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Snoqualmie Pass Wildlife Crossing Structures: A Bridge to Safety for Washington Animals Big and Small

MARCH 25, 2022 – Living Snoqualmie

An update on the success of Snoqualmie Pass wildlife crossing structures and the overpass completed in 2019.

In Real Life: Living With Wolves

MARCH 20, 2022 – NEWSY

“Wolves are returning to the American West a century after they were nearly eradicated. But can they co-exist on a landscape now reshaped by humans?”

In bringing back wild lynx, Confederated Colville tribes hope to right historical wrongs and restore balance to wildlife on the landscape

February 17, 2022 – inlander

If the wildcats stick around, the tribes and conservation groups working together could successfully reintroduce the species to the region.

Resolution of mining threat to Skagit Headwaters, but the threat of Canadian mines to American rivers remains

January 30, 2022 – Sitnews

U.S.-based conservation groups welcome the Jan. 19 news of a great win resolving the threat of B.C. mining in the so-called “Donut Hole” of the Upper Skagit River, that flows from British Columbia (B.C.) into Washington state.

Mining company drops rights to Upper Skagit watershed in key preservation step

January 19, 2022 – The Seattle Times

The British Columbia government has announced the surrender of mining rights at the headwaters of the Skagit River, following yearslong controversy over protection of one of the region’s premier salmon rivers.

Lethal removal, range rider concerns raised at Washington Wolf Advisory Group meeting

January 7, 2022 – NW NEWs network

The lethal removal of wolves is the last resort in deterring livestock predation. If a pack in livestock conflict loses wolves to other causes, the state should consider those events rather than piling on with additional lethal actions.

Original caretakers: Indigenous groups team up with conservationists to protect swaths of US

January 3, 2022 – The Guardian

Environmental organizations and tribes have been coming together to protect the natural world, and a key part of this teamwork has been land transfers

November 21, 2021 – RTO Insider

Green energy advocates clashed with activists aiming to protect the habitat of an endangered bird species at a hearing on a proposed solar farm in Central Wash.

Colville Tribe works with group leaders to relocate Lynx from Canada

November 19, 2021 – The Colville Tribal Tribune

“The Colville Tribes, in critical partnerships with Conservation Northwest, Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), and others, are leading the restoration efforts for Canada lynx in the Kettle Mountain Range,” said Whitney.

Lynx relocated to Colville reservation

November 19, 2021 – THE OMAK CHRONICLE

“The Colville tribes, in critical partnerships with Conservation Northwest, Upper Columbia United Tribes and others, are leading the restoration efforts for Canada lynx in the Kettle Mountain Range,” said Whitney.

Colville Tribe reintroduces lynx to Inland Northwest

November 19, 2021 – Spokane public radio

Rose Piccinini, a wildlife biologist with the Colville Tribe, says the team is capturing, and transporting Lynx from Canada, where they are not endangered. The first batch of transports started this winter.

NCWLIFE Evening News November 17th, 2021

November 17, 2021 – NCW Life news

Lynx on Rez – Wild lynx from Canada are making their way back into Washington, thanks in part to the Colville Confederated Tribes. Several captured lynx have been relocated in the last few weeks to the Kettle River Mountain Range on the Colville Reservation.

Fishers Released at Olympic National Park to Boost Species Restoration

November 17, 2021 – The Chehalis Chronicle

Fishers — a member of the weasel family roughly the size of a house cat that feeds on rodents, hares and even porcupines — were extirpated from Washington by the 1930s due to over-trapping, poisoning and fragmentation of their forest habitat.

Colville Tribe Works to Relocate Lynx to Washington State from Canada

November 17, 2021 – KPQ Radio

Colville Tribes Fish & Wildlife is in the process of capturing lynx in Canada to relocate the animals to the Colville Indian Reservation to establish a resilient population. Lynx are not a listed species in Canada so the tribe’s team is permitted to trap them, place radar collars on them and relocate them to the reservation.

Colville Tribes Works With Group Leaders To Relocate Lynx From Canada

November 15, 2021 – Native American Fish & Wildlife Society

Project biologists, trappers and veterinarians are working together to ensure that the safest techniques are being used during processing and transportation of these animals.

Transplanted fishers released into park

November 15, 2021 – Sequim Gazette

The park and other partners in the reintroduction of the species aim to release 20 members of the Alberta fisher population into the park and Olympic National Forest by the end of the year, Happe said.

Colville Confederated Tribes gifted 9,243 acres in Tunk Valley

November 15, 2021 – The Colville Tribal Tribune

Colville Tribal leaders and staff from Conservation Northwest gather for a ceremony on newly transferred land in North Half

Transplanted fishers released into park

November 14, 2021 – Peninsula Daily News

Reintroduction of fishers captured in British Columbia began in 2008. The Washington Fisher Reintroduction Project met its goal in early 2020, releasing more than 250 fishers across the Olympic and Cascade ranges, according to an ONP press release.

Fishers released at Olympic National Park to boost species’ restoration

November 14, 2021 – The Grays Harbor Daily World

Federal, state, tribal and partner biologists released five fishers from Alberta, Canada, into the coastal forest near Lake Ozette on Nov. 5, the latest event in a nearly two decades-long project to restore the native species to Washington.

Office of Chehalis Basin Names 9 Members of Committee to Look at Non-Dam Alternatives

November 12, 2021 – The Chehalis Chronicle

Norm Chapman, Todd Chaput, Jessica Hesley, Dan Maughan, Brandon Parsons and Brian Stewart will join the three Chehalis Basin Board members to look at the alternatives as part of a new committee called the Local Action Non-Dam (LAND) Steering Group.

Animals need infrastructure, too

November 12, 2021 – Vox

$350 million of Biden’s INVEST in America Act isn’t for people. It’s for wildlife that needs help crossing the road.

Fishers released in Olympic National Park, in effort to rebuild native population

November 11, 2021 – KOMO NEWS

The release was part of a two decades-long project to restore the native species to Washington. The team working on the project includes federal, state, and tribal biologists.

Another Batch Of Fishers Released At Olympic National Park

November 11, 2021 – National Parks Traveler

This latest fisher release on November 5 is part of an ongoing partnership led by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Conservation Northwest to restore the elusive carnivores to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Mountains.

Owl habitat cuts by Trump appointees used ‘faulty’ science

November 9, 2021 – The Seattle Times

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging.

During Fire Season, One Family Learns To Save Trees, You Must Cut Some Down

November 9, 2021 – Northwest Public Broadcasting

Moreover, said Mike Liu, Okanogan Forest lead with Conservation Northwest, based in Twisp, the extra wood on the forest ground likely accelerated the fire in some places. Studies show the best way to make a forest resilient to fire is to follow up thinning with prescribed burns, Liu said.

Canada lynx to keep species protections under legal deal

November 7, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ending their effort to strip Canada lynx of federal protections was certainly the right call,” said Dave Werntz, the science and conservation director for Seattle-based Conservation Northwest in a statement. “Lynx and lynx habitat will continue to benefit from the resources, coordination, and focus that come with federal protection. And lynx need the help, especially as climate change bears down.”

Legal agreement reached to continue protections for Canada lynx

November 3, 2021 – Skagit Valley Herald

Dave Werntz of the nonprofit Conservation Northwest said he’s only heard of others’ encounters with lynx, including when an organization board member saw one on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades and when Werntz’s wife saw one in Eastern Washington.

Why fire experts are hopeful

November 1, 2021 – High Country News

Wildfire scientists dispel common misconceptions about forest management, detailing what needs to change and why it’s urgent.

Civic Lab Online: The Land Back Movement

November 1, 2021 – Spokane County Library District

What is the “Land Back” movement, and where did it come from? Why are scientists and conservation groups involved?

Opinion | Lower Similkameen Indian Band , Chief Keith Crow: Remove Enloe Dam: It’s not that complicated

October 28, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

The time to remove Enloe Dam is long overdue and the Similkameen people support its removal and a restoration of the original rock cataract.

Alarming loss: As urban boundaries expand, wildlands are being eaten up

October 28, 2021 – Columbia Insight

Kehne, who also works for the nonprofit Conservation Northwest, is behind Safe Passage Highway 97, a project working to install wildlife underpasses, fences and other deterrent measures on 12 miles of highway between Tonasket and Riverside in order to reduce collisions with mule deer.

Northeast Washington Forest Coalition adopts vision for forest goals

October 26, 2021 – The Omak Chronicle

COLVILLE – Northeast Washington Forest Coalition has adopted a revised “blueprint” for the Colville National Forest.

Washington’s embattled shrub-steppe ecosystem gets monetary boost from Legislature

October 24, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

The sagebrush steppe is a fundamental piece of the Pacific Northwest, running from southern Canada down the slopes of the east Cascades to Oregon. It’s been under attack for years, with an estimated 80% of the steppe lost or degraded according to a 2022 budget request by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Homesteading family’s lasting legacy realized in agreement to return nearly 10,000 acres of habitat to Colville Tribes in conservation deal

October 24, 2021 – The Columbian / Associated Press

SPOKANE — On a February day, with wind-whipped temperatures falling to 4 below zero, Colville tribal leaders approved an unusual transaction at their offices in Nespelem.

Conservation groups want Washington forests managed ‘for all the people’

October 21, 2021 – KUOW / NW News Network

The groups bringing the case against the Department of Natural Resources, Commissioner Hilary Franz, and the Board of Natural Resources include Conservation Northwest, the Olympic Forest Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, and eight individual Washington residents.

State Supreme Court Case On Public Lands Begins Oral Arguments

October 21, 2021 – NW Public Broadcasting

On Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in a case being brought against Washington’s commissioner of public lands, Hilary Franz, the Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Natural Resources, that may clarify how the state manages public lands.

Land Purchase to Turn Rangeland Over to Colville Tribes in Okanogan County

October 21, 2021 – KPQ 560 Radio

The property was purchased this month by the nonprofit Seattle-based Conservation Northwest from Figlenski Ranches, LLC.  It’s been part of a family cattle operation that dates back more than 100 years.

Tribes in Okanogan County celebrating after being given 9,200 acres of land that was taken from them in 1892

October 20, 2021 – iFiberOne Columbia Basin News

OMAK – According to the Colville Confederated Tribes and Conservation Northwest, 9,200 acres of rangeland between Riverside and Omak in Okanogan County has been returned to its original owners.

Homesteading family’s lasting legacy realized in agreement to return nearly 10,000 acres of habitat to Colville Tribes in conservation deal

October 20, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

The arrangement, which had been a decade in the making, represented a cultural and ecological milestone: simultaneously securing a key habitat corridor between the Cascade and Rocky Mountains and returning tribal land taken by the U.S. government in 1892.

Caribou comeback? Canada, Kalispel Tribe keep slim hopes alive

October 14, 2021 – Columbia Insight

Mountain caribou once roamed the Lower 48. Unhappy with U.S. agency inaction, caribou advocates now depend on Canadian efforts at repopulation.

Tribe acquires Tunk Valley ranch

October 13, 2021 – The Omak Chroncile

Conservation Northwest closed on the 9,243-acre property Oct. 7, said an announcement from the group. Funds from private donors allowed purchase of the property; the deed was transferred directly to the tribe.

NCWLIFE Evening News October 11th, 2021

October 11, 2021 – NCWLife Evening News

Colville Land -More than 9,000 acres of land in northeast Okanogan County is now the property of the Colville Confederated Tribes. The nonprofit Conservation Northwest closed on the sale of land in the Tunk Valley last Thursday, and conveyed the deed to the tribes.


September 29, 2021 – The Filson Journal

“We know that wolves belong on this landscape. They’re a native species,” says Chase Gunnell, communications director for Conservation Northwest, a group that funds several range riders. “They have a place on these wildlands, but we don’t want to put important local businesses out of business.”

Methow biologists found Home Range Wildlife Research

September 29, 2021 – Methow Valley News

In one of its first research projects, Home Range is working under contract with Conservation Northwest, a Bellingham-based conservation organization, to produce a report that reviews the existing science literature around the impacts of outdoor recreation on wildlife.

NW conservation groups push for federal infrastructure bill to aid wildlife

September 24, 2021 – NW Public Broadcasting

Northwest conservation groups said they hope the infrastructure package soon will make it to President Joe Biden’s desk. The package includes funding to replace aging culverts, build wildlife crossings, and improve crumbling Forest Service roads.

WDFW Commissioners Discuss New Draft Conservation Policy

September 22, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has “a very tricky editing exercise” ahead as members begin revising a new draft conservation policy.

Washington court asked to change public land focus

September 17, 2021 – Capital Press

Conservation Northwest has goals, such as less logging in wildlife habitat and older forests, but doesn’t believe that will mean eliminating logging or hurting rural communities, she said.

Conservation group supports state decision to kill Togo wolves

September 9, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

One Washington conservation group has publicly supported the state’s decision to kill up to two members of a northeast Washington wolf pack following repeated cattle attacks.

Local fire ecologist addresses forest management debate

September 7, 2021 – Methow Valley News

Prichard, co-authors cite scientific basis for action

Wolf advocate defends WDFW’s plan to cull pack

September 3, 2021 – Capital Press

Conservation Northwest said it reviewed efforts to prevent the pack from attacking cattle in the Kettle River Range in northeast Washington. The group was convinced Fish and Wildlife followed guidance from the department’s Wolf Advisory Group.

