Public Lands

Court Upholds State’s Authority and Right to Use State Forests for Carbon Credit Program

Conservation groups respond to the ruling   THURSTON COUNTY, WA-Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Egeler affirmed that the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to lease lands for carbon sequestration. Doing so is consistent with the Department’s fiduciary obligations to trust beneficiaries. Conservationist groups welcomed Friday’s ruling. and their responses to … Continued

Big Wins for Biodiversity, Wolves, Forests, and Climate this Legislative Session!  

The 2023 session brought big wins for many of Conservation Northwest’s priorities, including protecting and managing state lands for carbon and biodiversity, increased capacity for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the state’s natural heritage, funding and program improvements for wolf co-existence, spotted owl habitat restoration, clean energy siting that takes habitat connectivity into account, and improved multi-agency planning for recreation impacts to conservation.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules in Conservation Northwest v. Commissioner of Public Lands

In a unanimous decision, Court recognizes State’s authority to manage forestlands for public benefit   *** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *** July 21, 2022   MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Wolf-Buck, Conservation Northwest, 206-970-1430 Zachary DeWolf, Washington Environmental Council & Washington Conservation Voters, 206-639-3760  OLYMPIA, WA—Today, the Washington State Supreme Court confirms that the state has a constitutional … Continued

Speak up and tell WDFW to improve wildlife connectivity from the Cascades to Olympics 

Wild NW Action Alert #324: Tell the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that you support land acquisition in SW Washington. The WDFW Commission is expected to review the proposal to acquire 94-acres of land adjacent to the WDFW-owned Davis Creek Unit of the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, outside of Oakville. Conservation Northwest enthusiastically supports … Continued