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Wolf recovery is something a divided WA can get behind

Oct 6 – Crosscut

Gray wolf numbers in Washington have grown rapidly over the past few years, prompting collaboration with stakeholders.

Fisher Baby Spotted at Mount Rainier a Good Sign for Recovery

Sept 26 – Washington Trails Association signpost Blog

A young female fisher, called Lily, was photographed this summer by a trail camera while carrying her baby, called a kit, down a tree in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Plan to bring fishers to North Cascades delayed

 sept 22 – Skagit Valley herald

A plan to restore fishers, a mammal related to otters and wolverines, to the North Cascades has been delayed.

Wildfires delay efforts to return fishers to North Cascades

Sept 23 – The spokesman review

A state-led effort to return the weasel-like fishers to Washington’s North Cascades has been delayed because of the massive wildfires in British Columbia.

Rural communities can coexist with wolves. Here’s how.

Sept 20 – High Country News OP-ed by mitch friedman

The success of Washington’s collaborative wolf management is seldom celebrated.

Washington continues to kill wolves that prey on livestock

Sept 5 – High Country News

The state’s increasing wolf population is creating a tangle between advocates, ranchers and politicians.

Second wolf pack targeted by Washington state after more cattle deaths

Aug 26, 2017 – The Seattle Times

A ranch owners aid his family’s cattle operation has lost at least nine calves so far this summer to wolves. The family leases federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest and operates one of the largest cattle operations in the state.

Officials try to blame eclipse, tides for Atlantic salmon spill in Puget Sound

Aug 22, 2017 – KUOW

Officials said the eclipse brought on high tides around Cypress Island, off Washington state – and that’s why thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon managed to free themselves from their floating net pens in Puget Sound. It turns out that explanation doesn’t hold water.

Reintroduced Fishers Are Reproducing In The Cascades

Aug 23, 2017 – Northwest Public Radio

There’s no way to know for sure how many fishers lived in the Cascades historically, because the small brown mammal was almost entirely eradicated by trappers by 1930. But this week, there’s evidence that they are reproducing

WDFW keeps close watch on Smackout wolfpack


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports the Smackout pack in Stevens County has not attacked cattle since the agency killed two wolves

Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches


People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website, according to a news release.

Wolf collared in east county remains elusive

Aug 19, 2017 – Skagit Valley Herald

A wolf fitted with a tracking collar near Marblemount in early June has remained in the area.

Reintroduced fishers produce young in South Cascades

Aug 22, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit captured by a remote camera this summer provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades.

Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches

Aug 05, 2017 – The Daily Record

People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website

Zinke recommends no changes to Idaho, Washington monuments

Jul 13, 2017 – Associated Press

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state are no longer under review for possible modification of their protected status.

Fishers reproducing in Gifford Pinchot

Jul 05, 2017 – The Columbian

Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the southern Washington Cascades, where state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce them.

Fishers are back — with a baby!

Jul 04, 2017 – Crosscut

A grainy trail camera photo shows a female fisher in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest coming down a tree headfirst carrying a baby.

Furry fisher in South Cascades has a baby! Biologists say grainy photo shows kit

Jun 29, 2017 – The Seattle Times

Biologists caught Lilly the fisher on camera and with a kit. Fishers were driven out of Washington decades ago, and biologists are attempting to reintroduce the members of the weasel family to the south Cascades.

Wild-Born Fishers Show Up on Trail Camera in South Cascades

Jun 29, 2017 –

A trail camera hidden in the forests of Southwest Washington has given officials what they believe to be the first glimpse of a fisher born in the area since reintroduction efforts began two years ago.

Rare fishers are reproducing in Washington state, WDFW image shows

Jun 28, 2017 – KING5

New images from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife trail cameras show that rare fishers are reproducing in the South Cascades.

Cameras catch first fisher kit

Jun 28, 2017 – Yakima Herald

Trail cameras captured evidence of the first fisher born since the animals were released into the south Cascades as part of a reintroduction plan that began 16 months ago.

WDFW pins calf kill on Sherman pack, not Profanity Peak

Jun 19, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington wildlife managers rule the Sherman pack killed a calf, not a wolfpack that already has a record of depredations that could trigger lethal removal.

Move work ahead to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

Jun 16, 2017 – The Everett Herald

Since before Washington state was founded, grizzly bears have lived in the region; in fact, grizzly bears have lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. However, now fewer than 10 bears remain.

Ranchers, Range Riders Brace For Another Grazing Season Among Wolves

Jun 01, 2017 – KUOW

Ranchers in northeastern Washington state can turn out their cattle to graze on the Colville National Forest June 1. Last year a statewide battle broke out over how best to manage wolves and cattle together.

As summer grazing begins, Washington puts wolfpacks on shorter leash

Jun 02, 2017 – Capital Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new written policy on responding to attacks on livestock by wolves.

Rules Allow Faster Action After Wolf Attacks in Washington

Jun 02, 2017 – Associated Press

The state of Washington has issued new rules that allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to move more quickly when a wolf pack begins preying on livestock.

Washington sets new gray wolf conflict protocols, requires deterrents

Jun 02, 2017 – The Spokesman Review

Washington has released a revised “Protocol for Wolf-Livestock Interactions” that requires livestock producers to try at least two proactive deterrence measures appropriate to their operation before the state would consider using lethal control in cases of wolf attacks on cattle, sheep and other stock.

Grizzly recovery based on facts

May 31, 2017 – Cascadia Weekly

Based on successful restoration efforts elsewhere—including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and Montana’s Cabinet Mountains—the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan is considering several options to re-establish a self-sustaining number of bears in a 10,000-square mile (over 6 million acres) North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Area.

Can This Forest Be Saved?

May 10, 2017 – Cascadia Weekly

Blanchard Mountain hangs in the balance

Photographing the elusive, endangered lynx

Apr 27, 2017 – WSU News

An assistant professor in the School of Environmental Science, Thornton and environmental science graduate students Travis King and Arthur Scully are helping to lead the largest lynx camera survey ever done in the state this June-October.

WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves

Apr 20, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington lawmakers thrust Department of Agriculture into new campaign to prevent wolves from killing cattle in Ferry, Stevens, Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties.

Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Apr 20, 2017 – Crosscut

Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in the face of climate change and megafires that have killed firefighters and cost the state millions of dollars.

9,000 acres of forest to be set ablaze — to prevent Washington wildfires

Apr 21, 2017 – The Seattle Times

As the spring rains ease, the Forest Service is looking for drier weather to set controlled fires that can help reduce the risk of runaway blazes. The tactic has gotten strong support in the Legislature.

Big, wild country needs grizzlies

Apr 05, 2017 – Wenatchee World

In order to be truly wild, this wild country needs to contain all the iconic animals that once roamed here. The North Cascades and Pasayten Wilderness are big wild country in every respect except for the fact that they don’t have the animals necessary to be truly wild — grizzly bears.

Washington wolf group charts quicker path to lethal control

Mar 31, 2017 – Capital Press

Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group revises lethal-control protocol, with goal of saving livestock and wolves

Report: State wolf population up 28 percent

Mar 20, 2017 – Omak Chronicle

The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.

Making a comeback: Washington’s endangered wolf population in ‘wave of recovery’

Mar 31, 2017 – The Seattle Times

The wolf population jumped 28 percent, including two new packs, an annual state survey shows.

Move to Prevent Wildfires Gains Momentum in Washington Legislature

Mar 23, 2017 – Spokane Public Radio

Two forest health bills are moving through the Washington legislature. The bills are sponsored by two eastern Washington legislators, Sen. Brad Hawkins (R-Wenatchee)and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Okanogan County).

Report: State wolf population up 28 percent

Mar 20, 2017 – The Omak Chronicle

OLYMPIA – The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.

Reappearing Act

Mar 21, 2017 – National Parks Conservation Association Magazine

The elusive fisher is making its way back to the Northwest with a little help from its friends.

Coalition launches campaign to limit mining in the Methow

Feb 18, 2016 – Methow Valley News

Washington welcomes its wolves back — across deep political divides

Oct 26, 2015 – High Country News
The state’s emphasis on non-lethal control is saving livestock and wolves, but rural residents are still leery.

Report: Washington wolves continue steady increase of nearly 30 percent a year

Mar 17, 2017
The Spokesman Review
Gray wolves continued their steady increase in population and range in Washington last year despite the deaths of at least 14 animals, according to a 25-page annual report on the endangered species’ recovery.

B.C. fishers used to repopulate Cascade Mountains with endangered animal

Nov 30, 2015
CBC News
40 of the weasel-like animals to be introduced each year for the next 2 years

‘The Oatmeal’ Cartoon Rallies To Save American Grizzlies

Mar 14, 2017
Gear Junkie
Read, laugh, sign (and help repopulate American grizzly bears).

County plans public process to create new ATV routes

Mar 08, 2017
Methow Valley News
The county has to rescind its 2014 ordinance that opened all roads with speeds of 35 miles per hour (mph) or lower to wheeled ATVs — almost 600 miles — and then analyze possible environmental impacts before opening specific routes. Wheeled ATVs are a special class of ATVs that must have certain safety features, including lights, mirrors and a special license.

A proposal to bring back grizzlies just got a funny boost

Mar 15, 2017
The Washington Post
Matt Inman is the man behind the super-popular comic website The Oatmeal.

Border-crossing bears? U.S. proposal to transplant B.C. grizzlies gets huge response

Mar 14, 2017
Yahoo! News
More than 100,000 people have weighed in on the proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington State.

Appeals court closes lawsuit against Okanogan County over ATV roads

Mar 10, 2017
The Omak Chronicle
Okanogan County plans to retool its all-terrain vehicle ordinance in the wake of a lawsuit challenging the ordinance that opened many roads to the vehicles.

‘The Oatmeal’ backs plan to reintroduce grizzlies in Washington park and new comic urges fans to help

Mar 13, 2017
Matthew Inman, creator of the popular comic “The Oatmeal,” is leveraging his strength in numbers to attempt to strengthen the numbers when it comes to grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades National Park.

The Oatmeal launched a write-in campaign to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades

Mar 17, 2017
The Verge
Matt Inman has launched a new campaign to help convince the National Park Service to consider a particular course of action for a grizzly bear reintroduction campaign in the North Cascades National Park.

Commentary: North Cascades needs a healthy grizzly bear community

Mar 05, 2017
The Everett Herald
This is exciting news and an historic conservation opportunity for our region.

It won’t be easy to save the marbled murrelet

Mar 07, 2017
The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the final stages of establishing a new long-term conservation strategy for the murrelet, updating a habitat conservation plan that was adopted in 1997.

Consensus Building On Forest Health Restoration

Feb 10, 2017
The Lens
Lawmakers sponsoring two bipartisan bills hope to use a growing consensus on the matter to revitalize forest health work.

Grizzly Bears In The North Cascades: The Debate Is Back

Feb 12, 2017
A new plan could bring more grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades. It’s an idea that’s drawn passionate arguments for decades.

Return of the grizzly?

Feb 21, 2017
High Country News
Feds consider transplanting bears into Washington’s North Cascades.

North Cascades grizzly plan gets mixed reviews in Cle Elum

Feb 15, 2017
The Spokesman Review
As expected, a federal proposal to return grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew mixed reaction in Cle Elum, where the first in a series of meetings was held this week.

In Cle Elum, mixed reviews for federal plan to restore grizzlies to the North Cascades

Feb 15, 2017
The Daily Record
An open house on the federal government’s recently released draft plan to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew 120 people to Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum Monday night.

Advisory group at odds over best way to reduce wolf attacks

Feb 02, 2017
Capital Press
Ranchers want wolves shot sooner, conservationists want ranchers to do more

Bear necessity? Plan would reintroduce grizzlies to Cascades

Feb 01, 2017
The Yakima Herald
A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service would see more grizzlies in Washington, specifically to the Cascade Mountains where large numbers once roamed.

$27 million announced for caribou recovery in B.C.

Feb 01, 2017
Revelstoke Mountaineer
The provincial government announced $27 million in funding over the next three years for caribou recovery efforts in the B.C.

Should grizzly bears be returned to the North Cascades?

Jan 19, 2017
If the plan moves forward – over the next five years, up five bears annually would be captured from other locations and brought to the most remote areas of the North Cascades.

Feds Lay Out Possible Plans for Bringing Grizzlies Back to Washington

Jan 13, 2017
Seattle Weekly
Four alternatives to bring at least 200 self-sustained grizzlies in the North Cascades.

Proposal would restore grizzly bears to North Cascades ecosystem

Jan 18, 2016
Methow Valley News
Public will have chance to comment on alternatives

Race is on to protect entire 1,600-acre core of Blanchard Mountain from logging

Jan 17, 2017
The Bellingham Herald
The race is on to secure $7.7 million needed to protect all 1,600 forested acres on Blanchard Mountain in Skagit County from being logged.

County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

Jan 11, 2017
Methow Valley News
New environmental review required before roads can be approved for use

Officials Propose Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan For North Cascades National Park

Jan 12, 2017
National Parks Traveler
For more than two decades biologists have been working to recover the North Cascades’ grizzlies, a threatened species.

