North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS) for the North Cascades Ecosystem.
Early in this process, we asked for your input on our stated goals for the plan, and the issues which could arise through its implementation. Using the feedback we received during that initial public scoping effort, and input from an interagency planning team, we developed a range of restoration alternatives and analyzed the potential impacts of those alternatives. All of this information is now presented for your review in the draft EIS.
The draft EIS is available for public review and comment through March 14, 2017. To view the draft EIS and submit comments, click the "Open for Comment" link. Additional background and supplementary information about the Draft EIS can be found by going to the "Document List" section of the website. Short videos about grizzly bear biology, the draft EIS and bear safety can be accessed in the "Links" section of the website.
During the public comment period, we will be hosting a series of open house and virtual public meetings. Visit the "Meeting Notices" section of the website for dates, times and locations of these meetings.
The goal of the public review period is to gather comments from individuals, groups, and agencies regarding the draft EIS' adequacy in addressing the purpose, need, and objectives, range of alternatives considered, environmental issues of concern and the sufficiency of the environmental impact analysis. Your comments will assist the FWS and NPS in revising and finalizing the EIS.
Thank you for your support and interest in this important issue.
Karen Taylor-Goodrich, Superintendent, North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Eric Rickerson, State Supervisor, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Denise Shultz, National Park Service (360) 854-7302
Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (360) 753-4370