Connecting Habitat

Legal win in Mardee Lake case big step for protection of critical wildlife corridor

Victory for wildlife in Snoqualmie Pass! Conservation Northwest joins our legal partners at Crag Law Center in celebrating last week’s victory protecting wildlife, fish habitat, and wetlands near Snoqualmie Pass. We filed a lawsuit this spring to try to protect the threatened wildlife corridor encompassing Mardee Lake, which has long been an area of focus … Continued

Prized Stretch of the Okanogan River Conserved and Ancestral Lands Returned to Colville Tribes

March 8, 2023 OKANOGAN COUNTY, Washington—Last week, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC), the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) permanently protected two miles of the Okanogan River and a key piece of one of the state’s most important wildlife corridors by conserving McLoughlin Falls Ranch. The 727-acre … Continued

Volunteers needed for Highway 12 wildlife connectivity project

Join us for invasive plant removal volunteer days to support wildlife passage under Highway 12 in Southwest Washington After a long winter, Conservation Northwest’s Cascades to Olympics Program (C2O) is ready to start the volunteer season with a bang!  Come join our C2O Program Manager and a diverse and inspiring group of core volunteers as … Continued

Kittitas County flip-flops on its commitment to wildlife, potentially squandering tens of millions of public investments

For more than two decades, state and federal governments and private nonprofit organizations have spent tens of millions of dollars acquiring tens of thousands of acres in the area of Snoqualmie Pass to benefit wildlife. The Washington State Department of Transportation responded by spending millions more on wildlife crossings, including the critical underpass at Gold … Continued

Conservation Northwest and Veterans’ Ecological Trades Collective receive funding to bolster habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring along I-5

Disabled Veterans National Foundation grant strengthens collaborative conservation work in the Chehalis Basin  SEATTLE, Wash. – Conservation Northwest, in partnership with the Veterans’ Ecological Trades Collective and the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, is expanding its efforts to document wildlife movement along Interstate 5 and equip veterans with skills and experience in the conservation field. … Continued

Equitable flood navigation in the Chehalis Basin

University of Washington students from the Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL) developed a robust report for increased representation and advocacy for low-income residents of the Chehalis Basin. SEATTLE, Wash. – Mentoring students and fostering innovative thinking around complex problems to identify the most holistic solutions is a fundamental part of our Cascades to Olympics Program … Continued

Conservation Northwest’s Annual Report 2020-2021

We officially published our Annual Report for 2020-2021. View online or pick up a physical copy. If asked about life before 2020-2021, most people might answer in terms of the pandemic. Not me. Here’s what I remember from that time: There were no lynx in the Kettle Range of northeastern Washington. Reintroduction of Pacific fishers … Continued

Attend the inaugural Southwest and Coastal Washington Connectivity Summit

Join Conservation Northwest and partners in summit focused on landscape connectivity for people and the environment on July 20-22 Southwest Washington is home to iconic mountains, majestic rivers, and expansive forests. These prized resources are at risk from impacts of climate change, development, landscape fragmentation, economic pressures, and shifting public values. Climate change and development … Continued