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This project supports completion of operational scale connectivity analyses within identified priority linkage areas in the British Columbia–Washington transboundary subregion (from the Cascades crest eastward through the Kettle River Range within the Columbia Mountains). Our efforts are building upon previous investments by the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative and independent analyses that identified the major fracture zones within this landscape and the most important linkage areas to maintain or restore connectivity including those expected to be resilient to climate change.
The Cascadia Partner Forum requests funding to complete conservation design for four Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative conservation targets with significance to the transboundary Cascadia landscape to inform sound, data-driven management planning and action. This project aims to complete conservation design at the Cascadia-wide scale for grizzly bear, salmon, aquatic, and terrestrial connectivity to contribute to the Great Northern LCC Science Plan, while providing input and integration to the courser scale GNLCC-wide Science Plan’s established objectives, threats, metrics, and conservation actions for each target. Additionally we propose to conduct analyses on a common Great Northern LCC landscape...
The Canadian Crown of the Continent (CCoC) is one of three zones where wolverines can move between Canada and the US, providing the last links for recruitment and ultimately gene flow to the highly fragmented population in the US Rocky Mountains. But a combination of rapidly expanding logging, energy development and motorized recreation, along with a growing road network, threatens to fragment and diminish connections in this critical transboundary linkage between the US and Canada. The province of Alberta recently created two parks in the CCoC expanding protection in the Castle Wilderness north of Waterton Lakes National Park and along the British Columbia (BC)- Alberta border. The western boundary of the Castle...
TASK: Identify both: (1) the special priority linkages from the statewide analysis, Columbia Plateau (as they are within Cascadia), and Bill Gaines’s forest level work within Cascadia. What patterns stood out for key linkages and fracture zones; and (2) the key landscape scale linkages to Cascadia from the statewide and Columbia Plateau that keep Cascadia connected to a regional network.
Grizzly bears once had the widest distribution of any bears in the world, including throughout Cascadia (Almack et al. 1993; USFWS 1993, 1997). But due to large scale habitat loss and related human conflict and decades of persecution, grizzly numbers and their range have been reduced by 98% in the continental US (USFWS 1993). This iconic species is culturally and ecologically significant, particularly to indigenous communities in the Cascades and throughout western US and Canada (Rockwell 1991). Grizzly bears feed on a wide variety of plants and animals, and rely on large intact interconnected habitats. Because of their large home ranges and wide variety of habitat needs, grizzly bears are considered an excellent...
WildLinks is a conference comprised of a unique collection of stakeholders. Members of this gathering have come together out of the need for a communal approach to addressing priority ecological and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. WildLinks was initiated by Conservation Northwest, originating in an organic manner. The catalyst of this meeting is a need for discussions about the interconnectedness of our landscape and of individual research and conservation efforts within it. These discussions allow for knowledgeable individuals from a range of backgrounds to collaborate across borders and disciplines on priority issues at a scale that matches the problems at hand.
The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) was listed as a threatened species in the United States in 1975. Grizzly bear recovery across the range has since been guided by the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan (USFWS 1993) and within Washington State by the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Area plan (USFWS 1997). The North Cascades Ecosystem extends north into British Columbia and includes the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Population Unit (Apps 2010, BCME 2010). The entire North Cascades ecosystem is within the boundaries of the Cascadia Partner Forum landscape. The Cascadia Partner forum was formed to foster communication among a network of natural resource practitioners working with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in...
Information on the impact of roads and trails on the landscape within the Teanaway Community Forest (TCF) has been identified as a high priority baseline-data need in order to manage the TCF to meet many of its goals. Two primary metrics that the TCF Advisory Committee and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) & Department of Natural Resources (DNR) want to measure to quantify the impacts of roads and trails are fine sediment and wetland function. We are using the Washington Road Surface Erosion Model (WARSEM) to quantify potential fine sediment mobilization into water bodies of the TCF. To accomplish this requires intensive field-data collection on all roads and trails from which sediment could be transported...
This report synthesizes information relative to conservation, management and research (ongoing and proposed) of lynx, lynx habitat and prey species, to be integrated into the Cascadia Partner Forum’s Science Plan contribution to the Great Northern LCC and to inform updates to the Working for Wildlife business plan. Canada lynx is a focal species of the Working for Wildlife Initiative and a Target species of the GNLCC science plan. A specific conservation goal within the GNLCC science plan is for “large intact blocks” of habitat within the Cascadia Ecotype.