A Trails Rebooted Plan for a Special Area Near Mount Rainier

August 23, 2021 – Washington Trails Association

Conservation Northwest led the way to develop a field survey to gather information about dispersed campsites in the area. I had the pleasure of joining Laurel Baum of Conservation Northwest to support a day of field surveys in Snoquera.

Guest Column: Hoping for a mosaic landscape when the fires have gone

August 18, 2021 – Methow Valley News

As a retired forest ranger, I have fought and managed wildfires and their aftermath for 36 years.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act: a life-line for Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead

August 11, 2021 – National Wildlife Federation Outdoors blog

Salmon and steelhead are in the brink in Washington and other West Coast states. Funding for locally-led recovery plans is badly needed to save these fish and iconic fisheries.

Northwestern Outdoors Radio – July 31, 2021

August 5, 2021 – American Outdoors Radio

Chase Gunnell with Conservation Northwest joins us to talk about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and also about dams, rivers and salmon.

New report: State of the science on western wildfires, forests and climate change

August 2, 2021 – UW News

This research was funded by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, Conservation Northwest, The Ecological Restoration Institute, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A middle path to climate-smart forestry

July 30, 2021 – The Seattle Times Opinion Editorial

It’s past time for an evolution in DNR’s management practices to match the challenges of today, but Washington can’t afford an “either/or” approach to our state forests.

Experts express concerns for animal safety as heat waves continue to rip through the Pacific Northwest

July 24, 2021 – The Washington Post

“It’s a big unknown,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, an organization that aims to protect and conserve the region’s wildland and wildlife. “It’s really hard to grasp all the changes that can come from those really incremental changes.”

Weasel-like fishers find home in Chelan County

July 23, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

The species was eliminated from Washington state in the mid-1900s, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website, due to trapping for their fur. But Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, Conservation Northwest and Calgary Zoo released 89 fishers in the North Cascades from 2018 to 2020 to help restore the species.

Meet the eminent scientist, now 84, who vowed as a boy to protect Washington’s old-growth forests

July 18, 2021 – The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine

Franklin was among the first to discover the unique ecological value of old-growth trees, and forest ecosystems.

First female grizzly bear in Washington captured, collared, released near Metaline Falls

July 15, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

The news proves that “we have grizzly bears in Washington and that they can coexist peacefully with people,” and bolsters the case for reintroduction in the North Cascades, according to Joe Scott, Conservation Northwest’s grizzly program lead.

Increased activity seen on I-90 wildlife overpass in 2020

July 13, 2021 – KING 5 News

New images of the wildlife overpass over I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass show an entire herd of elk crossing safely over the freeway.

Flirting with disaster: Proposed expansion of B.C.’s Copper Mountain Mine is a Washington matter, too

July 9, 2021 – The Seattle Times Opinion Editorial

Tragically, British Columbia appears to be flirting with a monumental environmental disaster. This time bomb can be found in the unbaked plans to dramatically expand the tailings pond at the evocatively-named Copper Mountain Mine.

Why the poaching of one gray wolf in Washington matters

July 9, 2021 – High Country News

Losing one of the state-endangered species can mean the pack not only loses pups, but dissolves entirely.

Pygmy Rabbits, Grouse Fighting for Survival as Wildfires Burn in Washington state

July 7, 2021 – Newsweek

Jay Kehne, the sagelands program lead for Conservation Northwest, told Newsweek there were only about 180 Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits in the state when a fire took out nearly half that population four years ago.

One wolf was poached in WA. Here’s why it’s a big deal

July 2, 2021 – Crosscut

The illegal killing of a female wolf spurred multiple conservation groups to put up a $15,000 reward to find the poacher.

Bringing fishers back to Washington

June 24, 2021 – THE Western front

Fishers are making a comeback decades after their disappearance

Return of the Fishers

June 24, 2021 – The Planet Magazine

A furry predator is returning to the forests of Washington thanks to years of collaboration.

Bears and diversity: a conversation with Dr Rae Wynn grant

June 22, 2021 – KUOW Public Radio / The Wild Podcast

Back in May, I had a conversation with wildlife biologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. It was a live event on YouTube. Thanks to all of you who joined us that evening. If you weren’t able to make it, here is your chance. We are sharing the full conversation with you here today. And I’d like to thank my friends over at Conservation Northwest for sponsoring this event.

Conservation Groups Offer $15K Reward for Info on Wolf Death

June 17, 2021 – Associated Press / U.S. News and World Report

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is offering a $15,000 reward for information on the poaching of the breeding female of the Wedge wolf pack in northeastern Washington state.

Forest pulls back on ATV use

June 17, 2021 – The Omak Chronicle

SPOKANE— The U.S. Forest Service is prohibiting off-road or all-terrain vehicles on 117 road miles across the Colville National Forest. The agency rescinded its 2020 motor vehicle use maps and reinstated previous motorized vehicle designations that do not allow ATVs on certain roads, according to Conservation Northwest and WildEarth Guardians.

Video: I-90 wildlife crossing cameras capture big uptick in animal use near Snoqualmie Pass

June 16, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

In May, camera’s recorded more than 900 animals (up by 136 from May 2020) using the structures. Video and photos documented deer fawns and elk calves, among other species.

Reward grows to $15,000 in Washington wolf poaching case

June 16, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

At that time, Conservation Northwest offered a $7,500 reward for information leading to a poaching conviction. Since then, other groups have pitched in an additional $7,500, bringing the total to $15,000.

Reward for Information on Wolf Killing

June 16, 2021 – KGMI Radio Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A female wolf that had pups earlier this year has been illegally killed in northeast Washington state and a Bellingham-based conservation organization is offering a reward for information on who killed her.

Kehne wins national wildlife award

June 16, 2021 – The Omak Chronicle

Kehne, the sagelands heritage program lead for Conservation Northwest, was honored for his commitment to conserving Northwestern wildlife habitat and uniting his community in the face of divisive conservation challenges, said the federation.

Colville National Forest closes new ATV routes

June 16, 2021 – Methow Valley News

The Colville National Forest reversed course and closed 117 miles of roads recently opened to the vehicles because the forest hadn’t done the required environmental analysis.

Central Washington sage-steppe: NCWLIFE Evening News June 15th, 2021

June 15, 2021 – NCW Life Channel

In tonight’s feature story, the sage steppe: We live within it, it’s all around us, but what is it? Back in February, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Northwest set out to answer that question in a video featurette, called “This Land Is Part of Us.” Now that film has won a People’s Choice selection at the prestigious Telly Awards, which recognize the best in video and television production.

WATER POLLUTION Tester looks to halt mine contamination from Canada

June 15, 2021 – Energy & Environment News

Unlike its Pacific Northwest neighbors, British Columbia doesn’t require mining companies to post full-cost bonds on the front end to ensure they have enough money for expensive environmental obligations once mines close.

Female wolf poached in Stevens County; WDFW investigating

June 15, 2021 – The Lewiston Tribune

Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a poaching conviction.

State Says Breeding Female of Wolf Pack Was Illegally Killed

June 15, 2021 – Associated Press / U.S. News and World Report

Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Staci Lehman says the agency is investigating. Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a poaching conviction.

Omak man honored with national conservation award

June 14, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

OMAK — Jay Kehne of Omak has been honored with the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Leadership Award. Kehne is the sagelands program lead for Conversation Northwest, a Washington state nonprofit focused on wildlife conservation.

Female wolf poached in Stevens County, Washington wildlife officials investigating

June 14, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a poaching conviction.

Former WDFW Commissioner Honored With National Conservation Award

June 14, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

Jay Kehne’s longterm critter and community work in the region was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation late last week in the form of the organization’s National Conservation Leadership Award for an individual.

Fisher Rewilding: How Washington State Is Restoring a Native Carnivore

June 11, 2021 – The Revelator

Years of work in the Pacific Northwest is paying off. It started with preserving the ecosystem so native species would have something to return to.

Colville National Forest rescinds off-road vehicle designations following lawsuit

June 11, 2021 – Yahoo News

In 2020, a lawsuit alleged that the 1.1 million-acre forest didn’t follow the proper procedures when it opened the roads to ATV use.

Colville National Forest rescinds off-road vehicle designations following lawsuit

June 10, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

SPOKANE — Following a court decision, the Colville National Forest has rescinded a rule that opened 117 miles of road to all-terrain vehicles.

Colville National Forest rescinds off-road vehicle designations following lawsuit

June 9, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

Following a court decision, the Colville National Forest has rescinded a rule that opened 117 miles of road to all-terrain vehicles.

Hunters join forces with conservationists to call on B.C. to protect fish and wildlife habitat

June 8, 2021 – The Narwhal

As B.C. faces a biodiversity crisis, a new coalition of unlikely allies is calling on the provincial government to live up to its promises and protect ‘Beautiful British Columbia’

2020 wildfires left precious endangered species habitat in Central Washington ‘nothing but ash and dust’

June 7, 2021 – The Seattle Times

Wildlife managers estimate the population of 775 sage grouse in 2020 is now reduced to 699 birds, and 500 in three years would not be surprising — a dangerously low population. Sharp-tailed grouse numbered about 870 in 2020 and now are down by nearly a quarter to 660.

Lawmakers in Alaska and Washington state push B.C. on mining regulations

June 1, 2021 – The Canadian Press / The Vancouver sun

A group of 25 members of the Washington state legislature sent a letter to Premier John Horgan in March, saying a tailings dam breach at one of several mines in B.C. within 100 kilometres of the state’s border could damage transboundary rivers and fisheries.

Four fisher ‘kits’ born in North Cascades

May 26, 2021 – Methow Valley News

Planning for fisher restoration began in 2002 when Conservation Northwest partnered with WDFW, the National Park Service and other federal, tribal and Canadian entities to consider strategies to bring fishers back to Washington. A state recovery plan was written in 2006 that included trapping wild fishers in British Columbia and Alberta for release in Washington.

Fishers, the Porcupine-Eating “Weasels” of the Cascades, Are Making a Comeback

May 25, 2021 – Backpacker Magazine

Since 2002, a partnership between Conservation Northwest, the National Park Service, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and several other local and federal organizations has worked to reintroduce wild fishers to their ancestral range in the Cascades and Olympics.

After being driven to near extinction, wolves are back in Washington. Can we coexist with them?

May 23, 2021 – The Seattle Times / Pacific NW Magazine

THEY WALKED IN on their own: the first wolves in more than 100 years known to call Washington state home, after this native species was nearly wiped out by hunting, trapping and government extermination campaigns.

Putting the wolf at the center of its own life story and powerful return to the state

May 23, 2021 – The Seattle Times / Pacific NW Magazine

But what about the wolf? It seemed impossible to get to the animal, to stories beyond the pitfalls, downfalls and difficulties of wolf recovery.

First fisher offspring documented in North Cascades, additional monitoring underway

May 20, 2021 – skagit valley herald

When wildlife biologists retrieved a set of tree-mounted cameras from west Chelan County in late April, they were under the impression that their effort to get footage of a female fisher with its young had failed.

Calgary Zoo helps reintroduce fishers to Washington state

May 18, 2021 – The Calgary Herald

This week, officials in Washington State announced that fishers from central and northern Alberta had successfully reproduced in their new home in the North Cascades.

A return to Washington: Early signs that fishers are coming back

May 18, 2021 – KIRO 7 News

Over the past three years, biologists and volunteers from across the PNW and Canada have teamed up to re-introduce the once thriving species to the Cascades. The work behind the scenes to create the plan started much earlier.

For first time in 50 years, wild fishers born in Washington’s North Cascades

May 18, 2021 – Seattle P.I.

For the first time in half a century, Washington wildlife officials reported the first wild fishers born in the North Cascades, a sign that the long-threatened species is rebounding with the help of the state’s restoration efforts.

1st wild fishers born in North Cascades in decades

May 18, 2021 – Associated Press

Fishers are native to Washington forests but were eliminated by the mid-1900s through trapping and habitat loss.

First wild fishers born in North Cascades in decades

May 18, 2021 – KING 5 NEWS

A female fisher was seen with kits, which biologists say is the first indication the North Cascades can support a reproductive population of fishers.

Fisher Kits, Thought To Be First Born In The Wild In 50 Years, Spotted In North Cascades

May 18, 2021 – National Parks Traveler

Washington state and federal biologists have found what is believed to be the first wild fishers to be born in the North Cascades in perhaps half a century. A female fisher, F105 was detected on a trail camera moving four kits on April 18, 2021, at her den in western Chelan County.

For the first time in 50 years, wild fishers are born in the North Cascades

May 17, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

“Seeing one fisher kit born in the wild North Cascades is a wonder; photos showing a group of wild kits is phenomenal,” said Dave Werntz, science and conservation director for Conservation Northwest. “This new family is an auspicious sign that these reintroduced fishers are finding a good home in the North Cascades.”

Legislature does not fund wildlife crossing project on Highway 97

May 12, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

However, according to Conservation Northwest, a key advocate of the project, the Legislature “did not resolve disagreements around how to raise revenue for the 16-year Forward Washington transportation projects spending package.”

Legislature does not fund wildlife crossing project on Highway 97

May 11, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

According to a CNW news release the organization will continue to advocate for funding of the project. And CNW sees the initial inclusion of the money as a “big win” said Chase Gunnell, CNW’s spokesman in an email.

