Great Northern LCC releases a story map telling the regional conservation success and collaboration

The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative has released a story map that reflects the near-decade long excellent work that has been accomplished through their leadership and network since 2010.    The story highlights the partnerships and commitment of individuals within the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Coopearative to collaborative conservation on the incredible landscapes we manage and share from the Cascades to the Rockies.

They have dedicated this story to the memory of a dear friend and inspired colleague to both the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative regional community and local Cascadia Partner Forum, John Pierce.

Please take a few minutes to tour the Great Northern LCC story.

Conference in Cascadia on “Coping with change through innovation” March 27-30th

The Northwest Scientific Association is hosting a conference March 27-30th at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington entitled “Coping with change through innovation:  New approaches, tools, and collaborations”

Our Partner Forum will be presenting at the conference, and the schedule contains a wealth of information on approaches to adaptation applicable throughout Cascadia.

Learn more at

North Pacific LCC hosts a webinar on 1/31 focused on our Cascadia Partner Forum

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative is hosting a webinar as part of their Science-Management Series on the work of our Cascadia Partner Forum.  Jen Watkins (Conservation Northwest) and Andrew Shirk (UW’s Climate Impacts Group) will be sharing history and context of the Cascadia Partner Forum, as well as our current areas of focus for the year ahead including the forum’s priority issues and development of a collaborative Cascadia Climate Adaptation Strategy.

The webinar takes place January 31 from 10am to 11am (Pacific Standard Time).

Learn more and register by clicking here.

New film documents collaboration in Cascadia around habitat connectivity

Released today, Cascade Crossroads is a 30-minute documentary film chronicling the story unfolding over and under Interstate 90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. At the intersection of a major east-west transportation corridor and a crucial north-south wildlife migration corridor, a monumental project combining conservation, collaboration, and innovation led to the construction of North America’s largest wildlife crossings project in conjunction with major infrastructure improvements for motorists.

As habitat connectivity is a priority issue for the Cascadia Partner Forum, we joined many others in sponsoring this film to ensure that we document and share stories of collaboration and success towards acheiving a more resilient landscape for people, species, and ecosystems.


The film features breathtaking footage of Washington’s Central Cascades and interviews with public and private partners including: Mark Anderson (Anderson Hay), Dan Brewster (Summit at Snoqualmie), State Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), Gene Duvernoy (Forterra), Mitch Friedman (Conservation Northwest), Patty Garvey-Darda (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest), Randy Giles (Washington State Department of Transportation), Jon Hoekstra (Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust), Paul James (Central Washington University), State Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima), Mike Livingston (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife), Doug MacDonald (former Washington Secretary of Transportation), Charlie Raines (Sierra Club & I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition), Janet Ray (AAA of Washington), Peter Singleton (PNW Research Station – U.S. Forest Service), Jen Watkins (Conservation Northwest & I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition), and Brian White (Washington State Department of Transportation).

The film is available on Facebook and YouTube.  Public screenings have already been scheduled in Seattle and Ellensburg with more to follow, and are tracked on the project page.

Relevant links for more information:

Revised website shows wildlife crossing structures creating safe passage for wildlife in Cascadia

Deer walking under Interstate 90 in the newly constructed Gold Creek underpass within the larger I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. Photo credit: WSDOT

Public and private partners have re-launched an updated wildlife-monitoring website aimed at getting feedback from motorists traveling on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

The site, I-90 Wildlife Watch, invites information from the 28,000 motorists that drive over Snoqualmie Pass each day. The information motorists provide will allow public agencies and conservation groups data about the movement of wildlife within the I-90 corridor. The area features newly completed and under-construction wildlife crossings, part of a major highway improvement effort, the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).  Now the website also is displaying the results of fish and wildlife research in this landscape, including remote cameras images and videos of wildlife utilizing the newly constructed wildlife crossings on I-90.

“The I-90 Wildlife Watch is a wonderful opportunity to foster participation, education, innovation, and collaboration in wildlife research.  Through the I-90 Wildlife Watch, the public, agencies, and universities can work together to learn how to restore the connectivity of wildlife populations on the National Forest and also protect public safety through the prevention of vehicle/animal collision,” said Patty Garvey-Darda, wildlife biologist with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Interstate 90 crosses the Cascades at Snoqualmie Pass, where traffic volumes average 28,000 vehicles per day and are increasing by approximately 2 percent per year. While I-90 is a vital east-west transportation corridor in the state, it also bisects a critical north-south wildlife corridor for wildlife moving throughout the Cascade Mountains and from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Mount Rainier National Park.