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Jan 12, 2017
Federal officials want to restore the population and on Thursday released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land surrounding North Cascades National Park.

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Jan 12, 2017
The Washington Post
Federal officials want to restore the population and on Thursday released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land surrounding North Cascades National Park.

Delicate Dances With Those Who Save Wolves

Dec 22, 2016
A compromise between ranchers and conservationists to save wolves in Washington state is a real-life fable with a moral that might just solve America.

Diverse groups work on effort to restore Little Crow

Dec 18, 2016
The Yakima Herald
From a distance, the sprawling 56,927-acre Little Crow area west of Naches appears the very picture of idyllic mountain forest.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers reportedly top contender to head Interior

Dec 09, 2016
The Seattle Times
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has emerged as a top contender to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Eastern Washington Rep. McMorris Rodgers Emerges As Trump’s Interior Choice

Dec 09, 2016
Eastern Washington lawmaker Cathy McMorris Rodgers is emerging as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead natural resources policy as interior secretary.

Commentary: Protect wildlife before they’re put on endangered list

Dec 11, 2016
The Everett Herald
Op-Ed by Mitch Friedman in the Everett Herald. 12/11/16

Rare weasel returns to historic range in Washington state

Dec 07, 2016
The Everett Herald
One by one, 10 Pacific fishers that had been trapped in British Columbia were set free at the park south of Seattle as part of a multiyear effort to reintroduce the native species to its historical range.

Once extinct in Washington, fishers return to Mount Rainier

Dec 06, 2016
The Seattle Times
The reintroduction of fishers to Mount Rainier National Park represents the latest step to return the member of the weasel family to Washington.

Rare weasel species makes a comeback in Washington state

Dec 04, 2016
Seattle Pi
One by one, 10 Pacific fishers that had been trapped in British Columbia were set free at the park south of Seattle as part of a multiyear effort to reintroduce the native species to its historical range.

Pacific fisher reintroduction: Not just an ecological victory, but a cultural one

Dec 05, 2016
Christian Science Monitor
A 15-year repopulation effort could improve the health of Washington’s forests and restore a spiritual symbol to the Nisqually Indian Tribe at the same time.

Release in snowy forest returns fishers to Mount Rainier ecosystem

Dec 02, 2016
The News Tribune
Ten fishers, members of the weasel family, were released inside Mount Rainier National Park Dec. 2, 2016.

Rare fishers reintroduced in Mt. Rainier National Park

Dec 05, 2016
KING5 News
Ten fishers are discovering new habitat in Mt. Rainier National Park after wildlife officials released the weasel-like carnivores Friday afternoon.

$9,000 reward for tips on Ellensburg elk slaughter

Dec 08, 2016
The Spokesman Review
POACHING – With $9,000 in reward money on the table, enforcement officers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continue to search for the poacher or poachers who gunned down five elk in a canyon near Ellensburg last month.

Search continues for those responsible in elk poaching case; reward offered

Dec 08, 2016
KIRO 7 News
Officers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continue to look for those responsible for shooting a herd of elk near Ellensburg last month, and $9,000 in reward money is being offered.

State releases proposal for protecting marbled murrelet

Dec 02, 2016
The Daily News Online
The state Friday released its draft plan to increase protection for the marbled murrelet, a plump little seabird that nest in old-growth forests off the Pacific Coast.

After a Long Absence, Fishers Are Back at Mount Rainier National Park

Dec 02, 2016
The Chronicle
‘Conservation Success Story’: Reintroduction of Animal Marks First Time in 100 Years Park Will Have a Population of Fishers

Fishers reintroduced at Mount Rainier National Park

Dec 03, 2016
State and federal biologists released 10 fishers today in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park as part of a collaborative effort to restore the species to Washington.

Fishers reintroduced to Mount Rainier National Park

Dec 02, 2016
The Spokesman Review
Ten fishers were released by state and federal biologists today in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park as part of a collaborative effort to restore the species to Washington.

How does a cougar end up on Vashon Island?

Nov 25, 2016
How did a cougar wind up on Vashon Island? It swam. Presumably it crossed the cold salt water of Colvos Passage, paddling a mile or so east from the Kitsap Peninsula.

State wildlife department probes slaughter of elk

Nov 19, 2016
The Columbian
State Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Roman Varyvoda discovered the elk with the help of the hunters on a hillside between Coleman and Schnebly canyons about 9 miles from Ellensburg.

$4,000 reward offered in elk massacre case

Nov 19, 2016
The Spokesman Review
A sportmen’s group and a conservation group are offering $4,000 in rewards for information that helps convict the perpetrators of a shooting slaughter that killed at least five cow elk and perhaps wounded more near Ellensburg on Nov. 6.

Rare fishers caught on camera near Mount Rainier

Nov 16, 2016
KING5 News
Wildlife cameras near Mount Rainier caught a rare carnivore, recently re-introduced to Washington.

Wildlife officers investigating illegal elk killings near Ellensburg

Nov 17, 2016
KREM2 News
State wildlife officers are investigating after five elk were found shot and killed north of Ellensburg.

Wildlife officers investigating illegal elk killings near Ellensburg

Nov 17, 2016
Q13 Fox News
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — State wildlife officers are investigating after five elk were found shot and killed north of Ellensburg.

State wildlife department probes killing of five elk north of Ellensburg

Nov 16, 2016
The Yakima Herald
State Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Roman Varyvoda discovered the elk with the help of the hunters on a hillside between Coleman and Schnebly canyons about 9 miles from Ellensburg.

Several elks near Ellensburg shot and killed

Nov 16, 2016
On November 6th it is believed that between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. a shooting took place killing four calves and one cow.

Reward offered for elk poached near Ellensburg

Nov 16, 2016
Daily Record News

Wildlife agents investigating elk slaughter

Nov 16, 2016
The Yakima Herald
State wildlife officers are asking the public’s help in learning who shot and killed five elk and left their carcasses last week in two canyons north of Ellensburg.

Reward offered in shooting of 5 elk near Ellensburg

Nov 16, 2016
The Seattle Times
Two nonprofit groups have contributed $4,000 as a reward for information on the killings of five elk.

Herd of shot elk left to rot called ‘egregious poaching’

Nov 15, 2016
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the slaughter of a small herd of elk near Ellensburg.

Herd of elk shot up near Ellensburg; tips needed

Nov 14, 2016
Northwest Sportsman
Central Washington game wardens are looking for tips that lead them to those responsible for shooting up a herd of elk near Ellensburg on Nov. 6.

Oh, what’s that? Winter wildlife tracking stokes imagination

Nov 10, 2016
The Seattle Times
Deer? Coyote? Field mouse? Learn how to read the story told by footprints in the snow.

Killing wolves is tragic, but their return has been a success

Oct 30, 2016
The Seattle Times
10/30/16 Op-Ed in the Seattle Times by Mitch Friedman. Tamping down the human hostility toward wolves is the first priority for those who have advocated for their return to Washington lands.

Caribou Who? Kootenai Tribe Works to Revive the Disappearing Species

Oct 12, 2016
Indian Country Today
Last year, the Kootenai Tribe began leading efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners — the states of Idaho and Washington, British Columbia, the U.S. Forest Service, the Kalispel Tribe, and the Ktunaxa Nation — to devise a plan to save the Selkirk caribou from extinction.

Should America’s wilderness be open to mountain bikes?

Oct 12, 2016
Tribune News Service
While a bill in Congress would scrap the 32-year-old ban against mountain biking, it’s proving to be a difficult sell in Washington, one of the country’s top wilderness states, trailing only Alaska, California, Idaho and Arizona in total acreage.

New bear boxes to reduce camper, bear conflicts

Oct 20, 2016
The Chewelah Independent
Officials with the Forest Service expect that the new food lockers will be well used and serve as a reminder to campers that proper food storage is a matter of safety; for themselves, for other campers, and for native wildlife.

First part of I-90 wildlife overpass crossing complete

Oct 07, 2016
Ellensburg Daily Record News
New concrete archways near Snoqualmie Pass will help wildlife safely cross Interstate 90 for years to come.

Wildlife cameras show the Cascades’ newest residents making themselves at home

Oct 05, 2016
The Yakima Herald
The first fishers — cat-sized cousins to the weasel and wolverine — introduced to the Cascades south of Mount Rainier last winter appear to be settling in well.

America’s Gray Ghosts: The Disappearing Caribou

Oct 03, 2016
The New York Times
Because they are so rarely seen, the caribou — America’s version of reindeer — are known as gray ghosts.

Bring grizzlies back to the North Cascades? Filmmaker makes the case

Sep 29, 2016
The Olympian
Filmmaker Chris Morgan will state the case for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in an Oct. 20 program in Seattle.

Does Washington state need more grizzly bears?

Sep 29, 2016
Grizzly bears have been a part of the ecosystem for more than 20,000 years, but their long regional history may be nearing its end unless something is done.

Court orders feds to reconsider Colorado as lynx habitat

Sep 22, 2016
Telluride News
Sightings of the elusive cat continue in San Juan Mountains

‘Elk like open; they don’t like stuff above their head’: I-90 wildlife overpass is under way

Sep 21, 2016
The Seattle Times
The Washington State Department of Transportation is finishing construction on the first I-90 archway for animals east of Keechelus Lake. Eventually, the 15-mile stretch of freeway will feature 27 animal crossings, most of them underpasses.

Should America’s wilderness be open to mountain bikes?

Sep 23, 2016
McClatchy DC
While a bill in Congress would scrap the 32-year-old ban against mountain biking, it’s proving to be a difficult sell in Washington, one of the country’s top wilderness states, trailing only Alaska, California, Idaho and Arizona in total acreage.

Amid Controversy, Washington Wolf Management Plan Upheld

Sep 08, 2016
When Washington state wildlife officials announced they would eliminate the Profanity Peak wolf pack, they were operating under a new management plan that came about after months of deliberation with various stakeholders ranging from livestock producers to conservation groups.

Sticks and Stones and Dead Wolves

Sep 02, 2016
Yes! Magazine
Misdirected public outrage over the killing of a Washington wolf pack may do more harm than good.

Plans to remove wolf pack lead to death threats

Sep 01, 2016
Capital Press
SEATTLE (AP) — The killing of a pack of wolves in northeastern Washington to protect cattle is producing death threats for people on both sides of the emotional issue, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday.

Claim that rancher turned out cattle on wolf den untrue, WSU says

Aug 31, 2016
The Seattle Times
A researcher’s statements about wolves interacting with livestock that stirred up controversy were inappropriate and inaccurate, Washington State University says.

Death threats, new conflicts over killing of wolves

Aug 31, 2016
The Seattle Times
Conflict over the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) killing a pack of wolves to protect ranchers’ cattle has boiled over to death threats and the withdrawal from the debate by a researcher who had put himself at the center of it.

WDFW Wolf Advisory Group members stay loyal

Aug 30, 2016
Northwest Sportsman
Warning: This will be the most boring Washington wolf news story you read all week.

To Understand the State Killing An Entire Pack of Wolves, You Have to Understand ‘Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up’

Aug 25, 2016
Seattle Weekly
By sticking to the playbook, some wolf advocates hope that eliminating a pack helps lend credence to recovery efforts.

Why Some Conservationists Approve the Killing of a Wolf Pack

Aug 25, 2016
Washington state is set to eliminate an entire group of endangered gray wolves linked to livestock deaths.

Can wolves and ranchers coexist in Washington state?

Aug 25, 2016
Christian Science Monitor
After a series of attacks on livestock, wildlife officials agreed to remove the Profanity Peak wolf pack. Can compromise satisfy both conservationists and cattlemen?

Six cows are dead or hurt. Now Washington state will shoot 11 wolves and pups.

Aug 25, 2016
Washington Post
Washington state officials plan to completely kill off an 11-member wolf pack following a rash of attacks on cattle that began in July.

Entire Washington wolf pack to be killed after attacks on cattle

Aug 23, 2016
The Oregonian
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving forward with a plan to kill an entire pack of wolves — several of which are pups — after several recent attacks on livestock, officials announced last week.

State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

Aug 17, 2016
Methow Valley News
County can petition Supreme Court to take case.

State wildlife staff kills 2 wolves in northeast Washington

Aug 12, 2016
The Bellingham Herald
State wildlife officials in helicopters have shot and killed two gray wolves in northeastern Washington, and plan on removing more of the animals.

Muffled Response to Washington’s plan to shoot wolves

Aug 05, 2016
Capital Press
Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth authorized lethal removal Wednesday after his department confirmed a fourth depredation by the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County in the northeastern corner of the state.

Amendment in US House appropriations bill would delist wolves

Jul 14, 2016
Northwest Sportsman
Wolves have moved beyond the Northern Rockies Recovery Area into Southwest Oregon and Washington’s Cascades where they remain federally listed. Rep. Newhouse’s bill would remove that designation by mid-2017, if passed into law.

Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres

Jun 25, 2016
Spokesman Review
The Forest Plan Revision is the final step in a multi-year effort of meetings, planning and environmental review that will guide use of the forest for the next 15-20 years.

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Jun 24, 2016
Methow Valley News
Okanogan County failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week.

Poll shows widespread support for grizzly recovery in North Cascades

Jun 10, 2016
The Olympian
A majority of Washington residents support efforts to recover the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades, according to a poll done for Defenders of Wildlife.

Poll: Majority favors restoring grizzly bears in North Cascades

Jun 06, 2016
The Spokesman-Review
A poll commissioned by environmental groups last month found a majority of Washington voters supports restoring grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

Endangered fisher spotted hiding from coyotes near Sequim

Jun 01, 2016
A fisher was spotted evading coyotes near the mouth of the Dungeness River in late March by a Sequim resident.

Washington’s wolf advisers agree on lethal-control policy

May 13, 2016
Capital Press
A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf advisory group has agreed on a policy for deciding when a wolf should be killed after depredation.

For the Pacific Fisher, aka Sxwemechen: Positive Signs, but no Endangered-Species Listing

Apr 25, 2016
Indian County Today Media Network
Despite its importance culturally and in the circle of life, the Pacific fisher will not receive federal protection as an endangered species—although it remains listed as threatened or endangered by the states of California and Washington.

Interior Secretary: Natural Areas in West Disappearing at Alarming Rate

Apr 20, 2016
Public News Service
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said public lands in the west face a number of threats, including climate change and “extreme movements” like the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days.

Furry Forest Creature Won’t Get Federal Protections

Apr 14, 2016
Fisher populations were first damaged by trapping and logging, and more recently faced a threat from rat poison used by illegal marijuana farms in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

North Cascades wolverines could play role in ESA decision

Apr 14, 2016
Spokesman Review
A federal judge recently overturned a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny this rare species protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Wolverines May Get a Second Chance in the Northwest

Apr 14, 2016
Public News Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have to reconsider its decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species, in light of a recent court ruling.

Court Decision Means Wolverines Are Still Eligible for Federal Protection

Apr 14, 2016
Public News Service
The feds are condemning a court decision that could force them to reconsider their decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species.

Stiffer penalties needed for poaching wolves

Apr 12, 2016
The Seattle Times
Poaching may be limiting progress toward wolf recovery goals.

JBLM suspends proposal to send helicopters to North Cascades

Apr 08, 2016
The Bellingham Herald
Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s initial proposal drew strong criticism from outdoors advocates who especially opposed the Army’s selection of a site in a wilderness area near Leavenworth.

Army takes North Cascades helicopter training sites off the table

Apr 08, 2016
Wenatchee World
After analyzing some 2,350 comments on its proposal to train helicopter pilots at high elevations in the North Cascades, the U.S. Army announced Thursday that it’s going back to the drawing board.

Judge rules that feds must act to protect wolverines

Apr 05, 2016
Capital Press
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly as possible to protect the species as it becomes vulnerable to a warming planet.

Court Rules Fish And Wildlife Service Erred By Finding Wolverines Didn’t Need Endangered Species Act Protection

Apr 05, 2016
National Parks Traveler
A federal judge has determined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred by not fully considering climate-change impacts and genetic isolation when it decided wolverines did not need Endangered Species Act protection.

Judge: FWS’ wolverine position must include climate change threat

Apr 04, 2016
The Missoulian
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s position on whether wolverines are endangered must reflect the threat of climate change and projected declines in snow cover, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled Monday.

Rancher prepares cattle for wolf country

Mar 25, 2016
King 5 News
A central Washington rancher is getting ready for another year with his cattle living alongside wolves.

Exploring Whatcom County’s Trail Systems with Hiking Expert Craig Romano

Mar 25, 2016
Whatcom Talk
Craig Romano, an East Coast transplant to the Pacific Northwest, earns a living working in his outdoor office.

Mitch Friedman Op-Ed | Seek tools for resilient forests

Mar 25, 2016
The Wenatchee World
Fire is a natural, inevitable, and often beneficial part of the Inland Northwest landscape. In our efforts to reduce the dangers of megafires, we mustn’t be against fire itself. In fact, fire is our best tool against megafire.

Logging possible in area of forest around Oyster Dome

Mar 20, 2016
The Herald
The plan was three-fold: a core area of Blanchard Mountain wouldn’t be logged; DNR would purchase other timberlands to prevent them being used for development; and then money would forever go to trusts from the logging lands DNR purchased.

Collaboration key to forest restoration project

Mar 19, 2016
The Spokesman-Review
A study by the Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy found nearly 2.7 million acres of forest in Eastern Washington need restoration.

Living with Grizzly Bears Presentation (March 20)

Mar 15, 2016
Out There Monthly
Biologist, photographer and author David Moskowitz will share photos and stories from his work and travels across landscapes where grizzly bears roam at a free presentation on Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Spokane at the Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Center at Gonzaga University.

Living with Grizzly Bears program featured at GU

Mar 15, 2016
The Spokesman Review
Living with Grizzly Bears, a free program by author, photographer and biologist David Moskowitz, is set for 7 p.m. next Sunday, March 20, at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center.

Coalition launches campaign to limit mining in the Methow

Feb 18, 2016
Methow Valley News
Proposal would withdraw forest lands from exploration

Environmental group sues to stop logging in Loup Loup watershed

Feb 18, 2016
Methow Valley News
Conservation Northwest: Logging will cause erosion, mudslides

Conservation group sues to stop post-fire logging

Feb 12, 2016
The Wenatchee World
Conservation Northwest sued Thursday to prevent the state Department of Natural Resources from logging 1,245 acres of heavily burned timber near Malott.

Wolverine case being heard in Missoula court asks if FWS made rational decision
Feb 09, 2016 The Missoulian

State drops idea of RV park, cabins near I-90 wildlife crossings

Feb 09, 2016
The Seattle Times
Concern from agencies and conservation groups about the impact on the success of animal crossings under construction along Interstate 90 has killed the idea to offer a piece of State Parks property for private development.

Letter: Funds needed to save Oyster Dome

Feb 07, 2016
Your voice is needed by Wednesday, Feb. 10, to encourage our legislators to appropriate funds to protect Blanchard Mountain to DNR.

Cabins, RV park near I-90 wildlife crossings? State development idea at odds with migrations

Feb 06, 2016 The Seattle Times

Millions of dollars have been spent to create wildlife crossings for animals from Hyak to Easton in the I-90 corridor east of Snoqualmie Pass. But an idea floated by State Parks to build up to 100 cabins, a lodge and more would likely undermine the wildlife protection effort.

Now protected, part of 1,600 acres on Blanchard Mt. could be logged

Feb 05, 2016
The Bellingham Herald
Hundreds of forested acres at the top of the mountain could be taken out of protected status and logged unless the Legislature fully pays for conservation of a 1,600-acre core.

Logging a possibility for Blanchard recreation area

Feb 06, 2016
A treasured part of Blanchard State Forest may be subject to logging in 2017 unless the state Legislature approves $7.7 million for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in North Cascades

Feb 04, 2016
Methow Valley News
A regional expert on grizzlies made the case last week for helping the “charismatic and controversial creatures” return to their historical home in the North Cascades.

Proposal to develop recreation opportunities near I-90 wildlife overpass worries some

Feb 01, 2016
Yakima Herald
A little-noticed Washington State Parks proposal to build dozens of cabins just east of Snoqualmie Pass is raising concerns from wildlife advocates who say the development would jeopardize the success of a nearby Interstate 90 wildlife overpass.

Cabins, retail possible near future wildlife overpass

Jan 30, 2016
East Oregonian
Wildlife officials are worried possible development is contrary to the mission of future overpass project that would allow wolverines to cross into habitat south of Interstate 90.

I-90 wildlife overpass could get controversial neighbor

Jan 30, 2016
King 5 News
Wildlife activists are sounding an alarm about a proposal to develop land near I-90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Malheur takeover: Keeping the West wild is in our DNA

Jan 25, 2016
The Seattle Times
The militant occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon has had a counter-effect: It has outraged and mobilized the vast majority of Westerners who cherish and celebrate America’s public lands.

Fishers, Grizzlies, and the ‘Reverse Apocalypse’ of Washington’s Wildlife

Jan 06, 2016
Seattle Weekly
Species that were nearly wiped out are seeing significant recovery in the Washington wilderness.

Wildlife cameras spot wolf near Stevens Pass

Dec 23, 2015
King 5 News
King5 News reports on wolf photos taken on a Conservation Northwest volunteer’s wildlife camera near Leavenworth.

Return of the fisher

Dec 18, 2015
The Dispatch
The reintroduction of the fisher to the southwestern Cascades region, where the species has been absent since the 1990s, began earlier this month.

A rewilding project is putting these forest carnivores back where they belong

Dec 17, 2015
Earth Touch News
Thanks to a rewilding project, the pacific fisher may soon be reclaiming its home range in Washington State.

Winter snows help with wolf tracking, population surveys

Dec 15, 2015
The Yakima Herald
The next several weeks will be critical to the state’s wolf management program, especially with recent confirmations of the Loup Loup Pack in Okanogan County.

Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides

Dec 14, 2015
This story originally appeared in High Country News.

Hard to predict where next wolf pack will form in Washington

Dec 13, 2015
The Yakima Herald
Where in Washington will the next wolf pack show up?

Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding

Dec 14, 2015
High Country News
The forest carnivore’s return was helped by human intervention.

After a 70-year absence, fishers are reintroduced to the Cascade Mountains

Dec 08, 2015
The Yakima Herald
Seven fishers were released into the woods as part of an effort to reintroduce the animal into the Washington Cascade Mountains.

Relocated fishers steal show in Cascade forest homecoming

Dec 06, 2015
The Seattle Times
Wily weasel-like fishers were welcomed back to their homeland last week, when seven trapped in Canada were released into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Fish and Wildlife Releases Fishers Into the South Cascades

Dec 03, 2015
The fishers from British Columbia were the first of up to 80 to be released into the South Cascades after the animal was eliminated from Washington by over-trapping in the mid-1900s.

Endangered fisher to be reintroduced into Cascades

Dec 03, 2015
A weasel-like predator that disappeared from Washington state decades ago has been reintroduced to the Cascade Mountains.

WDFW reintroduce fishers into south Cascades

Dec 04, 2015
Re-establishing viable populations of fishers in the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges are important steps to downlisting the species in Washington state.

First fishers released as part of reintroduction effort in the Cascades

Dec 03, 2015
The Olympian
The seven newest residents of Gifford Pinchot National Forest darted into the rain-soaked, fern-covered forest Thursday morning, the first of multiple releases to reintroduce the fisher to the South Cascades.

Fishers reintroduced to South Cascades

Dec 03, 2015
King 5 News
Fishers disappeared from the South Cascades about 70 years ago, overhunted for their fur. Wildlife officials are working hard to reintroduce them around Washington.

A Furry Predator Returns To the Wilds of Washington

Dec 03, 2015
With the release of seven fishers Thursday, the weasel-like mammal is back in Washington’s south Cascades after a 70-year absence.

New wolf pack in Washington

Nov 24, 2015
The Seattle Times
Still listed for protection west of Highway 97, wolves are gaining ground. But people remain their biggest problem.

Endangered fishers to return to Cascades

Nov 29, 2015
The Seattle Times
Fishers, weasel-like predators that disappeared from Washington decades ago, will soon be reintroduced into the Cascade Mountains.

Agencies confirm wolf pack near Twisp, Omak

Nov 26, 2015
The Olympian
A new wolf pack near the towns of Twisp and Omak has been confirmed by wildlife agencies.

Why returning grizzlies to the North Cascades is the right thing to do

Nov 19, 2015
The Seattle Times / Pacific NW Magazine
We should be afraid of grizzlies. But we shouldn’t let our fear get in the way of doing the right thing. There’s plenty of room in the wide-open North Cascades for the grizzly bear.

No charge filed in Eastern Washington wolf shooting

Nov 17, 2015
Capital Press
An Eastern Washington who shot a wolf from his front porch won’t be charged with taking a protected species.

Colville Forest turns to timber company to lower fire danger

Nov 06, 2015
The Spokesman-Review
Northeast Washington’s forests need thinning and controlled burns to get them back to historic conditions, which will make the remaining trees more resilient to drought, wildfires and disease.

An ethical dilemma: Is it OK to kill one species to save another?

Nov 03, 2015
The Yakima Herald
“The Fish and Wildlife Service has a mandate: When something goes on the list, they do what they have to do to get it off the list. But at some point we have to ask these questions.”

Washington welcomes its wolves back — across deep political divides

Oct 26, 2015
High Country News
The state’s emphasis on non-lethal control is saving livestock and wolves, but rural residents are still leery.

Recent wildfires initiate push for more logging

Oct 20, 2015
The Wenatchee World
An Oct. 5 letter to federal lawmakers signed by officials from 12 Washington state counties argues for more logging to combat catastrophic wildfires.

Washington governor bags increased cougar hunts

Oct 20, 2015
Capital Press
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the Fish and Wildlife Commission violated the law by increasing cougar hunts without public notice.

Federal forest management is not to blame for Washington state fires

Oct 02, 2015
Capital Press
There was one type of land use that seemed to hold up better than the rest: Places where the very best stewardship efforts were used. These are areas of generally dry forest types that had been not only recently thinned to remove small trees, but then burned with controlled fire to remove remaining fuels, leaving just the larger trees and snags.

Why I-1401 Will Make a Real Difference in the Race Against Extinction

Oct 06, 2015
Huffington Post
Home to the nation’s third most trafficked container ports, Washington State plays a crucial role in protecting endangered animals and fighting against the illegal wildlife trade.

Wolf panel discusses ‘wolf-friendly beef’

Oct 01, 2015
Capital Press
A “wolf-friendly beef” label for meat from cattle raised under wolf protection measures and ways to help a rancher who lost a lot of sheep to wolves were discussed by Washington’s wolf advisory group.

Western Washington wolf killed by vehicle had also been shot

Sep 25, 2015
Capital Press
A wolf struck and killed last spring on Interstate 90 in Western Washington had previously suffered a gunshot wound, investigators say.

Corridor calls for provincial action on grizzly bear recovery plans

Sep 17, 2015
Pique Newsmagazine
Coast to Cascade Grizzly Bear Initiative works to protect ‘threatened’ populations.

Wolf poacher offered $100 deal by Whitman County prosecutor

Sep 16, 2015
The Spokesman Review

Whitman County farmer can pay $100 to settle wolf shooting

Sep 16, 2015
Capital Press
Whitman County, Wash., farmer given option of paying $100 to settle charge he illegally killed a wolf.

State game officials disappointed with deal in wolf killing

Sep 15, 2015
The Seattle Times
Critics say that an Eastern Washington prosecutor went too easy on the man who killed a protected gray wolf in Whitman County last October. He’ll pay $100 and forfeit his gun and scope for chasing the animal in his car and then shooting it.

Proposed Canadian national park borders Okanogan County

Aug 19, 2015
Methow Valley News
The proposed new park was endorsed last week by Conservation Northwest, a Bellingham-based conservation group that advocates for wildlife and wildlands conservation in Washington and British Columbia.

Rancher resigned to wolves, but can’t afford depredations

Sep 15, 2015
Capital Press
Central Washington rancher Sam Kayser has lost a second cow to wolves despite extensive preventive measures.

Rancher, environmentalists make tentative pact on wolves

Sep 04, 2015
Capital Press
Northeast Washington rancher Dave Dashiell may return his sheep to wolf country — with the help of environmentalists.

Commission sticks with linking cougar hunts to wolf recovery

Aug 24, 2015
Capital Press
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission reaffirms decision to increase hunting of cougars in areas occupied by wolves.

Animal activists: Don’t link cougar hunts to wolf recovery

Aug 25, 2015
Capital Press
Animal-rights and conservation groups are petitioning Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to ditch a plan to hunt allow more cougar hunting to relieve tensions over wolves.

A new Canadian national park just over the border with Washington?

Aug 13, 2015
Seattle P.I.
A long-discussed, hitherto sidetracked proposal for a new Canadian national park, located just over the U.S.-Canada border near Oroville, has come back to life, with a plan by the British Columbia government to create both national park reserves and a new provincial protected area in a region that contains Canada’s only desert.

A tenuous balance between Teanaway ranchers and wolves

Aug 11, 2015
The Yakima Herald
Ranchers learn to live with wolves in the area

‘Stuck’ with wolves, rancher says he’ll make the best of it

Aug 05, 2015
Capital Press
Central Washington rancher says one depredation hasn’t changed his views on range-riders or living with wolves.

As wolves rebound, range riders keep watch over livestock

Aug 02, 2015
The Seattle Times
Cowboys track wolf packs by computer to reduce conflicts between ranchers and an ancient predator that’s back on the landscape.

Army helicopter-training proposal stirring alarm

Jul 23, 2015
Methow Valley News
Alarms have also been raised about the impact on wildlife, plants and their habitats. “I’m very concerned people will be landing heavy machinery in extremely fragile alpine environments. Once disturbed, these places cannot be mended in our lifetime,” said George Wooten, a conservation associate for Conservation Northwest, who has been reviewing the proposal for the environmental organization. “These are very fragile soils, and it would be an irreversible change.”

WDFW: One more kill will put Dirty Shirt wolves at risk

Jul 23, 2015
Capital Press
“Yet, we always knew a time would come when no matter how much non-lethal work was done by ranchers, a depredation would occur,” Conservation Northwest’s range rider manager Jay Kehne said in a written statement. “Now is the time to stay the course, and continue on with good non-lethal work already going on in the Teanaway pack territory by some excellent herd supervisors and the rancher involved.”

Teanaway wolves’ first livestock kill confirmed

Jul 22, 2015
The Yakima Herald
The handful of wolves known as the Teanaway pack that roam the forest north of Cle Elum have made their first livestock kill, wildlife officials said Tuesday.

As wolves settle in, state OKs hunting more cougars

Jul 11, 2015
The Seattle Times
New rules increase quotas where wolves and cougars overlap, and a state official defends more hunting of the big cats as a “relief valve” for rural anger over the protected packs. But opponents say studies show heavy hunting can actually increase human-cougar conflicts.

Does restricted wolf management put sights on cougars?

Jul 13, 2015
The Spokesman Review
Is there some science behind it, or are Washington wildlife managers stepping up lethal pressure on mountain lions simply because they have limited options for controlling wolves?

Lots of public support for return of grizzly bears to N. Cascades ecosystem

Jun 19, 2015
Methow Valley News
Public comments favoring restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades ecosystem outnumbered those opposing the idea by more than five to one, according to a report released Friday (June 12).

Majority of commentators favor reintroduction of grizzlies to North Cascades

Jun 18, 2015
The Olympian
A majority of people and organizations who commented on an environmental impact statement studying the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades favor the return of the bear.

Local student wins art award

Jun 16, 2015
Ellensburg Daily Record
Riley Wilcox, a first grader from Ellensburg, won an award in a social media art contest hosted by the Washington Department of Transportation and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.

Washington Breaks Ground on First Animal Overpass

Jun 08, 2015
This week will mark a first for Washington, as the state breaks ground in construction for their inaugural animal overpass.

Finally! Construction starts on I-90 wildlife crossings

Jun 09, 2015
The Spokesman Review
WILDLIFE — Building a four- to six-land interstate highway through the Cascades mountains without safe crossings for wildlife was naive — a little bit like building Grand Coulee Dam under the assumption that losing a few salmon runs isn’t a big deal.

Washington State to Construct First Wildlife Bridge Over Busy Highway

Jun 09, 2015
Discovery Channel News
According the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, which has been advocating for the construction of the wildlife bridge, 28,000 vehicles travel along I-90 each day. Such heavy traffic makes it extremely difficult for wildlife to cross the highway, and has devastating impacts on local wildlife.

Crews break ground on I-90 wildlife crossing at summit

Jun 09, 2015
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – Crews are breaking ground Tuesday on a critical project to make Interstate 90 safer for drivers and wildlife.

State breaks ground on new I-90 wildlife overpass

Jun 09, 2015
KIRO 7 News
The Washington State Department of Transportation broke ground Tuesday on a wildlife overpass crossing I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Washington state to break ground on wildlife bridge over major highway

Jun 08, 2015
Bears, cougars, elk and even lizards will be getting a bridge of their own in Washington state so some of the region’s largest and most endangered wildlife can safely cross a major highway.

Animals getting overpass on I-90

Jun 08, 2015
The Seattle Times
The state will break ground Tuesday on Washington’s first wildlife overpass to provide safe passage for bear, elk, foxes and other animals over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Environmental groups worry salvage logging contributed to flood

Jun 04, 2015
Methow Valley News
Groups seek expanded state oversight

Group blames Carlton flood on DNR logging

Jun 02, 2015
The Wenatchee World
CARLTON — An environmental group says salvage logging by the state Department of Natural Resources after last summer’s Carlton Complex Fire is to blame for flooding and erosion near Carlton last Thursday.

Groups Ask Washington State To Stop Logging Burned Areas Of Methow Valley

Jun 03, 2015
Recent flash flooding in the Methow Valley area in northeast Washington state has critics asking the state to stop logging there.

New wolf photo hints at comeback

May 30, 2015
The Ellensburg Daily Record
State and federal wildlife biologists have confirmed it: A photo captured by a remote trail camera shows a gray wolf in the area northwest of Leavenworth, according to a news release.

Wolf captured on remote camera northwest of Leavenworth

May 21, 2015
The Wenatchee World
Photo provided by Conservation Northwest This remote camera image of a gray wolf was taken on Feb. 16 by a Conservation Northwest camera set up northwest of Leavenworth.

Gray Wolf Photographed Near Town In Washington Cascades

May 22, 2015
A gray wolf spotted by trail cameras near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades. This is the first time a wolf has been documented this part north-central Washington since 2000.

Wolf documented between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass

May 22, 2015
The Spokesman Review
ENDANGERED SPECIES — A gray wolf was photographed in February by a trail cam between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass, state and federal biologists have confirmed.

Forest Service will open some roads to ATVs

May 21, 2015
Methow Valley News
Agency will monitor use and resource damage during trial period.

Tensions over federal grizzly study and Washington law surface

May 05, 2015
Capitol Press
OLYMPIA — A national park superintendent Tuesday faced pointed questioning from a state senator about whether the federal government will pay any attention to Washington’s ban on turning loose grizzly bears.

Owls and woodpeckers: Photographer Paul Bannick exhibits his works at Whatcom Museum

May 06, 2015
The Bellingham Herald
Bannick currently serves as the major-gifts director for Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest, which works to protect and connect wild areas from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. And, he loves photography.

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

May 04, 2015
Until the TNC purchase, the south end of the bridge would have led directly to Plum Creek industrial forest, with no long-term guarantee that it would be preserved as habitat. For that and other reasons, “we’re thrilled” by the Nature Conservancy purchase, said Conservation Northwest’s I-90 Bridges Campaign coordinator Jen Watkins.

Wolf killed along Interstate 90, a sign gray wolves are settling west of Cascade Crest

Apr 30, 2015
Seattle P.I.
A female gray wolf was found dead on Monday, apparently struck by a car, between mileposts 41 and 42 of Interstate 90 west of Snoqualmie Pass.

Experts press case for forest management to head off wildfires

Apr 23, 2015
Cronkite News
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, who said more forest management may be appropriate in some areas, but that the government should proceed cautiously. “We think it’s best to focus on restoration for ecological resilience with reduced risk of uncharacteristic and harmful fires being a benefit but not the sole or primary driver,” Friedman said.

Yakima congressman proposes ending protection for wolves

Apr 24, 2015
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse has introduced a bill to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in Washington, Oregon and Utah.


US Rep. Newhouse proposes ending protection for wolves

Apr 24, 2015
Seattle P.I.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse has introduced a bill to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in Washington, Oregon and Utah.


Apr 23, 2015
Northwest Sportsman
A pair of Eastside Republicans today introduced a bill in Congress to federally delist wolves in the Northwest and put the species fully under state control.

Newhouse proposes bill to delist gray wolf

Apr 24, 2015
The Yakima Herald Republic
Freshman Congressman Dan Newhouse has introduced a bill to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Five Critters To Watch This Earth Day

Apr 22, 2015
The status of the largest member of the weasel family also is in litigation. Lawsuits were filed last year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew a proposal to declare the wolverine a threatened species in the Lower 48.


Apr 02, 2015
Northwest Sportsman
Meanwhile, environmental groups were buoyed by Judge Lodge’s ruling that comment on critical habitat should be reopened.

Grizzly comments bring relocation issue to the forefront

Mar 31, 2015
Tri-City Herald
A joint letter from Conservation Northwest and the Sierra Club also asked the federal government to play an active role.

Grizzly Education Letter to the Editor from Omak Resident

Apr 01, 2015
The Wenatchee World
We saw this LTE in the Wenatchee World from an Omak resident regarding last month’s grizzly bear restoration open house and had to share. Thanks for your thoughtful comments David!

Judge tells agency to reconsider decision on caribou habitat

Mar 25, 2015
The Spokesman Review
A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision that reduced critical habitat for the South Selkirk caribou herd by 90 percent.

Wolf bills prowling through state Legislature

Mar 12, 2015
The Wenatchee World
Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest’s executive director, said his group initially opposed Kretz’s bill that calls for reopening the states’ wolf recovery plan, because they believe that plan is solid. But, he said, the House agreed to some changes in the bill which enabled them to support it. “It’s not perfect. Nobody got everything they wanted, but there’s something in it for everybody,” he said.

Federal agencies in Bellingham to talk about grizzly bear recovery efforts in North Cascades

Mar 09, 2015
The Bellingham Herald
Grizzly bears are in danger of becoming extinct in the North Cascades ecosystem, and national park and wildlife officials will be in Bellingham this week to talk about the next steps in the effort to increase their numbers.

Some See Grizzlies As Good For Ecosystem, Others See Them As Bad Neighbors

Mar 08, 2015
“They’re one of the missing pieces of the ecological puzzle of the Cascades. And we’re responsible for its disappearance from the landscape, and we should be responsible for helping it return,” Scott said.


Mar 06, 2015
Northwest Sportsman
WDFW wolf managers reported today that Washington’s population of the predators grew by 30 percent over the previous year, and includes four new packs, two of which were just announced.

Environment: Logging industry fails yet again to strip Pacific Northwest protection for marbled murrelets

Mar 10, 2015
Summit County Voice
Fifth lawsuit rejected by courts


Mar 04, 2015
Northwest Sportsman
Passage out of the Senate means SB 5960 will now go to the House, where companion bill HB 2107 does have the support of Conservation Northwest of Bellingham, which termed it “much improved” from the legislation originally introduced by Reps. Kretz, Blake, Short, Dent, and Schmick.

Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

Mar 02, 2015
The Washington Post
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests.

Legislation pending that could alter state’s wolf management efforts

Mar 02, 2015
The North Kitsap Herald
OLYMPIA — As Washington’s gray wolf population continues to grow, so do concerns from those living in the areas of the state most affected by their return.

Public Input Sought On Plan For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington

Mar 02, 2015
The decision process will take three years, but recovering Washington’s grizzlies will take far longer than that, possibly up to a century to fully recover the population, said Joe Scott, international conservation director at Conservation Northwest.

North Cascade grizzly bear restoration considered

Feb 16, 2015
Capital Press
The National Park Service is accepting public comment through March 26 on whether federal agencies should actively engage in grizzly bear recovery in Washington’s North Cascade mountains.

Wolverines expanding range in North Cascades

Feb 24, 2015
The Washington Times
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – Wildlife biologist Aja Woodrow has a system to get one of the Northwest’s most elusive animals – the wolverine – to pose for pictures.

Wolverines making comeback in Washington

Feb 24, 2015
Walla Wall Union-Bulletin
Volunteers with Conservation Northwest have to set up and monitor wildlife cameras to help agency scientists watch more wilderness. Last year, they snapped photos of wolverines and lynx, but no grizzlies or wolves, said spokesman Chase Gunnell.

Meetings will start grizzly bear recovery planning in Cascades

Feb 23, 2015
The Yakima Herald Republic
The same mountain wilderness beckoning wolverines is also habitat for another long-lost species conservationists hope to see in the Cascades again soon: the grizzly bear.

After nearly being wiped out decades ago, wolverines are coming back to state

Feb 23, 2015
The Yakima Herald Republic
Wildlife biologist Aja Woodrow has a system to get one of the Northwest’s most elusive animals — the wolverine — to pose for pictures.

Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Feb 20, 2015
Methow Valley News
Concerns about erosion, the deposition of sediment in waterways that provide habitat for endangered fish, and the likelihood of inadvertently cutting down live trees have prompted an appeal of the state’s plans to log 1,285 acres in the lower Methow Valley that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire.

Appeal filed to stop logging on state lands that burned

Feb 20, 2015
The Bellingham Herald
SEATTLE — Two conservation groups and a resident want to stop the state from allowing logging on state lands that burned in a massive wildfire in north-central Washington last summer.

Appeal filed to stop logging on state wildfire lands

Feb 20, 2015
KING 5 News
CARLTON, Wash. – Two conservation groups and a resident want to stop the state from allowing logging on state lands that burned in north-central Washington last summer.

Open houses a chance to comment on possibility of grizzly restoration

Feb 19, 2015
The Bellingham Herald
The public will have a chance in early March to weigh in on the possibility of restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

Open houses a chance to comment on possibility of grizzly restoration

Feb 19, 2015
The Olympian
The public will have a chance early in March to weigh in on the possibility of restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

Open houses a chance to comment on possibility of grizzly restoration

Feb 19, 2015
Tacoma News Tribune
The public will have a chance early in March to weigh in on the possibility of restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

Groups appeal DNR’s salvage sale from Carlton Complex

Feb 18, 2015
The Wenatchee World
On Friday, Conservation Northwest, the Kettle Range Conservation Group and Kathleen Yockey appealed the proposed salvage sale, which was auctioned last week by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Environmental groups appeal ATV road access to next level

Feb 12, 2015
Methow Valley News
The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council and Conservation Northwest have challenged Okanogan County’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance at several levels since the county commissioners adopted it last year, arguing that opening all county roads with speeds of 35 miles per hour or less without analyzing conditions on individual roads violates the State Environmental Policy Act.

Wolverines in Washington?

Feb 12, 2015
KING 5 News
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (KING) When a Washington state forest service biologist found some interesting tracks in the snow near Snoqualmie pass recently, he knew he was on the trail of something exciting.

A better bear trap

Feb 12, 2015
The Methow Valley News
New device will help WDFW deal with ‘problem’ animals

North Cascade grizzly bear restoration considered

Feb 16, 2015
Capital Press
The National Park Service is accepting public comment through March 26 on whether federal agencies should actively engage in grizzly bear recovery in Washington’s North Cascade mountains.

Grizzly bears in the North Cascades — the public gets to be heard

Feb 13, 2015
The Seattle P.I.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are embarking on a process to restore a sustainable population of the great bears to the North Cascades National Park and its environs, wild lands along the U.S.-Canada border and south down the spine of the Cascades.

Out & About: Panel brings 6 perspectives on wolf revival

Feb 08, 2015
The Spokesman Review
OUTBACK – Hunter, biologist, conservationist, cattleman, philosopher, ethicist – these six perspectives will take on the topic of gray wolf reintroduction during a special panel discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium, 502 E. Boone Ave.

Kretz legislation proposes relocating wolves

Feb 05, 2014
The Spokesman Review
But seven years is too long a wait for state Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, whose Northeast Washington legislative district is currently home to 11 of the state’s 14 wolf packs, as well as cattle ranchers and sheep herders.

Biologist to address grizzly recovery

Feb 01, 2015
The Spokesman Review
Gaines is now roaming the Northwest’s cities and towns, giving presentations on grizzly bears in advance of a three-year analysis by the federal government to find the best way to recover grizzlies here.

Environmental groups pose billion-dollar challenge to ag

Jan 29, 2015
Capital Press
Conservation Northwest founder and director Mitch Friedman agreed much of the conflict between environmentalists and farmers is rooted in culture. “A lot of environmentalists I know don’t have a lot of base of experience with the agricultural community,” Friedman said.

Supreme Court decision on PUD powerline

Feb 02, 2015
Methow Valley News
After more than a dozen years of lawsuits, the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s transmission line from Pateros to Twisp has won an almost certain path to construction with a Washington Supreme Court decision that the utility has the right to condemn state land to build the powerline.

State’s wolf population rising

Jan 25, 2014
The Everett Herald
In 2008 a Conservation Northwest volunteer captured the first images of wolves born in the state since the early 1900s. Since then their numbers have more than quintupled. And this is just the start.

Safeguarding Grizzlies: Can we find room for Ursus Arctos Horribilis?

Jan 17, 2015
Before European colonization of North America, upwards of 50,000 grizzly bears—also known as brown bears—roamed free across what is now the continental United States. But more than a century of commercial trapping, persecution, habitat loss and poorly regulated hunting have taken a heavy toll on grizzly populations.

Searching for ghost bears in North Cascades

Jan 16, 2015
The Ellensburg Daily Record
A free, public presentation set for Thursday, Jan. 22 in Ellensburg will attempt to answer whether there is a noticeable population of grizzly bears in the North Cascades and if the area is wild enough to support more of the reclusive, big bears.

Okanagan Nation Alliance Protecting Nearby Grizzlies at Risk

Jan 12, 2015
Kelowna Now
The grizzly bear has been declared at-risk and in need of protection by the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) Chiefs Executive Council.

DNR proposes salvage logging in 1,285 acres of Carlton Complex Fire’s burn area

Jan 08, 2014
Methow Valley News
MVCC and Conservation Northwest also asked DNR to address potential impacts from erosion or runoff on threatened and endangered salmon populations. They also requested further information about road and culvert improvements, plans to seed disturbed areas with grass, and plans for replanting the harvested areas.

Spokane group uses billboards to take stand on wolves

Jan 05, 2015
Capital Press
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, an organization that supports wolves, said WARAW is not trying to demonstrate that they are thoughtful people.

Limits proposed on ATVs, motor bikes in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Jan 01, 2015
The Seattle Times
After nearly 10 years of work to develop a motorized travel-management plan, the Forest Service finally has a broad proposal, but says rules for specific sites in the sprawling Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest must still be worked out.

State works to find balance between wolves, livestock

Jan 04, 2015
The Yakima Herald Republic
Extra supervision seems to be working, since none of the six ranchers he worked with this year had animals killed by wolves. But it doesn’t come cheap — Kahne estimated about $20,000 for the summer grazing season. Despite the financial assistance available from state programs and the conservation group, some are still reluctant to change their practices, Kahne said.


Another Threat To Spotted Owls: Fire

Dec 30, 2014 EarthFix
In Washington’s East Cascades spotted owls have also lost habitat from fires, although not to such an extent as near Sisters, said Dave Werntz, science and conservation director at Conservation Northwest.

