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Please submit a comment – Deadline is July 5

Draft Colville National Forest Management Plan

The draft Forest Plan Revision for managing the Colville National Forest is open to public comment through July 5. The Forest Plan establishes management direction and sets specific standards & guidelines that will guide the management of the Colville National Forest for at least the next 15 years -- likely much longer. The current Forest Plan is 28 years old.

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Kettle Range Conservation Group presents the
14th Annual Kettle Rendezvous

July 15, 16 & 17

Make plans now to attend the 2016 Kettle Rendezvous at Swan Lake. This is the second year the Rendezvous will be held three days: Friday & Saturday hikes, Saturday barbecue and Sunday breakfast - free to KRCG members -- or $25 for non-members includes a one-year membership, camping, Saturday barbecue, drinks and Sunday breakfast.

This year will be our 14th annual celebration with children and adults of all ages enjoying the company of old friends and the chance to make new ones. The Rendezvous is your chance to relax, go for a hike, swim or whatever you choose to do.

to Camp Overnight at Swan Lake

Please call 509 775-2667 or email

Public Lands – Land for all the People!
Celebrate the beauty of the Columbia Highlands

The recent armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a shocking reminder that we conservationists and lovers of nature need to get involved in the management of our Public Lands. A rise in legislative proposals across the country are part of a broader conspiracy to privatize our federal public lands led by extremist militants, influential politicians and powerful special-interest funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers and whose hidden agenda is to drill, develop and denude our National Parks, National Forests and Wildlife Refuges.

But you can help stop this from happening by getting involved. READ MORE

Conservationists deal blow to Wildlife Services in landmark WA wolf case
Court rejects indiscriminate wolf killing

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In response to a challenge brought by a coalition of conservation organizations, a federal court rejected plans to escalate cruel wolf killing in Washington state by the secretive federal program dubbed "Wildlife Services." Federal District Judge Robert Bryan held that Wildlife Services should have prepared a more in-depth environmental analysis of the impacts of its proposed wolf killing activities, finding the program’s cursory environmental assessment faulty because the proposed actions would have significant cumulative impacts that are highly controversial and highly uncertain. READ MORE

Urge Governor Inslee to reverse the undemocratic and arbitrary cougar-quota decision
In April 2015, in an abrupt two-minute exchange, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Commission raised the hunting quota for cougars (Puma concolor) by 50 to 100 percent in areas of the state where wolves also live. The Commission made this decision without providing prior notice to the public, giving the public no opportunity to comment, and without the benefit of a formal presentation of cougar population dynamics by the Department of Fish & Wildlife's own biologists. READ MORE

Trail Maintenance - Please help - Volunteers needed
Kettle Range Conservation Group volunteered to help with Colville National Forest trail maintenance this summer on Tenmile, Big Lick and Gibraltar trails. Trail work is both fun and necessary to keep our trails in good shape - so come on out. All skill levels & ages are encouraged to participate. We will provide training for those who need it, and we will not work you too hard!

In addition to Gibraltar and Ten Mile maintenance, work parties to repair the Big Lick Trail are being planned. More information on future work parties can be found on our website or our Facebook page which we are working hard to keep up to date. If you are not on Facebook you can link to our page at our website. You will not be able to comment, but you can read all of our posts and keep up to date on what is happening.

Please bring food, water, and appropriate gear including long pants, gloves, eye protection and boots are a must. Tools will be provided.

