Why the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s acquisition of Centralia Mine makes sense

Why the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s acquisition of Centralia Mine makes sense

State acquisition of TransAlta property in Lewis County offers opportunity for public land access and wildlife habitat By Brian Stewart Over the last few months we have heard the opinions and fears of prominent Lewis County residents rejecting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed land acquisition of the degraded TransAlta Centralia Mine property. … Continued

Cascades to Olympics field tour of northern and southern habitat linkages

Wildlife connectivity across I-5 in southwest Washington is increasingly restricted by development, but there are opportunities to restore habitat and enhance structures to serve as wildlife crossings. By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate Recently, Conservation Northwest’s Communications Director Chase Gunnell and I met with our Cascades to Olympics Coordinator Brian Stewart to check out … Continued

Wildlife need safe passage from the Cascades to the Olympics

A black bear recently spotted while trying to cross Interstate 5 demonstrates the need for wildlife crossings in southwest Washington. By Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Coordinator For the second time in four months a black bear has been seen attempting to cross Interstate 5 in Washington state—this time near Olympia. Like other animals, black … Continued

The Heart and the Highway: A perspective on the impacts of the proposed Chehalis River dam

Greater emphasis must be placed on restoration strategies that reduce flood risks to local communities, while restoring forests, floodplains, and habitat. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published as an Op-Ed in the May 12, 2020 edition of the Lewis County Daily Chronicle. Brian Stewart is our Cascades to Olympics Program Coordinator based in Onalaska … Continued

Report summary on Cascades to Olympics Connectivity

Cascades to Olympics program bolstered by new findings and conclusions from research on habitat connectivity in the Chehalis Basin. BY BRIAN STEWART, CASCADES TO OLYMPICS CONNECTIVITY CONTRACTOR Conservation Northwest’s new Cascades to Olympics program works to restore habitat and improve wildlife connectivity between Washington’s Cascades Range and Olympic Peninsula. The program geography stretches from Mount Rainier to … Continued