US 97 Wildlife Fixes Not In Transportation Budget, But Backers Say ‘Too Close … To Let Slip Away’

May 5, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

“Without agreement from the state for a transportation projects spending package including Safe Passage 97, countless deer/vehicle collisions will continue to occur, with lives at stake. We are too close to doing something really positive for a rural community in Eastern Washington to let it slip away,” said Jay Kehne, the organization’s project manager, in a press release.

B.C.’s Copper Mountain mine proposes major tailings pond expansion, sparking cross-border concern

April 29, 2021 – The Narwhal

The expansion could increase the height of a dam holding back mining waste to 255 metres — taller than Vancouver’s highest skyscraper — without requiring an environmental assessment

After devastating fires, Washington considers moving embattled sage grouse onto the state endangered species list

April 29, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

It all burned during the summer and fall of 2020, just 1 acre among more than 770,000 throughout Washington. Those blazes consumed roughly one-half million acres of shrub-steppe habitat, or roughly half the remaining sagebrush habitat in the state.

Washington Legislative Session Ends On ‘High Note’ For WDFW, Says Director

April 27, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

As it stands, the passed budgets paint a far rosier picture than how things looked at this time in 2020, when Covid-19 began battering Washingtonians and the economy.

Washington’s wolf population grew at least 24% in 2020, majority of wolves still concentrated in northeast

April 22, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

“It’s good news in terms of the number of breeding pairs, which is what’s going to get us to recovery and to a population that is geographically more diverse than it is now,” he said. “They are starting to spread and that’s good. And I think that reproduction in the Okanogan is important. That’s what’s going to work.”

After devastating fires, Washington considers moving embattled sage grouse onto the state endangered species list

April 22, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

That’s why the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote Friday whether to list the sage grouse as a state endangered species. Currently, they are state-listed as a threatened species. If the nine-person commission uplists them, it will make it easier for the state to receive federal money, commissioner Kim Thorburn from Spokane said.

Saving the mountain caribou

April 20, 2021 – KUOW Public Radio’s THE WILD PODCAST

This is a tough story to tell. In 2019 the last of the mountain caribou in the lower 48 states disappeared. Extinct. Deforestation threatens those that are left. Professional Wildlife tracker and photographer David Moskowitz takes us to the frigid mountains of British Columbia to learn about the ancient but fragile ecosystem these majestic reindeer call home.

Timber, Condos, Glamping? States Debate Land Use to Fund Schools

April 16, 2021 – Pew Trusts Stateline

Known as state trust lands, these parcels were given to Western states as they were admitted to the Union, setting them up with a long-term revenue stream to fund public services, primarily schools. Although the rules can vary by state, government officials generally have broad leeway to manage the lands to provide that education funding.

Okanogan Valley wildlife-crossing project may receive $18 million from legislature

April 16, 2021 – The Seattle Times

A wildlife-crossing project in the Okanogan Valley may get $18 million in state money.

Twisp Restoration ‘deep dive’ meeting scratches surface

April 14, 2021 – Methow Valley News

“There were certainly some lessons learned, maybe I’ll start with them. We had a fairly ambitious agenda with the district,” said Mike Liu, co-chair of the collaborative’s projects work group, which called the meeting with the forest service. “We didn’t get very far down the list.”

Conservation groups challenge spotted owl rule

April 14, 2021 – Methow Valley News

Now a coalition of Pacific Northwest conservation groups has filed a legal challenge seeking to restore federal protections on more than 3.4 million acres of federal old-growth forests, which are essential for the survival of the northern spotted owl.

Kittitas County Audubon meeting features Community Wildlife Monitoring Project coordinator

April 13, 2021 – The Ellensburg Daily Record

Laurel Baum of Conservation Northwest’s Community Wildlife Monitor Project, will be the present at this month’s Kittitas Audubon Society Zoom meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday.

Wildlife crossing project on Highway 97 may receive $18 million from legislature

April 11, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

The Washington State senate and house proposed transportation budgets include $18 million to build six wildlife underpasses and 11 miles of deer fencing on Highway 97 between Janis Bridge and the town of Riverside.

Lewis County Unlikely to Mount Legal Challenge on TransAlta Land

April 7, 2021 – The Lewis County Chronicle

For Brian Stewart, of Conservation Northwest, the refuge represents not only an opportunity for recreation closer to urban areas, but a vital link between fragmented habitats across the coast, the Cascades, the Willapa Hills and the Olympics.

Washington legislators call on BC to better protect transboundary watersheds

April 7, 2021 – Mining Weekly

In a March 23 letter, 25 legislators urge Premier John Horgan to improve British Columbia’s financial assurances system and to require full security on mines, as is the case in Washington.

Letter: Concerns with city of Roslyn’s management of urban forest

April 6, 2021 – Ellensburg Daily Record

In what may be a positive development, on April 1, the City of Roslyn and Conservation Northwest agreed to jointly fund an evaluation of the city’s proposed logging activity. The idea is to come up with immediate modifications to these plans that are in keeping with the Land Stewardship Plan, incorporating better management practices, while addressing the beetle kill. Resilient Forestry is doing the work.

Washington lawmakers, conservationists push B.C. on mining regulations

April 6, 2021 – The Vancouver sun

“We’re just concerned that there could be a tailings spill,” upstream of his state on critical salmon rivers such as the Skagit, Similkameen and Columbia, said Salomon, who represents Shoreline in suburban Seattle.

$18M For Wildlife Work On Washington’s Highway 97 In Proposed Transportation Budgets

April 6, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

If signed into law this session, the funding would add six wildlife underpasses and 11 miles of deer fencing to a stretch between Riverside and Tonasket, the intersection of highly trafficked north-south vehicular and east-west critter corridors.

USFS, forest collaborative discuss Twisp project

March 31, 2021 – Methow Valley News

The Twisp Restoration project received nearly 1,000 comments during an initial comment period last year, many of which supported the idea of conservation in the area but expressed concerns about logging strategies, including plans to harvest some of the largest trees in the Twisp River valley.

Funding To Be Sought For WDFW Land Projects, Including 2 In Chehalis Basin

March 29, 2021 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

Along with TransAlta USA and RMEF, others in favor of the acquisition include South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, Conservation Northwest, Blackhills Audubon Society, Friends of Grays Harbor and the president of the Grays Harbor Audubon Society.

Conservation Coalition Sues Over Slashing of Northern Spotted Owl Habitat

March 29, 2021 – The Lewis County Chronicle

The federal government’s recent decision to slash critical habitat reserved for northern spotted owls is “without warning, justification or lawful process,” according to nine West Coast conservation groups now suing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over the decision.

Conservationists sue to save spotted owl logging protections

March 24, 2021 – Washington Post

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cut the amount of protected federal old-growth forest by one-third in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration, a move that was cheered by the timber industry. Democratic lawmakers called the reduction in logging protections “potential scientific meddling” and called for an investigation.

Conservation groups sue to reinstate ‘critical habitat’ for spotted owl

March 23, 2021 – Capital Press

Nine conservation groups are suing to reinstate “critical habitat” for the species across 3.4 million acres of old-growth forests in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, arguing it is necessary for owl’s survival and recovery.

Conservation Groups Ask Court to Reinstate Protections on 3.4 Million Acres of Critical Northern Spotted Owl Habitat

March 23, 2021 – EarthJustice

Legal action seeks to reverse Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental protections for Northwest’s disappearing old-growth forests

With outdoor use higher than ever, the question has to be asked: Who pays?

March 21, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

As COVID-19 frayed face-to-face connection, it pushed many of us to reconnect with the natural world. Across the board, land managers, volunteers, clubs and, sadly, rescuers are reporting higher outdoor use.

State Proposal Aims to Save Washington State Forests for Carbon Storage, Not Logging

March 21, 2021 – Lewis County Chronicle

Money going to the school trusts today from logging would be better spent to protect species and habitat, and to take care of industries and the counties in communities where logging is reduced, Reykdal said.

Amid climate crisis, a proposal to save Washington state forests for carbon storage, not logging

March 21, 2021 – The Seattle Times

The state Supreme Court has agreed to review a case at the request of Conservation Northwest, and other environmental groups, to reconsider the interpretation of the state constitution as it relates to management by DNR of state trust lands.

Clallam County to argue against trust lands lawsuit

March 17, 2021 – Peninsula Daily News

Conservation Northwest is seeking a decision from the state Supreme Court that would require federally-granted trust lands to be managed for the public as a whole.

Washington high court takes case against state logging

March 15, 2021 – Capital Press

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by environmentalists challenging how the Department of Natural Resources manages about 2 million acres of forests.

Molly Linville and Robin Priddy: Now is the time to support rangeland recovery and fire preparedness

March 13, 2021 – The Wenatchee World

But silence is one thing this place can no longer afford, at least not for those of us who recognize that this space of rich biodiversity and moving beauty is in deep trouble, to the detriment of both people and wildlife.

WA effort on training hounds to haze cougars worries conservationists

March 12, 2021 – Crosscut

The state is allowing hound handlers to respond to incidents where cougars get too close to humans or livestock and condition them to stay away.

Video: Preserving Washington’s Shrub-Steppe

March 5, 2021 – Outside Magazine

Produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Northwest, and filmmakers Ted Grudowski and Darrin Gunkel, This Land Is Part of Us shows the importance of shrub-steppe in central Washington’s Columbia Basin.

Identifying animals in photos is trickier than you might think

March 2, 2021 – Popular Science

“We’re expecting wolves to repopulate the southern Washington Cascades,” says David Moskowitz, a conservation biologist and photojournalist, who spearheads a volunteer effort to gather evidence of wolves south of the freeway with a nonprofit called Conservation Northwest.

Famed Kettle Crest conservationist dies, leaving a passionate legacy of conservation, collaboration and one frustrating failure

February 26, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

“He did more than his share for the public good and deserved to see this magical place protected,” Friedman said in an email. “He was the last wilderness warrior of the Greatest Generation that I know of.”

All hands on deck for steppe: Video highlights eastern Washington’s embattled shrub-steppe

February 26, 2021 – Lewiston Tribune

But if you stop and look, there is a smorgasbord of life between the Cascades and Spokane: wildflowers, golden eagles, mule deer, burrowing owls, too many grasses to count and, of course, shrubs.

New Rule Allowing Hound Training For Cougar Tracking Highlights Wildlife-Human Challenges

February 24, 2021 – Northwest Public Broadcasting

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved a new rule that could soon grant George’s wish. But the rule is not without controversy. Many conservationists worry that training more hound handlers could put a strain on Washington’s cougar population and lead to catastrophic unintended consequences for the big cats.

USFS gets nearly 1,000 responses to Twisp Restoration ProjectUSFS gets nearly 1,000 responses to Twisp Restoration Project

February 24, 2021 – Methow Valley News

“(T)he scale and scope of this project with the uncertainties involved strongly suggests an EIS might be necessary,” a comment from Conservation Northwest reads.

State video highlights underappreciated, embattled Washington shrub-steppe

February 14, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

The video comes out of a collaboration between Conservation Northwest and WDFW. It features WDFW research scientist Michael Schroeder, Jay Kehne, WDFW commissioner Molly Linville and Emily Washines, a tribal historian.

County, State Leaders Unconvinced as TransAlta, WDFW, Conservationists Make Their Case for Public Wildlife Refuge

February 12, 2021 – The Chehalis Chronicle

Conservation Northwest says the area is a “key stepping stone in a landscape-level network of wildlife corridors.” Spokesman Chase Gunnell said human development has fractured previously-connected habitats, resulting in isolated islands of wildlife that restrict natural movement.

Pack to the future: Will more wolves come to King County?

February 10, 2021 – Kirkland Reporter / Sound Publishing

Paula Swedeen, policy director for Conservation NW, said she expects to see more wolves in King County in the coming years.

Podcast | Protecting shrub-steppe, WA’s most overlooked ecosystem

February 8, 2021 – Crosscut Escapes

The big beige blur in the middle of the state may seem boring, but it is essential to the survival of grouse, orcas and people.

Democrats urge investigation into removal of owl protections

February 3, 2021 – KNKX Public Radio

Eight Democratic lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest.

Potential B.C. mine remains a concern for those downstream

January 25, 2021 – The Skagit Valley Herald

“What we’re trying to bring to bear with respect to the donut hole is enough pressure from enough people to say: This is too important of an area to allow mining there,” Dennis McLerran, an environmental law expert and member of the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, said during a Sept. 30 online event about cross-border mining concerns.

Local, regional conservation leaders call Biden’s inauguration a ‘promising day’

January 21, 2021 – The Spokesman Review

Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, said he was moved by Biden’s speech, which “spoke to our better angels, reminding us that our democracy provides the opportunity to succeed together through shared awareness of truth and the earnest search for common solutions.”

Westneat: Trump rule hits spotted owl

January 21, 2021 – The Columbian

“It’s likely to be the elimination of northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest,” says Dave Werntz, a forest ecologist with the Seattle environmental group Conservation Northwest. “It came out of the blue.”

Parting Gift: Trumpers Whack the Northern Spotted Owl

January 16, 2021 – Post Alley Seattle

The Northern Spotted Owl, the little raptor that lives in the Northwest’s remaining old-growth forests, where it became the focus of the 1990s “timber wars,” has gotten a parting kick in the beak from the fading Trump Administration.

