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For Washington to Meet Clean Energy Goals, Governor Inslee Must Guide Projects to Optimal Locations

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee has rejected the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) recommendations regarding the Horse Heaven Solar and Wind Development project. Despite the council’s extensive three-year effort, which involved scientific research, input from Tribes and local governments, and public feedback, Governor Inslee is giving the council just three months to revise … Continued

The Return of the North Cascades Grizzly Begins

After decades of research, advocacy, and community support, we are celebrating today’s announcement that grizzly bear restoration will soon begin in Washington state. The process of charting a course for North Cascades Ecosystem grizzly bear recovery has been long and exhaustive. Federal agencies have gone above and beyond, working closely with grizzly bear experts on … Continued

Conservation Groups Welcome the Return of the Grizzly to the North Cascades 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Jacqueline Covey, Defenders of Wildlife, 630-427-7164   Caitlyn Burford, National Parks Conservation Association, 541-371-6452  Andrea Wolf-Buck, Conservation Northwest, 206-970-1430  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear coalition welcomes the long-awaited framework for grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascade Ecosystem with the final record of decision released today. … Continued

Conservation Northwest’s Mitch Friedman wins Wilburforce Foundation 2022 Conservation Leadership Award

SEATTLE, Wash. —The Wilburforce Foundation announced today it is presenting one of four 2022 Conservation Leadership Awards (CLA) to Mitch Friedman, founder of Conservation Northwest, for his work connecting wildlands, protecting wild spaces and species, and partnering with Northwest tribes. “Mitch has an incredible gift for identifying and fostering linkages,” said Paul Beaudet, executive director … Continued

‘Most Significant Wildlife Conservation Bill in Half Century’ Passes U.S. House 

Washington would get $20.7 million to help at-risk wildlife    Seattle, Wash. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bill to prevent wildlife extinctions by funding locally-led conservation efforts. If it becomes law, Washington will receive around $20.7 million to help 268 species of concern, including … Continued