Get out the vote for wildlife

Get out the vote for wildlife

The outcome of this election will have critical implications for our cherished wildlands, wildlife and communities. Please cast your ballot for a wild future! By the Conservation Northwest team Election Day is just a week away, and we want to make sure you’re ready to vote by November 3rd. A thriving, resilient and wild Northwest … Continued

Investing in nature creates thriving communities and economies

The recently-signed Great American Outdoors Act and a new report show the numerous benefits healthy public lands provide to Washingtonians By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate A recent report by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) found our state’s outdoor recreation economy to be on par with its aerospace industry. That’s a big … Continued

Historic conservation success and opportunity

Legislation moving through Congress offers optimism for the economy, public health and conservation. By Mitch Friedman, Executive director We all know we’re living through a historic time. But did you know that amid the trauma related to public health, economic fallout, and the struggle for racial justice, we’re also experiencing historic conservation success and opportunity?  I … Continued

A setback from Olympia for wildlife and ecosystems

Despite some environmental gains, the state legislature failed to fully-fund Fish & Wildlife, undermining conservation programs. Send a message to state lawmakers. By Mitch Friedman, Executive Director The Washington State Legislature adjourned this weekend after passing budget bills in its final hours. While there’s much to celebrate, our natural heritage was dealt a funding setback … Continued

Updates from Olympia

Where our legislative priorities and other conservation bills stand as of mid-April. By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director The 2019 session of the Washington State Legislature is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 28. Though extensions and special sessions with budget negotiations dragging on into summer have been common in recent years, it’s still a good … Continued

Evergreen State in the Red | WDFW Budget & Policy

Mitch Friedman, our Executive Director, shares insights from serving on the Budget and Policy Advisory Group for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. MAY 2019 UPDATE: A setback from Olympia for wildlife and ecosystems BY MITCH FRIEDMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Washington has not been adequately funding its Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) enough for … Continued

Elections and climate change: trick or treat?

Voting Yes on I-1631 will help spare our planet from a frightful fate! Washington provides an exceptionally spooky scene for Halloween. Days become shrouded in menacing fog and gray clouds, dissipated by cold darkness promptly at 6 p.m. The rustling of fall leaves elicits a wary glance over your shoulder. But there’s another presence lurking … Continued

Trip to Washington, DC with Methow Headwaters

By Jay Kehne, Sagelands Program Lead based in Omak I was honored to join the Methow Headwaters Campaign and several other local citizens on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to show the broad local support for the Methow Headwaters Protection Act and an administrative mineral withdrawal by federal agencies, both of which would withdraw mining … Continued

Dispatch from the other Washington

A report from Mitch after his trip to D.C. advocating for national forests, wildfire funding and roadless areas. Wednesday 3/21 Update: Credible reports indicate that Congressional leaders reached a deal early Wednesday morning on a wildfire funding fix. It appears to not include the feared riders related to Alaska or roadless areas, but we await further … Continued