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

Support renewable energy on public lands while protecting Washington’s lands, waters, and wildlife!

We need your help to protect vulnerable habitat!    Please submit a comment by Thursday, April 18 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of solar development on public lands while protecting the northwest’s sensitive landscapes and wildlife. The BLM is researching which public lands would be best available for utility-scale solar development to meet the … Continued

Act now to protect threatened Washington sagelands

Use your voice to ensure renewable energy projects don’t harm sensitive habitat and ecosystems!  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a virtual open-house meeting and is inviting public comments to update the 2012 Western Solar Plan to develop solar projects more effectively and efficiently.  Conservation Northwest promotes the transition to renewable energy through careful … Continued

A West without barbed wire

The dream of a fence-less west is underway in central Washington with the rollout of a new virtual fence pilot program. The removal of traditional fencing used for cattle management brings benefits to ranchers, critical wildlife species, and the ecosystem as a whole.

Sagelands Heritage Program shares 2021 highlights in the shrub-steppe

State proviso, pygmy rabbit recovery and student engagement: another year of conservation in the “connected backbone” east of the Cascades From British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley to south-central Washington’s Horse Heaven, the Sagelands Heritage Program (SHP) is doing just that. 2021 was an exciting year for conservation in this shrub-steppe landscape full of many projects with … Continued

Letter to Governor Inslee’s office regarding solar farm siting in Douglas County

Conservation Northwest sends letter to Governor’s office asking to protect endangered species and local community interests in solar farm development proposals. The following is a letter to state government officials regarding recently proposed solar farm development sites in Douglas County, north-central Washington. As part of our Sagelands Heritage Program, we are working with various state … Continued