As part of the I-90 improvement project, WSDOT plans to build 24 wildlife crossing structures between Hyak and Easton to provide a safe roadway for both motorists and wildlife.  These structures range in size from enlarged culverts passing under the interstate to 150-foot vegetated bridges over the roadway. Construction on these crossings are underway. WSDOT has already completed two undercrossings near Hyak and is in the process of building the Keechelus Lake Wildlife Overcrossing, scheduled to be complete in 2019, over the roadway near Price Creek.

“Each new phase of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project brings us closer to our goal of minimizing the impact of the highway on the landscape. The project would not be possible without the support of the public and our partners,” stated Mark Norman, WSDOT biologist. The website provides a great opportunity to make connections with those groups. Together we will make I-90 safer for wildlife and motorists for generations to come.”

Take a look and keep re-visiting the website at!

Museum exhibit highlights habitat connectivity in Cascadia this summer

Maintaining and restoring habitat connectivity is a top adaptation priority for wildlife, allowing them options to move on the landscape in response to changing conditions over time.  This summer, a museum is bringing that concept to life in Cascadia for a suite of species utilizing the drier habitats of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia that extends southward into Washington.

The Penticton Museum and Archives presents “How Do We Get From Here to There? Traveling the Green Highway” an exhibit that looks at how animals use natural pathways, or wildlife corridors, to travel finding food, water, shelter, and mates. The exhibit hopes to increase awareness of the importance of wildlife corridors and offers hands-on activities that illustrate life for an animal looking for ways to move around the Okanagan Valley. Visitors can also explore natural and human-made landscapes through a layered map interface and build their own pollinator garden to improve bee connectivity in a 3D neighbourhood. The exhibition runs from June 8 to September 2. For more information contact the Penticton Museum & Archives 250-490-2454 or

New video highlights unique transboundary collaboration to recover Cascadia wildlife.

Screenshot from the new video on fisher recovery in Washington.

A new brief video highlights a remarkable collaboration between partners in British Columbia and Washington to recover a species in the Cascades, increasing our biodiversity and showing the power of partnerships.

Partners that working together to recover fishers in the Washington Cascades include First Nations, tribes, NGO’s, and state, federal, and provincial agencies.

Historically a common species in Washington, fishers were over-trapped to extinction due to their highly valuable fur. Even after decades of absence from the ecosystem, fisher habitat and their prey base remains intact and abundant, making them exceptional candidates for a population restoration project. Washington is now actively restoring the fisher population by translocating fishers from a healthy British Columbia population to the evergreen state’s landscape.

For project updates visit,

For more information on North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Mount Rainier National Park visit, and

New fund to create Resilient Communities, pre-proposals due March 30th

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality and forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources, and help prepare for foreseeable resiliency challenges.

The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. Lower income communities are often most vulnerable, communities are stronger and bounce back more quickly after an impact/disaster when people work together and have the skills, knowledge and capacity to rebuild.

Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest in these two focus areas:

  • Category 1: Adaptation  through Regional Conservation Projects
  • Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects

Pre-proposals are due March 30, 2017.  Learn more and apply by clicking here.

Alternatives for restoration of grizzly bears presented in draft EIS out for public comment through March 14

The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) invite the public to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem. The alternatives are described in the draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS), released today by the two agencies. The meetings are one part of the public’s opportunity to comment on the draft EIS with an open comment period through March 14, 2017.

The purpose of the EIS is to determine what actions, if any, should be taken to restore the grizzly bear to the North Cascades Ecosystem. Although there are six populations of grizzly bears in North America, the last-known siting of grizzlies in the United States portion of the North Cascades Ecosystem is 1996. The goal of the public comment period is to gather comments regarding the draft EIS; public comments received on the draft EIS will be evaluated and considered in the identification of the preferred alternative, which will be published in the Final EIS. The full draft EIS is available at

As an iconic species that has been identified as both culturally and ecologically significant by our partner forum, grizzly bears have been a priority issue for us since our inception.  View this newly created video exploring whether it is Time for the grizzly? in the North Cascades Recovery Zone.

Great Northern LCC Offers FY17 Funding Opportunity

The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the FY17 funding opportunity. Proposals targeting the priorities and specific criteria described in the Funding Guidance will be accepted until February 17, 2017 at 6pm MST / 5pm PST. There will be two conference calls for questions about the Funding Guidance:

January 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm MST / 1:30 pm PST
January 18, 2017 at 10:30 am MST / 9:30 am PST

More information can be found in the FY17 Funding Guidance.