Tell Congress to give grizzly bears hope

A House budget amendment would block funding to complete the public process for grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades. Tell Congress to vote NO on Rep. Newhouse’s rider!

Can you believe it? Grizzly bear restoration is on the brink of moving forward in Washington’s North Cascades, with Interior Secretary Zinke announcing support for the recovery effort.

But a budget amendment proposed in Congress would bring this work to a halt, dooming the last grizzly bears on the West Coast of the contiguous U.S. We cannot let this happen!

Please contact your representative TODAY and tell them to vote NO on Rep. Dan Newhouse’s appropriations rider defunding grizzly restoration. Scroll down for suggested comments.

Bear mother and cub. Photo: Chris Morgan

Planning for grizzly bear recovery has been guided by an inclusive public process, called an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. Following years of study and numerous public meetings, more than 126,000 comments were submitted on the Draft EIS, with over 85 percent of respondents strongly supporting grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades.

Multiple opinion polls have shown similar high levels of public support across partisan and geographic lines, including from areas nearest to the North Cascades. Washingtonians recognize that this native species is on the brink, and we want action to restore our grizzly bears before they are gone forever!

North Cascades grizzlies need your help TODAY. Please take action!

Representative Newhouse has unfairly criticized this public process and now plans to ignore it, launching an effort to defund recovery by planting a “rider” into the House’s Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This disregards scientific research, hamstrings wildlife professionals, ignores public opinion, and eschews the democratic process.

At public hearings, through online forums, in one-on-one meetings, and during official EIS public comment periods, Washingtonians, including many of Rep. Newhouse’s constituents, have repeatedly voiced their support for restoring a small population of grizzly bears under the guidance of sound science and community input.

We are on the brink of returning these wild icons to their rightful home in the North Cascades. We can’t stop now! Call, email, tweet or contact your congressional representatives TODAY to show your support grizzly bear restoration.

Suggested Comments for phone calls, contact forms or email:

Dear U.S. Representative,

As your constituent, I am deeply concerned about efforts in the House of Representative to halt the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Restoration process. I strongly urge you to vote NO on Representative Dan Newhouse’s rider to the House’s Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act removing funding for transplanting grizzly bears into the North Cascades.

The North Cascades contain one of the largest areas of wild public lands remaining in the lower 48 states. It’s important that we pass it on with all its native wildlife, including grizzly bears. Allowing this grizzly population to wink out under our watch would be a tragic failure of stewardship of the wild heritage we hold in trust for future generations.

Species recovery efforts under the Endangered Species Act are best handled by the agencies of the Executive Branch, and there’s nothing in this instance that warrants Congress meddling in the fair and open Environmental Impact Statement being conducted by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Doing so sets a bad precedent that is likely to harm wildlife, the environment, the Endangered Species Act, and the public interest into the future.

The agencies have done a quality job planning grizzly restoration thus far, including reliance on established science and field data as well as substantial and inclusive public engagement, including numerous hearings in local communities and more than 126,000 written comments, most of which support the process and its bear restoration objectives.

Multiple opinion polls have shown similar high levels of public support across partisan and geographic lines, including from areas nearest to the North Cascades. Washingtonians recognize that this native species is on the brink, and we want action to restore our grizzly bears before they are gone forever!

Taxpayers have invested substantial resources in this effort over the past several years, which could be squandered if the language in the House Bill were to become law and obstruct the grizzly restoration process. Thank you for ensuring appropriations for this important conservation effort continue.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

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Thank you for supporting grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades!

Grizzly bears need our support to make recovery a reality. Please forward this message to friends and family, and encourage them to sign-up as a Friend of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear at: www.northcascadesgrizzly.org/sign-our-statement.

Sincerely,

The Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear 

The Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear is an independent partnership supporting the restoration of a healthy and functioning grizzly bear population in the North Cascades Ecosystem. Supportive resolutions, testimonials, frequently asked questions, resources and helpful links, bear safety information, and more are available on our website.
More than two dozen Supporting Organizations and Businesses and over 2,000 Supporting Individuals have signed on as Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear. Steering Committee organizations for this collaborative effort include Conservation Northwest, National Parks Conservation Association, Woodland Park Zoo, Defenders of Wildlife, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and the National Wildlife Federation.