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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 Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.