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Just in – a new wolf pack has been documented by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in the Kettle River Mountains.
The pack known as the Profanity Pack has taken up residence in the Profanity Roadless Area. There are three adults and three pups in this pack. There are cows bunched up in this area – about 500 of them – and a cow & calf have been killed in the upper Lambert Creek area in the subalpine region of these mountains. This is where the state’s plan to use nonlethal means to prevent further depredations must be put in place to protect this endangered species. Thanks for speaking out for wildlife.  - Tim

Tell Governor Inslee to Protect Washington 's Wolves
Please take action by Oct. 12, 2014
Washington 's state wolf plan was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2011 after being assembled over five years to incorporate the views of thousands of stakeholders and scientists. This plan is central to the state's efforts to recover wolves and minimize conflicts -- especially with commercial livestock operators, often opposed to wolf recovery. Click here for more info and a sample letter

September 3rd marked the actual 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and President Obama has proclaimed September National Wilderness Month.

Check out some of the exciting events at the
National Wilderness 50
website. Click here.



Film Festival
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act
  • September 25: Rendezvous Theatre, Colville Community College 7-9 PM
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM
Whether you’re getting ready for some outdoor adventure or just want to watch some amazing films about beautiful places, come whet your wilderness appetite at a free film festival celebrating the Northwest’s wildest areas. This free mini-film festival combines over ten short films celebrating the beauty, history, and adventure of 50 years of Wilderness. There will be scenes that take your breath away, scenes that make you want to get out and experience these places, and scenes that will make you proud to live in a country with the foresight to preserve wild places for many generations to come. Colville National Forest District Ranger Gayne Sears and Tim Coleman of Kettle Range Conservation Group will be on hand to introduce the films, answer questions, and hand out door prizes.

Bring the family. The films are short and suited to all ages.

Films include:

  • American Values – American Wilderness
  • Last Light, Sage Steppe
  • North Cascades Wilderness Ranger
  • and a special production by Gonzaga senior students highlighting the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in North Eastern Washington.

SAVE THE DATE: Kettle Range Annual Auction & Banquet Dinner
  • When:  November 15, 5-9 PM
  • Where:  Carousel Building, Republic Fairgrounds
  • Cost $15 – including full course meal, dessert, drinks and entertainment
Our annual auction supports Project Scholarship, which provides financial support to academically outstanding high school seniors to help meet the cost of attending college. Up to three $1000 scholarships are given away each year to students from Ferry, Stevens or Okanogan County. To date over $42,000 has been awarded to local students.

In addition to student grants, our auction supports the Columbia Highlands Initiative which promotes collaboration with local businesses, lumber producers, energy providers and elected officials to implement a balanced plan for restoring forests and creating jobs, protecting working ranches and wildlife habitat, and preserving wild roadless areas for future generations.

Don’t miss the fun – last year the event was sold out
South End Project Objection is Resolved

The Kettle Ranger’s are pleased to announce settlement of the South End Project.  After months of collaborative discussions with county commissioners, representatives of motorized groups and the U.S. Forest Service a resolution was agreed to that includes restoration of riparian and hillside areas damaged by illegal OHV use, signage placement denoting trails open to OHV use and spring to fall policing of the South End Project area.  We believe this agreement demonstrates good faith effort to support a defined motorized recreation play area while reducing illegal OHV use and resource damage that result from that.

In addition to resolving disagreements in this case, KRCG Executive Director Timothy Coleman advocated for financial support of the South End Project through his participation in the Colville Resource Advisory Council to the tune of $180,000+

2013 Project Scholarship awards $1,000 to Republic and Tonasket high school seniors

This year’s awards went to Republic senior Stephanie Wilson and senior Megan Beyers from Tonasket. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to attend the college of their choice. Ms. Wilson will be attending Eastern Washington University pursuing a major in chemistry and Ms. Beyer will major in exercise science at Pacific Lutheran University. Project Scholarship applications for the current school year may be submitted beginning in March and are due by May first. Donations to Project Scholarship are tax-deductible. Since 1996, Kettle Range Conservation Group’s Project Scholarship has contributed over $43,000 in scholarships to seniors from Ferry, Stevens, and Okanogan counties. For more information click on Project Scholarship in the left column.

Big Lick Trail Reopened

Curlew Job Corps Instrumental in Opening Historic Kettle Crest Trail

The historic Big Lick Trail in the Kettle River Range was finally cleared of a maze-like tangle of downed trees that had made it completely impassable even to the most rugged outdoors person. Volunteers from Kettle Range Conservation Group and Curlew Job Corps Forestry students put in a herculean effort requiring seven days and 366 person hours to clear 5.5 miles of trail of many hundreds of downed trees that in some locations were piled into twisted trunks and branches over 7 feet deep. Read more: CLICK HERE
The perfect gift...protecting Wilderness
Consider giving a gift membership to Kettle Range Conservation Group. Your gift will help protect the last wild places in the Colville National Forest and support Project Scholarship.
Plus your gift is tax deductible.
You can purchase a gift membership by using our secure PayPal account. Please click this link:
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Plus you can download and print a special KRCG gift card to present to your friend. Click here.
Thank you!

Independent Study on Impact of Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition (NEWFC) Blueprint

Economic studyAt the request of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, Headwaters Economics conducted an examination of northeast Washington’s communities and economy to determine the possible impacts of the "Blueprint" proposal for managing National Forest lands in the region.

Click here to review the results at the Headwaters Economics website.


KRCG Official logoKettle Range Conservation Group History
During our 37 years of conservation work we have met many challenges facing our national forests and rural communities throughout northeast and north central Washington. Our longest running campaign to protect national forest wilderness in the wild and un-roaded backcountry of the Kettle River Range, Okanogan Highlands and Selkirk Mountains continues today.
 

WOLF UPDATES

Conservation Groups Appeal to Gov. Inslee
to Require Rules Limiting Killing of Washington's Endangered Wolves

Aug. 28. Eight conservation groups filed an appeal with Governor Jay Inslee today to reverse the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s denial of a petition asking for enforceable rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.
Read the news release
Click Here
KRCG notes killing wolves can result in more conflict
Aug. 22: Eight conservation organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Washington residents, are calling on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescind a kill order issued earlier this week for wolves of the Huckleberry pack.
Read the news release
Click Here

State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington Wolves
Press release: Eight Petitioning Groups Will Appeal to Governor

Background:
KRCG Urges Washington Wildlife Agency to End Support for Abolishing Federal Wolf Protections
Read the letters of support:
Press release: Rescind Support for Fed Delisting
and
Letter to WDFW to Rescind support for Fed Delisting

HighlandsNews
Journal of the Kettle Range
Conservation Group
Now on-line
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WILDERNESS.NET
is the only officially-recognized, national, comprehensive, inter-agency database of information about all Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service
wilderness areas.
Wilderness.net was formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.


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