HISTORY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The Kettle Range Conservation group is among the
most diverse, successful, and powerful grassroots community groups in the Northwest.
For the past 26 years, Kettle Range has challenged hundreds of projects that threatened
ecosystem health and inspired thousands of individuals to speak out for responsible
management of their public lands. Together with our collaborators, we have safeguarded
more than one half million acres of forest in the Okanogan and Colville National
Forests in northeastern Washington State. In the past six years we have:
- Stopped forest plan projected development
of 650,000 acres of wild roadless forests of the Colville and Okanogan National
- Produced a 2002 report titled, "OUT
OF BOUNDS!" a 120-page report, with Abridged (28 pages) and Executive
Summary examination of ORV recreation regulations and impacts on the Okanogan
and Colville National Forests.
- Produced a detailed 158 page report in 2001
regarding noxious weed spread on our national forests entitled: "Risky
Business: Invasive species management on National Forests."
- Organized funding and facilitated development
of a study by Dr. Thomas Michael Power in 2000 entitled "The Economic
Impacts of Protecting Washingtons Roadless National Forest," illustrating
the economic values of wilderness protection.
- Organized a collaborative group of eastern
Washington grassroots groups in 1996 to stop roadless area and ancient forest
timber sales. In 1998 this group became the Wild Washington Campaign, a coalition
now containing 43 groups working for permanent protection of over 3 million
acres of wild forests in Washington State. Kettle Range continues to facilitate
and play a leading role in the campaign.
- Awarded $19,600 in scholarships since 1996
to northeastern Washington high school seniors who have been accepted into
university Natural Resource/Conservation programs.
- Co-produced an in-depth science analysis
of the Kettle River Range, "Scientific Justification for the proposed
Columbia Mountains National Monument" to determine its suitability for
designation as a national monument.
- Organized free public hikes since 1977, leading
several hikes per year into roadless wild forests that are at risk of logging
to better connect individuals with actual wildlands at risk, and to increase
Kettle Ranges constituency in urban and rural eastern Washington.
- Partnered with Canadian forest activists
to protect over 200,000 acres of the southern Kettle-Monashee Mountains as
Wilderness Parks, safeguarding the habitat of 30-40 grizzly bear and other
sensitive species including lynx and wolverine.
The Kettle Range Conservation Group is in a
unique position. We are one of the very few Eastern Washington grassroots groups
working to protect roadless areas, forests, deserts, water quality and wildlife.
We anchor a largely urban-based conservation movement from our office in Republic. We couple our Forest Watch ecosystem defense work with public outreach emphasizing
the economic connection of community to a sustainable environment.