Help Conservation Northwest secure the final piece in the Okanogan

Help Conservation Northwest secure the final piece in the Okanogan

The future of this beautiful place and critical habitat corridor depends on you! Your urgent gift could make the difference in our Cascades to Rockies Capital Campaign. The foreground of that photo, taken by Justin Haug, a WDFW wildlife biologist, is critical sage steppe habitat comprising the historic Figlenski Ranch, in the Tunk Valley of central Okanogan County. … Continued

Join our Cascades to Rockies Capital Campaign to preserve a critical piece of wildlands

To protect critical wildlands and connect two great mountain ranges, we’re raising $4.75 million to purchase protection for 9,243 acres in Okanogan County By Mitch Friedman, Executive Director I’m excited to introduce you to our new Cascades to Rockies Capital Campaign, one of the most innovative and impactful efforts Conservation Northwest has ever undertaken. Through … Continued

Working for Wildlife in the Okanogan Valley

Decommissioning unneeded forest roads will open up quality habitat for Canada lynx, sharp-tailed grouse and mule deer in north-central Washington. By Michael Liu, Okanogan Forest Lead From virtual school and Zoom meetings to facemasks and social distancing, our world has changed significantly because of Covid-19. The global pandemic has put many aspects of our lives … Continued

Supporting bighorn sheep and forest restoration on Mt. Hull

We’re working to help a vulnerable bighorn sheep herd and restore a critical landscape in north-central Washington. BY George Wooten, okanogan conservation associate *Editor’s Note: George is retiring next month after more than a decade working as our Conservation Associate and Okanogan Forest Field staffer based in Twisp. Among other roles, he previously worked for … Continued

Saving lives on Highway 97

Supporters and partners helped us reach our fundraising goal for the Okanogan Wildlife Crossing Campaign, ensuring safer passage for mule deer across Highway 97. by mitch Friedman, executive director Today, we’re thrilled to say thank you and congratulations to everyone who has supported our Okanogan Wildlife Crossing Campaign. The collective generosity of more than 570 … Continued

Restoring lynx habitat near Coxit Mountain and Loomis State Forest

After decommissioning nearly 3 miles of unauthorized, user-built trail near the Loomis State Forest, Canada lynx and other species can enjoy greater security and movement through this critical habitat. By Keiko Betcher, Communications and outreach Associate When it comes to connecting and restoring landscapes, every section counts. Especially for endangered species like Canada lynx. This … Continued

A highway runs through it

Our new Okanogan Wildlife Crossing Campaign is working for safe passage on Highway 97 By Leigh Ann Gilmer, Development Director There’s a 12-mile span of highway in north-central Washington that’s designated as a “high kill area.” Along this stretch, drivers grip their steering wheels with tight knuckles as they test their luck and barrel through … Continued

WDFW releases sharp-tailed grouse as part of Okanogan Working for Wildlife Initiative

Collaborative effort works to restore the Okanogan’s wildlife heritage By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director Earlier this month, our staff were lucky to join and assist with the release of sharp-tailed grouse in the Tunk Valley, a key habitat corridor connecting to north-central Washington’s Okanogan Valley.  A smaller cousin of the more well-known sage grouse, sharp-tailed … Continued