Surprise attack on the spotted owl is Trump team’s parting shot at the Northwest

January 15, 2021 – The Seattle Times

“It’s likely to be the elimination of northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest,” says Dave Werntz, a forest ecologist with the local environmental group Conservation Northwest. “It came out of the blue.”

Wildlife fencing proving to be a big success on US 97

January 14, 2021 – WSDOT Blog

While the I-90 wildlife overcrossing receives much of the attention when it comes to our wildlife-connectivity and safety efforts, it’s not the only work we’re doing to make things safer for everyone on and near our highways.

How to land a green job, regardless of your experience level

January 12, 2021, – Mic

So how do you land a gig saving the world while also earning a living? There are options whether you’re a graduate, currently in school, or just want to jump right into a career. Here are some tips on how to find the right role for you.

Efforts being made to protect a tree species, several carnivores

January 12, 2021 – Skagit Valley Herald

Several rare and at-risk species that are found in remote, mostly high-elevation areas of east Skagit County are getting attention this year at the federal level.

Groups file suit calling for wolverine protection

December 18, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

LEWISTON – Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agency’s decision in October to deny Endangered Species Act protection for wolverines.

Government refusal to protect wolverines sparks lawsuit from conservation groups

December 15, 2020 – ABC News

The wolverine, a mammal that resembles a small bear with a bushy tail, typically lives in the western mountains throughout Alaska and Canada, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but they have also lived in habitats in the contiguous U.S.

Groups Claim Politics Prevented Endangered Species Act Listing For Wolverines

December 15, 2020 – National Parks Traveler

Wolverine populations are also at risk from traps, human disturbance, habitat fragmentation and extremely low population numbers resulting in low genetic diversity.

Epic Lawsuits: 24 Wildlife Orgs Sue Trump Admin for Failing to Protect Wolverine After FOIAed Documents Reveal Politically-Motivated ESA Review Process

December 15, 2020 – EnviroNews

“For more than 25 years, the government has stonewalled federal protection for wolverine,” said Dave Werntz, Science and Conservation Director at Conservation Northwest. “It is time to stop playing games, follow the science, and work together to counter threats to wolverine survival.”

Feds sued over inaction on threatened northern spotted owl protections

December 9, 2020 – Missoula Current

The agency is also tasked with reviewing the status of each threatened and endangered species every five years. The last such review for the northern spotted owl occurred in 2011, creating a 2016 deadline for the next evaluation. More than four years later, that review has yet to be completed.

Colville National Forest sued over vehicle access rule change

December 9, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

The suit is notable because Conservation Northwest mostly avoids litigation, instead focusing on collaboration.

Largescale Methow Habitat Project Can Proceed After Judge Tosses Lawsuit

December 4, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

The goal of the restoration project? Make the forest healthier and reduce the risk of another Carlton Complex conflagration — you know, the 2014 wildfire that blew up and burned 256,000 acres from Winthrop down to Pateros. At the time it was the biggest that had ever burned in the state.

New GOP committee leaders: Changes in style, not policy

December 3, 2020 – Energy & Environment News

Mitch Friedman, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Northwest affiliate, said he believes his group will be able to find ways to work with McMorris Rodgers, though it has clashed with her in the past over how to preserve the region’s salmon.

Court dismisses lawsuit challenging Mission Restoration Project

December 2, 2020 – Methow Valley News

A federal court judge on Tuesday (Dec. 1) summarily dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Montana-based Alliance for the Wild Rockies that had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s plans for the Mission Restoration Project south of Twisp.

Wildfire Abatement Project May Proceed Despite Grizzly Concerns

December 2, 2020 – Bloomberg Law

The U.S. Forest Service can proceed with a project aimed at making federal lands near Twisp, Wash., more resilient to wildfires and climate change because the conclusion that it wouldn’t have a negative impact on protected grizzly bears was reasonable, a federal court in the state ruled.

Judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at blocking Washington forest project

December 2, 2020 – Capital Press

“We’re pleased to see the court affirm the forest restoration value and scientific integrity of the Mission Project,” said Michael Liu, Okanogan Forest Lead for Conservation Northwest based in Twisp.

Local volunteers pitch in to help reseed burned areas of Yakima River canyon

December 2, 2020 – The Ellensburg Daily Record

Volunteers with the Kittitas County Field and Stream Club and the Kittitas Environmental Education Network spent time in early November reseeding an area of land in the Umtanum Canyon area, treating approximately three acres of bottomlands with 55 pounds of seed donated from the Conservation Northwest.

The Elusive Wolverine

November 29, 2020 – Out There Outdoors

The non-profit conservation advocacy organization Conservation Northwest and its team of citizen scientists deploy cameras to get a glimpse of these creatures int the wild.


November 23, 2020 – The MeatEater

Repeating a pattern seen across the West in recent years, Washington State recently discovered the highly transmissible and fatal Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in its bighorn sheep strongholds of the Cascade Mountains.

Mycoplasma Bighorn problem: Officials fighting to contain bacteria in local herds

November 18, 2020 – The Yakima Herald

Finding an effective response to fight a bacteria deadly to bighorn sheep appears more urgent than ever for the three herds in central Washington.

Call to break U.S. dam so salmon can return to Similkameen River in B.C.

November 16, 2020 – Vancouver Sun

B.C. outdoor recreation group says dam removal good chance for B.C., Washington State and U.S. governments to work together

Office of Chehalis Basin Solicits Alternatives to Dam

November 11, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chroncile

Brian Stewart, a resident of the basin and coordinator for Conservation Northwest, said he didn’t feel like the OCB was thinking out-of-the-box to come up with viable alternatives. 

Grizzlies star in hearing over Washington forest project

November 11, 2020 – Capital Press

The Wilderness Society, Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council filed a brief urging the court to dismiss the lawsuit. Chelan County and the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative also filed briefs supporting the federal government’s position.

A dam blocking 348 miles of salmon streams hasn’t generated electricity since 1958. But who will take it down?

November 9, 2020 – The Seattle Times

ENLOE DAM, Okanogan County — It has no license to produce electricity, hasn’t generated a kilowatt since 1958, and provides no benefits for irrigation or flood control.

Wolf Measure Puts Wildlife Management on the Ballot

November 3, 2020 – Pew Charitable Trusts

Even many conservationists don’t expect a host of new wildlife policy ballot measures nationwide, though many long-running conflicts over species could be ripe for such efforts. They’re more hopeful that the Colorado measure, if successful, will put other states on notice that predators have strong public support — and that citizens have a recourse if they don’t think officials are acting in the public interest.

Range riding standards set in updated Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol

November 2, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wolf Advisory Group recently unanimously approved recommended amendments to the Wolf-livestock Interaction Protocol in order to standardize the efforts of range riders working to deter wolf-livestock conflict.

NW Fish Passage Podcast Episode 6. Brian Stewart and Glen Kalisz – Habitat Connectivity

October 30, 2020 – NW Fish Passage Podcast

In this episode, Brian Stewart and Glen Kalisz talk about habitat connectivity – providing a connected network of habitats to allow for the safe movement of wildlife. Brian Stewart is a Cascades to Olympics Program Coordinator at Conservation Northwest and Glen Kalisz is a Habitat Connectivity biologist at Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

More Ram Permits For Bighorn Herd After Pneumonia Confirmed In Dead Lamb?

October 23, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

Without saying where it had come from, Susewind said that WDFW was working with “big and small” producers alike, as well as USFS, to maintain the “greatest distance” possible between domestic and wild herds. Washington Wild Sheep Foundation along with Conservation Northwest are also working toward that end.

Setback to Protect Endangered North Cascades Wolverines

October 21, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle

Wolverines have been showing up in unusual places lately. One was seen in California, another in Colorado, and one on the sand of Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Where they haven’t appeared – and, if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) gets its way, where they won’t appear – is on the federal endangered species list.

Washington’s Quilomene Bighorn Sheep Herd Could Be In Trouble

October 20, 2020 – The Quad City Herald

When asked if the unnamed owner of the contagious ewe is facing any fines or penalties, Hoenes told me WDFW does not have the ability to do that. However, Chase Gunnell, Communications Director for Conservation Northwest, says their organization, “will be calling for action from USFS, DNR and the sheep producer, including changes to grazing leases to require notification of missing stock. We hope a voluntary agreement can be reached to reduce disease risks from public lands grazing allotments.”

WDFW Asks Public For Reports Of Sick Bighorns In Quilomene As Biologists Also Monitor Herd

October 15, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

“This incident and the pattern of disease exposure from domestic sheep to wild bighorns in Central Washington in recent years is confirmation that the status quo cannot continue, particularly considering the precarious baseline of Washington’s wild sheep population,” Gunnell said.

Efforts to Help Wildlife Cross a Pacific Northwest Highway Are Working

October 15, 2020 – Pew Charitable Trusts

In Washington, a broad public-private partnership formed to reduce collisions along a section of Highway 97 in the Okanogan Valley between Riverside and Tonasket, where an average of one mule deer a day is hit by a vehicle.

Coalition of conservation groups to challenge wolverine decision

October 14, 2020 – Methow Valley News

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will deny protections for the rare and elusive wolverine under the Endangered Species Act, prompting a coalition of conservation groups to announce they intend to sue.

Conservation Groups Vow Challenge After Federal Decision Not To Protect Wolverines

October 13, 2020 – KUOW News

Conservation groups are vowing to again challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s decision not to add wolverines to the Endangered Species List. The groups say wolverines are iconic species in high mountain snowy habitat, which is greatly threatened by climate change.

Fewer than 300 wolverines are left in the PNW. Why aren’t they endangered?

October 13, 2020 – Crosscut

Citing climate threats, conservation groups vow to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s decision not to add wolverines to the Endangered Species List.

‘Heads in the sand’: conservationists condemn US failure to protect wolverines

October 12, 2020 – The Guardian

Denial of endangered species protections threatens species at risk amid climate crisis, conservationists say

Conservation Groups Vow Challenge After Federal Decision Not To Protect Wolverines

October 9, 2020 – NW News Network

Dave Werntz, with Conservation Northwest, says listing the elusive wolverines would “help bring a focus to wolverine conservation.”

US Says Wolverines Don’t Need Help Surviving Climate Change

October 8, 2020 – Courthouse News

Moving to withdraw previously proposed protections for the estimated 300 wolverines left in the United States, federal officials announced Thursday that the species is not facing as significant a threat from climate change as once thought.

Wolverines denied federal protection under Endangered Species Act

October 9, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald

“Wolverine are rare, wide-ranging carnivores of the high wild country facing growing threats from climate change and winter recreation,” Conservation Northwest’s Dave Werntz said in a news release.

FWS pulls wolverine protection proposal

October 8, 2020 – E & E News

The Fish and Wildlife Service today clawed back a high-profile proposal to list the North American wolverine under the Endangered Species Act, reigniting a fight that’s previously entangled climate science and politics.

Green groups set to sue after Trump administration declines to protect wolverines

October 8, 2020 – The Hill

Environmental groups immediately pledged to file suit after the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on Thursday removed protections for the wolverine.

USFWS Denial Of Endangered Species Act Protection For Wolverines Prompting Lawsuit

October 8, 2020 – National Parks traveler

A decision Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny wolverines protection under the Endangered Species Act prompted a coalition of groups to announce plans to sue the agency of that decision.

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

October 8, 2020 – Associated Press

U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought.


October 1, 2020 – Politico

Conservation groups called on Facebook to “do some serious soul-searching” in order to stop the spread of bias, racism and disinformation on its platform.

Conservationists defend forest thinning in north-central Washington

September 25, 2020 – Capital Press

In response to wildfires, insects, diseases and floods, the Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative was formed in 2013. Its membership includes public officials, conservationists, tribal leaders and community members.

‘Healthy forest’ definition at heart of Mission Project suit

September 23, 2020 – Methow Valley News

Conservation groups have distinctly different interpretations of a proposed forest restoration project in the Libby Creek area.

Groups support Methow restoration

September 25, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile

In the brief, Conservation Northwest, Methow Valley Citizens Council and The Wilderness Society highlighted the thorough scientific and environmental review, and substantial forest and watershed restoration actions as principal reasons for their support.

97A wildlife fence helps reduce vehicle/animal collisions

September 24, 2020 – Quad City Herald

Earlier this month the first phase of Safe Passage 97 – a project to build a wildlife fence and highway undercrossings along nearly 13 miles of SR97 between Tonasket and Riverside – was completed according to a media release by Conservation Northwest.

One of Pemberton Meadows’ ‘largest remaining intact private valley-bottom parcels’ just became a conservation area (VIDEO)

September 16, 2020 – Pique Magazine

According to the NCC, the Pemberton Wildlife Association, Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative and Conservation Northwest also offered “valuable local insight into the natural values in the Pemberton Valley.”

Endangered wildlife, habitat burned in Washington wildfires; years of effort to boost populations wiped out

September 16, 2020 – The Seattle Times

Much of the area burned east of the mountains included shrub-steppe habitat. The assemblage of sage and other plants is critical to the survival of the pygmy rabbit, sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Inslee mirrors environmental groups on wolf removal

September 9, 2020 – Capital Press

Swedeen, who’s on the Wolf Advisory Group, said Conservation Northwest hasn’t pushed for a rule, concerned about the unintended consequences. The organization has tried to collaborate with ranchers to foster tolerance for wolves, she said. “If it wasn’t happening, I think a lot more wolves would be dying,” she said.

