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What Defenders is Doing in Cascadia

Defenders is working throughout Cascadia – with staff in Idaho, Washington and Oregon -- to address these threats and protect the wildlife and wild places that make this region such a special place to live and recreate.

·         Pressing for officials to implement science-based management plans for gray wolves, grizzly bears, orcas and sage-grouse.

·         Engaging in landscape-level planning processes that benefit multiple species in the Pacific Northwest.

·         Working as part of the Washington Wolf Advisory Group and other local and regional efforts to promote coexistence solutions thereby reducing conflicts between wolves and livestock and ensuring long-term recovery of wolves.

·         Contributing to the effort to reintroduce West Coast fishers to the Cascade mountains in Washington state.

·         Actively engaging with federal officials and local partners in the planning effort to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

·         Promoting conservation planning for sage-grouse that accommodates responsible siting for smart, clean energy development across the West.

·         Advocating ways to reduce pollution in the Salish Sea and remove outdated dams from rivers in the region to restore salmon and the southern resident orcas that depend on those salmon.

·         Pressing for a complete conservation strategy and permanent protection of nesting habitat for the marbled murrelet on state lands.

·         Partnering with coexistence programs in the Selkirk Mountains of eastern Washington and northern Idaho to provide pragmatic and proven solutions for avoiding conflicts between people and grizzlies.

·         Mobilizing opposition within Idaho to the state’s wolf eradication program.

·         Engaging the community in citizen science initiatives that increase our knowledge about rare carnivores.

·         Working as part of the Oregon Habitat Connectivity Consortium to describe, understand and enhance habitat connectivity in Oregon to ensure the long-term viability of Oregon’s plant and animal communities.

·         Promoting proactive wildlife conservation legislation at the state level, focused on state wildlife agency reform and protection of threatened and endangered species.

·         Advancing Smart from the Start principles to minimize the impacts of renewable energy development on sensitive species like birds and bats.