Conservation Northwest Programs
Our M.O. is simple: Connect the big landscapes, protect the most vulnerable wildlife, and ensure our natural heritage for future generations. With your help, we have created some of Washington’s most successful conservation initiatives: The Cascades Conservation Partnership
, Loomis Forest Fund
, and I-90 Wildlife Corridor Campaign
Welcoming wildlife back to Washington
We were there when wolves returned to WA after 70 years, capturing the very first photos of the Lookout pack in the Methow Valley.
Since then, we have been in the field, on the range
and in Olympia with the strongest local voice for collaborative, sustainable and science-based management of our state's wolves. Our range rider program is proving that people, livestock and wolves can coexist.
We also helped reintroduce Pacific fisher to our state and gain federal protections for Canada lynx. We continue to push for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades. Recently, our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project has documented the return of wolverines
to the Cascades!
Connecting habitat in the face of climate change
Connected ecosystems are better able
to withstand climate change, providing animals room to roam. Currently, we're working to connect the Cascades to the Rockies and protecting connections between BC's Coast Range and the North Cascades. We're also making huge strides in the Central Cascades by successfully advocating for wildlife crossings under and over I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
I-90 wildlife crossings and protected habitat around Snoqualmie Pass
The landscape in Washington's central Cascades, spanning Snoqualmie Pass and bisected by I-90, forms an important travel corridor for people, goods and wildlife.
Since 2000, through The Cascades Conservation Partnership and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, we've led efforts to reconnect Washington’s north and south Cascades by protecting and restoring habitat and establishing safe wildlife crossings under and over I-90.
As a result of our advocacy and collaboration, three major wildlife underpasses are now complete and the first wildlife "bridge" over I-90 is planned for construction in summer 2015.
Monitoring rare and recovering animals
To better understand how wildlife use wildlands and where protections are needed, we also have almost 100 volunteers
on the ground monitoring for rare and recovery wildlife in vital landscapes through our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program.
Balance in the woods, with predators
As we connect and protect fragmented landscapes, predators like wolves and wolverines are returning to Washington. While this is a big win for wildlife, continuing our efforts is vital to ensure wildlife like wolves, wolverines and lynx will thrive here, as well as for building social tolerance for wildlife recover. Your support implements creative projects to build bridges with rural communities and prove that people, carnivores and other wildlife can coexist in the great Northwest.