First phase of Safe Passage 97 project completed with private funding

September 4, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

Work concluded this month on the renovation of Janis Bridge to serve as a wildlife undercrossing, deer fencing completed on either side of Highway 97 for 1 mile south of the bridge, and required gates and cattle guards installed at access roads within the project area.

Letter to the Editor: Response to the Governor’s Letters Regarding the Dam

September 3, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle

We appreciate his guidance, and we agree, that in light of the conclusions of the recent draft Environmental Impact Statement, that the dam would have significant, unavoidable impacts and provide insufficient flood reduction across the Chehalis Basin. Therefore, the state should stop wasting money on a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem.

First phase of Safe Passage 97 completed

September 2, 2020 – The Omak Chronicle

TONASKET – The first phase of Safe Passage 97 has been completed, with a wildlife undercrossing added to Janis bridge and deer fencing completed on both sides of Highway 97 south of the bridge.

Wildlife underpass built on Highway 97

August 31, 2020 – The Wenatchee World

TONASKET — An environmental organization finished work last week on the first phase of a project to reduce collisions between deer and vehicles on Highway 97.

Protect Washington’s rivers from British Columbia mining waste

August 30, 2020 – The Seattle Times Op-Ed

Six years ago this month, British Columbia suffered an environmental catastrophe when a dam at the Mount Polley Mine collapsed, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into Quesnel Lake and the Fraser Watershed.

‘The Deer … Just Get Whacked’: Private Funds Help Reduce Wildlife Hits On Bad Stretch Near Tonasket

August 29, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio

Jay Kehne, with Conservation Northwest, said they’ve seen “countless numbers of deer,” cougar, coyotes, bobcats and even a skunk follow the undercrossing.

Mount Rainier’s first wolverine mama in a century is a sign of the species’ comeback

August 28, 2020 – Popular Science

Wolverine habitats have become so segmented over the years by cities and highways, she says, but these four wolverines are a sign that different interventions—like the wildlife bridges across the I-90 highway—are an indication that Mount Rainier National Park and its neighbors’ efforts to usher the animals back are not in vain.

Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100 years

August 23, 2020 – The seattle times

To learn more about wolverines and community-based science efforts to protect these animals, visit Cascades Carnivore Project and their partners at Cascades Wolverine Project.

Wolverines Seen Roaming About Mount Rainier National Park

August 23, 2020 – National Parks Traveler

For the first time in more than a century a female wolverine and her two kits have been confirmed to be roaming Mount Rainier National Park.

WATCH: Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100-year absence

August 21, 2020 – KCEN TV

Scientists say they have discovered the first reproductive female wolverine and her two offspring (kits) in the park in more than a century.

Wolverines Return to Mount Rainier National Park After More Than 100 Years

August 20, 2020 – Nisqually Valley News

Scientists have discovered the first reproductive female wolverine and her two offspring — called kits — in Mount Rainier National Park in over 100 years.

Tracking Wolverines in the Cascades

August 11, 2020 – Sierra Magazine

Citizen scientists are protecting the small but ferocious predators


August 10, 2020 – The Fison Journal

“There are still many battles that are going on around logging, but it’s a lot less acrimonious these days, with both sides (timber and environmentalists) trying to work together for good,” says Chase Gunnell, the Communications Director of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit that encourages collaborative logging projects.

Forestry plan could allow extensive logging in Nooksack watershed

August 5, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly

In a reversal of ecological policy that’s become common in the Trump administration, the U.S. Forest Service has apparently scrapped its integrated conservation and enhancement plan (NICE) for the upper reaches of the Nooksack River and proposes instead a more extensive logging plan for the North Fork and its tributaries.

Newhouse wrong on grizzly restoration; bears deserve a place in the Cascades

July 29, 2020 – The Wenatchee World

It was telling that even here, at the Omak event, a number of local residents bravely stood up and voiced strong support for grizzly restoration guided by science and community input.

More Bad News For North Cascades Grizzlies

July 27, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle

Is that the final word on grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades? “Hell no,” says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest (CNW), which has been working to restore the grizzly population for decades. “You tell me how this is good policy or governance.”

Inslee puts Chehalis dam on hold, calls for non-dam fixes for river’s woes

July 24, 2020 – KUOW

The Chehalis proposal has been controversial, with tribes and salmon advocates fighting it.

Inslee Pauses Chehalis Dam EIS Work, Asks For No-dam Alternative to Be Developed

July 24, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

Chase Gunnell of Conservation Northwest called Inslee’s project pause “a major shot over the bow for the proposal to dam one of Washington’s best salmon and steelhead rivers.”

Forest coalition files San Poil objection

July 24, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile

The Northeast Washington Forest Coalition has filed an objection to the San Poil project on the Colville National Forest.

In a rare bipartisan vote, Congress sends billions to the national parks

July 23, 2020 – National Geographic

Congress also agreed to pump billions of dollars into repair projects in federal forests, wildlife refuges, and grasslands. And lawmakers committed, for the first time, to set up a continuous stream of money to buy and conserve land across the country.

Washington state expected to get millions more for parks, forests as Congress approves conservation bill

July 22, 2020 – The Seattle Times

In Washington, the bill is expected to raise the annual allocation from the fund from about $15 million to about $35 million.

Restoring the Grizzly

July 22, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly

Earlier this month, the White House elected to roll back efforts to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem.

Local wildlife advocates dismayed by scrapped grizzly plans (audio version)

July 14, 2020 – KGMI Bellingham

Executive Director Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest in Bellingham says it’s the only area in the lower 48 states outside of the Rockies that could support a grizzly population.

Letter: Another casualty of the Trump administration

July 13, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald LTE

The termination of the grizzly bear recovery planning process in the North Cascades is yet another example of the Trump administration going against science in the name of politics.

Trump rejection of grizzly plan won’t deter bear advocates

July 13, 2020 – Crosscut

Last week, the Trump administration halted a three-decade push to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades. But advocates say there’s still hope.

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

July 11, 2020 – Associated Press / PBS / The Seattle Times

The environmental group Conservation Northwest was disappointed by the decision, but did not think it was the final word on the bears.

In Brief: Dept. of Interior halts grizzly bear restoration plan for North Cascades

July 8, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

“Despite what Rep. Dan Newhouse has claimed, many local residents of Okanogan County support grizzly bear restoration, including attendees at the Omak event last fall and many of the more than 250 people who turned out for Conservation Northwest and Methow Valley Citizen’s Council’s event in Winthrop in October.

Interior abruptly halts grizzly restoration efforts

July 8, 2020 – Methow Valley News

A six-year environmental study on restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades came to an abrupt end on Tuesday (July 7) with an announcement by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior at a meeting in Omak.

No grizzly bear restoration for North Cascades

July 8, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald

“We’re concerned about the lack of transparency that led to this decision and its departure from the years-long public process that consistently documented strong public support for careful grizzly bear restoration led by science and community input,” Conservation Northwest Communications Director Chase Gunnell said.

Interior Secretary: Grizzlies Will Not Be Brought Back To Washington’s North Cascades

July 7, 2020 – NW Public Broadcasting

Recovery efforts have been ongoing in Washington for decades, but it hasn’t worked, said Chase Gunnell with Conservation Northwest. The group has supported introducing more grizzlies to the North Cascades.

Interior Drops Plan to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in Cascades 

July 7, 2020 – Bloomberg Law

“We believe restoring this native species is required under the Endangered Species Act, and we’re confident it will move forward,” he said. The group is considering next options, he said.

Feds scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies to North Cascades

July 7, 2020 – Associated Press / The Seattle Times

The environmental group Conservation Northwest was disappointed by the decision, but did not think it was the final word on the bears.

Feds cancel grizzly bear reintroduction plans

July 7, 2020 – The Omak Chroncile

“We’re concerned about the lack of transparency that led to this decision, and its departure from the years-long public process that consistently documented strong public support for careful grizzly bear restoration led by science and community input, including more than 130,000 supportive comments,” Gunnell said.

Interior Department: No imported grizzlies for North Cascades

July 7, 2020 – Capital Press

Conservation Northwest spokesman Chase Gunnell said some of the region’s residents backed reintroducing grizzlies. “We saw many folks stand up and voice support for grizzly restoration,” he said.

Missoula District Court: Feds have 2 months to consider wolverine listing as climate warms

July 7, 2020 – Missoula Current

As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must finally decide if a warming climate threatens wolverine survival enough to require listing the species as threatened, according to a court settlement.

Walk4Wildlife: Man on a mission

July 1, 2020 – Cascadia Weekly

Although Safe Passage 97 has had success in renovating the Janis Bridge to serve as an undercrossing—many animals including mule deer, bobcats and cougars have already avoided dangerous collisions with motorists—additional funding must be raised to complete the work.

Letter to the Editor: We All Owe the Chehalis Tribe a Great Debt of Gratitude

June 17, 2020 – The Lewis County Daily Chronicle

I wholeheartedly support the Tribe’s commitment to finding non-dam solutions that can reduce flooding and support fish in the Chehalis Basin. However, the purpose of this letter is to specifically thank the Tribe for their inclusion of comments addressing habitat connectivity, migratory corridors, and wildlife.

The Wild Podcast: The Wolf Ranger


Daniel’s work as a range rider is supported by Conservation Northwest and the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC).

Wolverines break through … finally!

June 11, 2020 – Columbia Insight

Inside the inspiring effort that confirmed the first reproductive wolverine den in Washington’s southern Cascade Range in modern times

Restoration project hope to improve recreation and nature

June 11, 2020 – The Yakima Herald

The Forest Service, DNR, Conservation Northwest, the Yakama Nation, the Nature Conservancy, the Yakima Fish and Wildlife Board, and the American Forest Resource Council are among those with vested interests in the projects.

Congress Could Help Wildlife Cross Treacherous Highways

June 9, 2020 – Public News Service

The perils of traffic aren’t just a human concern. Wildlife advocates say animals need highway crossings to survive.


June 1, 2020 – Investigate West / Crosscut

With summer still weeks away, Washington’s fire season is shaping up as onerous — and in this pandemic year, especially dangerous.

Rare wolverine spotted in Pacific County

May 28, 2020 – KING 5 News

A rare wolverine was spotted at a Pacific County beach – and researchers want to learn more about where it came from.

Rare beast visits the beach: Wolverine confirmed in Pacific County

May 27, 2020 – The Chinook Observer

One of the Pacific Northwest’s most secretive and seldom-seen animals escaped to the beach during the Memorial Day weekend. A wolverine was photographed in south Pacific County last week at two locations separated by dozens of miles.

Climate Change And Dubious Science Threaten The Canada Lynx In U.S. Mountain Forests

May 11, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle

Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman says that when he and his organization started working to save lynx, as far back as the presidency of George H.W. Bush, Washington had maybe 300,000 acres of lynx habitat.  Now, he says, the state has maybe a third or a fourth of that.

Office Of The Chehalis Basin Board to Look at Flood Reduction Options Other Than Dam

May 8, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle

The Office of the Chehalis Basin board is going to explore other options for flood reduction and mitigation in the Chehalis Basin in addition to a proposed dam near Pe Ell, the board decided in a meeting on Thursday.

How to spot an owl in Washington (it’s easier than you think)

May 8, 2020 – KUOW The Wild Podcast

Conservation Northwest Major Gifts Director Paul Bannick talks owls with host Chris Morgan.

Chehalis River: ‘We need a shared vision’

May 1, 2020 – LTE in The Seattle Times

As a resident of Lewis County, I appreciate the leadership of the Quinault Nation opposing a massive dam proposed for the Chehalis River. Gratitude should also go to the Chehalis Tribe for its opposition.

Big Study Finds Small Territory Usage For Washington’s Medium-Sized Wild Lynx

April 27, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio

With help from agencies and groups like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Northwest, King picked out spots on maps that looked like good habitat. Getting there was a different story, he said.

State report: No more Diobsud wolf pack

April 23, 2020 – The skagit valley herald

“Surveys indicated a single wolf maintained the Diobsud Creek territory this winter, which had been considered the only Western Washington pack, but no longer meets the definition of a pack for 2019,” a news release states.

As Washington’s wolf population continues to grow, some wonder when will they spread out

April 23, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

Washington’s annual wolf report, released Monday, was a mixed bag, according to regional conservation groups.

Reflecting on 50 years of Earth Day in the Northwest

April 22, 2020 – KING 5 News

This year, people couldn’t get out to pick up trash but instead had to celebrate Earth Day virtually.

Washington’s wolf population increases by 15%

April 20, 2020 – Capital Press

Washington’s wolf population grew by 15% in 2019, even as statewide recovery goals lost ground, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Canada lynx disappearing from Washington state

April 9, 2020 – Science Daily News

Canada lynx are losing ground in Washington state, even as federal officials are taking steps to remove the species’ threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. A massive monitoring study has found the big cat on only about 20% of its potential habitat in the state.

Canada lynx disappearing from Washington state

April 9, 2020 – WSU News

This research was supported by a Seattle City Light Wildlife Research Grant, Conservation Northwest, the United States Forest Service and a Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Research Fellowship.

