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Summer 2016 Conservation Northwest Quarterly Newsletter

Conservation Northwest protects and connects old-growth forests and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies, vital to a healthy future for us, our children, and wildlife. Since 1989, Conservation Northwest has worke

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2 Summer 2016 You may have heard the exciting news that we at Con- servation Northwest have decided to affiliate with the Nation- al Wildlife Federation (NWF). is is a proud moment for us, as NWF is America's oldest and largest national conservation organization. It's also a proud moment for me, as I first joined NWF as a member in my early teens. We're a great cultural fit, as CNW and NWF share a prag- matic approach to protecting landscapes and majestic wildlife. NWF seeks to have an affiliate in every state of the nation. Washington has been a gap in that list in recent years. It's af- firming that NWF thinks highly enough of our record and focus to invite us to partner. You shouldn't expect any change in our mission, identity or team as a result of this new partnership. Affiliation with NWF doesn't affect Conservation Northwest's autonomous legal, decision-making or financial status. But it does give us access to a prominent national partner for policy, media, lob- bying and other functions. In that way, you can expect we will be even more effective in pursuing our objectives of a wild Northwest! affiliation with the National Wildlife Federation Inside Conservation Northwest mitch Friedman Executive Director, Main Offices Bellingham 1208 Bay Street #201 Bellingham, WA 98225 360.671.9950 Seattle 1829 10th Ave W, Suite B Seattle, WA 98119 206.675.9747 Staff Jeff Baierlein Development and Communications Director Paul Bannick Major Gifts Director Natalie Doerr Foundation Relations Manager Mitch Friedman Executive Director Chase Gunnell Deputy Communications Director Aleah Jaeger Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project Coordinator and Membership Associate Matt Johnson IT Administrator Jay Kehne Conservation Associate Alaina Kowitz Communications and Outreach Associate Juhi LaFuente Membership Assistant Tiana Luke Northeast Washington Conservation Associate Jenni Minier Grizzly Bear Outreach Coordinator Pat Roberts Fiscal Manager Joe Scott International Programs Director Julia Spencer Development and Membership Manager Paula Swedeen Carnivore Policy Lead Jen Watkins Conservation Associate Dave Werntz Science and Conservation Director George Wooten Conservation Associate Board of Directors Bill Donnelly President Lisa McShane Vice President Dave Mann Secretary Bert Loosmore Treasurer Emily Barnett-Highleyman AssistantTreasurer Andy Held Ron Judd Alexandra Loeb Elise Lufkin Floyd Rogers Heidi Wills Summer 2016 (August 2016) Issue 100 Chase Gunnell, Editor, Alaina Kowitz, Copyeditor Erin Moore, Layout Artist The Conservation Northwest Quarterly newsletter is published as a benefit to our members and printed with vegetable inks on New Leaf paper (100 percent recycled/100 percent post-consumer waste, chlo- rine free). The newsletter is typically published three times a year, with Winter, Summer and Fall editions. Exceptions to this publishing sched- ule may occur when necessary. Visit to view electronic versions of this publication or to request a compli- mentary copy. We also publish WILD NW Action Alerts and a monthly Conservation Connection E-newsletter. Subscribe at conservationnw. org/email-sign-up Want to submit an article for our print or electronic publications? At the Editor's discretion, we accept pieces that relate to our mission for wildlands and wildlife conservation in Washington and British Columbia. Contact to discuss your article or idea. Conservation Northwest is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Bellingham, Washington. Washington state UBI #601 135 446. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our standard annual membership rate is $35 a year. Please donate online at conservationnw. org/donate, or by calling 206.675.9747 x 201. Cover: A grizzly bear in a mountain meadow, a sight that we hope will soon return to the North Cascades. Once between 50,000 and 100,000 grizzly bears roamed the area of the lower 48 states from the Mississippi River to the Pacific. Today, there are less than 2,000. And in the North Cascades, fewer than ten. It's the most at-risk bear population in North America, but hope for their restoration remains strong. Photo: © Jason Verschoor /

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