November 2017 Newsletter | Cascade Forest Conservancy

November 2017 Newsletter

Protecting Key Habitat Areas of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

From old-growth forests to snow-covered alpine areas, Washington’s South Cascades are home to a variety of habitat types that support unique plant and animal populations. Connectivity throughout the landscape allows wildlife to move between habitat areas, enabling populations to be more resilient to a changing climate. Cascade Forest Conservancy has identified some of the key areas in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that, with increased protections, would improve the ability of wildlife populations to move between patches of habitat and be more resilient to climate change impacts.

Read more in our blog https://cascadeforest.org/protecting-key-habitat-areas-of-the-gifford-pinchot-national-forest/

Mount St. Helens Mine Update 

October was a busy month for the campaign to stop mining near Mount St. Helens! At the beginning of the month, with the help of our attorneys, Tom Buchele at Earthrise Law Center and Roger Flynn at Western Mining Action Project, we submitted our objection letter to the Forest Service Draft Decision Notice to allow exploratory drilling in the Green River valley. Read our objection letter here. During the objection period, CFC and our coalition partners also generated thousands of petition signatures opposing the permit decision from concerned citizens. CFC also led a hike along the Green River trail, where we experienced first-hand the unique beauty of the Green River valley. We are committed to protecting the Green River valley from mining by challenging the permit decision in court and advocating for long-term protection of this area. Please consider supporting our fight by donating to CFC.
Visit our page on the mine by clicking here: https://cascadeforest.org/our-work/mining/

CFC’s Annual Auction and Banquet a Success!

The board, staff, and volunteers of CFC wish to thank everyone who attended the 2017 Annual Auction and Banquet.  This year’s event was held at the Melody Ballroom, and was a lovely evening.  An array of silent auction items, the Wall of Beverages, the popular Heads & Tails bead game, the live auction, and the Dessert Dash were all a big hit with the crowd!  This year’s Special Appeal, focusing on the Mt. St Helen’s mine campaign, was a great chance to support the important work that CFC does to protect the Gifford Pinchot National Forest from environmental degradation.

Matt Little’s presentation and video on CFC’s successes and upcoming challenges was very inspiring. Matt also presented this year’s Big Foot Volunteer of the Year Award to Steve Jones for his ongoing work in conservation. It was accepted in his absence by John Bohrnsen, President of the Clark-Skamania Fly fishers.

The strong show of support from members and guests in attendance raised over $40,000 for conservation. Thank you!

Young Friends of the Forest!

Evergreen High School and Heritage High School in Vancouver, WA and Robert Gray Middle School in Portland, OR participated in our Young Friends of the Forest program this October. Evergreen’s Environmental Science Class embarked on a wildlife camera survey where they helped set up the cameras and learned about animal track and scat identification. Classes from Robert Gray Middle School and Heritage High School assisted with the first stages of our beaver reintroduction project by assessing habitat suitability in wetlands and riparian areas. Each class also planted around 80 trees to improve aquatic habitat, increase bank stability and biodiversity, and create future forage for newly reintroduced beavers. A huge thank you to all the teachers and students involved with the projects this semester!

Comings and Goings

A big thank you goes out to our accountant, Mona Lindsey, who recently moved to California. In her absence, Amy Wheeler has joined our team, coming to us with extensive experience in financial management for nonprofits. We also wished bon voyage to Michal Orczyk, who recently traveled to Europe to climb and explore. A warm welcome goes out to Carolyn Candela and Lauren Jarrett, who are serving important roles for CFC in development, membership, and marketing.

All of Us at Cascade Forest Conservancy
Wish You a Wonderful Holiday Season!