Department of Ecology Conducts First Public Hearing for Proposed Chehalis Basin Dam Via Webinar Due to COVID-19

April 3, 2020 – Lewis County Daily Chronicle

Brian Stewart, of Onalaska, expressed concern about mitigation on fish and wildlife migration routes throughout the Chehalis Basin and how they might be affected by the dam.

Lawsuit filed to protect wolverines

April 1, 2020 – The Skagit Valley Herald

“We’re really fortunate to share the North Cascades with wolverine,” Werntz said. “It’s one of just a handful of places in the lower 48 states where you can find wolverine anymore.”


March 18, 2020 – FILSON LIFE

Conservation Northwest was established 30 years ago, “with a vision of bringing together activists, agencies and other stakeholders—even those we might not always agree with, like loggers and ranchers—to find common ground to build on

In Washington, annual wolf count sets policy for the coming year

March 15, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest believes the minimum count is an important metric, but it would like to see additional estimates released by WDFW.

Conservation programs hold presentation in Issaquah on coexisting with local wildlife

March 3, 2020 – Issaquah Reporter

Conservation Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo discuss engaging the community in conservation efforts.

Washington has all its carnivores back with return of this furry predator

February 28, 2020 – National Geographic

It’s been a hundred years since the weasel-like fisher, grizzly bears, gray wolves, and other predators have shared their historical range.

Early Hwy. 97 work promising, but state funding would really reduce roadkill, reps say

February 27, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

Mule deer and other critters are taking to a recently renovated path underneath a busy North-central Washington highway, providing a glimpse of how more wildlife fencing and crossings could protect wildlife and drivers in a high roadkill location.

Inside the Outdoors: About WDFW’s 2020 budget request

February 26, 2020 – Ellensburg Daily Record

In January, representatives of nearly 50 very diverse stakeholder organizations across our state sent the following to legislators.

Op-Ed: Washington’s rivers, salmon and orcas need protection from Canadian mines

February 25, 2020 – The Seattle Times

But due to geologic fate, mining waste is something British Columbia may share in profusion with us in Washington, as well as Alaska, Idaho and Montana. It’s something we should worry about, and that Olympia must take action on.

Tribes worry a Canadian mine could poison Washington salmon

February 21, 2020 – CRosscut

Across the border in British Columbia’s Skagit River headwaters, a proposed open-pit mine has drawn protests from Native tribes, environmentalists and politicians.

Less Logging Means Less Money for Schools in the Northwest

February 19, 2020 – Stateline from Pew Charitable Trusts

The state has been sued by the timber industry and rural governments that say the plan will further reduce their dwindling timber funding, as well as by environmental groups, which say the plan will not prevent the continued decline of the species.

Final batch of fishers reintroduced in habitat near Darrington

February 14, 2020 – KNKX RADIO

Biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service and Conservation Northwest began reintroducing them to the state in 2008 — the result of a longstanding partnership.

Bringing back ‘the spirit animal of the backcountry’

February 13, 2020 – The Seattle Times

Wolverines are slowly returning to the Northwest, but researchers are not totally sure where they’re coming from, Williams says.

Lawsuit: Who Should Benefit From Revenue From State Forests?

February 9, 2020 – Post Alley Seattle

Can Washington manage its vast forests in part to, say, slow climate change or protect drinking water, or must it manage them exclusively to generate money for public school construction and the budgets of cash-strapped counties?

Rainier Brewing Launches ‘Tabs for Good’ to Preserve Wilderness

February 5, 2020 – Bevnet

“With the donation generated by ‘Tabs for Good’, our team will be able to restore wild areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts and vital for the recovery of wolves, wolverines, salmon…and of course, the Wild Rainiers.”

Fight re-emerges over protecting wolverines

February 2, 2020 – Skagit Valley Herald

Nine groups are calling on the federal government to list the wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

WDFW finds allies for budget push

January 27, 2020 – The Yakima Herald

Support from a diverse group of stakeholders could be vital as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks to acquire the state funds it says are needed to operate at full capacity.

WDFW looks to legislature for funding

January 22, 2020 – The Columbian

Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, one of the signatories of the funding letter, spoke to the diversity of the letter’s coalition. “What brings us all together is that if the department does not get funded, we all lose,” Friedman said.

Where Have All The Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List

January 20, 2020 – KUOW

Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines.

Lawsuits stack up over state’s timber plans

January 19, 2020 – Skagit Daily Herald

One lawsuit was filed in Skagit County Superior Court and the other in King County Superior Court.

Local NGOs join wolverine lawsuit

January 17, 2020 – Jackson Hole Daily News

A two-decades-running legal fight to establish federal protection for the wolverine — an alpine species scientists say is imperiled — is advancing in the courtroom once again.

Earthjustice threatens new lawsuit over wolverine

January 16, 2020 – The Missoulian

A coalition of nine environmental groups alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken far too long to list the wolverine as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

Bevy of groups representing outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes request funding for WDFW

January 16, 2020 – The Spokesman Review

On Monday, More than 45 groups representing the interests of outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, petitioned the Washington Legislature to fund the state’s wildlife management agency.


January 13, 2020 – Northwest Sportsman

A broad range of fishing, hunting and other outdoor groups are calling on Washington lawmakers to fully fund WDFW through the General Fund.

WDFW looks at adding to cattle-wolf policy

January 13, 2020 – Capital Press

“I absolutely think we have to have this section. Our community would be really angry with us if we walked away without this,” Conservation Northwest policy director Paula Swedeen said.

Washington gets closer to restoring a fuzzy, charismatic carnivore you’ve probably never heard of

January 13, 2020 – Crosscut

Fishers are on their way to recovery in Washington, completing a critical conservation milestone years in the making.

Fisher Recovery Goals Met At Mount Rainier National Park

January 11, 2020 – National Parks Traveler

State, non-profit, and federal biologists met recovery goals for fishers with the release of four of the small carnivores in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park.

Four Fishers Released in Nisqually Watershed, Capping Final Phase of Reintroduction Program

January 10, 2020 – Nisqually Valley News

The release of four fishers on Friday, Jan. 10, in the Nisqually Watershed marks the final phase in a program that resulted in the release of more than 250 in the Cascade Range and Olympic Peninsula

Fishers released into Mount Rainier National Park

January 10, 2020 – KIRO 7 News

On a snowy Friday a team of scientists released four fishers into the wild. A sight that had a handful of adults all smiles as Dr. Tara Chestnut, an ecologist with Mount Rainier National Park, jumped up shouting: “We did it!”

Marbled murrelet plans spark lawsuits

January 9, 2020 – Peninsula Daily News

The Jan. 2 complaint filed by Conservation Northwest, Olympic Forest Coalition, Washington Environmental Council and eight individuals it says the state has broader obligations to all residents beyond maximizing revenue from timber harvest.

‘The border is this imaginary line’: why Americans are fighting mining in B.C.’s ‘Doughnut Hole’

January 9, 2020 – The Narwhal

Logging permits in the Skagit River headwaters will no longer be issued by the B.C. government but mining exploration is causing friction with Americans downstream. We travelled the river to meet the people fighting an Imperial Metals permit

Suits flying over DNR sustainable yield, murrelet habitat plans

January 8, 2020- The Wahkiakum County Eagle

A suit filed January 2 in King County by individuals and environmental groups also asks the court to remand the sustainable harvest calculation and murrelet management plan back to the DNR for further consideration.

State Timber Harvest Plan

January 9, 2020- KGMI Radio

Skagit County has appealed a recently-approved state timber harvest plan that’s expected to bring less revenue for local taxing districts, and two other lawsuits have been filed against the plan. Conservation Northwest Policy Director Paula Swedeen joins Joe to discuss the state’s plan.

Department of Natural Resources should focus on mission

January 7, 2020- The Seattle Times

Letter to Editor: The Washington Legislature must step up to finance cities and counties in an accountable way that actually meets the needs of “future generations.”

Environment groups, logging interests and communities across Washington sue over state’s plans to sell timber

January 6, 2020 – The Seattle Times

An environmental coalition, including the Washington Environmental Council, the Olympic Forest Coalition, Conservation Northwest and several individuals, filed a separate lawsuit Thursday in King County Superior Court, saying DNR’s management of timber lands does not adequately serve local communities or the public schools that benefit from timber sales.

Conservation Groups Mixed On Proposed Wildfire Prevention Fund

January 2, 2020 – Spokane Public Radio

Through that work, in cooperation with the Forest Service, timber interests and other local groups, Luke believes that projects, especially on federal land, are better for the environment than they used to be.

Pacific Northwest forests fit trifecta for curbing climate change — if we stop logging them

January 1, 2020 – Crosscut

Study shows trees along the coast and in the Cascade and Olympic mountains have the most potential to sequester carbon.

What is the future of Washington state’s forests? Endangered marbled murrelet seabird caught in fight

December 30, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Paula Swedeen, of Conservation Northwest, pointed out that DNR’s modeling projects murrelet populations will decline for several decades under the plan and in 50 years have a population lower than it is today.

What’s More Badass Than a Honey Badger? These Guys. And They’re Returning to the Pacific Northwest.

December 29, 2019 – Mountain Culture Group

In Washington State’s Cascade and Olympic Ranges, thanks to vital government and NGO co-operation, this delightfully wicked weasel is returning.

Rep. Joel Kretz and Jay Shepherd:: Wolf management works better when collaborative

December 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Many others with various perspectives concerning wolf recovery are spending significant time and resources sincerely attempting to work together.

New plan for endangered Washington bird doesn’t make anyone happy

December 17, 2019 – KUOW

Washington state has a new conservation plan for marbled murrelets, an endangered seabird. But both environmental advocates and the timber industry are upset about it.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is caught in the crossfire between wolf lovers and haters

December 12, 2019 – Spokane Inlander

The rhetorical climate, Madden argues, is a reflection of the national climate of zero-sum partisanship.

Editorial: State fish, wildlife agency in a hunt for funding

December 10, 2019 – The Everett Herald

Fewer hunting and fishing licenses are being sold, which means a loss of revenue to manage resources.

Board greenlights marbled murrelet conservation plan

December 6, 2019 – Peninsula Daily News

The Marbled Murrelet Coalition, comprised of several environmental groups, criticized the plan for not doing enough to protect the threatened seabird and its habitat.

DNR adopts plan for marbled murrelet

December 6, 2019 – Longview Daily News

However, conservationists previously have said the plan is not protective enough.

Logging prohibited in Skagit River headwaters, mining still a possibility

December 6, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

“Yet the threat of industrial mining still hangs over the transboundary Skagit Watershed, and the orcas, salmon, tribes and local communities that depend on its clean water.”

Circle Of Life: Climate Change And Its Impacts On Northwest Animals

December 5, 2019 – Post Alley

Therefore, says Conservation Northwest science and conservation director Dave Werntz, it’s important to create or maintain connection between patches of lynx habitat.

Washington Board of Natural Resources conservation strategy fails endangered seabird

December 5, 2019 – Forks Forum

Final plan for marbled murrelet recovery shows lack of leadership leaving unanswered questions for the future of both wildlife and rural communities

Conservation strategy “lays off” working forestland

December 5, 2019 – The Lens

In a statement, Conservation Northwest Policy Director Paula Swedeen said “we believe the state’s constitution provides a mandate to the Department of Natural Resources and its Board discretion to better support marbled murrelets and all public resources in addition to coastal communities.”

WDFW responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request to kill fewer wolves

December 5, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

In a letter dated Nov. 27, but made available Monday, WDFW addressed Gov. Jay Inslee’s Sept. 30 letter asking the agency to kill fewer wolves in response to repeated wolf attacks on cattle in Northeast Washington.

Where the Wild Things Are

December 2019 – Fall 2019 Washington Trails Magazine

How scientists are using motion-activated cameras and other methods to learn more about elusive wildlife | By Keiko Betcher

Funding sought for wildlife crossings

November 29, 2019 – The Omak Chronicle

TONASKET — Work on wildlife crossings on Highway 97 is moving forward despite setbacks from Olympia.

Cascade Wolverine Project Looking to Educate Public Next Week in Leavenworth

November 26, 2019 – KPQ News Radio

The toughest part about studying wolverines is acquiring data about their habits and lives. In fact, there are only 30 or 40 wolverines in the North Cascades, and they are very elusive.

What Good Neighbors Do

November 18, 2019 – Patagonia Fall Catalog and The Cleanest Line blog

“Along with Galbraith, the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance and Mount Blanchard are two issues that really engaged mountain bikers and conservationists together,” Friedman says. “Those were both vital coalitions.”

Alberta Trappers play key role in conservation program

November 11, 2019 – Let’s Get Outdoors Canada

To re-populate the Fisher species, officials from Washington reached out to Alberta Trappers for help. This documentary film is the story of how a number of trappers have utilized their skills to help with this significant conservation effort. It also shows the coordination and participation by organizations like the Calgary Zoo.

With passage of I-976, wildlife crossings in Okanogan Valley in limbo

November 10, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

A measure restricting statewide vehicle registration fees will hamper efforts to reduce deer-vehicle collisions in the Okanogan Valley.

More fishers released into North Cascades near Darrington

November 8, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald

In a continuing effort to restore house cat-like, furry predators called fishers to Washington’s Cascades, another eight of the critters were released late last month into forest land east of Darrington.

