Restoring habitat in the I-90 Wildlife Corridor

Restoring habitat in the I-90 Wildlife Corridor

By Laurel Baum, central cascades conservation associate and Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project Coordinator Conservation Northwest recently hosted three habitat restoration events just east of Snoqualmie Pass to support animal use of areas near new I-90 Wildlife Crossings, and to advance objectives of our new Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program. Volunteers did a great job pulling … Continued

Critical habitat – and a highway runs through it

Your donation will help us buy the first wildlife crossing for Highway 97 in the Okanogan Valley! By Leigh Ann Gilmer, Development Director & Chief Operating Officer 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 … Continued

I-90 Wildlife Watch: A Year in Review

Since relaunching the program in 2017, wildlife sightings from motorists have informed crossing projects and understanding of wildlife around Snoqualmie Pass. BY ANIKA QUON, I-90 WILDLIFE WATCH INTERN Through I-90 Wildlife Watch, motorists’ reports of wildlife sightings from North Bend to Easton have become a vital part of monitoring to inform wildlife crossings and other … 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

Can drinking beer really save mule deer?

We invite you to drink beer with us and learn about some BIG projects we’re working on this summer! By Maureen McGregor, Membership Associate Invite your friends and bring the family – there will be games and raffle prizes for all! Pizza and light snacks will be provided. $10 suggested donation + all Lagunitas beer sale proceeds will benefit Conservation … Continued

Elk using I-90 wildlife crossings this spring

Elk have been using new I-90 wildlife crossings during their spring migration into the highcountry of the Cascades! This group of elk are crossing under the busy interstate using the Hyak Wildlife Undercrossing, just east of Snoqualmie Pass and west of the larger Gold Creek Wildlife Undercrossing in the Keechelus Lake floodplain. Our region’s elk … Continued

Join us on Thursday 4/19 for a FREE Cascade Crossroads screening

Join us at Patagonia Seattle for a FREE screening of the Cascade Crossroads documentary! This is a free event, put please RSVP to to secure your seat. After the film, Executive Producer and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition coordinator Jen Watkins will discuss the importance of wildlife crossings near Snoqualmie Pass for elk, wolves, wolverines … Continued

On the edge of the Sagebrush Sea

Perspectives after a trip to Eastern Washington’s sagelands By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director Vital habitat for sage grouse, pygmy rabbits, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and dozens of other bird and animal species, the Sagebrush Sea is a sprawling shrub-steppe ecosystem stretching from the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains in Montana and Wyoming through the Great … Continued

Your support creates safe passage for people and animals

“We couldn’t let the animals stop the highway, we couldn’t let the highway stop the animals.” – Doug MacDonald, former Washington State Secretary of Transportation BY MAUREEN MCGREGOR, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE If you are anything like me, you haven’t thought much about wildlife as you’ve cruised across the Cascade Mountains on Interstate 90, eager to engage … Continued

Elk find safe passage under I-90 thanks to wildlife crossings

Note: This blog originally appeared on our I-90 Wildlife Watch project webpage. An effort to document wildlife movement around Snoqualmie Pass between North Bend and Easton, I-90 Wildlife Watch is led by CNW with support from Central Washington University, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish … Continued