Happy New Year from the
Pacific Wolf Coalition
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[Photo: OR Dept. of Fish & Wildlife]

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!
Wow! What a wild ride this past year has been. Would you agree? On behalf of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, we hope you enjoyed a joyous and peaceful holiday season. Now the start of 2017 is officially upon us.
A few weeks before the close of 2016, I was particularly reflective on the work of this coalition. Our collective and amplified voices make this coalition a strong one. We’ve made a difference. Our work matters. It’s been a bumpy ride of a year for us and it’s challenged us as individuals and as coalition members. As I shared with coalition members, there’s a good chance we’ll be challenged again in the future, but we are inspired by your own commitment to this cause and need your continued help and support. As a coalition, we continue to be immensely grateful to you for your engagement in our work and projects.
We have a lot of work ahead of us and it is more important now, more than ever, to collaborate and work together to make a difference for wolves – for their protection as a species, for the protection of their natural habitat, for their legal protections federally and statewide, and to raise awareness within our Pacific West communities about wolves’ stories.

[Photo: Walton Ford, American Museum of Natural History]

Changes Ahead
It goes without saying, there will be many changes ahead in this new year, specifically with a new national Administration. We know this will present challenges for the coalition, but we’re ready to ramp up our efforts and need your voice and support. Get your pens and keyboards ready. Get your list of local, state and federal representatives’ numbers ready to dial. Then, remind yourself why you do what you do. You stay engaged, supportive and active because you care about this species and our planet’s future just like we do. It was difficult to find all positive wildlife stories from 2016, but this is a great celebration of national and global victories for wildlife. Check it out! 
7 Ways Wildlife Won in 2016

[Photo: WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife]
Announcements and Updates:

Start the New Year by watching an incredible movie on the even more incredible journey of Oregon’s most famous wolf, OR-7 (a.k.a. Journey). If you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing this film yet, and you happen to be in the Portland, Oregon area in the next week or so, be sure to attend this film screening on January 18th and join PWC member organization, Oregon Wild, Base Camp Brewing Co., and one of the expedition’s members, Rachael Pecore-Valdez for the film, “Wolf OR-7 Expedition.”
When & Where:
Wednesday January 18th from 6:00-9:00pm at the covered patio of Base Camp Brewing Co. in Portland, OR (930 SE Oak St.). Click here for
more information.
Big News for California!
On December 6th, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced its release of the final version of the Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California. Click here for the full story.

Other Updates for California, Washington and Oregon:

As the coordinator of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, I'd like to leave you with the same quote I shared with all our member organizations before the holidays: “It's a journey...No one is ahead of you or behind you. You are not more "advanced" or less enlightened. You are exactly where you need to be. It's not a contest...It's LIFE. We are ALL teachers and we are ALL students."

In large and small ways, thank you for joining us on this journey of wolf recovery and thank you for joining us as teachers and as students.

Be sure to visit us on Facebook (Pacific Wolves) and via our website: 

For the wolves,
Coordinator, Pacific Wolf Coalition
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