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Grizzly bear tracks near Mt. Baker in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, 1989. Photo by Roger Christophersen/NPS

2022 North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

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The National Park Service, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are initiating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to evaluate options for restoring and managing grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington, where the animals once thrived.

The EIS process will identify a range of alternatives for restoring the bears to the mountainous region to support the recovery and eventual delisting of grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous United States. The process will include assessing alternatives to include a 10(j) experimental population designation, which provides land managers with additional options for managing grizzly bears. If adopted, the 10(j) designation would add more certainty, safety, and control for the region.

Public comments and participation in the process are important elements to assess potential impacts and identify a preferred alternative. The public will be invited to submit comments at various points in the process.

- For current status of the planning process, click the "Plan Process" link on the left side of the page.
- For documents that provide more information, click "Document List" on the left side of the page.
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Contact Information

Denise Shultz, National Park Service (nce_grizzly@nps.gov)
Andrew LaValle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (nce_grizzly@nps.gov)