Any question about the hikes or work parties feel free to contact
Dan Price: email:

Conservationists Challenge Wildlife Services’ Authority to Kill Wolves in Washington

Wildlife Services Activities Threaten Wolf Recovery, Healthy Ecosystems
Olympia, Wash. — The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) on behalf of five conservation groups, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program challenging its authority to kill endangered wolves in Washington state. READ MORE

Erosion threats prompt appeal of state timber sale in burned area
Proposed “salvage” sale undermines forest recovery and restoration
A Methow resident was joined by two conservation groups in an appeal of a large timber sale located on state lands which burned and flooded last year. The Carlton Complex FIT Salvage timber sale proposes to clear cut 1,200 acres of lightly to severely burned forests by operating ground-based machinery on exposed erosive soils. Research has shown this type of logging dramatically boosts soil erosion, crushes forest regrowth, and undermines forest recovery. READ MORE

A new wolf pack has been documented by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in the Kettle River Mountains.
The pack known as the Profanity Pack has taken up residence in the Profanity Roadless Area. There are three adults and three pups in this pack. There are cows bunched up in this area – about 500 of them – and a cow & calf have been killed in the upper Lambert Creek area in the subalpine region of these mountains. This is where the state’s plan to use nonlethal means to prevent further depredations must be put in place to protect this endangered species.
Thanks for speaking out for wildlife.  - Tim

South End Project Objection is Resolved

The Kettle Ranger’s are pleased to announce settlement of the South End Project.  After months of collaborative discussions with county commissioners, representatives of motorized groups and the U.S. Forest Service a resolution was agreed to that includes restoration of riparian and hillside areas damaged by illegal OHV use, signage placement denoting trails open to OHV use and spring to fall policing of the South End Project area.  We believe this agreement demonstrates good faith effort to support a defined motorized recreation play area while reducing illegal OHV use and resource damage that result from that.

In addition to resolving disagreements in this case, KRCG Executive Director Timothy Coleman advocated for financial support of the South End Project through his participation in the Colville Resource Advisory Council to the tune of $180,000+

Big Lick Trail Reopened

Curlew Job Corps Instrumental in Opening Historic Kettle Crest Trail

The historic Big Lick Trail in the Kettle River Range was finally cleared of a maze-like tangle of downed trees that had made it completely impassable even to the most rugged outdoors person. Volunteers from Kettle Range Conservation Group and Curlew Job Corps Forestry students put in a herculean effort requiring seven days and 366 person hours to clear 5.5 miles of trail of many hundreds of downed trees that in some locations were piled into twisted trunks and branches over 7 feet deep. Read more: CLICK HERE
The perfect gift...protecting Wilderness
Consider giving a gift membership to Kettle Range Conservation Group. Your gift will help protect the last wild places in the Colville National Forest and support Project Scholarship.
Plus your gift is tax deductible.
You can purchase a gift membership by using our secure PayPal account. Please click this link:
Plus you can download and print a special KRCG gift card to present to your friend. Click here.
Thank you!

Independent Study on Impact of Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition (NEWFC) Blueprint

Economic studyAt the request of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, Headwaters Economics conducted an examination of northeast Washington’s communities and economy to determine the possible impacts of the "Blueprint" proposal for managing National Forest lands in the region.

Click here to review the results at the Headwaters Economics website.

KRCG Official logoKettle Range Conservation Group History
During our 39 years of conservation work we have met many challenges facing our national forests and rural communities throughout northeast and north central Washington. Our longest running campaign to protect national forest wilderness in the wild and un-roaded backcountry of the Kettle River Range, Okanogan Highlands and Selkirk Mountains continues today.


Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive hormones
New research suggests heavily hunted wolves experience increased social and physiological stress.
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Conservation Groups Appeal to Gov. Inslee
to Require Rules Limiting Killing of Washington's Endangered Wolves

Eight conservation groups filed an appeal with Gov. Jay Inslee today to reverse the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s denial of a petition asking for enforceable rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.
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KRCG notes killing wolves can result in more conflict
Aug. 22: Eight conservation organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Washington residents, are calling on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescind a kill order issued earlier this week for wolves of the Huckleberry pack.
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State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington Wolves
Press release: Eight Petitioning Groups Will Appeal to Governor

KRCG Urges Washington Wildlife Agency to End Support for Abolishing Federal Wolf Protections
Read the letters of support:
Press release: Rescind Support for Fed Delisting
Letter to WDFW to Rescind support for Fed Delisting

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