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Dave Gordon, former KRCG board member, passes.

Dave was a longtime advocate for the Kettle Range, a Veteran, a mountaineer, community volunteer, world traveler and author. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Rest in peace Dave.

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Climate Forests Campaign is calling on the Biden Administration to enact a strong, lasting rule across federal public lands that protects mature and old-growth trees and forests from logging, allowing the recovery of old-growth forests that have been lost...and Let Giants Grow in the Pacific Northwest.
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You’re Invited to the Healthy Public Lands Project Inaugural Conference – June 1-3, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT

Registration is now open for thefirst annual conference of the Healthy Public Lands Project!

The Healthy Public Lands Project is a network of local, regional and national conservation groups working to improve the way livestock grazing is managed on our public lands so that watersheds and wildlife habitat are healthy and thriving.

Our collective vision is to ensure that public lands are managed to prioritize healthy ecosystems for wildlife and present and future generations.

We are very excited to take a deep dive with you into a variety of topics in support of this critical and timely effort to bring light to the current state of public lands and chart a path toward meaningful conservation outcomes that enhance biodiversity and contribute to a future supporting healthy lands, wildlife and humans for generations to come.

So please join us June 1-3 in Salt Lake City for two and half days of dialog, discussion, and debate. We’re looking forward to your input and questions and the opportunity to connect.

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For more information or to inquire about participation and volunteer opportunities email: contact@healthypubliclands.org


Gray wolves ordered back onto federal endangered species list, majority of Washington wolves unaffected

Read the Feb. 11th story in the Spokesman-Review.
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Time to Reform Wildlife Governance
By Chris Bachman

The recent resignation of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Fred Koontz, Ph.D., exemplifies the inevitably fatal outcome when a compassionate centrist enters a polarized conversation and attempts to build a bridge, bolstered with peer-reviewed science, to preserve our dwindling biodiversity.

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Kettle Range Conservation Group welcomes Chris Bachman to its staff and volunteers. Chris has joined the staff at Kettle Range as Director of Wildlife and Wildlands.

Chris comes to KRCG from The Lands Council, a conservation group based in Spokane, WA where he served as Wildlife Program Director for the last four years, working on large carnivore conservation as well as beaver relocation and conflict mitigation. He joins the KRCG team to focus his efforts wildlife protection and terrestrial and aquatic habitat and biodiversity preservation.

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Groups send Forest Service 60-day notice of intent to sue for failing to consider livestock impacts on threatened bull trout and their critical habitat.

SPOKANE, WA—To defend threatened bull trout and bull trout critical habitat on the Colville National Forest—and with much of northeast Washington under extreme drought—conservation groups have warned the U.S. Forest Service that they will amend an existing lawsuit against the agency’s grazing management to include claims under the Endangered Species Act if the agency does not respond.
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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Ancient Forest & Wildlife
Sanpoil Timber Sale Challenged
Spokane, WA. The Kettle Range Conservation Group filed a complaint May 12, 2021 in federal district court challenging the Sanpoil timber project in the Kettle River Range, located in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington. The Sanpoil Project violates the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Forest Service predicts the timber sale will produce 50-60 million board feet of timber, enough to fill an estimated 10-12,000 logging trucks.
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The Colville National Forest turns a deaf ear to collaboration
Sad as it is true, the U.S. Forest Service, Colville National Forest (CNF) has returned to its old right-brained habit of ignoring public input, clearcutting and logging ancient forest as evidenced in the Sherman Pass Project. I spent six years collaborating with the CNF on this project. The CNF said it would not be clearcutting the forest, but it did so, a lot. Despite criticism from collaborative interests, the Forest Service is adamant that it did the right thing – and in a Scenic Byway no less.
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 Western wolf coalition challenges nationwide wolf delisting
January 14, 2021. Today, a coalition of Western wolf advocates challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to prematurely strip wolves of federal protections in the contiguous 48 states, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. “The finger on the trigger of wolf slaughter is driven by anti-government fanatics who foment fear, lies and mistrust. The Endangered Species Act makes such hostility to wild nature more difficult, more closely watched,” said Timothy Coleman, director of Kettle Range Conservation Group and former member of the state Wolf Advisory Group.
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Conservationists File Complaint with Colville National Forest Over Outdated Grazing Practices in Newly Adopted Land Management Plan
Spokane, Wash.— THE LANDS COUNCIL, WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT, and KETTLE RANGE CONSERVATION GROUP filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington today, challenging the U.S. Forest Service for allowing excessive cattle grazing in the Colville National Forest, leading to long-term damage to the forest ecosyste
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Understanding Wolves - Wolf Behavior and Habituation
Normal wolf behavior can easily be confused as habituation; becoming too comfortable with humans. Wolves are often described as shy and fearful of humans. Consequently, when a person sees a wolf pup lying in the middle of a dirt road or an adult wolf trails a person through the woods, he/she describes the wolf as exhibiting non-typical behavior or “habituated”.
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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.
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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 Washingtonís 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 46 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.
 

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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 to reverse the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissionís 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
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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