Conservation Northwest

For people and wildlife, Conservation Northwest connects and protects old growth and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies. Since 1989 it has protected hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat: from the big tree forests south of Mount Rainier to forest critical to lynx in the Loomis east of North Cascades National Park. Today it is ensuring the region is wild enough for wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain caribou; working with local communities to create sustainable timber jobs and wilderness; and creating safe passage for wildlife across Interstate 90, to name a few.

Conservation Northwest was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2000 to 2014.

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Conservation Northwest Photo gallery

Spider Glacier in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington. Photo courtesy of Michelle Zeidman.

For the first time in 70 years, fishers have returned to the forests of Washington state. Photo courtesy of Jasmine Minbashian.

Fewer than 20 grizzly bears are thought to remain in the North Cascades. Conservation Northwest is helping recover the population. Photo courtesy of Chris Weston.

The Abercrombie-Hooknose Roadless Area west of the Selkirks, in the Columbia Highlands of northeastern Washington. Photo courtesy of Eric Zamora.

Sunset and beargrass from Abercrombie-Hooknose Roadless Area in northeastern Washington. Photo courtesy of Eric Zamora.

Conservation Northwest Grant history


$2,700 - To conduct research and analysis of the roads system in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, incorporating climate change into the agency's upcoming Minimum Roads Analysis Opportunity fund


$2,500 - To expand the range rider program beyond northeast Washington to two other ranches in the Cascades. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To support the Wild Links 2012 event. Opportunity fund


$2,000 - To assist a coalition of conservation groups in addressing emergent litigation and retaining expert witnesses on aesthetic flows and water quality and temperature. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To help fund an annual meeting on wildlife and climate issues. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To share lessons from ranchers in Alberta who have minimized wolf predation on their livestock. Opportunity fund


$550 - To fund staff to attend the Women and Wilderness Conference 2010. Opportunity fund


$50,000 - A two-year grant to protect natural landscapes within and around the North Cascades. Place-based conservation


$20,000 - To foster wildlife connectivity between the North Cascades and Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To enable citizens of Washington's Whatcom County to create a community-based vision to address the county's future growth. Place-based conservation


$10,000 - To support a merger with like-minded groups in the region and to embark on a branding process. Conservation capacity


$15,000 - To protect B.C.'s globally significant forests by reforming timber harvest practices in B.C. through leverage applied within the context of negotiations between the U.S. and Canada over the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Place-based conservation


$500 - To publish a scientists' letter supporting protection of old-growth forests. Opportunity fund


$20,000 - To creatively engage NWEA's membership and the public in order to increase membership retention and better promote the organization. Conservation capacity


$15,000 - To enhance organizational capacity through a donor volunteer program and an upgrade of web and computer technology. Conservation capacity