Homecoming: bringing fishers back to washington
celebrating a conservation success story.
Homecoming: Bringing Fishers Back to Washington is a 400 sq ft traveling exhibition co-designed by myself, a small team of classmates from the University of Washington, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park- Seattle Unit. Many visitors stumble somewhat accidentally into Klondike, a free park in historic Pioneer Square. They arrive equally unexpectedly in this colorful storybook of an exhibit.
Fishers--wolverines' smaller-clawed cousins--were expunged from their old-growth habitats in Washington by the mid 20th century. The logging industry, fur trade, pesticide usage, and general human development were all bad news for this species, which is particular about where and how it mates and dens.
Over the last decade the National Park Service has partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Forest Service, many local tribes, and an amazing amount of private landowners to bring populations of fishers safely from Canada and oversee their sustained re-introduction to forests around Washington state.