Mission: Conservation Northwest protects and connects old-growth forests and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies, vital to a healthy future for us, our children, and wildlife.
Results: Through creative and effective strategies, Conservation Northwest has protected hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlands, wildlife habitat, and old growth, and touched thousands of lives throughout the greater Northwest since our founding in 1989.
BY THE NUMBERS:
~Helped introduce 100 fisher to the Olympic Peninsula 70 years after they were hunted to local extinction
~Are tracking and advocating for at least 2 packs of WA's returning ecosystem members: gray wolves!
~Hundreds of wildlife caught on film with our unique citizens monitoring project to support science-based advocacy.
~Loomis Forest Fund: 25,000 acres saved in prime lynx habitat
~The Cascades Conservation Partnership: 45,000 acres saved in the Cascades
~More than 1 million acres in BC protected for the highly endangered mountain caribou
Geographic areas served: Washington, Idaho, BC, Oregon
Programs: We contintued to work for and secure conservation easements in the columbia highlands; an area in northeast washington where we are working in partnership with timber industry leaders, private landowners, small business owners, public agencies, conservation and recreation groups, and community leaders to conserve thousands of acres of wildlife habitat on both public and private lands.
we continue to protect old-growth forests on state and federal lands and focus the forest service on practices that restore habitat value to plantations while generating social benefits.
we continued to make strides to help wolves gain acceptance around the state and helped design a state wolf plan which was adopted by the washington fish and wildlife commission. We hosted a standing room only wolf forum in seattle, and other events. Finally, our wolf program director jasmine minbashian helped film a bbc special on the return of wolves which also aired on the discovery channel in spring 2012.
I love their work. They don't take the easy road of platformism and culture war. They find the middle and work for it. It's hard to do, and their successes are sometime incremental, but they keep working.
CNW has a great track record of protecting wilderess by ensuring wild animals have large and connected lands to roam and thrive. Its their big picture thinking and advocacy for connectivity that has earned my loyalty as a donor. Their campaign to have the Columbia Highlands (NE WA) designated as a federal wilderness area is the most exciting and urgent work any regional conservation group is advancing today. They are filling a vital niche.
I volunteered for the citizen wildlife monitoring program for this organization, and had a great experience. Our remote cameras caught wildlife on camera in the Cascades, and this organization made that data mean something to the public and land owners. They combine science, education, engagement of the public, and advocacy into conserving our NW wildlife.
Conservation Northwest offers pragmatic yet innovative solutions to regional issues, with a focus on getting stakeholders from diverse groups--conservationists, cattlemen, business owners, and timber companies, for example--to sit at the same table. They also provide a lot of local-level opportunities for volunteers to get involved right in their own backyard.
I have always been deeply impressed with this organization's "local" expertise and focus. Their projects are targeted precisely and specifically; at the same time working to preserve and protect entire ecosystems. I believe they see the big picture on a local level like no other environmental group working in the NW.
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Conservation Northwest is science-based and strategic, and they get work done on the ground to benefit local communities and wildlife. I like the focus on connections between big landscapes and in finding collaborative solutions.