Reward upped in Washington wolf shooting

Dec 24, 2014
Capital Press
Conservation groups increase the reward to $20,000 for tips leading to conviction in wolf killing in Kittitas County in Washington.
Wildlife groups post $15,000 reward to catch wolf poacher after female killed
Nov 14, 2014
Seattle P.I.
Wolves have moved south from protected lands on the U.S.-Canada border to repopulate the Washington Cascades. Pictured is a member of the Teanaway Pack, in the Cascades north of Cle Elum. A breeding female wolf from the pack was poached last month. Wildlife groups are offering a $15,000 reward.
Range-riding wolf patrol shows signs of success in Twisp
Dec 19, 2014
The Yakima Herald Republic
TWISP, Wash. — In a place where wolf recovery is about as divisive as politics or religion, one program is cutting through the controversy.
Range riders help protect against wolves
Dec 18, 2014
The Wenatchee World
For the last three summers, a pilot program has put patrols on the range to keep tabs on where the wolves are, and to check up on livestock that could be nearby.
Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deaths
Dec 12, 2014
Smithsonian Magazine
On the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple picture
How Killing Wolves Might Be Leading To More Livestock Attacks
Dec 04, 2014
A spokesman for Conservation Northwest, said the advocacy group has worked with ranchers and range riders in Eastern Washington for three years to prevent wolf attacks. Gunnell said this study may change people’s assumptions about wolf management. “It really underscores the need to prevent conflict between wolves and livestock in the first place,” Gunnell said.
Wolf kills increase livestock deaths, WSU study says
Dec 03, 2014
The Spokesman Review
Mitch Friedman is the executive director of Conservation Northwest, which helps pay for range riders and other nonlethal deterrents to protect livestock from wolves. The research “should cause us to double down on conflict avoidance,” Friedman said. “Wolves are complicated; nature is complicated. With each thing we learn, we recognize mistakes that we’ve made.”
Washington State Study Faults Efforts at Wolf Management
Dec 03, 2014
The New York Times
“We think Washington has the best wolf management plan in the West,” said Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit group based in Bellingham, Wash. And Professor Wielgus’s research, Mr. Friedman said, reinforces the idea that thinking differently is good not just for wolves, but for ranchers and residents as well.
Why Killing Wolves Might Be Leading To More Livestock Attacks
Dec 02, 2014
A spokesman for Conservation Northwest, said the advocacy group has worked with ranchers and range riders in Eastern Washington for three years to prevent wolf attacks. Gunnell said this study may change people’s assumptions about wolf management.
Charities make their pitch for #GivingTuesday
Dec 02, 2014
KING 5 News
From connecting wildlife habitat across I-90 in the Cascades, to helping recover Washington’s lynx, wolves and wolverines, your gift today will help keep the Northwest wild for people who love the great outdoors, and for wildlife big and small.
Should Grizzlies Be Restored to the North Cascades?
Nov 30, 2014
National Geographic
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK—The grizzly bear looms large in the traditions of Pacific Northwest Indians, a creature both revered and almost human. It was a fixture of the natural world: a powerful predator and a source of food and stories.
Case raises questions about ATV-related issues in county
Nov 20, 2014
Methow Valley News
Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson heard an appeal by the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) and Conservation Northwest about the county’s failure to do an adequate environmental review when the Okanogan County commissioners opened all roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour (mph) and below to ATVs.
Wildlife groups sue feds after imperiled Canada lynx didn’t gain protections for all habitat
Nov 17, 2014
U.S. News and World Report
Wildlife advocates, including Conservation Northwest, have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx. WildEarth Guardians and three other groups filed the lawsuit Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana.
$15,000 reward offered in Washington wolf shooting case
Nov 14, 2014
The Spokesman Review
ENDANGERED SPECIES — Conservation groups announced today a $15,000 reward for information that helps convict a poacher who killed a federally protected wolf near Salmon la Sac.
Teanaway wolf was found near Salmon la Sac
Nov 11, 2014
Northwest Sportsman
USFWS is leading the investigation because the pack lives in that part of Washington where gray wolves are still federally listed. The agency is asking anyone who was in the area between Oct. 13 and 28 and who has information to share to call federal wildlife officers in Redmond at (425) 883-8122.
There will be blood
Oct 24, 2014
Conservation Magazine
The pressure to reach for a gun to help save one animal from another is stronger than ever. And it has triggered a conservation problem from hell.
Once studied closely, moving wolves to Olympic Peninsula unlikely now
Nov 04, 2014
Capital Press
Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman said relocating wolves to the south Cascades to speed up recovery might be a good idea, but a bill proposing it would die politically.
Washington peeks ahead to life after wolves recover
Oct 31, 2014
Capital Press
With Washington’s wolf population growing, talk about delisting the species has already started.
Efforts to monitor local fisher population proceeds
Oct 29, 2014
Sequim Gazette
By the end of October the survey season for the researchers studying the fisher population on the Olympic Peninsula will draw to a close until the next survey season in June. Since the species’
Safe passage: Wildlife passageway beneath Newport Highway part of larger habitat effort
Oct 12, 2014
The Spokesman Review
The Working for Wildlife program in Okanogan County has more than 20 partners, including the Okanogan Land Trust, Colville Confederated Tribes, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Trust for Public Land, Conservation Northwest, Mule Deer Foundation and government agencies.
To protect or not? Feds’ decision not to list wolverine draws lawsuit
Oct 14, 2014
Yakima Herald-Republic
So, on Monday, eight conservation groups joined forces to sue the USFWS over that decision. Now the agency has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit, as what few wolverines remain in the lower 48 states await the winter snows they require to continue their species’ existence.
Another mistake in managing wolf recovery
Sep 16, 2014
The Olympian
Ranchers can also call on nonprofits, such as Conservation Northwest, to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock. Conservation Northwest is using private funds and staff to train and provide range riders to oversee livestock sharing range with wolves. They are currently engaged in five separate projects, and in three seasons have not lost any livestock to wolves.
Wolves and ranches can coexist
Sep 15, 2014
The Wenatchee World
The goal for all of us is to find ways to coexist, so we can have healthy wolves and wild ecosystems right along with successful ranches and healthy agricultural production. That goal is achievable in our region, but will take people working diligently together to see it realized. Conservation Northwest wants to help.
Wolves in the Wool
Sep 10, 2014
The Inlander
The latest conflict between ranchers and wolves shows the difficult balance between recovery and control. Chase Gunnell, a spokesman with Conservation Northwest, says wildlife advocates have successfully worked with many regional ranchers to set up nonlethal safeguards to prevent livestock attacks.
Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female
Sep 05, 2014
Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, said the Huckleberry Pack is one of Washington’s most productive breeding packs. Friedman said even though lethal removal may sometimes have to happen, it should only happen infrequently. “Because bad things are going to happen — shoot the wrong wolves at times, just like this. We have to do everything we possibly can to avoid these situations,” Friedman said.
Bellingham-based RE Sources to honor environmental heroes Thursday
Sep 02, 2014
The Bellingham Herald
Mitch Friedman is the executive director of Conservation Northwest, which he founded in 1988 after being an activist leader in efforts to save ancient forests. He was a founding board member of The Wildlands Network, Western Lands Alliance, and the Bellingham Bay Foundation. At Conservation Northwest, Mitch has led the effort to infuse landscape scale conservation biology into advocacy strategy.
Park Service will study restoration of grizzlies to North Cascades
Sep 01, 2014
Methow Valley News
“This is huge news, for the Pacific Northwest and for grizzly bears,” said Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, in a separate news release. “It marks the potential turning point in the decades-long decline of the last grizzly bears remaining on the U.S. West Coast.
Grizzlies gain ground
Aug 27, 2014
High Country News
Then, last week, U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced they would renew long-stalled efforts to boost populations in North Cascades, where grizzly numbers have dropped to fewer than 20 bears. This fall, work will begin on an Environmental Impact Statement to decide whether to pursue no action, try to boost the population naturally, or transplant bears from elsewhere to introduce new genetic material.
Feds Consider Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington Cascades
Aug 21, 2014
A three-year process from the National Parks Service will find out if grizzly bears should be restored in the North Cascades. Officials are looking at a wide range of options.
Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington
Aug 21, 2014
The agency is launching a three-year process to study a variety of options for helping their population. Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stressed that the process is required under federal law but no decision had been made.
Effort to restore grizzlies in N. Cascades gets rolling
Aug 21, 2014
The Seattle Times
“This is huge news for the Pacific Northwest and for grizzly bears,” said Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, which has been pushing to restore grizzlies for 25 years. “This is the turning point.”
Signs of once-extinct fishers found all over Olympic Peninsula
Aug 10, 2014
The Seattle Times
Once locally extinct, fishers — a native carnivore — are now bounding all over the Olympic Peninsula after reintroduction in 2008.
Conservation groups sue county over ATV ordinance, again
Jul 19, 2014
The Okanogan Gazette-Tribune
Conservation Northwest (CNW) and the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) support responsible riding, but say that the county adopted the latest ATV Ordinance like signing a blank check, without doing even a basic analysis of the residents, infrastructure or resources that might be affected or harmed by allowing ATVs virtually everywhere.
Okanogan faces new suit over ATVs
Jul 16, 2014
The Yakima Herald
Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council filed a lawsuit in Okanogan County Superior Court on Friday following decision by Okanogan County commissioners in June to reopen 400 miles of county roads with speed limits of 35 mph and less to ATVs.
South End Project aims to enlarge ATV access while protecting Colville National Forest land
Jul 06, 2014
The Spokesman Review
David Heflick, conservation associate of Conservation Northwest, said he doubted the Forest Service’s key assumption that more access would cut down on illegal use. He pushed for a provision, he said, that would close the trails temporarily if the assumption was wrong and forest officials could not keep up with handling any increase in damage.
Canadian company hopes to find copper in Methow Valley
Jul 06, 2014
The Seattle Times
George Wooten, a biologist from Twisp who also works for the environmental group Conservation Northwest, said runoff from forest roads could affect creeks that flow into the Methow River. He also worries about noise and invasive weeds that have spread as a result of previous exploration.
ATV riders seek clarity over state’s new road access law
Jun 15, 2014
Yakima Herald-Republic
“A lot of other people go out and use public lands, and many of them don’t use ATVs or motorized vehicles, but they see a lot of damage caused by illegal behavior,” said Dave Werntz of Conservation Northwest. “So there’s this association between ATV use and illegal behavior. Right or wrong, it exists.”
Environmental groups appeal county’s analysis of ATV impacts
Jun 06, 2014
Methow Valley News
The MVCC and Conservation Northwest appealed the environmental determination by the county’s planning director, saying that the review failed to account for the likelihood that some ATV operators ride on sensitive lands and cause resource damage, that there would be impacts on public services and law enforcement, and that there would be traffic impacts because of the additional vehicles on the roads.
Forest official reverses ATV road-use decision
May 21, 2014
The Omak Chronicle
Reverting to the status quo for Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the USFS has once again decided that all-terrain vehicles are not permitted on most of the national forest’s roads. We believe this decision makes good sense and restores order to the forest; for human visitors as well as plants and wildlife.
USFS reinstates ATV ban on most roads
May 23, 2014
Methow Valley News
The USFS has determined that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted on most roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Because the 2013 state law that provides for increased ATV access does not apply to “non-highway roads”—which includes roads managed by public agencies—the law does not change access in the forest, according to a letter sent to area newspapers on May 15 by Michael Balboni, supervisor of the forest.
Wolves: The hopes and dangers ahead
May 12, 2014
They’ve come a long way, but are politics stopping gains before wolf populations reach a sustainable level? Crosscut’s Daniel Jack Chasan dives into the past, present, and future of Washington’s wolves.
NW Forest Plan: Warfare rages out of the spotlight
Apr 15, 2014
A fight in Oregon over old-growth logging could create larger threats for spotted owls and even other endangered species. Throughout the region, there has been a lot less cutting of old trees than the plan permits, and there will probably be a lot less in the future. That is largely due to social pressure and emerging science, explains Conservation Northwest’s science and conservation director Dave Werntz.
The New York Times – Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?
Mar 09, 2014
The New York Times
By retelling the same old story about Yellowstone wolves, we distract attention from bigger problems, mislead ourselves about the true challenges of managing ecosystems, and add to the mythology surrounding wolves at the expense of scientific understanding.
Okanogan County rescinds ATV ordinances
Mar 08, 2014
The Wenatchee World
Mitch Friedman, executive director for Conservation Northwest, said the state law was the result of collaboration between conservationists and ATV users. “The commissioners should open their doors and listen to the hopes and concerns of people, and work together for a plan that finds the right balance for Okanogan County,” he added.
Feds under fire for failure to protect Caribou
Feb 27, 2014
The Castlegar Source
The Castlegar Source: …the federal government broke the law by not posting recovery plans for four species at risk may help the endangered southern mountain caribou in the Kootenays.
Reward offered for wolf kill info
Feb 23, 2014
Capital Press
The Capital Press reports that the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Conservation Northwest are offering up to $7,500 for information about a collared wolf that was killed in northern Stevens County.
Reward offered in wolf killing case
Feb 23, 2014
The Daily Astorian
The Daily Astorian reports that Conservation Northwest put up the reward. The group has helped promote range riders to protect livestock from wolves.
Wenatchee World editorial: Conservation, and the best options
Feb 22, 2014
The Wenatchee World
What could be more fair, or mesh better with local values when property rights are dear? The conservation easement arrangement has been used to good and beneficial effect all across the state, and often in North Central Washington.
The Wenatchee World: ‘ATV law steeped in compromise’
Feb 07, 2014
The Wenatchee World
“[State Sen. Christine] Rolfes said … the new law acknowledges that ATVs are basically a fun and safe recreational activity, and the state should allow greater access, but control it better.”
Review panel faults federal plan to remove protections for wolves
Feb 07, 2014
LA Times
The federal proposal to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states came under fire Friday from a scientific peer review panel that unanimously found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision does not reflect the best available science regarding wolves.
Mount Baker Experience chimes in on the new Lake Whatcom park
Feb 07, 2014
Mount Baker Experience
“The combination of old trees and proximity to the coast makes the land around Lake Whatcom some of the last prime marbled murrelet habitat in the Puget Sound area.” -Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest science and conservation director
