Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment
In an effort to restore the fisher (Pekania pennanti) to its historic range in the pacific northwest, the National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to partner with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to reintroduce this species to the southwestern and northwestern Cascades of Washington State, including Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park Service Complex. To this end, the NPS has prepared the Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA) that evaluates this proposal and its potential impacts on the biophysical and socioeconomic environment.
For more information about the plan and proposed action, please explore the plan process, meeting notices, links, and documents section of this project website.
Please note that this Plan/EA specifically outlines the plan for and assesses the impacts of restoring the fisher to Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks but is tied to a larger ecosystem-wide proposal for fisher restoration in the Washington Cascades, namely the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Implementation Plan for Reintroducing Fishers to the Washington Cascades (see "links" for a direct link to the State's plan). Under the State's proposal, individual fishers may be reintroduced to lands outside of these NPS units beyond the scope of this plan.
PROJECT UPDATE (October 3, 2014): Due to a recent supreme court case in British Columbia (site of proposed source population) that changed the consultation process between the Canadian Government and First Nations, no fisher reintroductions will be able to take place in the Cascades of Washington State in the winter of 2014/2015 as proposed in this Plan/EA. Despite this delay, the Washington Department of Fisher and Wildlife anticipates that reintroductions will be able to begin in the winter of 2015/2016. If the NPS decides to take action and implement the Plan/EA, fisher reintroductions could begin in Mount Rainier National Park as early as November 2015.
Elly Boerke, Project Planner and Environmental Protection Specialist, North Cascades National Park Complex | 360-854-7328
Roger Andrascik, Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources, Mount Rainier National Park | 360-569-6742