Defined by some as “the watersheds of the rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean through North America’s temperate rainforest zone, Cascadia, or the Pacific Northwest, extends from northern California to south-central Alaska—along a coastline once cloaked in nearly continuous rainforest—and inland as far as the Continental Divide.”
Cascadia Wildlands works with conservation colleagues throughout the bioregion, primarily in Oregon and Washington. We use a potent combination of grassroots organizing, litigation, coalition building, and policy to defend the wild places, waters and species of the bioregion. We set lofty conservation goals, and employ a diversity of time-tested strategies and tactics to achieve them.
we like it wild.
After their systematic extermination in the early 1900s, gray wolves are making a remarkable comeback in the Pacific West. However, wolves remain under fire by special interest groups, politicians and weak management plans. Cascadia Wildlands plays a leading role in the region to recover this majestic species through outreach and eduction, litigation, and policy.
Our system of public lands in the Pacific West provide clean water, salmon and wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities like no other. Yet these world-class landscapes remain threatened with clearcutting and privatization schemes. Cascadia Wildlands employs a suite of strategies to protect our storybook landscapes in the region.
The science is clear that we must do all we can to limit fossil fuel development in order to sustain a livable climate and the Earth’s biodiversity. However, Big Industries and politicians who do their bidding are working overtime to advance coal, gas and oil schemes that threaten our climate. Cascadia Wildlands plays a key role in combating reckless energy schemes in the region.
Cascadia’s iconic wild salmon stocks are threatened with extinction due to damming of rivers, water quality degradation, hatchery competition and other limiting factors. Cascadia Wildlands confronts projects that further threaten the viability of wild salmon, like suction-dredge mining, genetically-modified salmon, logging in stream-side reserves, dam building and other egregious land and water management proposals.