Montana ranchers learn ways to live with wolves
Feb 08, 2014
NPR reports on avoiding wolf-livestock conflict; hear the story. “Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. Forget about who’s right, who’s wrong; who likes this, who hates this. Find that field and meet there. The extremes aren’t accomplishing too much.” – wildlife biologist Hilary Zaranek
MVN on Lookout Pack: it’s back!
Jan 16, 2014
Methow Valley News
“As of late December … snow trackers were able to confirm five animals traveling together,” said Scott Fitkin, a biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “We’ve been able to document that the Lookout Pack is a breeding pair for 2013. We’ve been able to document at least two surviving pups.”
The Great Park
Jan 09, 2014
The Crossing Guide
[About the new Lake Whatcom park] Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest says, “I have been deeply impressed with how the community came together to bring about this park; we had conservationists, equestrians, bikers, hikers, runners, all working together.”
Letter to the editor on grizzly bears in the Sea to Sky
Jan 09, 2014
Thanks to John French for his piece on B.C.’s new grizzly bear population estimating model and some of the issues facing grizzly bears in our region. The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is focused on halting the decline of threatened grizzly bear populations in southwest B.C. and seeing them recover.
Rudolph’s last stand: Where have all the reindeer gone?
Dec 20, 2013
Seattle Times
The federal government has given up on the Selkirks caribou. “It looks like that to me,” says Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest. “I think they’d be happy to be out of the caribou-conservation business once and for all.”
Time to save the grizzly
Nov 07, 2013
“Grizzly bears are deeply embedded in the fabric of B.C. and the culture of First Nations people who have lived here for thousands of years. Surely we can afford the small investment that it would take to protect and recover these magnificent animals so that they remain deeply embedded for our grandchildren.: -Kyle Empringham, Community Engagement Organizer, Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative
Teanaway range rider meets with new wolf coalition
Oct 31, 2013
North Kittitas County Tribune
After Johnson touched on the background of the state’s recent involvement with wolves in the Teanaway, he entertained questions, one of which came from Conservation Northwest’s Jay Kehne. Kehne wanted to know why Johnson, an obvious candidate for membership in the anti-wolf camp, would get involved with the Range Riding Program. “I took the job,” Johnson said, “to see what the wolves are really doing. I wanted to sort through the politics of the issue and get to the facts. I wanted firsthand knowledge.”
Tracking down a grizzly bear killer
Oct 31, 2013
Joining in the quest to catch the poachers is the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative. Two members of the initiative – the Pemberton Wildlife Association and Conservation Northwest – have each put up $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed Jewel.
Grizzly bear poacher hit with $10,000 fine and ‘donation’
Oct 03, 2013
Even though McEwan hoped for a higher fine he said there was a message for hunters from the court decision. “I would like to believe that we’ll see less of this, however inexperienced hunters are likely to make that sort of mistake again so hunter education is really important,” McEwan said. The grizzly bear in this case was described by the COS as an important part of the grizzly bear conservation program in the Pemberton [BC] area.
Grizzly shooter sentenced to pay $10K
Oct 03, 2013
Whistler Question
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative, a recently-formed coalition of conservation groups, followed the trial and had hoped to see a stronger sentence against Eyben, including a longer prohibition from hunting. “It would have sent a stronger message about the illegal killing of grizzly bears,” said field coordinator Johnny Mikes. “But even if there were higher fines, or even jail sentences, the bottom line is every grizzly bear in a threatened population is priceless and we can’t afford to lose any of them.”
Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative launched
Sep 24, 2013
The Squamish Chief
A coalition of conservation groups this week launched an initiative to prevent the disappearance of grizzly bears and rebuild their populations in southwestern B.C…The effort includes support from the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Sierra Club of B.C., Conservation Northwest, B.C. Nature and other, local conservation groups from Lillooet, Pemberton and Whistler.
Province urged to act to save grizzlies of southwestern B.C.
Sep 24, 2013
Vancouver Sun
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is asking the province to better protect grizzlies from human-caused deaths and further loss and fragmentation of their habitat.
Federal judge rules in favor of threatened seabird
Sep 05, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
“The timber industry keeps pushing to log this bird’s habitat and is using, I think, increasingly desperate tactics to try to say that we shouldn’t be protecting this bird and its habitat,” said Kristen Boyles, an attorney for Earthjustice. “I think it’s time for timber to figure how to live with this bird.”
Logging Industry Loses Latest Attack on Threatened Seabird
Sep 05, 2013
eNews Park Forest
“There is strong scientific consensus that without old-growth forest protection, murrelets will disappear from our coast,” added Dave Werntz, science and conservation director with Conservation Northwest.
Province has ‘little to no idea’ how many bears live in B.C., says scientist
Sep 04, 2013
Metro News
“If I have to stand between feeding bears and people with guns, I will,” said Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation councilor Doug Neasloss, who also works as a bear-viewing guide on B.C.’s central coast.
To Cry Or Not To Cry ‘Wolf’ — Or Something In Between?
Aug 27, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
It’s fortunate that so many organizations have stepped forward … Safari Club International, a hunter-supported entity, and Conservation Northwest, a pro-large-carnivore organization based in Bellingham.
Parks develop plan to reintroduce Pacific fisher
Aug 25, 2013
The Olympian
“We’re probably looking at a 2014 release date, that’s what we’re hoping for,” said Mason Reid, wildlife ecologist at Mount Rainier. “The goal is to reintroduce 40 animals a year for two years.”
Culture of ATVs and Methow at issue in state law, county lawsuit
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
“I’m invested in the law. I want to see it implemented right,” said Friedman. “While some people don’t believe requiring ATVs to have license plates will be enough to stop illegal activity, I hope it will bring people together and change the culture.”
Timber harvesting practices subject of panel organized by local congressman
Aug 17, 2013
Peninsula Daily News
Olympic National Forest could potentially benefit from a collaborative approach to timber harvesting, the national forest’s supervisor said during a discussion panel on timber harvesting practices last week. Panel member Mitch Friedman, executive director of Seattle-based Conservation Northwest, said he has seen such agreements work in Colville National Forest in Eastern Washington. “I’ve observed and come to believe that collaboration can work,” Friedman said.
Conservation groups will work with WDFW on state’s wolf plan
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
…the Wolf Advisory Group…represents a broad range of interests including the Farm Bureau, Conservation Northwest, the Sierra Club, Wolf Haven, the Humane Society, Hunters Heritage, and a representative of the Quad County Commission from northeast Washington.
Fishers will be reintroduced in North Cascades and Mt. Rainier national parks
Aug 21, 2013
Methow Valley News
“It is very exciting to partner with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Mount Rainier National Park to reintroduce the fisher to this area,” said Karen Taylor-Goodrich, superintendent of the North Cascades National Park Complex.
Bears Need Highway Overpasses, Too
Aug 12, 2013
The Atlantic Cities
“We’re able to demonstrate thousands and thousands of crossings every year, by 10-11 species of large mammals,” Clevenger says.
The Pitt River fishing bears
Feb 08, 2013
The Fly Fishing Lodge
This video is the first footage of a grizzly bear on the Pitt River, just 30 miles from Vancouver – though grizzly bear signs had been seen in the valley for a few years.
Managing the big cats
Jul 31, 2013
Methow Valley News
Jul 31 – “The concept of thinking about cougars’ social system and how they interact, in terms of management, is something that has never been done before,” said Rich Beausoleil, cougar and bear specialist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Case against controversial Lake Whatcom park dismissed by state growth board
Jul 25, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Jul 25 – The conversion of the land for recreation and conservation is a net gain for the county, [Ken] Mann said. “Tourism is also in this area, based on recreational and natural resource amenities,” he said. “Those jobs are real jobs and real money, and a benefit to this community.”
Pemberton grizzly population dwindles
Jul 23, 2013
Global BC TV
July 23 – In the Squamish, Lillooet area, which includes the Pemberton Valley, there were once more than 400 grizzlies. Today there are just 59. Allen McEwan: “This particular group of bears in the upper Lilliooet, and the Ryan and whatnot, is considered the nursery for a potential grizzly bear recovery plan that we’re waiting and hoping for the provincial government to do so. They are absolutely essential to any hope of recovering bears in the areas to our south.”
Gray wolf issue viewed differently
Jun 19, 2013
The Omak Chronicle
Guest column by Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “The Chronicle’s June 12 editorial on the federal proposal to take wolves off the list of endangered species could leave readers less informed than if they hadn’t read the paper….”
Gray wolves need time
Jun 12, 2013
The Register-Guard
Editorial: Recovery has been robust, but it’s not yet complete; the federal government should abandon its premature plan to remove protections for gray wolves. Last month, 16 scientists responsible for most of the research that the Fish and Wildlife Service used in its latest delisting decision sent a letter to agency Director Dan Ashe protesting that their findings had been mischaracterized. “We do not believe the rule reflects the conclusions of our work or the best available science concerning the recovery of wolves,” they wrote.
Food sources appear to be to wolves’ liking
Jun 11, 2013
Yakima Herald
The wolf, originally a member of the Teanaway pack, had been ear-tagged two years earlier, when “it had been captured but was too young to collar,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, which has worked alongside state officials to monitor the state’s burgeoning wolf population. “When it was captured, it was a scrawny, half-dead wolf. And two years later, it was this beautiful adult.”…. And those wolves will flourish wherever there’s a consistent prey base, such as that found in the wooded canyons between Wenatchee and Ellensburg. “There’s an awfully good food supply in that area, with the deer and elk higher up,” said Kehne, the Conservation Northwest outreach coordinator who is sits on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Wolf ban could be lifted
Jun 08, 2013
The Spokesman-Review
Conservationists claim federal restrictions are still needed. “Recovery in the western part of (Washington) is still fragile,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Hopefully in a few years we’ll have a more sustainable and durable population in the Cascades, but right now the difference between existing federal regulations and fairly wimpy state rules make us nervous.”
Secretive birds at center of ‘big collision’ between habitat, logging
Jun 04, 2013
Seattle Times
Marbled murrelets are continuing to decline as the state Department of Natural Resources convenes public hearings on long-awaited management plans for their habitat on state forest lands.
Habitat protection a simple bear necessity
Jun 03, 2013
Vancouver Sun
According to Larry Pynn’s excellent article, Power the bear is key to the B.C. government’s recovery plan for grizzlies in the area. But the government has yet to implement any grizzly bear recovery plans. ~ While it is encouraging to hear there is still hope for the grizzly bear in southwestern B.C., it is alarming that land-use decisions continue to be made that knowingly place these populations in jeopardy, such as the conditional approval of the Upper Lillooet hydro project.
Single female bear brings new hope for B.C.s threatened grizzlies
May 28, 2013
Vancouver Sun
Garibaldi bear could stimulate expansion of species in southwestern B.C. The Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning operates a toll-free number for reporting grizzlies in southwestern B.C., but the hotline hasn’t exactly been burning up since it began in July last year. Just 14 calls were more-or-less verified as grizzlies rather than black bears and passed on to the province for followup. If you see one, call 1-855-GO-GRIZZ.
Decision on wolf protections in Lower 48 delayed
May 20, 2013
Great Falls Tribune
Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
PUD gears up for powerline bids as state weighs appeal
May 15, 2013
Methow Valley News
“It’s obviously a disappointment – it is fundamentally a big loss for the fish and wildlife that depend on quality habitat and for the businesses they support,” said Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest’s science and conservation director. “It’s still not a project that supports the public interest or ratepayers.”
Court: PUD can condemn state land
May 08, 2013
Methow Valley News
The PUD can condemn state land for its Pateros-Twisp powerline, said the Court of Appeals in Spokane in a ruling issued Tuesday (May 7). The decision comes after three years of litigation over the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s efforts to claim by eminent domain land that the state has argued cannot be condemned because it is already devoted to a public use – namely, leased for grazing.
Rare compromise reached in Washington’s wolf war
Apr 30, 2013
King 5 News
Mitch Friedman of the group Conservation Northwest said giving ranchers the assurance they can protect their cattle in heavily populated wolf country is reasonable as long as wolves are strictly protected in areas of the state where they are rare.
Letter to the editor: A new challenge
Apr 13, 2013
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.
Wolf-wary ranch family fences in cattle
Apr 09, 2013
Wenatchee World
“Wolves are going to be the hardest predator to deal with, I think,” he said. “We just don’t know what the outcome will be. But we’re trying to prepare for them being here the best we can.”
Revelstoke caribou rearing in the wild receives $50,000 from Columbia Basin Trust
Apr 09, 2013
Revelstoke Times Review
“These funds will help construct the maternity pen that will protect caribou and their calves at their most vulnerable time.”
Farmers, hunters express concern over growing wolf population
Mar 27, 2013
“People in Eastern Washington not going to go on a wolf killing spree. We’re not interested annihilating, creating a blood bath. What we do want to do is to protect our livelihoods and our property if that occurs,” said Jamie Henneman, Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association.
Chelan County may have a pack
Mar 26, 2013
The Wenatchee World
“What we’re trying to do is give people information about what it means to have wolves back in the landscape again,” said Dave Volson, wildlife biologist for WDFW.
Comment: Caribou plan little help to endangered herds
Mar 22, 2013
Times Colonist
B.C.’s mountain caribou plan claims to be committed to adaptive management, which means learning from mistakes and doing better. The time has come for the government to bolster the plan by establishing new set-asides in lowland matrix habitat. This is what its own recovery team called for in the days before the planning process went political, and certainly it is the only action that can possibly begin to turn the situation around. -Trevor Goward
Desire of botany: politics of the park
Mar 20, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
The process…made possible Washington’s largest locally governed park and the 5-2 vote by County Council members, whipsawed by constituents who love or hate the notion of a Whatcom County park that appears to be the largest in the state and eighth largest in the United States.
Battle to legally kill wolves heats up in Olympia
Mar 20, 2013
King 5 News
“The cattlemen have to, in my opinion, be more willing to possibly change some of their practices even though that’s not going to be as easy as a lot of people think it should be,” said Dave Hendrick, Conservation Northwest board member.
Washington wolf bills under discussion
Mar 19, 2013
The Capital Press
“We certainly understand the anxiety that people feel they might face a crisis with a wolf and not have a permit in their pocket,” said Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman. “Unless there’s a record of someone trying to prevent a situation like that and having repeated encounters, we probably don’t want people being able to shoot from the hip.”
Letter: Nonlethal ranching part of solution
