Columbia Highlands

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Craig Romano; photography by James Johnston. Contributing photographers: Paul Bannick, Alan Bauer, Charles Gurche, Jasmine Minbashian, and Eric Zamora. Copublished with Conservation Northwest (May 2007/128 pages).

In one hundred stunning color photos of the landscape, plants, animals, and people of the region, Columbia Highlands is an intimate portrait of a beautiful but largely undiscovered corner of the American West. It reveals the area’s function as an important wildlife bridge between the Rockies and the Cascades for animals—including wolves, bears, moose, and lynx—that must roam to survive. And it reveals the surprising coalition of people—hunters, hikers, loggers, business owners, native peoples, and more—who are united in their love of the land and working to protect and restore it. Theirs is a new kind of conservation plan, one that preserves the health of the ecosystem while sustaining a viable rural economy and lifestyle.

The goal of this project is to secure protection for the Columbia Highlands as a whole—as a critical link in the Rockies-to-the-Rainforest wildlife corridor.

Braided River partnered with Conservation Northwest on this project. Since 1989, Conservation Northwest has protected and connected old-growth forests and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies, vital to a healthy future for human and natural communities. Columbia Highlands is part of the organization's Columbia Highlands Initiative, an advocacy campaign dedicated to identifying a common vision for managing the Colville National Forest. Launched in October 2005, the initiative includes an effort to designate wilderness areas in the Kettle River Range and the Selkirk Mountains. To watch a movie about the effort, click here.

For the latest on the Columbia Highlands Initiative, click here.

For more on Craig Romano, click here.