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

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

Update on I-90 Wildlife Crossings

From elk and coyotes to otters and porcupines, wildlife undercrossings and a new overcrossing are providing safe passage for thousands of animals on I-90. By Laurel Baum, Central Cascades Conservation Associate If you’ve driven I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass in the last year, you’ve likely noticed the large wildlife overpass near the east end of Keechelus … Continued

Looking for Patterns

A day in the field with a Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project snow tracking team. by Keiko betcher, communications and outreach associate On most occasions, sitting in North Bend’s Safeway parking lot at 7:30 a.m. wouldn’t be a cause for excitement. But on a recent January morning, it was. I was going snow tracking. Of course, … Continued

I-90 Wildlife Watch: A Year in Review

Since relaunching the program in 2017, wildlife sightings from motorists have informed crossing projects and understanding of wildlife around Snoqualmie Pass. BY ANIKA QUON, I-90 WILDLIFE WATCH INTERN Through I-90 Wildlife Watch, motorists’ reports of wildlife sightings from North Bend to Easton have become a vital part of monitoring to inform wildlife crossings and other … Continued

Elk using I-90 wildlife crossings this spring

Elk have been using new I-90 wildlife crossings during their spring migration into the highcountry of the Cascades! This group of elk are crossing under the busy interstate using the Hyak Wildlife Undercrossing, just east of Snoqualmie Pass and west of the larger Gold Creek Wildlife Undercrossing in the Keechelus Lake floodplain. Our region’s elk … Continued

Join us on Thursday 4/19 for a FREE Cascade Crossroads screening

Join us at Patagonia Seattle for a FREE screening of the Cascade Crossroads documentary! This is a free event, put please RSVP to communications@conservationnw.org to secure your seat. After the film, Executive Producer and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition coordinator Jen Watkins will discuss the importance of wildlife crossings near Snoqualmie Pass for elk, wolves, wolverines … Continued

Your support creates safe passage for people and animals

“We couldn’t let the animals stop the highway, we couldn’t let the highway stop the animals.” – Doug MacDonald, former Washington State Secretary of Transportation BY MAUREEN MCGREGOR, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE If you are anything like me, you haven’t thought much about wildlife as you’ve cruised across the Cascade Mountains on Interstate 90, eager to engage … Continued

Thank you, Patagonia!

By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director THANK YOU to Patagonia for supporting our work to keep the Northwest wild! In 2017, this iconic outdoor company helped fund the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, a group we’ve long coordinated to advocate for wildlife crossings near Snoqualmie Pass. As this coalition winds down, look for the Cascade Crossroads documentary telling the story of … Continued