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Paula Swedeen

Policy director, Conservation Northwest

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Paula Swedeen, Ph.D. is Conservation Northwest’s policy director, working out of Olympia. She represents us on wildlife and wildlands policy issues at the state capitol and beyond, including wolf conservation, forest policy and more. Paula has worked on habitat conservation issues around the Pacific Northwest for 24 years, and even served on Conservation Northwest’s board in the early 1990s. She worked for 12 years as a wildlife biologist and endangered-species policy analyst with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and now serves on Washington’s Forest Practices Board and Wolf Advisory Board.

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Scheduled Appearances

Our Biodiversity Crisis

Crosscut Festival 2023
Thu May 4, 2023 | 2:00pm

Last summer, 60 experts who co-authored a study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment said that for the long-term habitation of the planet, biodiversity loss was equally as critical than the challenge of climate change. America’s wildlife is in crisis - one we can reverse, though, if we look to solutions within reach rather than those that are far off. 


Bruce Stein
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Featuring: Bruce A. Stein, Paula Swedeen , Michelle Nijhuis

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About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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