Long-Awaited North Cascades Grizzly Plan Should Restore Threatened Population
The slow-moving process of drafting a Final Environmental Impact Statement for North Cascades grizzly bear recovery is back in action. Photo: Unsplash / Jessica Weiller.
The National Park Service’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement and proposed rule to manage grizzlies in North Cascades as an experimental population is now available for public comment.
Today, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft plan to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE), a region they roamed for thousands of years. The public may submit comments on the proposal through November 13, 2023.
The Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear coalition praises the resumption of the draft plan and environmental impact statement,
which takes a major step in bringing grizzly bears back to a suitable ecosystem spanning from Washington into British Columbia.
“The time has come for the grizzly bear to return to its habitat to take its place in the indigenous ecosystem,” said Scott Schuyler, policy representative for the Upper Skagit Tribe, whose territory lies within the recovery zone. “The Upper Skagit successfully coexisted with grizzly bears for thousands of years, and we should once more.”
Together we can right the wrongs of the past, honor our natural heritage, and ensure future generations can enjoy all the spectacular wildlife North Cascades National Park has to offer. Speak up now to bring our grizzly population back to life.
The National Park Service’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement and proposed rule to manage grizzlies in North Cascades as an experimental population are now available for public comment.
Conservation groups and other wildlife advocates applaud the Biden administration’s announcement today that it is restarting the process required to potentially return grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE)
After more than two decades of planning for grizzly recovery, it’s time to speak up for America’s most iconic symbol of the wild, once and for all.
Despite public support and scientific recommendation, Trump Administration’s Secretary of the Interior stops work on North Cascades grizzly restoration study.
With no viable population of grizzly bears left in the North Cascades, wildlife experts agree that grizzly bears will not be able to repopulate the area without our help.