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History of the Pacific Wolf Coalition

In the winter of 2012, on the one-year anniversary of OR-7’s journey into California, a group of wildlife conservation organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington formed the Pacific Wolf Coalition.

Recognizing the need for a unified effort to facilitate Pacific West wolf recovery, these organizations envision populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in numbers that will allow them to re-establish their critical role in nature and ensure their long-term survival.

Beginning with 25 groups, the Pacific Wolf Coalition (PWC) has grown to include over 35 organizations working together toward restoring wolves in the Pacific West. For more information, read the press release.

Learn more about OR-7 from the words of Joe Donnelly

An award-winning freelance writer and editor, Joe Donnelly shares insightful reflections about OR-7’s journey. The following three articles include comments and quotes from several members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition. Take a look:

Lone Wolf
What One Wolf’s Extraordinary Journey Means for the Future of Wildlife in America
Welcome to Wolf Country

Follow OR-7’s travels with the OR-7 Expedition

Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition met with the members of the OR-7 Expedition while they were in the midst of the expedition. Click here for additional information and to read the full story.


As wolves return to the Pacific states of California, Oregon, and Washington, they do so on a vastly different social, political, and ecological landscape than elsewhere in the country. This creates opportunities and challenges unique to the region.

The Pacific Wolf Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals working towards a common vision where wolves once again play a positive, meaningful, and sustainable role on the landscape and in our culture. Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition seek to efficiently and effectively achieve that shared vision while honoring each member organization’s unique values, strengths, and goals.


The Pacific Wolf Coalition envisions significant and sustainable populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in Washington, Oregon, and California, filling their critical roles in nature, and providing hope and inspiration to communities across the region.

Gray Wolf Recovery Goals

The Pacific Wolf Coalition is working to achieve the following goals:

  1. Ensure wolf packs disperse to and occupy suitable habitat throughout Washington, Oregon, and northern California;
  2. Maintain genetic connectivity with adjacent populations;
  3. Fill their critical role on the landscape, and
  4. Ensure recovery is sustainable over time.

Pacific Wolf Coalition Members

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California Wolf Center
California Wilderness Coalition
Environmental Protection Information Center
Mountain Lion Foundation
Sierra Club California
Western Watershed Project


Blue Mountain Biodiversity Project
Cascadia Wildlands
Greenfire Productions
Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
The Larch Company
Northeast Oregon Ecosystems
Oregon Chapter Sierra Club
Oregon Wild
Predator Defense
Western Environmental Law Center


Conservation Northwest
Gifford Pinchot Task Force
Sierra Club Washington State Chapter
Wolf Haven International


Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Endangered Species Coalition
Humane Society of the U.S.
Keystone Conservation
Living With Wolves
National Parks Conservation Association
National Resources Defense Council
Project Coyote
Sierra Club
Wildlands Network