Public Lands – Land for all the People!
Celebrate the beauty of the Columbia Highlands
The recent armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a shocking reminder that we conservationists and lovers of nature need to get involved in the management of our Public Lands. A rise in legislative proposals across the country are part of a broader conspiracy to privatize our federal public lands led by extremist militants, influential politicians and powerful special-interest funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers and whose hidden agenda is to drill, develop and denude our National Parks, National Forests and Wildlife Refuges.
But you can help stop this from happening by getting involved. READ MORE
Conservationists deal blow to Wildlife Services in landmark WA wolf case
Court rejects indiscriminate wolf killing
OLYMPIA, Wash. – In response to a challenge brought by a coalition of conservation organizations, a federal court rejected plans to escalate cruel wolf killing in Washington state by the secretive federal program dubbed "Wildlife Services." Federal District Judge Robert Bryan held that Wildlife Services should have prepared a more in-depth environmental analysis of the impacts of its proposed wolf killing activities, finding the program’s cursory environmental assessment faulty because the proposed actions would have significant cumulative impacts that are highly controversial and highly uncertain. READ MORE
Urge Governor Inslee to reverse the undemocratic and arbitrary cougar-quota decision
In April 2015, in an abrupt two-minute exchange, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Commission raised the hunting quota for cougars (Puma concolor) by 50 to 100 percent in areas of the state where wolves also live. The Commission made this decision without providing prior notice to the public, giving the public no opportunity to comment, and without the benefit of a formal presentation of cougar population dynamics by the Department of Fish & Wildlife's own biologists.
Trail Maintenance - Please help - Volunteers needed
Kettle Range Conservation Group volunteered to help with Colville National Forest trail maintenance this summer on Tenmile, Big Lick and Gibraltar trails. Trail work is both fun and necessary to keep our trails in good shape - so come on out. All skill levels & ages are encouraged to participate. We will provide training for those who need it, and we will not work you too hard!
In addition to Gibraltar and Ten Mile maintenance, work parties to repair the Big Lick Trail are being planned. More information on future work parties can be found on our website or our Facebook page which we are working hard to keep up to date. If you are not on Facebook you can link to our page at our website. You will not be able to comment, but you can read all of our posts and keep up to date on what is happening.
Please bring food, water, and appropriate gear including long pants, gloves, eye protection and boots are a must. Tools will be provided.
Any question about the hikes or work parties feel free to contact
Dan Price: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservationists Challenge Wildlife Services’ Authority to Kill Wolves in Washington
Wildlife Services Activities Threaten Wolf Recovery, Healthy Ecosystems
Olympia, Wash. — The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) on behalf of five conservation groups, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program challenging its authority to kill endangered wolves in Washington state. READ MORE
Erosion threats prompt appeal of state timber sale in burned area
Proposed “salvage” sale undermines forest recovery and restoration
A Methow resident was joined by two conservation groups in an appeal of a large timber sale located on state lands which burned and flooded last year. The Carlton Complex FIT Salvage
timber sale proposes to clear cut 1,200 acres of lightly to severely burned forests by operating ground-based machinery on exposed erosive soils. Research has shown this type of logging dramatically boosts soil erosion, crushes forest regrowth, and undermines forest recovery. READ MORE
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
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+
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:
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