine makes sense

State acquisition of TransAlta property in Lewis County offers opportunity for public land access and wildlife habitat By Brian Stewart Over the last few months we have heard the opinions and fears of prominent Lewis County residents rejecting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed land acquisition of the degraded TransAlta Centralia Mine property. … Continued

A word of thanks to the Satsop River habitat connectivity volunteers

Blackberry removal volunteers support wildlife passage under Highway 12 By Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Coordinator On Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17 Conservation Northwest held two volunteer events at the Satsop Restoration Project, clearing blackberries from under the Highway 12 bridge to improve habitat connectivity in this Cascdes to Olympics project area, and … Continued

Researching elk, black-tailed deer, and other species in need of wildlife crossings in the Chehalis Basin

Garrett Brummel shares his experience working with the Veterans Ecological Trades Collective to monitor wildlife along I-5 during his Cascades to Olympics internship. By Garrett Brummel, Cascades to Olympics Intern As a first-year graduate student in Evergreen State College’s Masters of Environmental Studies program, I have been focusing most of my research on treponeme-associated hoof … Continued

Veterans Ecological Trades Collective and Cascades to Olympics partnership

Conserving wildlife and wildlife corridors while training veterans in conservation and habitat connectivity. By Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Coordinator Through our Cascades to Olympics Program, we’re working to connect wildlife populations in southwest Washington long separated from their natural habitats by development and major highways like I-5. One area of interest along the I-5 corridor identified … Continued

Cascades to Olympics field tour of northern and southern habitat linkages

Wildlife connectivity across I-5 in southwest Washington is increasingly restricted by development, but there are opportunities to restore habitat and enhance structures to serve as wildlife crossings. By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate Recently, Conservation Northwest’s Communications Director Chase Gunnell and I met with our Cascades to Olympics Coordinator Brian Stewart to check out … Continued

Wildlife need safe passage from the Cascades to the Olympics

A black bear recently spotted while trying to cross Interstate 5 demonstrates the need for wildlife crossings in southwest Washington. By Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Coordinator For the second time in four months a black bear has been seen attempting to cross Interstate 5 in Washington state—this time near Olympia. Like other animals, black … Continued

The Heart and the Highway: A perspective on the impacts of the proposed Chehalis River dam

Greater emphasis must be placed on restoration strategies that reduce flood risks to local communities, while restoring forests, floodplains, and habitat. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published as an Op-Ed in the May 12, 2020 edition of the Lewis County Daily Chronicle. Brian Stewart is our Cascades to Olympics Program Coordinator based in Onalaska … Continued

Report summary on Cascades to Olympics Connectivity

Cascades to Olympics program bolstered by new findings and conclusions from research on habitat connectivity in the Chehalis Basin. BY BRIAN STEWART, CASCADES TO OLYMPICS CONNECTIVITY CONTRACTOR Conservation Northwest’s new Cascades to Olympics program works to restore habitat and improve wildlife connectivity between Washington’s Cascades Range and Olympic Peninsula. The program geography stretches from Mount Rainier to … Continued