Oh, Deer! Washington Officials Warn Of Increased Vehicle Collisions During Mating Season

November 5, 2019 – KUOW

A 12-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 97 is one of the most dangerous corridors for wildlife collisions in the state. More than 350 deer are hit each year along the north-south road between Riverside and Tonasket.

The Cowboy Whisperer: Ferry County range rider works to build understanding in Washington wolf country

November 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Since 2008, as wolves have filtered back into Washington, tensions have grown between those who want Canis lupus and those who don’t.

More fishers released into North Cascades

October 29, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

In the North Cascades, the recent release of eight fishers brings the total released in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest lands to 44.

Alberta fishers headed from Calgary Zoo to Cascade Mountains in Washington State

October 25, 2019 – CTV News Calgary

Decades after fishers, a cat-sized member of the weasel family, were eliminated from Washington State through over–trapping and habitat loss, the Calgary Zoo is helping to bring them back.

WDFW releases eight fishers as part of effort to reintroduce species to North Cascades

October 25, 2019 – KXLY Spokane

Biologists released eight fishers in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest on Thursday as part of an effort to restore the species to Washington State.

Most at Okanogan public meeting oppose grizzlies

October 9, 2019 – Methow Valley News

That said, Shultz noted that among the 126,000 comments received during the first round of public comment, “the overwhelming majority was leaning toward restoration.”

Proposal To Restore Grizzlies To Washington Draws Hundreds Of Voices

October 9, 2019 – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Some conservationists were sprinkled throughout the crowd. Jasmine Minbashian, with the Methow Valley Citizens Council, lives near the area where bears could be reintroduced. She brought along a list of other Methow Valley residents who wanted to see the grizzlies brought back.

Inslee seeks to reduce number of wolves killed in Washington

October 6, 2019 – Associated Press

Conservation Northwest noted that Washington kills off relatively few wolves, compared with neighboring states. “However, we agree with Gov. Inslee that more work is needed in certain areas,” the organization said.

U.S. lists B.C. caribou as endangered while province approves logging in critical habitat

October 4, 2019 – The Narwhal

In a long-delayed decision, B.C.’s imperilled southern mountain caribou populations have finally been listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, raising hopes that the B.C. and federal governments will take action to protect the world’s only deep-snow caribou.

Bluffs, lakes of Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham — protected ‘forever’

October 3, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

The state Department of Natural Resources, has completed a series of land exchanges that will protect “forever” a 1,600 acre core area of Blanchard Mountain, looking out over the Samish delta and Skagit Valley south of Bellingham.

Final land transfer to preserve Blanchard Mountain approved

October 2, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald

“After 20 years of work to protect the heart of Blanchard Mountain, we couldn’t be happier and more proud of this outcome,” Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said.

The myths around grizzly bears

October 2, 2019 – The Wenatchee World

A lot of grizzly bears’ diets also don’t consist of much meat, Kasworm said. About 80% of it is berries, insects and roots. Bears will hunt once in a while, but they also eat carrion and will scavenge.

U.S. boosts caribou protections a year after relocating the last Lower 48 caribou to Canada

October 2, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Nearly a year after the last caribou that occasionally roamed into the Lower 48 were relocated farther north, the federal government is beefing up protections for the elusive ungulates.

Inslee Calls On State Wildlife Agency To ‘Significantly Reduce’ Lethal Wolf Actions

October 1, 2019 – KUOW

In an emailed statement, Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said there is more work needed in northeastern Washington’s Kettle Mountain Range. The group works with some livestock producers in the region.

Inslee asks Washington wildlife agency to kill fewer wolves, pursue new management methods

October 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Inslee acknowledges that in most cases Washington’s wolves are coexisting peacefully with livestock and people.

Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

September 28, 2019 – Associated Press

Each option in the draft plan takes a different approach to grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.

Feds seek new comments on grizzly bear plans

September 28, 2019 – The Everett Herald

The grizzly population in the North Cascades is entirely isolated from other reproducing groups, so it won’t ever recover on it’s own, Scott said.

State releases plan for protecting the marbled murrelet

September 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

After two decades of studying a small bird called the marbled murrelet that is found in coastal habitats of Washington including in Skagit County, the state has released a new management plan for the species.

Don’t gut Endangered Species Act: Washington and 17 other states sue Trump Administration

September 25, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

Washington and 17 other states are suing the Trump Administration to block new rules that would gut the federal Endangered Species Act, described by Attorney General Bob Ferguson as “a cornerstone of national conservation law.”

Conservationists harness AI to help wolverine recovery in Washington

September 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Manoj Sarathy, a young gamer and a volunteer at the Seattle-based nonprofit Conservation Northwest, set out to eliminate the problem using his knowledge of AI.

Endangered bird, loggers both get something from new plan for state lands

September 20, 2019 – Tacoma News Tribune

Paula Swedeen, policy director of Seattle-based Conservation Northwest, said the nonprofit group favored setting aside more state land for murrelet habitat. But she said DNR officials did “as good a job as they can walking the line between compliance with the Endangered Species Act and their interpretation of their fiduciary responsibilities under their trust mandate.

Wolf meetings canceled after threats of violence

September 3, 2019 – KUOW

Threats of violence have caused Washington officials to cancel a series of in-person informational wolf management meetings.

Washington Cancels Wolf Meetings Under Threats Of Violence

August 29, 2019 – OPB

Conservation Northwest spokesman Chase Gunnell said the advocacy group thought it was unfortunate that the meetings were canceled, noting that the threats of violence came from both sides of the issue.

Washington wolf issues are heated, but experts urge perspective

August 29, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

According to an analysis by Conservation Northwest, “when the Rocky Mountain States of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming were at the same point 11 years into wolf recovery, lethal control for livestock depredations amounted to 142 wolves or 12 percent of their total minimum wolf count.”

Statewide wolf meetings, including one in Spokane, canceled after threats of violence

August 28, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“It’s unfortunate that this topic has become so polarized and/or political that it would become too dangerous to have public meetings,” said Paula Swedeen, Conservation Northwest’s policy director and a member of the WAG.

Editorial: Plan for grizzly bears’ return reemerges from den

August 25, 2019 – The Everett Herald

Plans to reintroduce the bear to the North Cascades would return an important part of the ecosystem.

Playing Outside — Aug. 21, 2019 – I-90 wildlife spotting

August 21, 2019 – The Ellensburg Daily Record

Please report wildlife sightings on Snoqualmie Pass on the relaunched website — a collaboration among Conservation Northwest, CWU, our state Department of Transportation, WDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Report at

Conservation Northwest weighs in on grizzly restoration process

August 7, 2019 – Methow Valley News

“We are confident that the result will be the same as it was prior to the interruption of the process – overwhelming support for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades, including from people in areas around the recovery zone,” Conservation Northwest said in the release.

Connelly: Stealth Trump — take public lands out of Americans’ hands

August 11, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

Pendley will serve as “acting” director of BLM, which means his name will not be sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The western affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation, in a letter last week, urged the Senate to do something about this.

State begins work on wolf management plan

August 6, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened a public comment period to gather input on how the department will manage wolves in Washington post-recovery.

Wolf post-recovery plan comments sought by Washington wildlife managers

August 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

With a decade of growth in the state’s wolf population, including a pack identified in Skagit County last year, the state is preparing a plan for post-recovery management of the species.

After nearly two decades, Colville Forest plan coming to a close

July 27, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

The Colville National Forest has one federally designated wilderness area – the 41,335-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness – which represents 3 percent of the Colville National Forest’s 1.1 million acres.

The delicate act of creating a national park in polarized times

July 26, 2019 – The Narwhal

For more than 15 years, efforts to create a national park in the grasslands, one of Canada’s most unusual and beautiful landscapes, have started, stalled and re-started.

Public comment reopened for grizzly bear restoration

July 26, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

Comments are being accepted online and at the North Cascades National Park Service Complex office in Sedro-Woolley.

The federal government might reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington

July 26, 2019 – CNN

The grizzly was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in July 1975. The last time a grizzly bear was spotted on the US side of the North Cascade was in 1996, Shultz said. Federal proposal to bring grizzly bears to North Cascades back on.

After an abrupt halt, the process that would bring grizzly bears back to North Cascades National Park is back on

July 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

In a statement, Conservation Northwest welcomed the new comment period “if it leads to the completion of the (Environmental Impact Statement) and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”

North Cascade grizzly bear plans reopened for public comment

July 26, 2019 – NCW Life

In a news release the group says it “welcomes the new comment period if it leads to the completion of the FEIS and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”

Renewed effort to bring grizzly bears to the North Cascades

July 25, 2019 – Q13 News

Grizzly bears are native to North Cascades National Park, but their population was decimated by hunters through the mid-1900s. The last confirmed sighting in Washington was more than 20 years ago.

Feds look again at reintroducing grizzly bears to North Cascades

July 25, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Biologists estimate that fewer than 10 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades, the most at-risk bear population in North America.

Grizzly bears back in North Cascades? Tell feds what you think

July 25, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

“Our public lands and Northwest natural heritage are greatly diminished without these animals. We are privileged to be one of only four states in the ‘lower 48’, and the only wild area outside the Rocky Mountains, to have the opportunity currently to restore this magnificent animal,”

Cattlemen say ‘incremental’ removal of wolves ineffective

July 15, 2019 – Capital Press

“The history of conflict here shows it won’t be easy, but we want to see successful coexistence in the Kettles into the future. We are anxious to participate in community-wide discussions of all interested parties on how to end this cycle of loss,” said Swedeen, who’s on the Wolf Advisory Group.

Get Out Fest deemed success for Ferry County

July 10, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

The inaugural Get Out Fest in Republic, Washington, was a success, at least judging from attendance numbers.

Get Outside! Mount Kobau by Craig Romano 

July 10, 2019 – Cascadia Magazine

The South Okanagan-Similkameen region is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Canada.

Canada to get new national park just over border from Washington

July 2, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

An American group, Conservation Northwest, has worked across the border promoting preservation. “A new national park will benefit people and wildlife in both southern British Columbia and nor-central Washington,” executive director Mitch Friedman said Tuesday.

Get Out Fest brings people, music, outdoors together

June 26, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“It’s got incredible mountain biking and hiking and areas for motorized recreation,” he said. “It’s like the captain’s platter of national forests. It’s gorgeous.”


June 19, 2019 – The Fly Fish Journal

It’s beautiful country and viable habitat for grizzlies, bull trout, and other sensitive species. This is where Imperial Metals wants to build a copper mine.

Why an international coalition is going all out to stop mining in B.C.’s Skagit headwaters

June 17, 2019 – The Narwhal

Imperial Metals, the company responsible for the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster, has applied to drill in southwestern British Columbia, in the headwaters of a river that provides water for millions of people.

A Tale of Three Weasels

June 17, 2019 – Earth Island Journal

How biologists are trying to ensure that wolverines, fishers, and martens have a future in Washington.

Environmental groups fight to prevent mine exploration on edge of Manning Park

June 16, 2019 – The Vancouver Sun

Environmental groups on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are calling on the B.C. government to deny an application by Imperial Metals to explore for minerals in an area on the edge of Manning Park.

Eight U.S. senators ratchet up pressure on B.C. over mining’s effects on American rivers

June 13, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Eight U.S. senators ratcheted up pressure on British Columbia Premier John Horgan as worries persist over the province’s mining practices and their impacts on rivers that flow into the United States.

Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties

June 13, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“Ferry County is swimming in public land,” said Bobby Whittaker, the other organizer and founder of the festival. “And some of it in respect to outdoor recreation is underutilized.”

Future of Land and Water Conservation Fund uncertain

June 12, 2019 – KGMI 790 Radio Bellingham

For more than 50 years, The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, trails, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level. Mitch Friedman with Conservation Northwest joins Joe to discuss the what it means for Washington State and the rest of the country.

Lawmaker Wants Review of Wolf Recovery Efforts

June 10, 2019 – The Wenatchee World

A new law will require a statewide analysis by the Department of Fish and Wildlife of wolf recovery efforts to see if a change in conservation status is warranted.

Editorial: B.C., Canada should block mining on upper Skagit

June 7, 2019 – THE Everett Herald

What happens in a watershed’s farthest reaches can affect the health of the river downstream, its wildlife and the communities that depend on the river for fisheries, agriculture, tourism and more.

Editorial: Mining Skagit River headwaters invites disaster

June 4, 2019 – The Seattle Times

For the good of our shared region, the government of British Columbia must listen to the chorus rising against the mining of the Skagit River headwaters and stop it.

Ever seen an antelope near the Tri-Cities? You might now

June 2, 2019 – Tri City Herald

Washington state is at the northwest end of their native range, but their population declined significantly in the state in the 1800s and they became locally extinct.

President’s View: Creating Safe Passage for Wildlife

June 1, 2019 – National Wildlife Magazine

Reconnecting and restoring habitat corridors is a top conservation priority.


June 1, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman Magazine

“Recovering pronghorn populations in Washington is important for the landscape, because they increase biodiversity and restore a part of the shrub-steppe ecosystem,” states the Seattle-based organization, which is working to link species and habitat in the state’s core sagelands.

Two wolves killed in Stevens County over Memorial Day weekend

June 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to a conviction.

