Grizzly cub along the Chilcotin River in British Columbia.  Credit:  Jeremy Williams

Grizzly cub along the Chilcotin River in British Columbia. Credit: Jeremy Williams

On Friday, the National Park Service announced a series of public meetings to initiate public engagement in the recovery process for grizzly bears in the North Cascades.  The public is invited to participate in these informational open houses being held by the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as part of the Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the North Cascades ecosystem.

Public engagement is the next step in a three-year process that the agencies announced in August of 2014. A public comment period will be open through March 26, 2015. Comments can be made during a series of open houses, online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NCEG, or via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284.

The public open houses will be held at:

• Tuesday, March 3rd in Winthrop from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Red Barn Upper Meeting Room
• Wednesday, March 4th in Okanogan from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan PUD Meeting Room
• Thursday, March 5th in Wenatchee from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Chelan County PUD Auditorium
• Monday, March 9th in Cle Elum from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Putnam Centennial Center Meeting Room
• Tuesday, March 10th in Seattle from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Pacific University Bertona Classroom 1
• Wednesday, March 11th in Bellingham from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room

Grizzly bears are a conservation target of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative regionally, as well as a priority issue identified by the Cascadia Partner Forum.  Learn more about our work to communicate and coordinate in Cascadia on the management and recovery discussions for this species of cultural and ecological importance.

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