SEFS to Host Wolf Research Panel on Lethal Management

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), in partnership with the Pacific Wolf Coalition, will be hosting a research panel on Wednesday, October 29, to explore the impacts lethal management may have on wolves, and to facilitate a discussion about how to apply that knowledge to wildlife management in the Pacific Northwest.

Organized by SEFS Professors John Marzluff and Aaron Wirsing, the research panel will highlight the current issues managers face in California, Oregon, Washington and the Northern Rockies as wolf populations have or are in the process of recovering. Panelists will share research findings and the most current science on how various management strategies might impact wolf ecology, pack structure, habitat connectivity, social acceptance and recovery.

Wolf Panel

Wolf caught on a stationary camera near Republic, Wash.

“Our hope is that this panel, which is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, will help to shape policy in Washington that facilitates wolf recovery while minimizing impacts to those who are coming into contact with these top predators,” says Professor Wirsing.

Drawing top researchers from around the region and country, the panel will include Dr. Doug Smith of the National Park Service; Professor Jeremy Bruskotter from Ohio State University; Professor Rob Wielgus from Washington State University; Dr. Scott Brainerd from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Professor Adrian Treves from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; Dr. Donny Martorello from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Mike Jimenez from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

Due to limited space, the panel is invitation-only and not open to the public, but you can contact Professors Marzluff and Wirsing to learn more about the event and how to access materials and findings afterwards.

Generous support for the panel has come from the University of Washington, Wilburforce Foundation, Conservation Northwest, and the Pacific Wolf Coalition.

Photo © SEFS.

Fall Planting Party!

If the start of Fall Quarter has you fired up and extra motivated to get your hands dirty, you can channel that energy on Saturday, October 19, at a volunteer work party with our friends at Conservation Northwest!

The fall planting, organized by Conservation Northwest and other local partners, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Snoqualmie Pass along the Interstate 90 corridor. Their goal is to recruit 40 to 80 volunteers to help restore and connect important habitat, and they’ll be planting native plants, including ground cover, shrubs and willows, all around the Gold Creek pond area.

Gold CreekGold Creek is an essential pathway for wildlife moving north and south in Washington’s Cascades and needs greater protection and connectivity. Beginning in 2007, Conservation Northwest and partners began restoration efforts reducing invasive plants and recovering native species. Not only is Gold Creek an important place for wildlife, it also offers popular and important recreation opportunities, including picnic areas, an ADA-accessible trail, and trail access to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Beverages, snacks, work gloves and tools will be provided, but you’ll want to bring a lunch and extra water. If you have your own favorite gardening gloves, feel free to bring those as well.

To learn more or RSVP for the planting, contact Jen Watkins and come join Conservation Northwest in their efforts to improve Gold Creek for wildlife and human uses!

Photo © Conservation Northwest.