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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

Annual Auction a Great Success
About 100 people packed the Carousel Building in Republic for the annual Kettle Range Conservation Group auction held on November 15. Ninety-seven local businesses and individuals donated auction items in support of the group’s community collaborative forestry restoration strategies, recreation trails program, preservation of roadless areas and to provide scholarship grants to students attending college. The homemade dinner, dessert and beverages combined with live music by Mark Walker Rhodes and fun-loving audience made this event one to remember. For those who couldn’t make it – we hope to see you at our annual auction next year!

What a Great night! KRCG would like to thank all who attended this years annual dinner and auction and for your generous contributions that helped make this event a success. Also thanks to all the artisans, businesses, and individuals who so generously donated items to our auction. Lastly, thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this a great night.

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+

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
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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 38 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.


Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive hormones
New research suggests heavily hunted wolves experience increased social and physiological stress.
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Conservation Groups Appeal to Gov. Inslee
to Require Rules Limiting Killing of Washington's Endangered Wolves

Eight conservation groups filed an appeal with Gov. 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.
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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.
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State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington Wolves
Press release: Eight Petitioning Groups Will Appeal to Governor

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
Letter to WDFW to Rescind support for Fed Delisting

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