COMMENT NOW UNTIL MARCH 14th:
Tell the Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service to actively restore grizzly bears into the North Cascades ecosystem.The draft Environmental Impact Statement for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades was just released. It lists proposed alternative methods of bringing the grizzly back. The full draft EIS is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grizzlydeis. The alternatives are listed in the "Executive Summary."
NCCC favors Alternative "D" because it has the best chance of success by bringing in the most bears. We'd also like to see it spelled out that bears brought in should only come from populations that clearly are not at risk themselves. Considering that the FWS may take the Yellowstone grizzly off the Endangered Species List soon, having additional habitat is crucial to grizzly survival. The North Cascades is the last region of sufficient size and wildness in the lower 48 states to support grizzlies.
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Also, public open houses will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations:
- Cle Elum – February 13 at the Putnam Centennial Center
- Cashmere – February 14 at the Riverside Center
- Winthrop – February 15 at the Red Barn
- Omak – February 16 at the Annex Facility at Okanogan County Fairgrounds
- Bellingham – February 21 at the Bellingham Technical College
- Darrington – February 22 at the Darrington Community Center
- Sultan – February 23 at the Sultan High School
- Renton – February 24 at the Renton Community Center