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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.”

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