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If the youth leaders of tomorrow’s conservation movement could tell natural resource practitioners, wildlife and wildlands agencies, and non-profit organizations one thing, what would it be? To kick off the 2015 annual meeting of the Cascadia Partner Forum known we decided to find out as part of our Voices of Cascadia project. Working with students from the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington as well as attendees of the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center, we interviewed over a dozen young people about what they thought was important for a wild and healthy future in our region. This video is a sampling of what they had to say. Led by the Cascadia Partner Forum,...
The Cascade mountains in Washington and British Columbia are central to many species and land conservation efforts as they provide important critical habitat for fish and wildlife, while containing the headwaters to vital rivers providing water to cities within and at the base of the mountain range. In summer of 2012 a group of practitioners realized that although the Cascades were central in many of the minds in the northwest, the system was divided between two Landscape Conservation Cooperatives that aimed to increase coordination and communication across borders on high priority natural resource issues.
The wolverine (Gulo gulo), largest terrestrial member of the weasel family, is perhaps one of the rarest and least-studied carnivores in North America. Resembling a short, stocky bear, this animal sports a distinctive bushy tail, small ears and eyes, and semi-retractable claws for climbing and digging. Adult females weigh in the range of 8-12 kg, and males weigh some 50% more. Although they are active during the day, wolverines are primarily nocturnal. Their average lifespan is ten years and they have been known to live as long as 18.
The Cascadia Partner Forum sought funding in 2014 to complete conservation design for four Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative conservation targets with significance to the transboundary Cascadia landscape to inform sound, data-driven management planning and action. This project aims to complete conservation design at the Cascadia-wide scale for grizzly bear, salmon, aquatic, and terrestrial connectivity to contribute to the Great Northern LCC Science Plan, while providing input and integration to the courser scale GNLCC-wide Science Plan’s established objectives, threats, metrics, and conservation actions for each target. Additionally we proposed to conduct analyses on a common Great Northern LCC...
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Cascadia is home to many sockeye salmon, including major runs that pass through the Columbia and Fraser basins. The largest stock in the world famously runs through these ecosystems by way of the Adams River and through the Fraser River system. Sockeye salmon in the both the Fraser and Columbia basins have declined substantially from historic levels when runs were as large as 3 million fish in the Columbia and 40 million in the Fraser at the turn of the 20th century. Reasons for these declines are diverse and sometimes speculative. Uncertainty surrounding this species is raising concerns that have given birth to commissions and conservation efforts to preserve and learn more about the sockeye’s status and their...
The Cascadia Partner Forum is a pilot effort designed to foster a network of natural resource practitioners working within this transboundary region to build the adaptive capacity of the landscape and species living within it. Work is to be accomplished in close coordination with the Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC). Because the Cascades are located on the edges of two LCCs but at the center of many conservation discussions, partners see a need to promote this area and collaborate in a unified way. Participants expressed a need for cooperation eastwest and north-south, across international and LCC borders. There is interest in an umbrella initiative recognized by agencies...
The 8th annual WildLinks conference was held November 10-12, 2014 at the North Cascades Institute in Washington. Hosted by the Cascadia Partner Forum, the conference objectives were to:  Share information on upcoming or underway adaptation related efforts in the transboundary region to increase coordination and involvement, while providing time and space to further these efforts;  Gain local expertise and contribution to North Pacific and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives regional planning efforts, including furthering input from Cascadia on three Great Northern LCC conservation targets prioritized by the Cascadia Partner Forum: Grizzly Bear, Salmon, and Ecological Connectivity (aquatic and terrestrial);...
The Cascadia Partner Forum requests funding to track and foster implementation and update to conservation design for four Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) conservation targets underway towards completion currently while initiating conservation design on two new conservation targets (Canada lynx and bull trout) to contribute to Cascadia-wide climate adaptation strategies and provide input and integration to the courser scale GNLCC-wide Science Plan’s established objectives, threats, metrics, and conservation actions for each target. Additionally we propose to continue our work to create a transboundary network of practitioners coordinating to increase the adaptive capacity of the ecosystems...


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