Working Forests Action Network
The holidays are in full swing and we’re sharing some good news to help your smile grow during what for many of us is a busy week.

A creature that had disappeared from Washington at the beginning of the last century is returning to our wilderness areas, in part due to the cooperation of forest landowners.

The fisher, a member of the weasel family, had declined in number due largely to overtrapping and loss of habitat, but has been reintroduced to Washington forests in recent years. 

Of the many groups working to bring the fisher back to Washington, private forest landowners are key players.

From the One Voice blog:
Forest landowners are also playing a critical role in the fisher's recovery. More than two dozen forest landowners have signed agreements to monitor any fishers that venture on their property and to not disturb the animals. The agreement, called a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), gives the landowners regulatory certainty in the event that the fisher is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

That's why the moment last week in Mount Rainier National Park was so special to forest landowners and so many other people. Ten fishers were released, the first in the park in decades, as part of the ongoing effort to reintroduce the animals to the South Cascades.
Read more about this alliance that helps the fisher and provides stability for our sustainable working forests. We think it’s a positive formula that we look forward to repeating in the New Year just ahead.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season,

Your Friends in Washington's Working Forests

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