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Washington’s Wolves at Risk

By Rebecca Wolfe, Wolf Advisory Group, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The last two weeks of August were very tense for defenders of the Gray Wolf in Washington State.  After a sheep rancher, David Dashiell, put his 1800 head of sheep on Hancock Timber’s private land in known “wolf country,” several sheep (22 reported) were attacked and killed. At least 17 of those have been attributed to wolves. One female wolf has been shot by the WDFW and three more may be killed soon. The pack includes about 12 wolves.

Now the questions are many: Why would someone graze sheep in wolf country that is steep and difficult for herders to protect the sheep? Why would the rancher refuse to participate in a WSU research project designed to prevent depredations? Will the WDFW follow the guidelines passed in 2011, directing the Department to employ all possible and reasonable non-lethal measures before resorting to killing wolves?

Goodbye Monte Cristo Hike (Mtn Loop Hwy, East of Granite Falls)

Saturday, September 13th, 6:45 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 13th 2014

Come join us for a fall hike to see and learn about the historic gold mining town of Monte Cristo and enjoy the autumn colors one last time before this area is "improved" by the USFS. After this Fall, Monte Cristo will be closed to the public for several years.

Over 120 years ago, the 1890’s gold rush miners left behind mine tailings that are still leaching heavy metals today. The USFS has decided to remediate the mining area as part of a massive excavation project. To do this, they are building a new road into Monte Cristo through an inventoried roadless area in an old growth forest that is prime low elevation Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet habitat. They will build roads into the old mine sites, even to mines located within the HMJ Wilderness Area on unstable steep slopes using large excavators and bull dozers; and then haul the tailings several miles with dump trucks from above the town site and burry them in an 18,000 CY disposal pit near the Hap's Hill Campground. The USFS is not even sure that the disposal pit construction is even feasible given the steep, rocky terrain; but they are building the road anyway.

Pasayten Wilderness: 100 Mile Backpack

Saturday, September 20th, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sep 28th 2014

 

The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy! This sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States. Many long trails, mostly lightly used, explore this backcountry, and solitude and wildflowers are ample reward for the long miles. Trails connect to form 100 mile loop, and this loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness.

HIKE to Wallace Falls, Gold Bar Off US Hwy 2

Sunday, September 14th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sep 14th 2014

The summer crowds are gone! This is a great time to enjoy the beauty of nine falls, one of which drops 265 feet. About seven miles round trip at a slow pace, suitable for beginners who are reasonably fit. Wear sturdy waterproof hiking boots, bring rain gear, extra clothes and a snack. Washington State Discover Pass required for parking. Park info: www.parks.wa.gov/289/Wallace-Falls

Tentative carpool from the Lynnwood Transit Center Park & Ride at 8 am. Carpool stop at the Monroe Smokestack at 8:30 am. Other carpool stops will be scheduled as requested.

Coal Free PSE Campaign Concert (Bellingham)

Monday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sep 22nd 2014

Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Bellingham.

Dana Lyons performing and an update on the Coal Free PSE Campaign

Naches Peak Loop (Pierce Co Group)

Thursday, September 25th, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 25th 2014

One of my favorite fall hikes, the Naches Peak Loop is accessed from Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and circles Naches Peak. It's a fairly easy hike -- you start high and stay high. About 4.5 miles. elevation gain 600 feet.

Washington State Chapter and Group Elections

In November we will elect members to the Washington State Chapter Executive Committee (ExCom), our decision-making body. There is much work to be done and we need help!

Nominations are first

We are seeking candidates to run for two-year terms that start in 2015. If you are interested, or you know another member who would make a good ExCom member, please contact Chapter Nomination Committee Chair, Katelyn Kinn at katejkinn@yahoo.com or 920-782-0114.

The deadline for submitting nominations is August 4th, 2014.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Spokane)

Tuesday, August 26th, 12:00 am - 12:00 pm, Aug 26th 2014

Our Shared Responsibility—A Journey against Coal and Oil!

The mining, transport and burning of coal and oil threaten the lands, waters, resources and human health of all of us who live in the Northwest, but none more so than the indigenous people who sit right in the path of destruction.

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, would sit right on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. The mining of that coal would also destroy Northern Cheyenne lands in Montana, and all along the way fossil fuel transport would harm the fishing and treaty rights of Native Americans. This is only one of several ill-conceived coal and oil shipment proposals for our region.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Olympia)

Thursday, August 28th, 12:00 am - 12:00 pm, Aug 28th 2014

Our Shared Responsibility—A Journey against Coal and Oil!

The mining, transport and burning of coal and oil threaten the lands, waters, resources and human health of all of us who live in the Northwest, but none more so than the indigenous people who sit right in the path of destruction.

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, would sit right on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. The mining of that coal would also destroy Northern Cheyenne lands in Montana, and all along the way fossil fuel transport would harm the fishing and treaty rights of Native Americans. This is only one of several ill-conceived coal and oil shipment proposals for our region.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Seattle)

Friday, August 29th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Aug 29th 2014

Our Shared Responsibility—A Journey against Coal and Oil!

The mining, transport and burning of coal and oil threaten the lands, waters, resources and human health of all of us who live in the Northwest, but none more so than the indigenous people who sit right in the path of destruction.

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, would sit right on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. The mining of that coal would also destroy Northern Cheyenne lands in Montana, and all along the way fossil fuel transport would harm the fishing and treaty rights of Native Americans. This is only one of several ill-conceived coal and oil shipment proposals for our region.