Wildlife persists against impossible odds, but for how long?

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

New maps show agricultural barriers to wildlife connectivity in our Sagelands Heritage Program

Two maps of cropland throughout Washington’s Sagelands show how constricted this area is for wildlife moving through the landscape. By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate Washington’s arid shrub-steppe has a subtle beauty home to dozens of delicate species, some found nowhere else in the state. While mule deer and elk frequently move through this … Continued

Guest Blog: Connecting large landscapes begins with connecting youth climate leaders

Youth-led organization The Tomorrow Project educates the next generation of climate activists and conservationists for a wild Northwest By Wednesday Satterlee, The Tomorrow Project Since 1989, Conservation Northwest’s work has revolved around the importance of protecting, connecting and restoring Northwest wildlife and wildlands. Their programs that link and restore fragmented habitat and implement wildlife crossings … Continued

A changing Northwest climate makes habitat connectivity even more critical

Protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands and wildlife to keep the Northwest wild and resilient in the face of climate change By Keiko Betcher, Communications and Outreach Associate Since our founding in 1989, Conservation Northwest’s mission has always been to keep the Northwest wild. We’re working toward our long-standing vision of large, connected landscapes that support … Continued

Update on Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative

The C2C team has made important progress toward grizzly bear recovery in southwest British Columbia by promoting coexistence with local communities. By Joe Scott, International Programs Director The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative (C2C) is a collaborative effort to stem the ongoing loss of grizzly bear range and promote grizzly recovery in the transboundary … 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

30 years of keeping the Northwest wild

Thank you for all you’ve done to help protect, connect and restore our wildlands and wildlife these past 30 years! By Mitch Friedman, Executive Director As our 30th anniversary year comes to a close, I am humbled and awed reflecting on all that we’ve been able to achieve together over our history. When I began this … Continued

How your gift protects our wild Northwest

This holiday season, we hope you and your family and friends have a chance to enjoy our incredible, wild Northwest that you have worked so hard with us to protect and restore! By Matthew Brouwer, Development Director There are still plenty of opportunities to get outside this time of year, such as exploring old-growth forests, … Continued