While we reported earlier this year that U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Zinke is moving forward grizzly recovery planning in the North Cascades, this summer news on this species has been coming from British Columbia as well.

British Columbia’s most vulnerable grizzly bears (including those in Cascadia) were added to Canada’s species at risk list. The Canadian government’s announcement to formally list them as a species of Special Concern under the federal Species at Risk Act now requires management of these bears in a way that will keep them from becoming further endangered, and preventing any further loss of sub-populations at the edge of their range including coordination with recovery efforts in Washington.

To help inform management, a new report by 6 well-published Grizzly Bear biologists in British Columbia and Alberta details the relationship of resource roads and grizzly bears. According to one of the authors, the main goal of the report is to synthesize the science, including recent works, on the topic to support improved land management in the two provinces. The report underscores the usefulness of access management from the science perspective, providing practitioners, managers, and conservationists a common set of principles to work from.

This iconic species of Cascadia holds important ecological and cultural value in our region, which is why our forum has identified it as a priority issue for us to foster coordination  and information sharing around.  Click here to learn more about grizzly bears in Cascadia.

Grizzly with cubs along the banks of the Chilcotin River, British Columbia. Credit: Jeremy Williams.

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