By Tonya Morrey, Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator, Central Cascades
The Nature Conservancy uses trail cameras in the Central Cascades to get an idea of what is going on in the forest. I had the pleasure of sorting through thousands of images our trail cameras captured on the Cle Elum Ridge over the summer.
Most images get filed into one of six categories: management/contractor, non-motorized recreation, unidentifiable vehicles, vehicle with plates, vehicle with plates and person, and wildlife. We hope images of illegal motorized recreation include at least a plate number so that the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement can issue a warning. If the image includes plates and the person’s face, WDFW can issue them a warning or citation, depending on the type of violation.
Check out some of my favorite wildlife images: