Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration season wrap-up

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

A change in scenery in the Columbia Highlands

Getting to know our Forest Field Program and its place in the landscape and community of northeast Washington. BY KEIKO BETCHER, COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSOCIATE, AND MATTHEW BROUWER, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR As two staffers based in Conservation Northwest’s Seattle headquarters, it’s not often that we get the chance to spend time enjoying the landscapes we work … 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

“Looking Upstream” scholarship winners

Scholarship applicants submitted compelling and thoughtful entries that captured the intrinsic and ecological importance of healthy forest management and watershed function in Central Puget Sound. by laurel baum, central cascades conservation associate In early spring, we launched a new scholarship through our Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program, which works to restore habitat on the public … Continued

Central Cascades tour with congressional staff, the Bullitt Foundation, The Wilderness Society and others

We led a field tour with congressional staff and representatives from several groups to demonstrate the need for forest and watershed restoration in the Central Cascades. BY Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate The Central Cascades, spanning from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness to Mount Rainier National Park, is a beautiful landscape that includes important habitat … Continued

Supporting bighorn sheep and forest restoration on Mt. Hull

We’re working to help a vulnerable bighorn sheep herd and restore a critical landscape in north-central Washington. BY George Wooten, okanogan conservation associate *Editor’s Note: George is retiring next month after more than a decade working as our Conservation Associate and Okanogan Forest Field staffer based in Twisp. Among other roles, he previously worked for … Continued

Promoting resilient forests for people and wildlife through the Upper Wenatchee Restoration Pilot Project

We’re part of a new collaborative effort to restore forest health near Lake Wenatchee and reduce wildfire risks for nearby communities. By Jen Watkins, conservation associate A flagship effort since Conservation Northwest’s founding, for thirty years our Forest Field Program has used science and collaboration to promote the restoration of wildlands in Washington and beyond. We … Continued

Forest collaboration makes progress in northeast Washington

An update on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition from our Forest Field Program. BY TIANA LUKE, CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE and COLVILLE FOREST FIELD STAFF While divisiveness grows rampant in many parts of the world, there’s still a place in the northeastern corner of Washington state where those of different viewpoints work together to promote each other’s … Continued