WDFW officials investigate wolf’s death

May 31, 2019 – Capital Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death of a wolf found Monday in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Washington.

Two Gray Wolves Killed in Washington State; Probe Underway

May 31, 2019 – Courthouse News Service

There are at least 126 wolves in Washington state, according to the agency’s last count in March

Conservation Group Offers $7,500 Reward in Killing of Wolf

May 31, 2019 – U.S. News and World Report / Associated Press

A conservation group is offering a $7,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the death of a gray wolf in northeastern Washington state.

Can Washington thread the needle between endangered birds and endangered communities?

 May 31, 2019 – Tacoma News Tribune

Some people hope a solution is not too late in the making.

After nearly going extinct, Washington’s pygmy rabbits need room to grow

May 31, 2019 – High Country News

Recovering the endangered rabbits will test society’s willingness to let nature reclaim a landscape.

Fishers have returned to western Washington. Are the Selkirks next?

May 30, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Pound for pound, the Northwest’s most ferocious predator is not the grizzly bear, the cougar or the gray wolf. Instead, it’s a stealthy, slender member of the weasel family no larger than a house cat: the fisher.

Fishers in Washington Photogallery

May 30, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Pound for pound, the Northwest’s most ferocious predator is not the grizzly bear, the cougar, or the gray wolf. Instead, it’s a stealthy, slender member of the weasel family no larger than a housecat: the fisher.

Sagebrush under siege

May 22, 2019 – Methow Valley News

Sagebrush once covered 250 million acres of western North America but today that ecosystem is half the size it once was, and it’s burning more frequently.

Mining proposal for Skagit River headwaters in B.C. sparks outcry from congressional Dems, Gov. Inslee

May 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Nine members of Washington state’s congressional delegation, all Democrats, called Wednesday for the U.S. Department of State to intervene in a simmering dispute with Canada over a company’s proposal for exploratory mining in the headwaters of the Skagit River.

Opposition grows for proposed mining in Skagit River headwaters

May 20, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

“Industrial activities as proposed in the application are ill-advised and inappropriate in such a sensitive area with such high ecological, environmental and recreational values,” Conservation Northwest wrote.

Meadowlark walking tour covers habitats across human borders

May 16, 2019 – Osoyoos Times

American conservationist Jay Kehne is hosting a walking tour as part of the Meadowlark Festival on May 17.

Partnership brings sharp-tailed grouse to Eastern Washington

May 16, 2019 – The Chewelah Independent

The partnership on the project included help and resources from the Colville Confederated Tribes, Douglas County PUD, Okanogan Conservation District, Conservation Northwest, and the support of numerous private landowners.

Inslee signs bill to protect Blanchard Mountain core

May 15, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald

With Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature last week, a plan to permanently conserve recreation lands in the state forest on Blanchard Mountain is one step closer to being realized.

Editorial: Legislature fails Fish and Wildlife

May 15, 2019 – The Yakima Herald

With other revenue streams drying up, we call for the Legislature to revisit the WDFW’s needs in a supplemental budget next year.

How a simple trail camera lead to an epic wildlife discovery

May 10, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Fishers are large, shy weasels, and seeing one is a big deal because they aren’t supposed to be in the central Cascades.

About Washington’s fisher population

May 10, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Washington state’s fisher population was wiped out entirely by the mid-1900s due to overtrapping for their lush pelts. Over the past decade, state agencies and nonprofits have been working to reintroduce them.

North Cascades puts the ‘Scenic’ in ‘Scenic Highway’

May 9, 2019 – KING 5 Evening Magazine

Bears, monkeys and an extinct weasel are just a part of Highway 20’s charm. North Cascades Highway is 2019’s Best Road Trip.

Objections heard at Colville National Forest Plan meetings

May 9, 2019 – The Chewelah Independent

“On topics where objections brought suggestions for specific detailed changes, we had satisfactory progress toward outcomes.”

WDFW director supports federal delisting of wolves in letter

May 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“It’s important to direct wildlife agency resources toward species of the greatest ecological need,” Gunnell said.

Connelly: British Columbia — Don’t trash the ‘magic Skagit,’ eh?

May 6, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

There is a “donut hole” of unprotected land, surrounded by the two provincial parks. The British Columbia government has let in the loggers.

Work Progressing To Recover Fisher Populations In Pacific Northwest

May 5, 2019 – National Parks Traveler

The goal is to release a total of 80 fishers in both the North and South Cascades areas.

Washington hunting, angling fee increase fails; WDFW faces $7 million deficit

May 1, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

In a statement, Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman pointed out that the department’s general fund allotment is less than it was in 2008.

Wildlife overpasses that protect animals from cars are spreading globally

April 27, 2019 – Quartz

ll around the world, local infrastructure planners are increasingly adopting a technique to solve these problems: wildlife overpasses.

The numbers are in for the wolves

April 19, 2019 – Chewelah Independent

DFW reports growth of wolf population in WA for tenth straight year

King County forests are facing new challenges

April 17, 2019 – Bellevue reporter

Hot, dry summers are stressing native tree species in Western Washington.

Connelly: Preserving a pearl of a view — Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain is saved

April 17, 2019 – Seattle P.I.

Views from Oyster Dome down to the Samish River, Skagit Valley and out over the San Juan Islands are to die for, once you have puffed up the trail that takes off just south of the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive.

How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer

April 16, 2019 – National Geographic

Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide.

The Pack Is Back: Wolves return to Skagit County

April 10, 2019 – Cascadia Weekly

One appeared. Then two. Now it seems Western Washington may have its first resident wolves in decades.

Study: Wolves push mule deer higher, don’t impact whitetail

April 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Essentially, Dellinger said, wolves “had little or no impact on the deer from a survival standpoint.”


April 5, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman

He added that what would be taxed under the bill needs to better defined, a work-in-progress sentiment that was echoed by Tom Echolls of the Hunters Heritage Council and Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest.

WDFW gives update on latest wolf numbers, including new pack in Western Washington, but not all are thrilled by count

April 5, 2018 – The Spokesman Review

Washington’s wolf population continued to grow in 2018, with a pack documented west of the Cascade crest for the first time.

Wolf pack living west of Cascade Mountains for first time in decades

April 4, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Chase Gunnell, a spokesperson for Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit with a representative on the state’s advisory group on wolf issues, said the state’s investment in nonlethal measures is paying off.

Washington wolves go west as count increases

April 4, 2019 – Capital Press

“After years of reports of wolves in Western Washington, we are particularly excited by the confirmation of the first wolfpack west of the Cascade Crest in nearly a century,” Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said in a written statement.

Washington’s wolf population continues to grow, pack documented west of Cascades

April 4, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

And, in another sign that the apex predators are spreading, a pack was confirmed west of the Cascade crest for the first time, according to a WDFW news release.

Committee backs money for nonlethal wolf control

April 3, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“I don’t see anything threatening to wolves in this legislation,” said Paula Swedeen of Conservation Northwest. Conservation Northwest strongly supports the amended version of HB 2097 as a positive step for both wolves and ranchers.

Washington bill concedes uneven wolf recovery

April 3, 2019 – Capital Press

The Cattle Producers of Washington and environmental group Conservation Northwest also supported the bill, as did the Colville Confederated Tribes in northeast Washington.

Op-Ed: Lawmakers, stop underfunding Fish and Wildlife, the agency that protects our lands and water

March 22, 2019 – The Seattle Times

Now is the time to invest in conservation and outdoor opportunity, not continue to shortchange the legacy we hold in trust for future generations.

Feds propose eliminating protection for gray wolves

March 20, 2019 – Methow Valley News

“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met,”

Wolf populations influence mule deer behavior, UW research finds

March 18, 2019 – Methow Valley News

Three-year study finds white-tailed deer not affected

Rangeland fire protection associations should be created in Washington

March 16, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest, the Washington State Farm Bureau, the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and the Audubon Society have all testified in favor, citing numerous benefits.

Wolves and the Endangered Species Act, an Explainer

March 7, 2019 – Outside Magazine

States like Washington and California have robust wolf management plans in place, and are likely capable of offering the species adequate protections within their borders.

If feds delist wolves, Washington’s plan goes statewide

March 7, 2019 – Capital Press

“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington, and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met,” the group’s spokesman, Chase Gunnell, said in an email.

Spokane conservationist: Plan to end wolf protections premature, political

March 6, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Because of laws that already exist in Washington, a federal delisting wouldn’t have a large impact on the Washington wolf population.

Fish and Wildlife Service may remove Wolves from endangered list

March 6, 2019 – Spokane Public Radio

With an estimated 150 wolves in the state, it appears the population, is making a good recovery, and delisting on the federal level is not necessarily a bad thing.

Lifting federal protections for wolves gets mixed reaction

March 6, 2019 – Associated Press

“However, given the quality of Washington’s wolf plan and investments in collaborative wolf conservation and management work here, we do not expect federal delisting to have a significant impact on wolves in our state.”

Wolf-Delisting Plan Would Remove Federal Protections In Oregon, Washington

March 6, 2019 – Earthfix / kuow news

“Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met.”

Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

February 27, 2019 – UW NEWS

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact other animals — particularly the ones these large carnivores target as prey.

Cantwell, DelBene lead rally for national conservation, recreation program

February 26, 2019 – Mercer Island Reporter

The legislation has now been passed by the Senate and House, and is headed to the president’s desk.

Wolf review bill passes state committee

February 23, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Conservation Northwest supported much of the bill in a news release but said that “setting a precedent of regional delisting could have unintended consequences for other species in the future. As such, we do not support provisions of this bill related to regional delisting.”


February 15, 2019 – Northwest Sportsman

Washington lawmakers heard arguments for and not-quite-fully-against on a pair of bills that would increase fishing and hunting license fees by 15 percent during public hearings held late this week.

More fishers released in North Cascades

February 10, 2019 – Skagit Valley Herald

Another six fishers scurried into the forest Wednesday near the base of the North Cascades east of Darrington after being released from wooden crates.

Wolf shot, killed near Sprague Lake about 40 miles from Spokane

February 8, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“Washington state law allows people to shoot wolves that are caught in the act of attacking livestock or pets,” Chase Gunnell, communications director of Conservation Northwest, said in an email. “As difficult as situations like this are, we support this policy as a reasonable component of responsible wolf conservation and management.”

Outdoor Enthusiasts Urge Legislature to Fully Fund the WDFW

February 9, 2019 – Centralia Chronicle

A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts urges Legislature to fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

February 5, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Washington’s Wolf Population Likely Larger Than Estimated, Researcher Says

February 5, 2019 – KUOW News

Wasser told a state Senate committee last week that it’s possible the population of wolves is closer to 200 animals.

Agency seeks input on giving fishers threatened species status

February 2, 2019 – The Skagit Valley Herald

“We believe listing them in Washington is not warranted because we’re already doing everything we can do to recover them and actually listing them might slow recovery,”

Researcher says Washington wolf population likely larger than estimates

February 2, 2019 – The Seattle Times / Associated press

The number of wolves in Washington state is likely much higher than previously thought, according to a University of Washington researcher who spent two years studying the animals using scat-sniffing dogs.

Is there a lone wolf in the Yakima Valley? Researcher wants to know

January 27, 2019 – The Yakima Herald

The search for wolves in Washington now extends into the south Cascades and Yakima County.

UW researchers use scat-sniffing dogs to bolster wolf count in Washington

January 25, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

The number of wolves roaming Washington is higher than official estimates, according to University of Washington researchers.

Calgary Zoo preps fishers — cat-sized weasel relatives — to help repopulate forests of Washington State

January 25, 2019 – CBC News

‘They really are beautiful little creatures’

Wolves making faster comeback than expected in Washington state

January 23, 2019 – KING 5 News

Wolf populations are increasing in Washington state faster than officials expected.

New Washington State Wildlife Corridor is Already Saving Lives

January 18, 2019 – CARE2

Construction isn’t even finished yet on a wildlife corridor that crosses over busy Interstate 90 in Washington state, but animals are already taking advantage of this safe way to roam.

Watch elk migrate across a Washington highway, bringing traffic to a standstill

January 16, 2019 – The News Tribune

“You have a really limited bottleneck for wildlife to move from the north to south Cascades,” explained Jen Watkins, Conservation Northwest’s I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition coordinator, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Wolves kill two calves, one cow in Ferry County

January 12, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

Jay Shepherd, a co-founder of the North East Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative and the wolf program lead for Conservation Northwest, said ranchers struggled to get their cattle of the federal allotments this year.

Stevens County Commissioners issue wolf safety announcement

January 12, 2019 – The Spokesman Review

“I think educating people on how to respond to wolf encounters is going to help both people and wolves, and their pets and their livestock,”

Caribou Rainforest — David Moskowitz ‘Heartbreak To Hope’ Multimedia Book Tour

January 7, 2019 – The Nelson Daily

This Tour is sponsored by WildSight, Yellowstone to Yukon, Conservation Northwest, Braided River.

Rural communities can coexist with wolves. Here’s how.

Sept 20, 2017 – High Country News OP-ed by mitch friedman

The success of Washington’s collaborative wolf management is seldom celebrated.

Delicate Dances With Those Who Save Wolves

Dec 22, 2016 – Bloomberg

A compromise between ranchers and conservationists to save wolves in Washington state is a real-life fable with a moral that might just solve America.

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