WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act


By Bob Ferris People who teach in a classroom understand that the game is won or lost and the tone set extremely early in the process.  Setting and communicating clear boundaries and expectations on that first day of class can help head off problems and save a lot time and energy on corrective actions.  By … Continue reading WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act

Dredging Up The Truth


By Bob Ferris   With every complicated, science-based issue we seem to tackle, from climate change to wolves and from forestry to diesel particulates, there seems to be a handful of slide-rule era-educated, contrarian scientists who pull themselves up from the depths of retirement to confuse the issue.  These self-proclaimed mavens generally have some credentials, but not the … Continue reading Dredging Up The Truth

Press Release: Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened North Oregon Coast Red Tree Vole


For immediate release September 26, 2012 Contact: Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463               Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495               Reed Wilson, Benton Forest Coalition, (541) 754-3254 EUGENE, Ore.- Three conservation organizations filed a legal challenge today to halt the controversial Rickard Creek timber sale on Salem Bureau of Land Management lands … Continue reading Press Release: Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened North Oregon Coast Red Tree Vole

Suction Dredging…Sucks


By Bob Ferris   My access point to my career in the conservation field came originally from fish.  I caught my first trout on the Eel River in northern California while my family was on their way to visit the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.  As we were on our way north, my mother grudgingly … Continue reading Suction Dredging…Sucks

Wolves’ Return Displeases Some Hunters, Farmers


September 9, 2012, 12:01 a.m. By Bill Sheets, Herald Writer   Gray wolves, also known as timberwolves, were once nearly hunted out of existence in the 48 contiguous United States but are bouncing back. Their numbers have grown from less than 700 in 1960 to more than 6,000 at the end of 2010. Currently there … Continue reading Wolves’ Return Displeases Some Hunters, Farmers

Press Release: Washington State Resumes Hunt for Wolves With Aim to Destroy Wedge Pack


For immediate release September 5, 2012 Contact:    Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495                   Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463      OLYMPIA, Wash.— Following two depredations last week, the state of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife ended its brief wolf-hunting reprieve and is again gunning to kill up to four wolves … Continue reading Press Release: Washington State Resumes Hunt for Wolves With Aim to Destroy Wedge Pack

Coos Bay Coal Terminal–Look at the Jobs and Money Closely


There are things in life that make no sense when exposed to the light of day.  Many of these are offered by charlatans selling items like cattle magnets to improve gas mileage and some of them are foisted on the American public by the very “military-industrial complex” Dwight Eisenhower once warned us about.    Perfect … Continue reading Coos Bay Coal Terminal–Look at the Jobs and Money Closely

Press Release: Washington Wolves Get Temporary Reprieve From Kill Order


For Immediate Release, August 30, 2012 Contact: Tim Ream, Center for Biological Diversity, (541) 531-8541 Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463   Washington Wolves Get Temporary  Reprieve From Kill Order State Asked to Cancel Kill Order Permanently   OLYMPIA, Wash.— Following more than a week of pressure from conservation groups and thousands of members of … Continue reading Press Release: Washington Wolves Get Temporary Reprieve From Kill Order

Upper Minam Wolf Pack Documented in Eagle Cap Wilderness


The Oregonian by Richard Cockle JOSEPH — Oregon has a brand new wolf pack, complete with a litter of five pups, discovered last weekend deep in the 560-square-mile Eagle Cap Wilderness of northeastern Oregon. State biologists spotted two gray-colored adult wolves and their pups on Aug. 25 in the Upper Minam River drainage, said Michelle … Continue reading Upper Minam Wolf Pack Documented in Eagle Cap Wilderness

State of Washington Urged to Halt Wolf Killing: Evidence Lacking That Wedge Wolf Pack Is Responsible for Livestock Loss


For Immediate Release, August 24, 2012 Contact: Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495 Suzanne Stone, Defenders of Wildlife, (208) 861-4655 Greg Costello, Western Environmental Law Center, (206) 260-1166   OLYMPIA, Wash.— Seven conservation organizations sent a letter today calling on Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and state agencies to … Continue reading State of Washington Urged to Halt Wolf Killing: Evidence Lacking That Wedge Wolf Pack Is Responsible for Livestock Loss