Fisher photographed on trail camera near I-90 Wildlife Crossings

I-90 wildlife crossing restoration, recreation outreach and more; 2020 updates from the Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program

Habitat restoration, forest and road surveys, responsible recreation outreach, state land transfers and continued collaboration toward restoring Gold Creek made for a successful year in the Central Cascades. By Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate Despite the various setbacks and hardships of 2020, our work in the field continued, especially to meet the needs of … Continued

Your support helps heal Northwest forests

Many Washington forests have been damaged by decades of abuse. You can help restore them back to health with a gift today! Imagine for a moment a scenic drive over Snoqualmie Pass, dense evergreen forests on either side of your car for miles and miles. Now what if I told you that much of this … Continued

Little Crow Restoration Project moves forward in Cascades east of Chinook Pass

The approved project includes a suite of actions for watershed and forest restoration, aiming to balance ecological and recreation needs. By Kathleen S. Gobush, Ph.D. and Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Watershed Restoration Program The Little Crow Restoration Project, located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest just east of Chinook Pass, aims to restore ecological resilience in … Continued

Response to final Snoquera Landscape Analysis decision

Years of stakeholder engagement on the Snoquera Project lays out a final plan for landscape-scale forest and watershed restoration in the Central Cascades. BY KATHLEEN S. GOBUSH, PH.D. and Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration Program In mid-March, after more than two and half years of planning, the U.S. Forest Service published its decision on … Continued

Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration season wrap-up

This year we had a record number of volunteers, put thousands of native plants in the ground, improved signage, and engaged with diverse partners to restore watershed health in the Central Cascades. By Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate From the vibrant slopes of Snoqualmie Pass near I-90 to the lush old-growth forests in the … Continued

Snoquera Decision – What it means for Central Cascades watersheds

Forest restoration makes progress, while watershed improvements fall short in the upper Green River watershed. By Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate This summer, the Snoqualmie District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF) published their final management proposal for the “Snoquera” landscape between Greenwater and Crystal Mountain, bordered on the south by Mount Rainier … Continued

Forging new partnerships in the Central Cascades

From field tours to habitat restoration events, we’re on-the-ground collaborating with several groups to restore watershed and forest health in the Central Cascades. By Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate If you drive about two hours southeast of Seattle, you can enjoy vibrant, old-growth forests, strong, rushing rivers, and if you’re lucky, view wildlife like … Continued

Connecting First Foods and conservation

We’re collaborating with Indigenous partners and seeking out opportunities to learn about the role of First Foods in our work. by Keiko Betcher, communications and outreach Associate As you’re walking through an old-growth forest or a hillside dotted with sagebrush, you might count dozens of different plants and animals along the way. And for the … Continued