Mar 19, 2013
The Vancouver Columbian
As proved by [rancher] Patton, Oregon and Washington ranchers and wolves can coexist, and almost 75 percent of our state’s citizens want them here. Cheers to nonlethal ranching, wolves in our northern states, and the Endangered Species Act.
The fight to protect what’s left of old-growth forests
Mar 17, 2013
The Globe Mail
“So when you are getting down to the last of an ecosystem and the government is not doing anything to stop that, not only is that criminal negligence, it’s being an accomplice to the crime,” said Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
Federal protection sought to save western grizzlies
Mar 13, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
While grizzly populations are generally stable, COSEWIC offered a special warning over those in southern B.C. and Alberta, noting populations “are small and/or in decline where their ranges are heavily fragmented by human settlement, intensive resource development and roads. “Their continued persistence will be reliant on the extent to which they can either reconnect or maintain connections with more secure populations.”
Winter closures planned to preserve caribou
Mar 13, 2013
The Hinton Parklander
“We have an obligation as skiers to adjust our schedule to ski in those closed areas in March and the first part of April in order to give caribou an increased probability of sustainability,” said Kelly Sloan, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s northern Alberta chapter “I can still ski in other areas during the period of those closures.”
Legal threat, politics mar Lake Whatcom park decision
Mar 13, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
“I think there are certainly legitimate reasons not to support the reconveyance,” said Rand Jack, a board member of the Whatcom Land Trust, adding that the reasons to support it are far greater. But conspiracy theories, Jack said, “made it difficult to have a rational conversation about the pros and cons.”
Grizzly bear deserves protection
Mar 13, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
“Bears living in portions of the southern fringe of Canadian distribution are far from secure from the consequences of burgeoning human populations and activities,” COSEWIC warned in 2002. “The genetic and geographic continuity that now prevents their identification as distinct population units is at risk.”
Should it be easier to shoot Washington state’s endangered gray wolves?
Mar 09, 2013
On a 25-to-23 vote, the Senate passed SB 5187 to allow the owner of livestock or a domestic animal to kill a gray wolf attacking or posing an imminent threat to those animals on private and public lands without regard to the wolf’s endangered status and without needing any permit.
Fires planned to boost wildlife habitat
Mar 08, 2013
The Spokesman Review
“Last year’s wildfires demonstrate the importance of conducting controlled burns,” Dale Swedberg, manager of WDFW’s Sinlahekin Wildlife Area said. “By burning off brush and other fuels, we can reduce the risk of catastrophic, high-intensity wildfires that can destroy wildlife habitat.”
Native bands keen to co-manage national park
Feb 28, 2013
Daily Courier
“You look at the land when development happens, and you never see that kind of pristine grassland area or a really healthy forest,” said Chief Robert Edward of the Lower Similkameen band. The band is one of seven First Nations supporting a proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen Grasslands National Park. “We want to be a part of this,” he said.
State to share more wolf information
Feb 28, 2013
Capital Press
“The producer can have the same level of information we have,” said department carnivore section manager Donny Martorello on the information that should be available to ranchers by this spring.
B.C.’s remaining old-growth forests non-renewable: Sierra Club report
Feb 27, 2013
Vancouver Sun
One year of logging old-growth forests in southwestern British Columbia blows away a year of carbon emissions reductions made through climate-change fighting initiatives like the carbon tax, says a Sierra Club report released today.
New scholarship for students interested in engineering, arts and environment
Feb 26, 2013
The Mercer Island Reporter
“The I-90 project is evolving from a design on paper into a major project that will benefit our entire state,” said Charlie Raines, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition director. “We are looking for students who are interested in how to incorporate the environment and transportation in the design of our highways.”
State Plans For Lake Whatcom Clean Up
Feb 26, 2013
Steve Hood with the State Department of Ecology says 87 percent of the developed area around the lake will need to absorb water like a forest in order to meet water quality standards.
Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year
Feb 25, 2013
The Seattle Times
“We have remarkable growth of wolves in Washington,” said Donny Martorello, carnivore section manager for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, which conducted the survey. “This is what you see when a colonizing population is finding suitable habitat and really taking off.”
West Kootenay Climate Change Study: Local Scientists Say Time for Action is Now
Feb 25, 2013
The Nelson Daily
“We weren’t sure what to expect when we started, and the results were even shocking to us,” said Nelson forest ecologist Greg Utzig, one of the study’s authors. The team looked at a series of climate projections. The results estimated that by the 2080s, average temperatures in winter, spring and fall might warm by between two to five degrees Centigrade.
The seeds of an Okanagan national park sprout again
Feb 24, 2013
The Globe and Mail
“Wow,” Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells said when he was told about the planned press conference. He knows native leaders in the Okanagan have been looking hard at the park proposal, and he’s convinced they’ll see what he sees – a huge economic opportunity, and a chance to save a remarkable piece of B.C. wilderness.
Officials: Lake Whatcom not best fit for state recreation plan
Feb 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
The recreation potential of Lake Whatcom will only be realized if these lands are reconveyed to the Whatcom County Parks Department in the shape of a forest preserve park: “…it appears unlikely that [DNR] would develop a recreation plan around the lake, according to people close to the discussions.”
Wolf photographed near Ardenvoir probably just passing through
Feb 13, 2013
Wenatchee World
“They were absolutely incredible photos,” said David Volson, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Wildlife in Wenatchee. A blowup of the photos allowed him to read the number on the tag in the wolf’s ear and positively identify it as a young female that was caught and tagged last fall in the Teanaway Valley.
Dogs cross species barrier, help cheetahs survive
Feb 12, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
“It’s a love story of one species helping another species survive,” said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America.
Council to hold one more public hearing on Lake Whatcom land transfer
Feb 12, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Five months and many hours of information-gathering meetings later, the votes haven’t changed on the transfer of land around Lake Whatcom. The Whatcom County Council appears as ready as ever to approve a transfer of 8,844 acres around the lake from state to county control, so a low-impact park of trails and primitive campsites can be developed.
Can wolves and Washingtonians coexist?
Feb 11, 2013
“Wolves aren’t angels or devils,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest, at a Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bills. “They can respond to management techniques.”
Researchers looking for elusive wolverine near Snoqualmie
Feb 08, 2013
King 5 News
If Aja Woodrow can attract a wolverine, it will be a big deal because his camera is set up, not in the remote Okanogan wilderness but in a secluded area near Snoqualmie summit. That would put a wolverine within just a few hours of Seattle.
Moving Heaven & Earth
Feb 06, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
“I’m concerned about landslides,” Whatcom County Council member Bill Knutzen declared last week, trying to get to “no” on a proposal that might protect up to 9,000-acres of steep forest around Lake Whatcom from just such a catastrophic event.
Officials Recommend Wolverine For Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Feb 04, 2013
Boise State Public Radio
“This is one of the few cases where things are looking pretty rosy right now but the future scenario is one that doesn’t look good,” said Shawn Sartorius, lead wolverine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wolverines Threatened By Climate Change, Officials Propose Endangered Species Act Protection
Feb 01, 2013
The Huffington Post
“This is a species there is still time to do something about,” said Mike Thabault, ecological services director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mountain-prairie region.
Environmental groups to sue over caribou habitat
Jan 31, 2013
San Antonio Express-News
“This reduction in protected habitat is a death sentence for mountain caribou in the United States,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that filed an intent to sue notice on Thursday.
Wolf debate reaches Senate panel
Jan 30, 2013
Spokesman Review
Wildlife advocates warned that proposals to loosen the restrictions for shooting predators go too far and could encourage “an open season” on wolves.
More than 100 businesses urge creation of a forest preserve
Jan 30, 2013
Cascadia Weekly
“We urge you to build on Whatcom County’s strengths, to support the things that empower our employers to recruit talented workers, and attract the tourists that are drawn here in ever increasing numbers to experience our world-class recreational opportunities and natural beauty.”
The Daily Howler 1-29-13: Legislators Take Comment On Wolf Bills
Jan 29, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
A public hearing on a quartet of wolf bills in Olympia drew a fair-sized audience and numerous comments, from stay the course on the Washington wolf plan to support for allowing ranchers and others to shoot wolves attacking their stock no matter the predator’s legal status.
County council still divided on Lake Whatcom land transfer
Jan 29, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Knutzen raised concerns about slope stability and the county’s liability for water pollution caused by landslides. “I don’t know what the county’s liability is for this kind of stuff,” he said. “What will (the Department of) Ecology require of the county?” If his concerns remain after the third meeting, on Feb. 12, the council could schedule a fourth.
Bills legalizing the killing of wolves draws crowd to Olympia
Jan 29, 2013
The Seattle Times
“Wolves aren’t angels or devils,” Friedman said. “They can respond favorably to management techniques.”
County to debate forest management at proposed Lake Whatcom park
Jan 26, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Any forestry plan must address the fact that timber harvesting promotes landslides, which causes phosphorus pollution in the lake, Parks and Rec Director Mike McFarlane said. “It’s significant, and that’s not something DNR argues with. The science is out there.”
Bill To Move Wolves West No Joke For Conservationists
Jan 24, 2013
Northwest News Network
“Yeah, I think Rep. Kretz has a good sense of humor and he’s trying to be funny, but he’s actually pointing out something that’s a really good opportunity for common ground,” said Derrick Knowles of Conservation Northwest.
Editorial: Washington learns to manage wolves
Jan 24, 2013
Capital Press
As Washington’s wolf population grows — it jumped from 27 to more than 51 in a single year — managers will be called on to control wolves that prey on livestock and pets. Now, after a couple of years of experience, they seem ready to recognize when a wolf or its pack is a problem.
The Daily Howler: Olympia Beat (1-24-13)
Jan 24, 2013
Northwest Sportsman
The wolf beat has picked up in recent days, with stories on bills in Olympia and rumblings in North-central and Northeast Washington.
Face-to-face with Washington’s elusive wolverine
Jan 24, 2013
King 5 News
King 5’s Gary Chittim gets up close and personal with one of Washington’s rare wolverines.
Wolves and public opinion
Jan 24, 2013
The Wenatchee World
You like wolves? Here, have some. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty…. Conservationists and wolf supporters, not surprisingly, don’t consider Kretz helpful. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest told the Capital Press that he was working on a bipartisan bill to move wolves from northeast to southwest. “Last week we were closer to success than we are today because Mr. Kretz’s bill has just filled the room with a bad odor,” he said.
Wolves: Commissioners want to de-list; WDFW wants to reclassify
Jan 23, 2013
Methow Valley News
In their previous petition, the county commissioners argued that the wolves presently in Washington are not native to the state and questioned the rationale for the protected status. The new petition relies primarily on the decision of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove some wolves from its endangered list.
Officials worry snowmobilers are making highways for predators of endangered B.C. mountain caribou
Jan 23, 2013
The Province
Conservation officer Todd Hunter says the problem is growing, and warns violators could face stiff fines for venturing into protected areas.
Reconveyance aids natural amenities and will aid business
Jan 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
Reconveyance will shift control of 8,700 watershed acres from state to local control. Decisions about how to use the land, how to develop and manage recreational opportunities, and how to best protect water quality will be in the hands of those most directly affected by those decisions.
Letters to the Editor: Celebrates Endangered Species Act success
Jan 23, 2013
The Bellingham Herald
No other law has done more to save America’s most vulnerable plants and animals from extinction. And no other law has done more to inspire the same course of action around the world.
B.C.’s run-of-river sector in regulatory disarray, documents suggest
Jan 22, 2013
The Vancouver Sun
Gwen Barlee, the Wilderness Committee policy director who obtained the documents, said in an interview Tuesday that the documents confirm that the run-of-river sector “does not have proper oversight and can’t even meet low environmental standards.”
Bill would send wolves to inhabit West Side, too
Jan 19, 2013
Spokesman Review
Kretz acknowledges the bill may never get a hearing. It’s an attempt to make a point for another, more serious bill he expects to introduce in the next week. That bill would allow the state to take wolves off its endangered species list in Eastern Washington, while keeping them on the list in other parts of the state.
Washington Wildlife Officials Report ‘Unprecedented’ Wolf Numbers
Jan 17, 2013
Oregon Public Broadcasting
“This is unprecedented population growth,” says carnivore manager Donny Martorello. “You don’t see this in elk herds, you don’t see this in orcas, you don’t see this in bald eagles. This kind of growth is phenomenal in the wildlife population.”
Wolf recovery in Washington: Seattle briefing with experts
Jan 17, 2013
The Seattle Times
The meeting will be an opportunity to hear more about the recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other western states, the latest information from population surveys in Washington and an update on recovery of the species throughout the West.
Upper Lillooet run-of-river project receives environmental assessment approval
Jan 17, 2013
The Tyee
The 37 conditions for the Upper Lillooet Hydro project that the proponents must meet include: implementing and maintain a minimum in-stream flow requirement for the three sites; monitoring temperature and ice conditions for the life of the project; and developing a grizzly bear and wildlife management program.
KEXP Mind Over Matters: Wolf conservation legislation, Jasmine Minbashian
Jan 16, 2013
Interview with Conservation Northwest’s Jasmine Minbashian on the status of Washington’s wolves and wolf bills in the 2013 legislature.
Birding in the time of climate change
Jan 16, 2013
The sad fact is that fuel-guzzling nature lovers — not just birders but divers rushing to see the great reefs before they bleach and mountaineers scrambling to beat the melting glaciers — are the new buffalo hunters and cod catchers.
B.C. gives conditional nod to controversial Upper Lillooet Valley hydro project
Jan 11, 2013
Vancouver Sun
The run-of-river hydro project poses a significant risk to a recovering population of grizzly bears in southwestern B.C., a provincial biologist warned in documents filed with B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office….Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee said Friday that the majority of the conditions are weak and unlikely to result in meaningful mitigation of environmental impacts. She fears for fish stocks, including coho and trout, in the Lillooet drainage.
2012: It was a wild year, too
Jan 09, 2013
Methow Valley News
Last December the California Academy of Sciences announced that worldwide 137 new species were identified in 2012 as fellow inhabitants of this planet. Evidently none of these new creatures were found in the Methow Valley. That doesn’t mean that the Methow is some forgotten backwater in the biosphere, far from it!