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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What are we gonna do? #CallCongress!

What are we gonna do? #CallCongress!
When are we gonna do it? Every day!
Here's the number of the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121. The operator will connect you with your member of Congress.
After your phone call, please also write Congress here: http://bit.ly/2j82bkr
Specifically, tell your senators and representative that you strongly oppose:
• All legislation that would sell off, transfer or give away America’s federal public lands;
• Any version of a "Sportsmen" Bill that weakens the Wilderness Act by allowing temporary road construction, water developments, or any kind of habitat manipulation or modification in Wildernesses by state or federal agencies;
• Efforts to weaken the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes or other mechanical transport in Wilderness;
• Attempts to overturn new regulations adopted by the USFWS and NPS that help protect bears, wolves, coyotes and wolverines in national wildlife refuges, national parks and preserves;
Folks like you have often been the last line of defense standing between America's National Wilderness Preservation System and those who would harm it.
Together, with your help, we’ll continue fighting anti-wilderness and wildlife-destroying proposals in Congress, in order to defend the Wilderness and public lands we all love, especially the North Cascades!
Write Congress here: http://bit.ly/2j82bkr
Call Congress here: (202) 224-3121
Thank you for taking action!
[Thanks to our friends at Wilderness Watch!]

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grizzly EIS released - comment until 3/14!

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.



Submit your comments at:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=77025

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
We encourage you to join one of these public meetings and/or submit comments. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF PROTECTING OUR "WILD NEARBY" - peruse our journal back to our founding!

In celebration of our 60th year, we’ve digitized many back issues of our journal! 


Click HERE to view PDF back issues of our journal online. Back issues are hosted by NPShistory.com and include many issues, dating back to our founding in 1957! Issues prior to 2001 have never before been available online to the general public!
Want to own a collector's item? Email philf@northcascades.org to see if an original paper back issue is available for purchase and for a price quote.